Ø Make reservations or arrangements in advance. Follow airline instructions.
Ø Obtain a shipping container a week or two in advance. Familiarize your pet by placing him in it, gradually increasing the length of time until they seem at ease.
Ø Carefully schedule boarding and shipping arrangements so that your pet is well cared for until you are able to receive it at your new home.
Ø Feed your pet no less than six hours before flight time. Give your pet water no less than two hours before flight time.
Ø If pet accompanies you allow extra time at airport. If shipping pet, allow two hours gap for arrival.
Ø Be certain your information in accurate i.e. address, contact name and number if something were to happen.
Ø If your pet is not used to traveling by car, try to make short trips. This will accustom your pet to the motion and teach it how to behave.
Ø Dogs should be taught to lay quietly down. Your pet should never endanger the lives of you or your passengers.
Ø Some cats may never feel comfortable; some may find their own spot in the car. You must decide whether or not your pet should remain in the carrier or not.
Ø If you must stop overnight, make sure your animal is not restricted to lodging with you.
Ø Be sure your pet is properly tagged and that you hold all the required documentation for up-to-date shots.
Ø Take with you a Pet Travel Kit: food and water dishes, a can opener (?), treats, a favorite toy, blanket, and comb or brush.
Ø Consider taking a scooper, some plastic bags, and paper towels in case there are any unfortunate accidents…
Ø Check with your doctor about sedatives, sometimes they are necessary. Ask about alternative methods if your pet is not prescribed.
Information provided by: American Movers and Storage Association