Austin, TX - (January 16, 2008) - Nearly two-thirds of all American households have at least one pet and according to a recent report from the Travel Industry Association of America, approximately 29 million Americans traveled long distances with their pets over a three year period. As a result, PetRelocation.com president Kevin O'Brien is offering tips for those who plan on transporting their pets while traveling.
"Pet owners need to take prudent steps to ensure safe and comfortable travel for their animals, particularly those who travel by air," said O'Brien. His suggestions include:
- Purchase the right travel crate. "Atravel crate is the most important item you will purchase when relocating your pet," said O'Brien. "If traveling by air, the size of the crate is required by law to meet minimum dimension requirements. The internal crate measurement has to be greater than the length of your pet by at least 2 to 3 inches. There also must be adequate ventilation and water for the animal."
- Crate train your pet. "Most pets experience stress while flying because they are not properly crate trained," O'Brien said. "Properly preparing animals for long flights in confined spaces will reduce the travel-induced stress. Get your pet accustomed to its travel crate well ahead of your travel date."
- Plan Ahead. "Moving with pets is a complicated process, especially if you are planning international travel. Some countries, require at least 6 months of preparation, before your pet is even allowed to enter the country. Using a pet moving service like PetRelocation.com, will ease the burden of taking your pets across the country, or around the globe.
- Do not sedate or tranquilize. "Over-sedation is the biggest cause of animal deaths during airline transport and accounts for more than half of all deaths," warned O'Brien. "Except for special circumstances, veterinarians should not dispense sedatives for animals that are going to travel by air."
- Limit food intake. "Limit a pet's food intake the day before travel, said O'Brien. "Although a pet may initially disagree, scaling back food intake can make for a more comfortable trip."
- Get a vet check-up. "A veterinarian must be consulted before your departure date," noted O'Brien. "When traveling within the United States, you must obtain a domestic health certificate dated within 10 days of departure. A valid rabies certificate is also needed."
O'Brien says that these and other prudent steps will make the next travel experience positive for both travelers and their pets.
Headquartered in Austin, TX, PetRelocation.com is a one-stop-shop for the local, national and international transportation of live animals, with a strong emphasis on assisting companies with relocating employees who are pet owners. For more information, visit www.petrelocation.com or call 877-PET-MOVE (738-6683).
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