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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 Cairn Terrier shipping

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

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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 Cairn Terrier, 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 Cairn Terrier 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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Cairn Terrier: The Adventurous Companions

Origins and Temperament

Hailing from the Scottish Highlands, Cairn Terriers are intrepid and alert little canines with a history as hunters of small prey among the cairns (rocky piles). This heritage gives them a bold and curious nature that often leads them to explore their surroundings thoroughly. Their travel needs might be influenced by their tendency for vigilance and activity, so ensuring a secure and engaging environment during transit is essential.

Size and Physical Needs

Cairn Terriers typically weigh in between 13 to 14 pounds with a spirited demeanor that belies their small stature. They require regular exercise to satisfy their high energy levels; however, they are compact enough to travel comfortably in small spaces. Special accommodations during transport should include a secure carrier that provides enough room for them to stand and turn around easily, along with opportunities for physical activity during stops.

Common Health Considerations

Generally robust, Cairn Terriers may be prone to certain issues like allergies, cataracts, and luxating patellas. Ensure all health documentation, particularly a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI), is up-to-date before travel. Preventative measures such as a flea and tick regimen and carrying any regular medications are integral to a safe and smooth journey.

How to prepare your Cairn Terrier 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

It's imperative to have a comprehensive set of health and vaccination records on hand, both for peace of mind and to meet any interstate or international travel regulations. These documents include proof of rabies vaccination, a recent health certificate from your vet, and a record of any other vaccinations.

Identification and Tracking

A microchipped Cairn Terrier with up-to-date contact information ensures that, in the event they get loose, they can be returned safely. A collar with identification tags and considering a GPS tracker attachment can provide an additional layer of security.

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Comfort Items and Familiar Scents

Comfort items such as a favored blanket or toy can greatly reduce stress by providing the familiar scents of home. Such items act as a soothing presence for your Cairn Terrier during the disorienting experience of travel.

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 Cairn Terrier

Managing Anxiety and Stress

To alleviate potential anxiety, include a familiar and comfy pet carrier, favored toys, or even an anxiety vest if your pet is accustomed to it. Additionally, calming techniques such as gentle music designed for dogs or pheromone sprays can help maintain a relaxed environemnt.

Exercise and Bathroom Breaks

Schedule regular stops for exercise and bathroom breaks every 2-3 hours to cater to the Cairn Terrier's active nature. This not only aids in managing their energy levels but also helps to prevent accidents inside the vehicle.

Temperature Control and Hydration

Maintain a vehicle temperature that is comfortable and avoids extremes, utilizing air conditioning or heating as appropriate. Always have fresh water available to ensure your Cairn Terrier stays well-hydrated during the entire trip.

Post Transportation Care for your Cairn Terrier

Adjustment to New Surroundings

Cairn Terriers tend to adapt well to new environments, but it helps to introduce them slowly. Show them where they can find their essentials, such as food, water, and their sleeping area, and maintain as much routine as you can from their previous environment.

Monitoring Health Post-Travel

Keep a close watch on your Cairn Terrier's behavior and health post-transit. Look out for signs of stress or illness and if in doubt, do not hesitate to consult with a veterinarian.

Continuing Care and Routine

As soon as possible, establish a regular routine for your Cairn Terrier, inclusive of consistent meal times, walks, and play. This consistency helps your pet settle and thrive in their new home.

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