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They may be man’s best friend, but dogs can be notoriously tricky to transport in cars, as they are often excited or scared and this can lead to all manner of problems.

Ideally when your pooch needs to go somewhere you’d be in the driving seat, but this isn’t always possible, which is when you might want to consider the services of a dog moving company or pet taxi. Putting rover in someone else’s hands can be worrying, but by finding a specialist doggy driver you can allay your fears.

If your pet is making a domestic move there are fewer things to consider than if it’s going to be crossing international borders.

Within Borders

When your dog is only travelling up and down the country there is far less to worry about, but even so, you should still make sure you properly prepare your canine for transport.

Things to travel with your dog:

Documents: such as records of breed and vaccinations

Treats and hydration: Depending on the length of the trip

Medication: If your dog suffers from illness

Distractions: chew toys etc., as long as they won’t distract drivers

Preparations for moving a dog:

Clean: Make sure your dog is nice and clean before they make their trip. This is for your benefit as well as theirs.

Diet: If your pooch suffers from nerves or another illness you should refrain from feeding them for about 3 hours prior to the journey.

Calming: You might want to take your pet for a walk before they are picked up, this should tire them out and make them easier to transport. There are also herbal remedies available to help keep your canine calm.

Secure: If you don’t have a proper travel kennel, or your pet is too large for one, make sure it has an appropriate leash to stop it moving around too much. Never allow your dog on the front seat. 

International Dog Transport

Moving dogs across borders is a more difficult task, but has recently been made easier inside the EU.

Any dogs moving internationally between the UK and other DEFRA approved countries need:

Micro chipping: An ISO standardised chip must be implanted in your dog for cross countrytravel.

Rabies shot: To stop the spread of the disease, dogsneed to be immunised against rabies. If your dog is being imported into the UK for the first time, they must wait 21 days from its latest vaccination.

Documentation: Your dog needs a pet passport from the Animal Health and Vets Agency. You should also bring any relevant vet’s papers with the dog.

Tapeworm treatment: This is a requirement for dogs travelling abroad. This should be done between 1 and 5 days prior to transportation.

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