How to Keep Pets Warm When Traveling

cat with a scarf traveling as manifest cargoTips for Keeping Pets Warm During Winter Travel

If the winter weather has you worried about comfort levels during pet transport, here are some tips for keeping your furry friends toasty and comfortable during their pet shipping experience.

Use a pet friendly airline.

We can't repeat this enough—using pet friendly airlines is the best way to make sure that your pets are kept in climate-controlled, pressurized conditions for their entire trip. This is not only important in the summer months, when extreme temperatures can cause heat stroke and dehydration for traveling pets, but also during the winter.

Pets, when left outside for long periods of time in the cold weather, can suffer from hypothermia and frostbite — just like humans. Younger and older pets are especially at risk. PetRelocation works with pet friendly airlines to make sure your pet is never sitting out on the tarmac in the cold.

Pay attention to grooming.

Keep your pet's hair combed throughout the cold weather months, which can help them keep warm. Combing their hair will prevent it from matting up and not providing enough warmth like it should. This is the same reason why we advise keeping pets well-groomed in the summer, as it allows their bodies to cool properly.  It is not advised for pets to travel unaccompanied wearing sweaters or coats, as this can often be a choking hazard if they get entangled in them.


To help prevent dry or itchy skin, talk to your vet about possible options. In our experience, B-complex vitamins available at pet stores or keeping pets' skin oiled with various types of pet lotion can be helpful. Derma-IonX by VETiONX is a great, all-natural solution that both relieves and prevents dry and itchy skin.

Treat your pet to thermal layers. 

Thermal blankets help your pet retain warmth without electricity or adding too much bulk to your pet's travel crate.


Find out more about planning safe winter pet shipping and contact us to discuss your pet travel options. 


Editor's Note: This post was originally published in January 2010 and has been updated with new information.



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