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One Move understands that your pets are a very important part of your family. Needless to say, pets cannot be transported on the moving van (or in the cab with the driver) even for local moves within California . Car travel is the most common means of transport and is the easiest on your pet. Some rail lines will permit pets in the baggage car but the owner must travel on the same train and be responsible to feed and exercise the pet at the various stops.

Should you decide to ship your pet by air your One Move representative can make the necessary arrangements (including pick-up, boarding and delivery).

Here is some information that may make your California move more bearable experience for your pet(s):

Moving Cats and Dogs

  • If you are shipping by air - make your arrangements at least 5-6 weeks prior to move
  • Decide if your pet will travel on the same flight as the family - if not, boarding at origin is usually preferable since the local kennel is usually familiar to your pet
  • If you decide to board your pet at destination, check to see if visiting is permitted
  • Obtain a copy of your pet's health records from your veterinarian
  • Make sure immunization shots are current and you have proof they have been administered
  • If you are moving to the United States , your dog's rabies vaccination must have been administered within 30 days of entry to the USA
  • If your pet suffers from motion sickness - obtain medication from your vet
  • Ask your veterinarian for a referral to a animal clinic in your new area
  • If your veterinarian cannot provide a referral, check with a national association
  • Make sure you have a proper travel container (even if transporting by car)
  • Airlines will rent a container for approximately $50 - $60
  • If your pet isn't used to a cage - obtain one in advance and let him/her get used to it at home
  • Make sure your pet is wearing identification tags that include their name, your name, address, telephone contact
  • Make a set of luggage tags for travel container with all necessary information
  • Put a travel kit together including food and water dishes, pet food, treats, toys, scooper and plastic bags, pet leash, paper towels, blanket or pillow, brush or comb, pet leash, sedative if prescribed
  • Feed your pet at least five hours and give him water at least two hours prior to flight
  • Take your pet to the airport at least two hours prior to flight
  • Exercise your pet (on a leash) at airport and administer any medications
  • Arrange to have someone pickup your pet at destination (animals not picked up Within 24 hours are usually returned to origin or boarded at owner's expense)

Moving Birds, Fish, Horses, Reptiles

Each of these categories of pets requires special handling and transportation arrangements. Your local bay area One Move representative can assist you. Ask them for a copy of our publication "Moving Your Pets". One Move works with a number of excellent third party firms who can handle this important task.”

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