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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 Chow Chow shipping

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

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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 Chow Chow, 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 Chow Chow 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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Chow Chow: The Stoic Companions

Origins and Temperament

With roots tracing back to ancient China, the Chow Chow is a breed steeped in mystery and nobility. Originally bred as multi-purpose working dogs, today's Chows are known for their dignified and reserved nature. Their aloofness towards strangers and loyalty to their family can influence their travel needs, as they require a calm and secure environment. Understanding their guard dog instincts is pivotal to ensuring a stress-free trip, with extra consideration given to their need for space and familiarity.

Size and Physical Needs

The Chow Chow, a medium to large breed, typically ranges from 17 to 20 inches in height and 45 to 70 pounds in weight. With a lush double-coat and an impressive lion-like mane, they require proper ventilation to stay cool. Exercise is an essential part of their routine but must be balanced with rest, as they can be prone to overheating. This is especially important during transport, where regular stops for stretching and cool-down periods are a must.

Common Health Considerations

Chows may be susceptible to hip dysplasia, entropion, and other health concerns that necessitate careful handling during travel. It's crucial to have your pet's pertinent health documentation readily available, which includes a current health certificate and vaccination records. Pre-trip veterinary checks can help identify potential issues, ensuring that preventative measures are in place for a secure and comfortable journey.

How to prepare your Chow Chow 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

Before embarking on a trip, ensure all health and vaccination records for your Chow Chow are up-to-date and on hand. These documents are not only essential for your pet's safety but also may be required by various state regulations.

Identification and Tracking

Proper identification is vital. Outfit your Chow with a sturdy collar, ID tags containing your contact information, and consider the benefits of microchipping. For additional peace of mind, you can explore GPS trackers that attach to your pet's collar.

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Comfort Items and Familiar Scents

To make the transit experience more soothing, bring along a favorite toy, blanket, or even a piece of your clothing. The familiar smells will act as a comforter, reducing stress and anxiety.

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 Chow Chow

Managing Anxiety and Stress

Be attentive to your Chow's emotional well-being. Bringing along a beloved toy or considering a snug-fitting anxiety vest can provide a sense of security. Practice calming techniques prior to travel to prepare your Chow for the trip.

Exercise and Bathroom Breaks

Chow Chows will benefit from a routine schedule for exercises and bathroom breaks, ideally every few hours. These pauses allow for physical relief and a chance to burn off energy, keeping them more content while traveling.

Temperature Control and Hydration

Given their thick fur, maintaining a cool environment is crucial to prevent overheating. Ensure your vehicle is well-ventilated and the temperature is monitored. Ample water supply is also essential to keep your Chow hydrated and comfortable.

Post Transportation Care for your Chow Chow

Adjustment to New Surroundings

Give your Chow time to explore and become accustomed to its new home at its own pace. Offering treats and showing patience during this transition can alleviate stress and foster a sense of security.

Monitoring Health Post-Travel

Keep a watchful eye on your Chow Chow's health after arrival. Look out for signs of stress or illness and maintain communication with a veterinarian, particularly if your pet exhibits any concerning symptoms.

Continuing Care and Routine

Quickly establishing a regular routine for feeding, walking, and playtime will help your Chow settle in. Consistency and ongoing care are fundamental to their long-term wellbeing in their new environment.

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