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Employee Profile: Katy, International Relocation Coordinator

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 by Core Values

PetRelocation Employee Profile: Katy, International Relocation CoordinatorIf you enlist the help of PetRelocation to move your pet to the United Kingdom, you'll most likely be paired up with Katy. 

Katy specializes in arranging moves to this popular country for expats and transferees, and she works with clients to make sure their pets' vaccines, paperwork, flights and more are all properly in order.

A pet lover and former wedding planner, Katy is a natural fit for this unique position and she has made a huge difference in the lives of dozens of pet owners during the...

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Shipping Birds: Feathers, Beaks and a Whole Lotta Paperwork

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Cockatiel No one ever said pet shipping was easy, and when it comes to shipping birds, things can definitely get pretty tricky. The amount of paperwork involved in flying a feathered friend overseas is usually quite extensive. 

We recently moved Pipi, a very cute cockatiel, from New York City to Nagoya, Japan. His owners were thrilled to see him, and sent us this note shortly after he arrived:

Pipi has arrived 10 minutes ago. Now he is eating food and looks so happy. My son is so excited to see him. Of...

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Should Pets Be Sedated During Air Travel?

Monday, October 24, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Pet Sedation During Air Travel -- Is It Safe?No Sedation when Flying Pets!

Here at PetRelocation, we are constantly asked about sedation or the use of tranquilizers when flying our customers' pets. Simply, the answer is NO! 

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), sedating cats or dogs during air travel may increase the risk of heart and respiratory problems. Except in unusual circumstances, veterinarians should not dispense sedatives for animals that are to be transported.

The Unknown Effects of Tranquilizing Pets...

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Pet Shipping Story: Lucy and Ethel's Move to Oregon

Monday, October 24, 2016 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Incredible Experiences: Lucy and Ethel's Journey Across the United States

Hi PetRelocation,

I am extremely satisfied with your services. Penney was very helpful. I had explained to her that I was in hospital throughout the whole process, and prior to the pickup date I had friends who went to my house every day to care for Lucy and Ethel.  

Lucy in Oregon


My daughter arrived in Florida just in time to load the cats into the new airline-approved carriers. Your person took care of the vet health certificates and...

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Is it Safe to Fly With a Boxer Across the United States?

Sunday, October 23, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Boxers and Air TravelHi PetRelocation,

I have a 6-year-old Boxer and we are looking to fly him across country but will be returning in three months. Last time we did this we drove, but really are hoping not to!

Do you have an airline you recommend using? Would you be concerned about a Boxer flying between November and February?

Thank you!



Hi Lauren,

Pet air travel can seem daunting, but when properly planned, flying pets can actually be simpler and easier than a cross-country road trip. For domestic United States...

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Pet Travel: Layover and Transit Requirements at Airports

Saturday, October 22, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Pets, International Travel and Layovers

Layover and Transit Requirements for Traveling PetsWe received this question recently and thought it was worth sharing, as it addresses a common pet travel concern:

Q: I am traveling with my pet from India to Seattle via Amsterdam using KLM. There is a layover at the airport for four hours in Amsterdam. Will I need a microchip or a blood titre test for the layover? Thanks.

This is certainly a valid concern. When traveling with pets internationally, what do you need for layovers in different countries? The...

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Are HomeAgain Microchips ISO Compatible for International Pet Air Travel?

Friday, October 21, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Are HomeAgain Microchips ISO Compatible for International Pet Travel?Are HomeAgain Microchips ISO Compatible? 

Microchips tend to be a confusing part of pet travel, so we like to revisit this issue every once in a while in order to help clarify some of the muddier details.

In particular, after publishing a post about whether AVID microchips are compatible for international pet travel, we've been receiving a lot of questions about HomeAgain microchips and whether or not they're ISO compatible. In short, yes they are, but keep reading to find out more.

Take a look at...

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Dog Travel Spotlight: An American Staffie's Move to Ireland

Thursday, October 20, 2016 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Incredible Experiences: Dog's Happy Reunion

I was impressed with PetRelocation's ability to think outside of the box and ensure that we were able to get "Dog" home safely and with minimum fuss. 

Dog Travel to Ireland

Due to "Dog"'s breed, American Staffordshire Terrier, he was not able to accompany us to England when we moved there 6 years ago. He stayed home with my son in Texas for the first couple of years. 

Due to medical reasons, it was necessary for my son to join me in England 3 years ago and "Dog" was taken to a...

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Dog Travel Story: Two Rescue Boxers Move to Australia

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Incredible Experiences: Bella and Thorne's Move to Sydney

I moved from Toronto, Ontario in Canada to Sydney, Australia last month with my two boxers, Bella and Thorne to join my partner here in Sydney. This would not have been possible if it weren't for the professionalism, courtesy, knowledge and help from Australia/New Zealand expert Linda S. at PetRelocation. 


Bella and Thorne in Australia


Our two boxers both were adopted from Boxer Rescue Ontario, and each came with their own set of sad circumstances and baggage. Bella...

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Dog Travel to Shanghai: Luca and Polo's Relocation

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Dog Travel Story: Luca and Polo's Move to ShanghaiIncredible Experiences: Luca and Polo's China Move Story

I was very nervous to move our 8-year old Lhasa Apso (Polo) and our 3-year old Mixed Terrier (Luca) to Shanghai, China.

The PetRelocation team put every nervous thought to rest as we began the process of moving our beloved dogs. From our preparation vet visits to every step of our dogs' journey, the PetRelocation team kept us informed and made the mind-boggling process worry-free.

Our dogs did fabulously on the journey to Shanghai! We...

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Dog Travel Advice: How to Move Pets to South Africa

Monday, October 17, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

I have a few questions :)

1. We were toying with the idea of renting a car and driving to NYC where we could catch a direct flight to Johannesburg to avoid multiple flights for the pets, but worry that three days on road trip and THEN a flight may be just as terrifying for them. What do you think? Which is easier on a pets psyche?

2. If we went with you as our movers, would we be on the same flights as our pets? If so, do we get to see them during layovers?

3. Do the dogs get a...

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Moving to Arizona? Learn About Arizona Pet Laws

Monday, October 17, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Arizona dog license lawsPet friendly Arizona has some of the strictest regulations in the country when it comes to pets. Dog owners moving to Tucson and other cities like Phoenix and Scottsdale should be aware of the area pet laws in order to avoid fines.

For people new in town, here is some information from the Pima County Animal Care Center website:

It is required that all dogs over 3 months of age be licensed. You will need proof of current rabies vaccination before licensing your dog.  

You need to provide:

  • A...
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Tips and Advice for Air Travel With Older Dogs

Saturday, October 15, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

phoebe, belgian malinoisWe recently posted a picture of one of our customers, a 14-year-old Belgian Malinois named Phoebe, on the PetRelocation Facebook (that's her pictured to the right). This distinguished beauty attracted lots of attention from our fans, and she also inspired a few people to ask about moving older dogs.

Moving a young, healthy pet can be daunting enough, so it's no surprise that the thought of flying an older pet can cause loving owners to feel a little nervous. 

In honor of Phoebe's successful (and...

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Air Travel With Rabbits -- How Does it Work?

Friday, October 14, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

rabbit travel tipsHi PetRelocation,

I would like to know about the requirements for relocating my pet rabbit from India to the USA.

What documents and vaccinations would he need? Can he travel as a carry-on in the cabin? Which international airline would permit this? Is there a quarantine for rabbits entering the United States?



Hi Keerthi,

Thanks for the questions! Information about traveling to the United States with a rabbit can be found on the USDA website. You'll probably be happy to see that...

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Pet Travel News Round-Up: Fall Tips and Flying Rules

Friday, October 14, 2016 by Pet Travel News

6 fall pet travel tips (whether you're driving, flying, or even staying home). 

Vague rules about emotional support animals make flying complicated for some.

Are pets the newest customer base for medical marijuana?  

Meet Kelcey, a hard working member of our International Pet Relocation team. 

Check out the latest and greatest pet travel stories



Enjoy the weekend!


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Is There Quarantine for Dogs Traveling to Scotland?

Thursday, October 13, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

I need to get my dogs to Scotland from the United States and I'd like to know where to begin. I'm not sure what is required; is there a quarantine that needs to be done?

Thank You,

Hello Sue,

Thanks for contacting us! To start, here are the pet import import requirements for Scotland. We also have a guide to moving pets to the UK that should help you along your way in terms of figuring out vaccine and paperwork requirements as well as tips for booking pet friendly...

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Five Common Misconceptions About Pet Travel

Thursday, October 13, 2016 by Pet Travel News

lucy the bulldogTraveling with pets, whether you're handling the details yourself or hiring experts to help you, can be an overwhelming experience for many reasons.

The fact is, though, there are many misconceptions about pet travel, and clearing them up will make life much easier. Read about a few common misapprehensions below, take a moment to adjust your point of view accordingly, and travel well, everyone!

1. Pets should travel the way humans do

Example: many air travelers have trouble with the idea...

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Rabbit Travel Story: Amber's Relocation to the United States

Thursday, October 13, 2016 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Rabbit Travel from Japan to the United StatesIncredible Experiences: Amber's Big Move

After about six years of teaching English in Japan, I took a giant career leap by deciding to become a reiki practitioner (a profession that is actually more popular in the U.S. than in Japan), so after receiving my licenses, I prepared to make the big move.

However, this meant moving Amber, my long-eared and nose-twitching tiny roommate, across the ocean—a potentially difficult and frightening process.

I know I could never have done this smoothly without...

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Should I Sedate My Cat for Air Travel?

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Should I Sedate My Cat for Air Travel? Hello PetRelocation,

I'm taking my cat on the plane but am super concerned about having to take him out at security. He can be aggressive when anxious. My vet prescribed 10mg Acepromazine for my 15.5 Ibs cat but I feel reluctant giving it. What are your suggestions? Sedative or not?




Hi Anke,

This is an important question. Owners sometimes wrongly assume that their pet's travel will be less stressful if they are sedated. However, sedating a pet when flying is dangerous and is one of the...

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Relocating Dogs to Belgium: Annie's Move Story

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Dog Travel to Belgium: Annie's MoveIncredible Experiences: Annie's Move to Brussels From Georgia

The most important and stressful aspect of our international move was the relocation of our beloved dog Annie.

PetRelocation was fantastic in making this as smooth, safe, and stress-free as possible.

Everything that our consultant told us about how it would work was, in fact, exactly what happened.

We greatly appreciate all of your efforts to ensure that this went well... which it did.

We are delighted with the service and would highly...

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