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Moving Your Loved Ones (Pets!) Part II of II

In the first part of this two-part series, we discussed some important tips on keeping the stress levels in having to move your pets to a bare minimum, for both you and you special pals. In this final chapter, we will be discussing how allowing a pet-moving company can actually ease your worries even further, and how it may be a better option for you to look in to if you must move your pet(s) great distances.

While there are a great number of pet transportation companies out there, when it comes to something as precious as your beloved animal-member of your family, you will want to be certain you are not only getting the best rate, but can also travel with the assurance of knowing that your pets are in the best hands.

Some questions that you may want to ask your prospective pet-transportation company regarding their actual business are:

  • Are they licensed by the USDA?
  • Can you review their references? How many transports have they made?
  • What is their policy on if there is a vehicular or weather-related emergency?

These questions will give you a good first idea of if you even want to proceed with a following set of questions regarding your pets care.

If you have decided that they have initially passed your first set of questions, your next set should reflect upon the actual transport of your pet. Be sure to ask the following:

  • What are their health requirements for pets?
  • Will your pet ever be exposed to vicious animals or ones who have not received their proper vaccinations?
  • Is there room in the vehicle for the caretaker to walk amongst the crates?
  • What happens to the pets while the driver is sleeping?
  • How often are bathroom and exercise breaks taken for the pets? Is the vehicle climate-controlled?
  • Are the pets handled individually or as a group?
  • Can the driver see the animals as all times?
  • How often are the crates and bedding cleaned and changed?

You will want to make sure that your pets are handled with all the care and love that they are used to, and this set of questions will allow you to reflect on if this is the case with the transport company that you are interviewing.

If your pet has special medical needs, be sure to ask if the transport company is able to administer any necessary medications, and also find out what their policy is regarding if a health-related emergency occurs with your animal during the trip.

You love your pets, they are members of your family, and if you are moving and are faced with the decision of having to transport your pets yourself, or if you should hire a legitimate company to do so for you. There is a great deal of information to take in, but in doing so, you can be rest-assured that your pet is in great hands, and you can proceed with you move as worry-free as possible!