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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 Portuguese Water shipping

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

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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 Portuguese Water, 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 Portuguese Water 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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Portuguese Water Dog: The Aquatic Adventurer Companions

Origins and Temperament

The Portuguese Water Dog, known originally for its role alongside fishermen in Portugal, is a breed steeped in history and purpose. These energetic dogs were tasked with herding fish into nets, retrieving lost tackle, and even delivering messages between ships and shore. Bred for companionship and work on a bustling deck, they possess a spirited disposition marked by intelligence, bravery, and a love for water. When it comes to travel, their intelligent and obedient nature makes training them for transportation easier. However, their energy levels and need for activity should be factored into the transport equation to ensure they remain comfortable and stress-free.

Size and Physical Needs

Typically ranging from 35 to 60 pounds, Portuguese Water Dogs are medium-sized canines requiring ample space to stretch and move about. Their waterproof coat and webbed feet make them natural swimmers, so it's crucial to provide them with opportunities for physical activity even during travel. Accommodations during transportation should allow for movement and contain absorbent materials, as their coats may retain moisture after exercise or bathroom breaks.

Common Health Considerations

Like any breed, the Portuguese Water Dog is prone to certain breed-specific conditions such as hip dysplasia, eye disease, and GM1 storage disease. It's imperative that pet parents obtain a health certificate and any other relevant health documentation before embarking on travel to ensure their furry friend is fit for the journey. Detailed records can also aid in quick veterinary support if needed during transit.

How to prepare your Portuguese Water 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

A complete set of up-to-date health and vaccination records is essential for the safe transportation of your Portuguese Water Dog. Maintaining a file that includes proof of rabies vaccination, general health checks, and necessary preventative treatments, easily accessible during transit, provides peace of mind and adheres to regulatory requirements.

Identification and Tracking

Ensuring that your Portuguese Water Dog is properly identified is critical. A microchip, alongside a collar and updated tags with contact information, provides a reliable means to locate your pet if they become separated from the transporter. Further safeguard their safety with GPS collars or trackers, so you can monitor their location in real time.

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Comfort Items and Familiar Scents

The inclusion of a beloved toy, blanket, or article of clothing carrying the scent of home greatly aids in comforting your Portuguese Water Dog during travel. These familiar items can provide reassurance and a sense of security in the midst of the new and changing environments they encounter.

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 Portuguese Water Dog

Managing Anxiety and Stress

Combat travel-induced stress with your Portuguese Water Dog's preferred toys or comfort items. An anxiety vest or calming scents may also help, in addition to maintaining a calm demeanor yourself. These items and techniques can soothe your dog, making the travel experience more pleasant for everyone involved.

Exercise and Bathroom Breaks

Maintaining a schedule that includes regular intervals for exercise and bathroom needs is crucial for a Portuguese Water Dog's well-being on long trips. Plan for breaks every 2-3 hours to allow your pet to stretch, play, and relieve itself, helping to manage energy levels and comfort.

Temperature Control and Hydration

Portuguese Water Dogs have a thick coat that can lead to overheating in warm conditions. Regulating the travel environment to maintain a cool temperature, combined with providing constant access to fresh water, ensures that your pet stays hydrated and comfortable throughout their journey.

Post Transportation Care for your Portuguese Water

Adjustment to New Surroundings

Upon arrival at their new home, ease your Portuguese Water Dog into their new environment gradually. Allow them to explore at their own pace, ensuring they have access to familiar items that can alleviate any apprehension or stress they may feel.

Monitoring Health Post-Travel

Keep a close eye on your Portuguese Water Dog's behavior and physical state following their travel. Should they display signs of distress or health issues, consult with a veterinarian promptly to address any possible effects of the journey.

Continuing Care and Routine

Re-establishing a consistent routine regarding feeding, exercise, and sleep helps your Portuguese Water Dog adapt and thrive. Maintain their regular care regimen to support a seamless transition to their new life and environment.

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