The current COVID pandemic have caused a record high in unemployment rates. Many people have been left to fend for themselves with no opportunity to earn an income. Thus, there are many who are downsizing their living arrangements as the need to reduce their cost of living arise. Are you in a situation where you are forced to move from your current living premises during these trying times? Do you have a pet to transport to your new location as a result? It can be hard to look for a suitable and safe transport for your pets during your relocation, especially if you are moving on a short notice. Here are some of the safest ways to transport your pets to a new location.

1. Air cargo

If you are travelling by air to your new location, you may consider transporting your pet via air cargo. The cargo area in the airplane is pressurized and temperature controlled. Therefore, the conditions that your pet experience during air travel as cargo are similar to the environment in a passenger flight. Great care is needed though to ensure that the cargo airline is certified as ‘pet safe’ as this will indicate that there are employees who are trained to deal with animals. Some cargo airlines are also more ‘pet friendly’ compared to others. By flying as cargo, you pet also do not have to be on the same flight as you, the passenger. Thus, you will have a more flexibility when arranging flights for you and your pet.

2. In cabin air Travel

Travelling with your pet in the cabin area of your flight is also an option. There are greater restrictions on the size and type of pets allowed in the cabin as the comfort of other passengers must be taken in consideration. In general, pets that are allowed in cabin must usually fit underneath the airplane seat in a travel kennel that is airline-approved. Therefore, it is usually more common for small pets to fly in cabin. However, exceptions may apply, and more information should be obtained from your airline of choice. Flying in cabin may not be the best option for your pet though as the noise and chaos in the cabin may induce stress on your pet. While pet owners may feel that it is preferable to keep their pet close at all times, the cargo area may be a better environment for your pet to travel in.

3. Ground travel

If you are moving by ground, it may be still not be wise to transport your pet along with you on the road. Usually, it takes much longer to travel on the road compared to air. Thus, it can be more stressful for your pet during the journey as it is in an unfamiliar environment for hours on end. However, if there are no alternatives available, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, your pet should always be in a temperature-controlled environment during transport. A trustworthy and reputable ground transport agent should be used to ensure the safety of your pet. Always keep in mind that ground travel may cost more as the duration of travel may be much longer and great care need to be provided to the pet during transport.

No matter the type of transportation preferred, a safe and economical option can always be found via