summer pet relocation, pet shipping, airline heat restrictions, summer pet shipping

With the summer comes the heat…which creates some challenges regarding pet shipping. Airlines have restrictions on certain breeds and temperatures depending on the origin and destination. At Continental Pet Relocation, we have the information regarding guidelines and restrictions in order to help facilitate your pet’s relocation during the summer months.

Here are some additional tips regarding your pet and summer temperatures:

Never leave your pet in a car when you travel or do errands. During warm weather, the inside of your car can reach 120 degrees in a matter of minutes, even if you’re parked in the shade. Dogs and cats can’t perspire and can only dispel heat by panting and through the pads of their feet. Pets left in hot cars even briefly can suffer from heat exhaustion, heat stroke, brain damage, and can even die. And if you do happen to see a pet in a car alone during the hot summer months, alert the management of the store where the car is parked. If the owner does not return promptly, call local animal control (311 in Charlotte NC)

If you are relocating to a new home and have a long distance to travel with your pet, never ever leave your dog unattended in a closed vehicle during rest stops. If you must leave the car, designate a member of the family to stay with the dog. Always provide plenty of cool, fresh water. Dogs that are brachycephalic (short-faced), such as Bulldogs, Boxers, Japanese Chins, and Pekingese, have an especially hard time in the heat because they do not pant as efficiently as longer-faced dogs.

If your pet is exposed to high temperatures, be alert for signs of heat stress-heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, a staggering gait, vomiting, or a deep red or purple tongue.

  • If your pet becomes overheated, you must lower her body temperature immediately.
  • Move your pet into the shade and apply cool (not cold) water all over her body to gradually lower her temperature.
  • Apply ice packs or cool towels to your pet’s head, neck, and chest only.
  • Let your pet drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes.
  • Finally, take your pet directly to a veterinarian-it could save her life.

Please contact Continental Pet Relocation for any of your pet ground transport needs !