Sticky Situations: How to Find Trusted Pet Moving Services

Pet movers are professionals who specialize in transporting pets for people who are traveling and would like to take a pet along. Moving can be a difficult and stressful time, especially when you have pets to take care of. This is one reason why many people are investing in pet moving services in order to provide them with peace of mind that their pets are being well taken care of. Not to mention that this takes a load off of you by taking care of one of the more difficult aspects of the move. The following will provide you with some special tips for finding the perfect pet movers for you.

When you are looking for reliable pet movers, the first place you should go is the Yellow Pages. This is a bit obvious, but keep in mind that you won’t be calling anybody just yet. You want to get a good idea of which companies are available for you to choose from. It is a good idea to speak to your friends and relatives and see if they have any recommendations on who offered them pet friendly travel. If they do not have any information for you, you can also try to contact local pet stores and see if they have someone they can recommend. Usually people, who have had experience with a company, either good or bad, will be happy to tell you about it.

When looking for pet moving services, you never want to call up a single company and go with them hoping for the best. If you cannot find any impartial parties who can offer you a recommendation, then you can begin calling the different companies and ask them for references. The only drawback here is that they will be likely to only give you the contact information of people who have had a good experience with them. You do have one last resource however thanks to the Internet; you can look up the different companies online and see if there are any consumer-written reviews or complaints about them. Here is a couple sources we recommend:

www.petrelocation.com/

www.ipata.org/

www.petmovers.com/

When you have found a few companies that offer pet moving services and pet transportation that you find trustworthy, you can begin comparing their rates to find the best deal. While the cost should never be your sole determining factor, it never hurts to try and save some money. Sometimes this is going to be an expensive service no matter which company you turn to, such is the case when you need an international company to have your pet flown overseas. Finally, look into little things like whether the company offers credit card payments so you can find a company that is versatile.

You will find that your search for the perfect pet movers will go a lot more smoothly when you follow these simple tips.

Sticky Situations: Flying with Pets

Traveling with an animal is a uniquely difficult experience. Some might liken the process to traveling with a young child; you need to keep the pet safe, ensure he doesn’t bark or meow, and navigate the airport with both the animal and your suitcase. Furthermore, every airline has a separate policy, allowing for a wide range of experiences depending on your selected provider. Whether you’ve traveled with an animal dozens of times or you’re setting off on your first trip this weekend, you likely have a few unanswered questions. We’re here to help.

First, you should know that there are three types of pet plane travel: in-cabin, checked baggage, and cargo. An in-cabin pet flight is often the easiest; the small animal remains in a carrier under the seat in front of you for the duration of the flight. When flying an animal in checked baggage, you will drop him off at the flight check-in desk; he will ride in the cargo hold of the plane, but you can pick him up from excess baggage claim at your arriving airport. Cargo transport requires you to drop off and pick up the animal from an airline-specific cargo facility; this is, essentially, pet shipping.

Flying with animals also necessitates a certain amount of equipment. If, for example, your animal is small enough to fly within the cabin, you must purchase an airline-approved carrier to fit your plane’s maximum crate dimensions. If the animal is flying in the cargo hold, you will need to purchase a larger, airline-approved carrier (with food and water bowls) to protect your pet while in transit. Pet parents should consider bringing along a range of toys and comforting items to ensure their animal’s ability to fly—you’d be surprised how calm a toy’s presence can be.

Handling your pet within the airport can be as difficult as the ride itself. Most airports will not allow an animal to exit their carrier unless they are traveling through security, utilizing a pet relief area, or working as a service dog. However, it is essential to check your airport’s policy—as well as the availability of pet relief areas—prior to heading out. Responsible pet parents will also check their airline’s policy to review additional fees, carrier restrictions, method restrictions, and additional limitations. The pet travel experience is stressful, but proper preparation can result in a surprisingly pleasant experience.

 

Sticky Situations: Bad Weather Dog Walks

If you’re a dog owner, you’ve likely taken your pet on more walks than you can count. Every day, at least three times per day, you put on your shoes, shrug on a jacket, and secure your dog with a leash. You step outside, let Fido run around for a bit, clean up the waste, and head back inside. When all is said and done, the whole process should only take around ten minutes—longer if you have time for an actual walk. However, that ten minutes can be extremely painful for your pup, even if he’s already gone to the bathroom. Why? Temperature.

Most people believe the pads on the undersides of dogs’ feet to be weather-resistant. They’re darker and tougher than human feet, and the strategic location allows less of the foot to come in contact with the ground—that must mean they’re designed to handle hot and cold days, right? Surprisingly, this is not true. Dog paws—and cat paws, for that matter—are extremely sensitive. The toughness exists to protect the animal from rocks and the unevenness of grassy or dirt ground, not high or low temperatures.

If this is the first time you’ve heard this, don’t worry—you’re not alone. Plus, if your dog hasn’t complained about the temperature through whining, barking, or refusing to go outside, the temperatures have been tolerable. Going forward, however, you’ll want to protect Fido’s paws as much as possible. Special doggy shoes exist for exactly this purpose; if you’re heading out for a walk on a frigid day, or perhaps going to the beach in 100-degree weather, these dog shoes will do the trick.

You don’t, however, need to strap on the dog shoes every time you head out for a walk. Follow this simple rule of thumb: if the temperature hurts your feet, the temperature is too extreme for your dog. If you’re walking on a hot, sandy beach and have to put your sandals back on, Fido’s feet are likely getting friend. Likewise, if you can’t image stepping outside into the cold without putting on a pair of wool socks, your dog should have some protection, too.

 

Sticky Situations: Introducing a Pet

Pet introductions serve as a point of tension and caution regardless of an owner’s experience. Whether you’re moving in with a new roommate or adopting a new animal, proper introductions are necessary for peaceful and nonviolent cohabitation. These meetings must be carefully staged and planned; if poorly executed, the animals’ relationship may never recover.

What to do with toys: Toys and belongings play an important role in pet introductions, but they are a tricky variable to predict. Toys and supplies may be considered property or territory by an animal—if introduced to a stressful situation, the animal may lash out. Luckily, there are ways to assuage this potential tension.

If you can secure the other animal’s toys before the introduction, do so. Use this to introduce your pet to the other’s smell and instruct the other pet’s owner to do the same. Introducing a scent is like showing your animal a picture; it prepares for the encounter by priming them with the idea they’ve met before. Furthermore, swapping toys mitigates any feelings of attachment or possession over toys—the mixed scents will confuse ownership, allowing the animals to, after some time, share.

If you cannot secure the other animal’s toys before the introduction, remove all of your pet’s objects from the introduction space. If your pet feels as though his belongings are in danger, he may be uncharacteristically aggressive toward the other animal. Instead, purchase new toys to introduce to the common space. In providing neutral play, the animals can better focus on the introduction. Once the pets are accustomed to each other, reintroduce the old toys.

What to have on-hand: Though introducing pets is highly dependent on the animal’s attitude and disposition, owners can mitigate stress and anxiety with just a handful of useful supplies. Towels and blankets, for example, are incredibly helpful for both introducing scent and restraining a potentially violent dog. If possible, swap the pets’ bedding and blankets prior to the initial meeting. Additionally, if introducing dogs, keep both animals on a tight leash. Utilizing supplies such as a pheromone spray or diffuser can relieve stress, and purchasing new toys for the occasion is always a good idea.