With careful planning and when the right choices are made, traveling with pets by air is a safe option. When shipping puppies or traveling with other younger pets, however, extra steps should be taken to ensure that all goes well.
To help your puppy have a safe and easy trip, here are a few things to consider:
First, talk to your vet about any concerns you may have and don’t travel unless your puppy is in good health.
If traveling internationally, research the country import rules to make sure your puppy is in line with all vaccine requirements.
Check the airline rules to find out your options and make sure your puppy can enjoy a trip you’re both comfortable with.
Separating a puppy from their mother too early can have lasting negative effects, so above all, keep your dog’s safety in mind and follow the advice of your vet before rushing into any travel plans.
How much does it cost to ship a puppy by air?
Every pet move is a little different, and origin and destination cities, the size of your dog, and several other factors will affect how much your puppy’s move ends up costing.
That being said, you can expect a few standard items to be a part of the overall cost.
Here are a few of the components of a typical dog move:
- The travel crate
- The airfare
- Transportation to and from the airport
- Pre-move vet visits
- International health documents and import permits
- Government endorsements
- Customs fees
- Quarantine fees
Find out more about pet shipping costs.
When is shipping puppies not recommended?
Primarily for safety reasons, PetRelocation does not ship puppies younger than 16 weeks. We believe that dogs are stronger and better equipped to handle the experience of air travel when they are at least four months old, and this also allows them to be properly vaccinated before travel.
Some countries allow young pets to enter before being vaccinated against rabies while others do not, so traveling with a very young dog may not even be possible depending on where you’re going.
Again, double check all airline and country import rules and talk to your vet before you book your puppy’s travel arrangements in order to ensure they have a safe trip.
If your puppy is currently younger than 16 weeks old and you’d like to discuss a move happening in the future, you’re more than welcome to contact us for a consultation.
One important final note:
Please know that puppy scams are unfortunately very common. If you are wondering how to ship a puppy because you are in contact with a breeder or individual who wants to sell you a puppy, beware of the following red flags:
- Does the seller want you to wire money via Moneygram or Western Union?
- Does the seller’s email address seem spammy or unofficial?
- Is the puppy “free” except for transportation costs?
If a transaction seems too good to be true, it just might be. Read more about puppy scams and how to avoid them and be careful when dealing with unknown sellers.
Better yet, when adding a new dog to your family, only deal locally if you can and consider adopting from your local shelter!