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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 Shih Tzu shipping

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

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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 Shih Tzu, 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 Shih Tzu 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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Shih Tzu: The Aristocratic Companions

Origins and Temperament

The Shih Tzu, often referred to as a "lion dog," is a breed with roots in ancient China, where they were treasured as royal pets of the Ming Dynasty. Characterized by their affection, loyalty, and outgoing personality, Shih Tzus are companion dogs that thrive on human interaction. When it comes to travel, their calm and friendly temperament typically translates into a pleasant journey. However, their regal heritage also suggests they might prefer a level of comfort during transit that befits their aristocratic origins.

Size and Physical Needs

Typically weighing between 9-16 pounds, Shih Tzus are a small breed with a sturdy build, requiring moderate exercise to stay healthy. While they do enjoy playtime and short walks, their compact size and relatively low exercise needs make them well-suited for transport. It's essential to provide ample space for them to move around comfortably and ensure they stay cool, as their short snout makes them prone to overheating.

Common Health Considerations

Shih Tzus can suffer from brachycephalic syndrome due to their flat faces, which may affect their breathing, especially under stress or in extreme temperatures. Other concerns include hip dysplasia and eye diseases. It's vital to have your Shih Tzu's health certificates and vet records handy during transport to address any needs that might arise swiftly. Preventative measures like travel-friendly water containers and temperature-controlled environments are key to a safe journey.

How to prepare your Shih Tzu 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 required health and vaccination records are up-to-date for your Shih Tzu. This should include a recent vet check-up certificate and a record of vaccinations. Keep these documents readily accessible during transport for any necessary inspections or in case of emergencies.

Identification and Tracking

An up-to-date microchip registration and a secure collar with tags are crucial for the safe travel of your Shih Tzu. Consider additional tracking options such as a GPS-enabled collar, especially for long-distance or cross-country travel.

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Comfort Items and Familiar Scents

Pack favorite toys, blankets, and even a worn shirt to assure your Shih Tzu that the scents of home are near. These familiar items can provide reassurance and significantly reduce stress levels during the journey.

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 Shih Tzu

Managing Anxiety and Stress

Keep anxiety at bay by bringing along your Shih Tzu's favorite toys and considering an anxiety vest if needed. Familiar sounds, like a recording of your voice or soothing music, can also help to calm a stressed pet. Practice calming techniques such as gentle stroking or speaking in a soft tone to soothe them.

Exercise and Bathroom Breaks

Plan for regular stops to allow your Shih Tzu to stretch and relieve themselves. A good rule of thumb is a break every 2-3 hours, depending on their routine and comfort level.

Temperature Control and Hydration

Maintain a cool, ventilated environment, as Shih Tzus are sensitive to heat. Offer water frequently to keep them hydrated, using travel-friendly bowls or dispensers designed to minimize spills.

Post Transportation Care for your Shih Tzu

Adjustment to New Surroundings

Upon arrival, give your Shih Tzu time to explore their new environment at their own pace. Keep their routine consistent with familiar feeding times and items to make the transition smoother.

Monitoring Health Post-Travel

Watch for any signs of distress or health issues following travel. Symptoms like unusual lethargy, lack of appetite, or behavioral changes warrant a visit to the vet to ensure they've weathered the journey well.

Continuing Care and Routine

Restore your Shih Tzu's normal routine as soon as possible. Continued care and regular schedules will reaffirm a sense of security and help your pet adjust to their new home.

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