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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 Maltese shipping

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

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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 Maltese, 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 Maltese 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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Maltese: The Aristocratic Companions

Origins and Temperament

The Maltese breed boasts an esteemed lineage dating back over 2000 years. Originally bred to be lapdogs for royalty and nobility in the Mediterranean region, these dogs are prized for their luxurious white coats and charming personalities. Endearingly sociable and affectionate, Maltese can form strong bonds with their owners, making them sensitive travelers who may require extra emotional support during journeys. Their instinctual attachment to their humans means they often need reassurance and attention when being transported.

Size and Physical Needs

Typically weighing between 4 to 7 pounds, the diminutive Maltese requires careful handling and cozy travel spaces. Despite their small size, they are energetic and benefit from regular exercise but can usually manage with short walks and playtime. When transporting a Maltese, it's important to provide a secure carrier with enough room to move around yet small enough to feel safe and enclosed. Soft bedding to cushion their delicate frames is also essential.

Common Health Considerations

Common health issues in Maltese include dental problems, luxating patella, and hypoglycemia. Securing their health documentation is key when traveling, ensuring that all vaccinations are up-to-date and any specific health needs are addressed. Prevention is better than cure; hence, maintaining a calm and stable environment during transit can help minimize stress-related health problems.

How to prepare your Maltese 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 current and ready to present if necessary. It's crucial for the wellbeing of your Maltese that these documents are easily accessible throughout transit, possibly in a waterproof folder or bag.

Identification and Tracking

Proper identification through a microchip and a collar with tags is vital. Consider equipping your Maltese with a GPS tracker for real-time location monitoring during travel.

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Comfort Items and Familiar Scents

Packing your Maltese's favorite blanket, toy, or item of your clothing can comfort them with familiar scents during the trip. This touch of home can greatly reduce stress for your furry companion.

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 Maltese

Managing Anxiety and Stress

Avoid disrupting your Maltese's routine leading up to the travel day. Introduce a calm, pheromone-sprayed sanctuary within their carrier, utilize anxiety vests if necessary, and ensure their favorite toys are within reach to create a serene atmosphere.

Exercise and Bathroom Breaks

Plan for frequent, scheduled stops to allow your Maltese to exercise and relieve themselves. Keeping a regular schedule helps maintain normalcy and reduces potential for stress.

Temperature Control and Hydration

The small stature of the Maltese makes them susceptible to extreme temperatures. Maintain a comfortable environment within the vehicle, preferably with air conditioning and access to fresh water to encourage regular hydration.

Post Transportation Care for your Maltese

Adjustment to New Surroundings

Once at the destination, allow your Maltese to explore their new surroundings at their own pace. Give them time to acclimate, providing comfort through continued use of familiar items from the journey.

Monitoring Health Post-Travel

Observe your Maltese closely after travel for any signs of distress or ill health. Contact a veterinarian if you notice any abnormalities in their behavior or appetite. It's always better to be cautious and seek professional advice.

Continuing Care and Routine

Returning to a regular routine as quickly as possible will help your Maltese settle in. Maintain consistent feeding, walking, and play schedules to foster a sense of normalcy and security in their new environment.

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