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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 Labrador Retriever shipping

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

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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 Labrador Retriever, 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 Labrador Retriever 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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Labrador Retriever: The Affable Companions

Origins and Temperament

Labrador Retrievers hail from Newfoundland, not Labrador, as their name would suggest. Originally used to help fishers haul nets and catch fish that escaped from fishing lines, their kind nature, intelligence, and eagerness to please have made them one of the most popular breeds in the United States. Labradors are known for their even temperament and sociable nature. When it comes to travel, their adaptable and friendly disposition makes them good candidates for transport, but their enthusiasm and energy levels should be considered to ensure they remain calm and comfortable on the journey.

Size and Physical Needs

Labradors are medium to large dogs, typically weighing between 55 to 80 pounds, which means they require plenty of space to travel comfortably. Their high energy levels and need for regular exercise should be taken into account when transporting them over long distances. Labradors will benefit from a transport carrier that gives them enough room to stand and turn around easily. Moreover, making sure they've had plenty of exercises before embarking on the journey can help them rest during transit.

Common Health Considerations

Labradors are prone to certain health issues, such as hip and elbow dysplasia, heart disorders, and hereditary myopathy. It's crucial to have a veterinarian check-up before travel to ensure they're fit for the trip. Health documentation, including proof of vaccinations, a health certificate, and records of any ongoing treatments, is essential not only for the safety of the dog but also to comply with state and interstate travel regulations.

How to prepare your Labrador Retriever 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

Ensure all health and vaccination records are up-to-date, with the rabies vaccine being particularly important. Keep these documents on hand during travel for easy reference or if they need to be presented to authorities.

Identification and Tracking

A Labrador Retriever should wear a collar with an ID tag including the dog's name, your name, and contact information. Additionally, microchipping your pet and considering a GPS tracker can significantly increase the chances of a reunion if they accidentally get loose during transport.
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Comfort Items and Familiar Scents

Pack a favorite blanket, a worn t-shirt, or a cherished toy to provide comfort through familiar scents. These items can greatly reduce stress by offering a sense of stability and home.

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 Labrador Retriever

Managing Anxiety and Stress

Consider bringing a beloved toy or an anxiety vest if your Labrador is prone to nervousness. Familiar sounds, like a recording of your voice or soothing music, can also have a calming effect.

Exercise and Bathroom Breaks

Plan for frequent stops every 2-3 hours to allow your Labrador to stretch, exercise, and relieve themselves. This not only breaks up the monotony of the trip but also helps manage their energy levels.

Temperature Control and Hydration

Labradors can overheat, so it's vital to maintain a comfortable temperature in the vehicle. Always have a supply of clean water available and encourage your Labrador to drink regularly to stay hydrated.

Post Transportation Care for your Labrador Retriever

Adjustment to New Surroundings

Upon arrival, give your Labrador time to explore their new surroundings at their own pace to become comfortable. Maintaining familiar routines as much as possible will aid in a smooth transition.

Monitoring Health Post-Travel

Monitor your Labrador for any signs of stress or illness post-travel and consult a veterinarian if you notice any irregularities.

Continuing Care and Routine

Re-establish a regular feeding, exercise, and bathroom routine as quickly as possible. Consistency will help your Labrador adjust and feel secure in their new environment.
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