How to Ship a DogYou may not realize it, but a lot of people need to ship pets. So understanding how to ship a dog, or a cat, is important. We’ll explain how shipping a dog is handled, what can impact pricing, what you can do to make it easier, and how we can help you get it done.

How to ship a dog 101

Most pet shipping companies use airplanes to move pets. While air travel is more expensive than ground travel (for most people), for pets it actually makes sense. Air travel gets pets to their destination in a matter of hours as opposed to days. Considering pets need food and water, that’s a good thing.

But large breeds and dangerous pets can’t travel through the air due to regulations. So ground transportation is required. That’s where pet transportation specialists come in.

Ground transportation of pets is often done by either individuals, as a type of drive-away service, or professional transportation companies that specialize in live animal relocation. Either way, it’s cheaper than shipping a car, and doesn’t usually take as long.

Most pet moving companies will have crates and offer food and water for an additional price. Some may include it in the price. Make sure to talk to a representative and they’ll let you know.

How much does it cost to ship a dog?

Really, the cost to ship a dog isn’t that high. For short distances (those within a few hours’ drive), you’re looking around $200. Longer distances, of course, will cost more. But typically, it won’t cost more than $500 to ship a dog.

A number of factors will impact this though. How big is the dog? Does it have medications that need to be administered? Do you have your own kennel, or will the transport company be providing one? Will you be providing food, or will you need the transport company to do so?

These are all things that can affect the price you pay to ship your dog. By providing your own kennel, food and water, and being forthright about the breed and size of the dog will yield better prices in the long run.

Dog shipping checklist

Checking off the following prior to shipping your dog will yield better results and better prices in the long run. Not all of these are attainable, but the more you check off, the better.

  • Travel kennel (talk to an agent for appropriate sizes)
  • Food and water provisions
  • Leash and collar (make sure to have a proper tag for your pet as well)
  • Bedding (not all dogs sleep in a dog bed, but if you have one, use it)
  • Medications, if your pet needs any
  • Health records – shots, immunizations, etc

Ship your dog with American Auto Shipping today

Though we’re an auto transport company, we can help you arrange transportation for your pet, if you meet the criteria. Make sure to speak to an agent about our criteria for more information. You can get a free quote to ship by calling us any time at 800-930-7417.