The capital city of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is famed for its architecture, bustling bazaars and gorgeous year-round weather. To the neighbouring states, Shimla is the first destination one thinks of with the onset of summer and the exponential climb in temperature, the hill station a lovely spot to unwind for a few days. If you’re someone who plans on visiting Shimla, you may want to take your pet with you. Here’s how you can do this.
Pet Friendly Crate
Choosing the right size of crate is the first step before any transportation. As your pet will spend all their time inside it for the duration of the relocation, the crate must be of the correct size. Your crate must not be too large, but large enough to comfortably house your pet. You must measure your pet properly in order to get the correctly sized crate. Here are a few guidelines on how to do the same.
Length of the pet: From the tip of the nose to the base/root of the tail.
Height of the pet: From the elbow joint to the ground.
Width of the pet: Across shoulders/widest point.
Height of the pet: In their natural standing position from the top of the head to the floor.
Make sure to add an extra 4 inches to the calculated height of the pet so there is enough headroom and the pet is not cramped in the crate. Your pet can only fly in a government-approved, IATA fiber crate.
Unlike an international export/relocation, within India, the transportation process is relatively simpler. You don’t need a titer test result or a microchip, as while these are recommended, they are not mandatory. However, there are a few requirements you need to meet from your end.
You will require your pet’s recent vaccination records, duly filled, signed, and stamped by your vet. Your pet’s vaccination record acts as their passport, and like your passport, it a document of utmost importance. It is important to keep your pet’s vaccination record up-to-date with all vaccinations dated properly and accounted for.
Veterinary Health Certificate
You will also require a veterinary health certificate. Otherwise known as a fit-to-fly certificate, it will be issued and filled by your local veterinarian professional.
Mode of Transportation
There are three modes of transportation that can be utilized for transporting your pet to Thiruvananthapuram which are via road, via rail, and via air.
The important thing to understand is that air transport is the most preferred and the most expensive of all the available modes. The reasoning is that it offers minimal travel time for your pet along with all the safety check-up procedures done beforehand.
The second mode of transport is by train. This is a comparatively cost-effective mode of transport; however, it will involve a longer travel time.
Traveling with your pet to Thiruvananthapuram via road may up to a full day, depending on stops and your origin location, which might prove to be mentally or physically unhealthy for your furry friend. Long travel hours can have adverse effects on your furry friend’s health. Hence, you must try to use the mode of transport which has the lowest travel time.