While some taxi and cab services will transport you and your pet, such services are limited, and you will have to be present for the journey. A dedicated pet taxi service will take your dog to an appointment, drop them off or collect them from doggy daycare. And rather than using a crate, they will usually allow the dog to travel on the seat, offer a potty break if required, and if the dog is being driven to a short appointment, some services will wait around to transport your dog back home once the appointment is finished.
If your dog prefers to travel in a crate while in a car, it might be possible to arrange for this, and different pet taxi services do offer different services and additional extras so you will need to check with the service you use.
How Does It Work?
A pet taxi service works similarly to a standard taxi service except that the vehicle and driver specialize in the transport of pets. You don’t need to be present, which makes the service invaluable to owners with poor mobility or who need to get their dog to an appointment while they’re out at work or away from home.
Generally, the pet taxi service will want to meet the animal and owner first and can then be called upon whenever the dog needs to be transported to an appointment or any other location.
Taxi journeys usually incur a minimal fee that covers the first few miles of the journey, and longer journeys incur additional charges by the mile or according to how long the journey takes. A journey will normally include a toilet stop to allow your dog the opportunity to do its business and to ensure that they don’t go in the vehicle itself.
What Are the Different Types of Pet Taxi Services?
Generally, a pet taxi service will offer transport for a pet for almost any reason. But it isn’t just dedicated pet taxis that offer this kind of service.
Pet Taxi Uses?
Any time you need to transport a dog, and you don’t have transport, a pet taxi can prove beneficial.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Travel with My Dog?
Generally, pet taxi services are meant for use by dogs and other pets and are unable to take owners as well. If you need to travel with your dog, it might be best to look for a cab or ride-share service that will allow you to take your pet with you.
How Much Is a Pet Taxi?
Costs vary according to the particular taxi service, as well as the distance traveled and whether you need to make any additional stops or benefit from any other features. A short trip with no additional requirements can cost around $25.
Will The Taxi Stop for My Dog to Have a Potty Break?
For a very short trip, the taxi will not usually stop for a potty break, but over long distances, this is usually included in the price. It is beneficial to the driver and their vehicle to stop and allow your dog to pee or poop, after all. If your dog gets nervous and needs more than one potty break, check with the taxi service and driver to see if you can arrange more frequent stops.
Will the Taxi Wait While My Dog Has Its Appointment?
Some pet taxi services will wait while the dog has its appointment so that they can drop the dog off again afterward. Alternatively, they may return to collect the dog at the end of the appointment. Book in advance and check availability with the driver to ensure that your dog is catered for.
Pet taxi services are a convenient and comfortable way to transport a dog or other pet. You will usually meet the driver beforehand, which also gives your dog the chance to meet them. You can then use the taxi to transport your dog to vet appointments, to and from airports, and for any other appointment or transport requirements.
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