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Your dog is so much more than four legs and a tail — they’re members of your family and best friends for life. We’re proud to be the nation’s top-rated and leading service for dog transportation.

Our unique process matches you with a fleet of pre-screened drivers with prior experience at transporting dogs, with strong emphasis on your pet's comfort and safety.

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What determines the cost of Akita shipping

Here's what you need to know about safely transporting your Akita.

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Ground and air travel have different associated costs. Flying is typically the fastest option, but also the most expensive and taxing on your pet.

Travel distance

The further you need to transport your pet, the more it'll cost. If you're using ground transportation, you'll have to factor in fuel costs, lodging, meals on the road and wear-and-tear on your vehicle. These costs are applicable whether you drive the pet yourself or you hire a transporter through CitizenShipper. Airlines charge more for longer plane rides as well. This is due to the cost of fuel and the need compensate pilots and flight attendants.

Pet size

Smaller pets are easier – and less expensive – to transport. If you’re flying your Akita, they’ll need to travel in the cargo hold if they’re over 20 pounds. You’ll also need to buy a USDA-approved crate, which can cost around $200. With ground transport, it’s easier for drivers to accommodate small pets.

Health clearance and travel equipment

The first step to transporting your Akita is ensuring they’re healthy enough to travel. Most species require a vet-issued health certificate to cross state lines. This will cost $50 to $300. You’ll likely need to purchase some equipment too – such as a crate and travel supplies.

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Akita: The Majestic Companions

Origins and Temperament

Hailing from the mountainous regions of Japan, the Akita is a breed revered for its noble and fearless nature, traced back to the 17th century as a royal guardian and hunting companion. Known for their loyalty and dignified demeanor, Akitas are often reserved and contemplative, though they can exhibit a playful side with their trusted humans. The breed's characteristic independence and wariness of strangers necessitate a considerate approach when it comes to travel, ensuring they feel secure and respected during their journey.

Size and Physical Needs

Akitas boast a robust stature, typically weighing between 70-130 pounds, and require sufficient space to stretch and rest comfortably. Their thick double coats and strong build mean they need regular exercise to maintain health, but they must have a cool environment to prevent overheating. Special accommodations during transport may include spacious crates, frequent rest breaks, and climate control to cater to their size and physical requirements.

Common Health Considerations

Akitas are susceptible to certain health conditions, such as hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and eye issues. Prior to transport, they require up-to-date health documentation, including a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI). It's crucial to be proactive about their health by ensuring vaccinations are current and preventative measures for travel-related stress are in place.

How to prepare your Akita for transport

At CitizenShipper, we pride ourselves on making pet transportation a breeze. However, there are things you can do ahead of time to make your best friend’s trip safer and more comfortable.

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Talk to your veterinarian

Your pet’s safety is number one – that’s why checking in with your vet before finalizing any travel plans is essential.

Can’t make it to the vet’s office in time? Conveniently video chat with a qualified veterinarian at FirstVet – one of our amazing partners.

Here are the questions you’ll want to ask your vet:

  • Is my pet healthy enough for transport?
  • Is my pet up to date on their vaccines?
  • Is my pet’s microchip still in place and scannable?

Health and Vaccination Records

Essential documentation includes a recent health check approved by a veterinarian, vaccination records particularly for rabies, distemper, parvovirus, and kennel cough, ensuring they are readily available during transit.

Identification and Tracking

Secure identification is fundamental for an Akita's safety. Ensure your pet has a microchip and wears a collar with tags featuring up-to-date contact information. Consider adding a GPS tracker for an additional layer of security.

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Comfort Items and Familiar Scents

Reducing an Akita's anxiety during travel can be aided by providing a blanket or toy with the familiar scent of home. This olfactory comfort can have a soothing effect and serve as a source of reassurance throughout the journey.

Essential pet transport travel supplies include:

  • Food, bowls and fresh water
  • Collars and leashes
  • Waste bags
  • Medication
  • First-aid supplies
  • Any travel documents
  • A secure, USDA-approved travel crate

Traveling to a new place is exciting but stressful for your pet. Pack their favorite toys, a bed or a comfy blanket to help them enjoy their journey. Familiar items remind them of home and will soothe their anxiety.

Tailored Travel Tips for Akita

Managing Anxiety and Stress

To alleviate any discomfort, bring along the Akita's favorite items, consider an anxiety vest if they've responded well to one before, and practice calming techniques like gentle massage or soothing music during travel.

Exercise and Bathroom Breaks

Schedule ample exercise and bathroom breaks, consistent with your Akita's usual routine. Regular stops will allow them to stretch their legs, relieve themselves, and manage their energy during a long trip.

Temperature Control and Hydration

Maintain a comfortable temperature within the vehicle, being mindful of their thick fur's propensity to hold heat. Ensure your Akita stays hydrated by providing constant access to fresh water and avoiding feeding them right before or during travel to prevent upset stomachs.

Post Transportation Care for your Akita

Adjustment to New Surroundings

Acclimating an Akita to new surroundings should be gradual and patient. Allow them to explore at their own pace, providing reassurance and maintaining a presence to reinforce their confidence in the new environment.

Monitoring Health Post-Travel

After arrival, observe your Akita for any signs of stress or health issues. If they exhibit unusual behavior or symptoms, consult with a vet promptly to address any possible travel-related conditions.

Continuing Care and Routine

Establish a consistent routine for feeding, walking, and playtime to help your Akita transition smoothly. Continued care in their new home, including routine veterinary visits, will ensure their well-being and comfort after the journey.

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