Moving Your Pets
Ohana means family, and family means no one gets left behind. Your family is all packed and ready to move to your new home in a distant land. But what about Fido and Fluffy? As they move around your continually boxed house with wide eyes and wet noses, you realize the date of your move is getting closer and closer, but you still don’tknow how you’ll bring your pet.
The cheapest way of transport is for you to bring your pet along with you in the car. To keep your trip from turning into Driving Ms. Doggy (or kitty) with a cantankerous animal in the back seat whose orders you must obey, it is important to setup a seat belt, car barrier, or, most recommended, crate. For a quiet ride, many recommend throwing a towel over the crate, or giving your pet a food stuffed toy to while away at. If you know your pet to be insufferable on car rides, you may want to contact your vet about medication to calm your pet, or even send your pet on a different path entirely.
As you drive along, imagine your pet blissful on cloud nine. Or maybe in cloud nine. In a plane passing through cloud nine? In any case, your pet can be shipped as cargo to your destination, either on a commercial plane or on a special pet jet. This service features boarding services and holding areas just for your beloved animal. No process is hassle or expense free though, and shipping your dog or cat will require more money, document preparation, and is governed by more rules and regulations, especially if you are shipping internationally. All pets require a health certificate, microchip, rabiesvaccinations, and an approved kennel no matter their destination.
If you are planning to fly to your new home anyways, your pet can join you, spending the flight right in front of or below your feet. Pets that fly as checked or carry-on baggage face the same limitations as those who are shipped, with a few more. Airlines have banned bulldogs, pugs and other brachycephalic dog breeds from their planes due to health risks, and some cat breeds, including Himalayan and Persian, have also been placed on the no-fly list. Due to concerns over temperatures in the cargo hold (according to the federal Agriculture Department, 189 animals died on commercial flights from June 2005 to June 2011), some airlines have also placed restrictions on when animal scan fly as checked baggage, and hold the right to deny passage if the temperatures are expected to be over 85 or under 45 degrees. If your pet is lucky to be born of a smaller breed, they can fly with you any time as carry-on baggage, sitting in their pre-approvedbag or kennel for the duration of the flight under the seat in front of yours.
Traveling with your pet can be nearly as hard as traveling without your pet, but in the end, however they got to your new home, seeing their familiar, loving faces will be worth it. Moving Maestro knows how important pets are as part of your family and will work with you to help determine what option is best during your family relocation.