Pet Shipping Within the United States

Hi PetRelocation,

We aren't moving, but rather just need to get our dog, Harvey, home to Virginia for our wedding and the holidays.

Can you help?




Hi Anne,

Thank you for your question. We're happy to offer some tips for your upcoming trip -- congratulations on your marriage, by the way!

When traveling domestically with your dog, you'll need to attend to a few things:

  • Secure an airline approved travel crate that is the correct size. Here's a guide to help you choose the right pet travel crate.

  • Book a flight on a pet friendly airline. (We often use United or Delta for domestic pet travel.)

  • Follow the airline's pet requirements, which most likely means making sure your dog has an up-to-date rabies vaccine and a vet health certificate stating Harvey is healthy and fit to fly. Your vet needs to sign off on this within 10 days of flying. (Note that you'll need a new certificate on your return trip if you stay longer than 10 days.)

  • Routing can be tricky if you're not flying into a major hub, so do a little research as soon as possible to find out what your options are. You may end up needing to drive Harvey to or from a bigger city if smaller airports and smaller planes can't accommodate him.

If you'd like some assistance with your move, feel free to reach out to our domestic team for a pet travel consultation. We'd be happy to help you with Harvey's travel logistics.

Either way, thanks for reading and good luck with everything!


Pet Travel Details:

Name: Anne
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Cockapoo
From: California
To: Herndon, VA


PetRelocation Team




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