Moving Pets, Relocating Pets, Tips on moving pets in India
Now that you are about to change your location, the big question that comes in your mind is what would happen to your pet during relocation? Whether or not he would be comfortable? Moving pets from one place to another is not really easy. If the place where you are planning to shift is nearby your old place then it is okay. But what if you plan to change the state or the city and go to a far way place, where you won't be able to take your pet by car. Moving pets from one place to another could be a real tedious task; more tedious if it is in India. And it becomes more difficult for you on the part that you never consider your pet just as a pet but an important member of your family, the way I do. So here are few tips on moving pets in India, which I believe might be of some help for you.
Relocating pets or moving pets from one place to another can be done by three ways:
Moving pets by Air/Relocating pets by Air
Moving Pets by Road/Relocating pets by Road
Moving Pets by Rail/Relocating Pets by Rail
Moving pets by Air/Relocating Pets by Air
Moving Pets by air is one of the best options available for people residing in India. Within the country, moving pets become very easy by air, as the traveling time is too short and comfortable. Presently few airlines that allow moving pets by air/relocating pets by air include Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines, SpiceJet and Indian Airlines. What needs to be done is get a cage made for the pet comfort. Do keep in mind some moving area for the pet within the cage. The cage has to satisfy the IATA Specified norms. Few formalities that are to be completed when booking your pet's seat in an airline is requirement of following documents:
- Vet Certificate for the pet about Fit to Fly
- Up to date Vaccination Records of your pet
You may need to book the pet as an Excessive Baggage or you have an option of carrying them as a Cargo. It's advisable to reach at least few hours before the flight timings, since you may need to complete a few formalities. Thus the one of the few tips on moving pets in India is by air.
Moving Pets by Road/Relocating Pets by Road
Moving Pets by road is one of the best options one could have. It is absolutely suitable for your pet and offers 100% comforts to your pet. Relocating pets by road also makes it feasible to wait at proper intervals and allow the dog a little stroll. Traveling by road can be done as per your convenience and since the pets are mostly used to traveling by car, they are not very scared in the vehicle which is an additional advantage of moving pets by road/relocating pets by road. Its advisable to checkout for few pet friendly hotels on your route, which can make traveling feasible. Note down the addresses and phone numbers of such hotels which allow guests accompanied by their pets. Very few hotels in India are at present pet friendly and hence you definitely need to make a list of all of them which may fall on your route, in case your travel time would be more than 7 – 8 hours.
Moving Pets by Rail/Relocating pets by Rail
Moving pets by Rail could be a tedious job. It comes with its own price. Moving pets by trains or rail is definitely allowed but they have their own norms. One of the ways that the Indian railways provide is to keep them in the mini compartments usually meant for pets. This compartment is located just near the guard's room. Since there is usually single such compartment for many trains, it is a possibility that it could be already booked. What you need to do is book it in very well advance to avoid inconvenience. Additional information on when it comes to moving pets by rail/relocating pets by rail that one should always keep in mind is to check whether the train you are planning to travel does have such compartment or not. This is because every train may not have such facility. One thing that you need not forget is the actual condition of these pet compartments. The pet compartments attached to trains are really very small and are comfortable for small dogs. But big breeds like Great Dane or Labrador or German Shepherd may not feel comfortable; more if the travel time is more than a couple of hours. However what can be done is get down on every main station where the train halt for a long time and check on your pet dog. If you don't want to risk on getting down and check since the compartment may be very far from yours; request the guard to keep a check on him. This option of moving pets by trains could be very reasonable though it should be a last option following the discomforting your pet may to go through.
Another tips for moving pets in India by rail could be to book the entire First Class Coupe. First Class Coupes may get little expensive but form an ideal way to travel, as the dog stays with you and is comfortable. However you may need to check the availability as the First Class Coupes may not be easily available. So you would have to book them in advance. Things that you should have with you whenever to travel with your pet by train, is his vaccination chart and few medicines suggested by the vet for traveling discomforts.