When your fur babies relocate during the warmest months, you may experience restrictions on pet travel, as well as some precautions to consider when your pet arrives home.
Airline Embargoes Many commercial airlines impose embargoes on pets during the warmest months to keep animals safe in extreme heat conditions. When temperatures rise above 84° F (or 29° C) at any place on your pet’s itinerary – the arrival point, layover or departure location – pets may not be allowed to fly. WorldCare Pet relocation counselors work with clients to look at alternatives, such as flights leaving in early morning or late evening when cooler conditions prevail.
Snub-Nosed Pets Due to their anatomy, snub-nosed cats and dogs are particularly susceptible to the heat which can cause life-threatening respiratory distress. Snub-nosed pets will be prohibited from air travel when temperatures reach 75° F. WorldCare has enormous experience working on the relocation of snub-nosed pets – brachycephalic breeds – and we can advise you about your pet’s journey. These breeds include but are not limited to: American Bulldog, Boston Terrier, English Toy Spaniel, King Charles Spaniel, Shar-Pei, Shih Tzu, Pekingese. When it is safe for these breeds to fly, we will discuss certain procedures to help make the trip more comfortable, such as choosing a kennel that is one size larger than normally used and one that is ventilated on all four sides.
Travel Options WorldCare Pet has a network of drivers able to relocate pets by ground in North America as well as Europe. This concierge ground transport is ideal for pets such as snub-nosed breeds, as we can assure cooler temperatures with auto transport, as well as an attentive companion throughout your pets’ travel.
Conditions Upon Arrival Once your pet is reunited with you, be sure to observe your pet and be cautious about exposure to heat. If you are moving to a warmer climate, allow your pet several days to become acclimated before vigorous exercise. Minimize your pet’s outdoor activity on hot, humid days and avoid sun exposure from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. For more information on what to do when your pet arrives home, go to our website to read “Our Guide to Pet Transport.”
Remember always: Never leave pets in the car, as even warm (not hot) conditions can cause heat stroke. And be aware of potentially harmful plants (more than 700 plants are known to have toxic effects on animals).
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