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Breed-Specific Legislation & Pit Bull Travel Questions

Thursday, October 30, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Nicole
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pit Bull and American Eskimo
From: United States
To: Trying to figure that out


Dear PetRelocation,

My sister and I are wanting to move out of the United States, however we are having a hard time finding a place that will allow Pit Bulls to enter. My question is, what countries allow Pit Bulls to be brought in from another country?




Hi Nicole,

Thanks for your question. Many countries do currently have breed-specific restrictions, and often airlines have particular rules in place, as well. We've come across a few online sources when researching this issue in the past -- here is a country-specific overview of different breed-specific legislation, for example.

If you tentatively decide on a country based on a list like this, from there we'd suggest contacting a vet in the city you want to live in to find out what they say about any breed laws or general cultural attitudes you may encounter. You can also double check with the Ministry of Agriculture of the desired country, as they should have the most up-to-date import rules.

As for flying, we recommend that all pet owners choose a pet-friendly airline. We typically work with United, KLM, Lufthansa and British Airways, as they all have established pet policies and dedicated staff members trained to handle pets safely. Again, once you've decided where you think you might want to move, research your airline options and contact the carrier directly to find out if your Pit Bulls can fly and if they'll need a custom reinforced crate (this would be the case for Lufthansa and United, for example).

We've encountered questions like this before, and last year assisted a Pit Bull named Stan when his owner was trying to figure out where to move -- he wanted to go to Denmark, but because there is a Pit ban there he ended up going to Amsterdam, instead.

Hopefully this helps to get you started, Nicole. Please contact us if you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door transportation services, and good luck with everything!

International Travel with Older Pets

Monday, October 6, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Yifat
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Mix
From: Israel
To: The Netherlands



Your website is very useful, thanks!

I have a 10-year-old dog that I will have to fly during January (as cargo). I would like to know how dangerous it can it be for a relatively old dog (this flight will be about 5 hours long), and also how much time the dog is left in the cold between the time the airplane lands and the time we get her?

I am really worried about this so hopefully your answer can help me.

Thank you,



Hi Y,

Thanks for reading our site, and thanks for your question!

The most important thing for you to do to ensure a safe flight for your dog is to choose a pet friendly airline. If a carrier has solid procedures that put a high priority on pet health, temperature shouldn't be a big issue (airlines like KLM, United and Lufthansa do not allow animals to be exposed to the elements for any significant amount of time, for example).

Pets should ideally be the last to be loaded onto the plane, the first to be removed upon landing, and they should be transported across the runway in a temperature controlled vehicle. The cargo area is temperature and pressure controlled, also, and if you've helped your dog to become acclimated to the travel crate, the experience will be made even more manageable.

Additionally, here are a few tips for traveling with an older pet. Essentially we recommend talking to your vet before making a decision, and then if you go forward take extra care with hydration and the above-mentioned safety tips.

If you think you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services, please give us a call or fill out our free quote form. If you'd like to search for agents on your own, we recommend checking the directory available on IPATA.org.

Good luck with everything, and please let us know if we can be of service!


U.S. Department of Transportation Expands Airline Reporting Requirements

Thursday, July 17, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, more airlines will be required to report incidents involving the loss, injury or death of an animal during transport. This expansion of the current rule is meant to "provide consumers with a fuller picture of an airline's safety record," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

Currently just 14 airlines have to adhere to reporting rules, but the expansion will mean that 27 carriers will now be responsible for filing annual reports detailing specific incidents as well as the number of animals carried. The definition of "animal" includes dogs and cats and also covers commercial shipments.

So what are the implications of this? As we told nbcnews.com, greater transparency is a good thing, and hopefully this will inspire every airline to do better when it comes to transporting pets. There are a handful of pet-friendly options out there now (we feel confident flying with a select few carriers, suck as KLM, Lufthansa and United), but it would be heartening and better for everyone to see greater attention paid to pet safety across the board.

Remember, pet travel is actually pretty safe overall, but there is certainly room for improvement. The pet travel industry continues to grow, and it's well past time for airlines offering pet travel options to truly commit to making their services as safe as possible. Greater accountability will help with this, and this new DOT rule is a step in the right direction.

If you'd like to know more, the Department of Transportation issues a monthly Air Travel Consumer Report and makes it publicly available on its website. If you're thinking about moving with a pet and have questions about it, please contact us.


pet in cargo

Cargo pet travel. (Photo Credit: Sandy Robins)



Dog Travel to Puerto Rico

Monday, July 14, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Pia
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Doberman
From: New York, USA
To: Puerto Rico


Dear PetRelocation,

I'm going to be staying in my new home in Puerto Rico for 2-3 months over the winter and need to take my dog because it's too long for me to be separated from her. She is a rescue dog and she has been through a lot of abuse before I took her into my home, so I don't want to put her through such a long separation. Besides, I'm going to be living there permanently sometime soon and I need her to get used to her new home.

After doing a lot of research on the Internet I'm finding out that it's a lot more difficult as I thought. What if any advice do you have for me??

I always fly JetBlue because that is one of the best and cheapest airlines to Aquadilla, PR but they are not very pet friendly when it comes to my size dogs!

I would appreciate any good advice and thank you for your time!



Hi Pia,

Thanks for your question, we'd be happy to offer some information. Pet travel can definitely seem overwhelming at first glance, but after spending some time learning more about the process it's common to start feeling a little more at ease.

Here are a few links that will help to get you started:


In terms of airlines, it's very important to choose a pet-friendly carrier. We often use United, for example, because they have an established PetSafe program.

Please know that it can be demanding and expensive to travel long distances with pets, and many pet owners decide that, while a permanent relocation warrants bringing their furry family members along, shorter trips or vacations often don't. Often it's in the pet's best interest to leave them with a trusted sitter rather than put them through the travel process repeatedly, but that's something that's up to you, of course. Feel free to discuss the issue with your vet as you work towards making a decision.

Hopefully this information points you in the right direction, Pia. If you're interested in finding our more about the door-to-door services we offer, please fill out our free quote form.

Thanks again for reaching out, and good luck with everything!


Questions About Guinea Pig Travel

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sandra
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Guinea Pig
From: Ireland
To: Cayman Islands


I wanted to know if its possible to bring my guinea pig from Ireland to Cayman?


Hi Sandra,

Based on the official pet import information offered by the Cayman Islands customs government website, it looks like you can bring your guinea pig with you when you move. To do so, you will need an import permit from the Veterinary Services of the Department of Agriculture.

Next on your checklist will be to find out about airline procedures and make sure you have a secure travel carrier for your guinea pig. Take a look at our blog for more information about air travel with a guinea pig.

If you think you'd like some help arranging your relocation, just fill out our free quote form or give our office a call at your convenience. Thanks for reaching out with your question, and good luck with everything!

Questions About Moving Dogs to Spain

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Autumn
From: Oklahoma City, OK, USA
To: Madrid, Spain
Pets: Teacup Poodle (6 lbs, 6 years); Teacup Pomeranian (4 lbs, 1 year old)
Dear PetRelocation,
I want to take my Teacup Pom and Teacup Poodle overseas with me, and I need to know if they can be put in the same carrier. About how much will it cost?
I also plan to put them both on a sleeping medication because my poodle doesn't travel well, is this allowed? This is my first flight and I don't want to lose them or not be able to pay for them multiple times if I get laid over. Please help!
Hi Autumn,
Thanks for your questions, we'd be happy to offer you some advice.
First, do not sedate your pets when you fly. It's not only dangerous, airlines will not let you fly if a pet has been sedated. Also, pets need to fly in their own airline-approved travel crates. If one or both of your dogs has anxiety about traveling, you'll want to help to get them adjusted as well as you can by crate-training them well in advance of the move.
If you are planning to hire a service to help with the move, you can probably plan to spend at least $4000 USD. Please fill out our free quote form if you're interested in finding out more about our door-to-door services and receiving a more precise price estimate.
It will be more affordable to handle the move yourself, but you'll need to make sure you follow the pet import requirements for Spain very carefully. We recommend using IPATA.org to find an agent if you find yourself looking for help with part of the move. We also always recommend choosing a pet friendly airline and asking your vet to do a pre-travel health check to address any concerns you may have.
Hope this helps to get you started. Please let us know if you have more questions, and good luck with everything!

International Travel with a Shih Tzu

Friday, April 11, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Lydia
From: Seattle, WA
To: Shanghai, China
Pet: Lucy
Dear PetRelocation,
My husband and I will be relocating to either Shanghai, China or Amsterdam, and I was wondering if I would be able to take my one-year-old Shih Tzu with me to fly overseas. Which airlines are most friendly to fly? Would they allow her to fly? She's healthy!
Hi Lydia,
Thanks for submitting a question to us, we'd be happy to offer some advice.
Every country is different when it comes to import requirements for pets, so take a look at the specific rules for China and for the Netherlands. China may require a quarantine depending on your port of entry, and the Netherlands does not have a quarantine if you meet all the requirements.
As far as airlines, it's important to choose a pet friendly carrier (we often use United, KLM and Lufthansa, for example). It will also help to make sure that your dog is comfortable spending time in her travel crate, as this will make the trip less stressful for her (and for you).
If you have questions about any of this, please give our office a call or fill out our free quote form. We arrange door-to-door pet moves and would be happy to discuss costs and logistics if you're interested in hiring some assistance.
Either way, good luck with everything and travel safely!

Questions about Flying with a Nervous Dog

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Shayna
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Large Dog
Pet Breed: Staffordshire Terrier
From: California
To: Honolulu, HI


Dear PetRelocation,

What airlines would you recommend to transport a large dog with separation anxiety issues? Also, what options do I have to calm down a nervous dog that I won't be able to fly with?




Hi Shayna,

Great questions. Not every pet is naturally travel-ready, but there are things you can do to help prepare him or her for a flight.

First, you'll want to secure the right-sized airline-approved travel crate (you may need to order a custom crate) and start helping your dog get used to it. If pets can see the crate as a safe and comfortable place, then their overall stress level will be much lower on the day of travel. This could take several weeks to accomplish, but it will be well worth the effort. You can find out more about crates and crate-training here.

Note that we do not recommend sedation -- in fact most airlines will not fly a pet who has been sedated. Suppressing a pet's natural ability to regulate their temperature and move freely within their crate could be dangerous, so as an alternative for anxious dogs we recommend the above-mentioned crate training along with plenty of pre-flight exercise. A tired pet makes for a better traveler.

As far as airlines, we recommend a pet-friendly carrier such as United, who we often use for our pet clients. When traveling with a large dog, it's important to check with the airline when you make your reservation to make sure your dog can get on a plane able to accommodate the crate.

Finally, since you're moving to Hawaii you'll want to research their import rules. The Hawaii pet import process is a little more complicated than it is for other states, so you'll need to do some advance prep work.

Please let us know if you have questions about any of this. We'd be happy to assist with your move if you're interested -- just fill out our free quote form if you'd like to know more.

Thanks for the question, and good luck with everything!


Safety Concerns about Cat Air Travel

Thursday, February 13, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Melinda
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Domestic
From: Moreno Valley, CA
To: Austin, Texas


Dear PetRelocation,

I have two male cats I am trying to move to Texas, and I am very stressed and nervous about how to get them there safely. If they're on a plane, are they in a good compartment where there is proper air conditioning and air flow?




Hi Melinda,

Your concerns are very understandable... At first glance it does seem a little scary to think about putting your cats on a plane and trusting that everything will go smoothly. The good news is that there are several steps to take to help make sure things do go as well as possible!

First, it's extremely important to choose a pet friendly airline. Not all carriers operate with the same sensitivity towards pets, and in our business we use a select few carriers to help move our pet clients. For your domestic flight, United will be your best choice, as their PetSafe program is tailored to make pet flights safe and comfortable.

In the right hands, your cats will be the last ones loaded onto the plane and the first ones removed, and during the flight they'll be in a temperature and pressure-controlled cargo area. Please take a look at our blog to find the answers to a few frequently asked pet travel questions, and if you're interested in finding out more about flying in general, you can read about how to minimize the risks of pet travel.

If you have further questions about your cats' relocation (note that they need to be up to date on their rabies vaccines and have vet health certificates, as well), please contact us at your convenience.

Hope this helps, and good luck with everything!

Planning Ahead for Safe Summer Pet Travel

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Suzie
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Golden Retriever


Dear PetRelocation,

I'm concerned about moving my 3-year-old Golden Retriever from Canada to Qatar in April 2014.

I understand that it starts to get very hot around this time in Qatar. Is this something i need to think about before I put Gibson on a plane? At what point do i say, "it's too hot for him to travel"? What is the cut off temperature?




Hi Suzie,

That's a good question. Temperatures definitely affect pet travel and it's important to plan ahead so as to keep pets safe and work around embargoes. When using a pet friendly airline, hot and cold temperatures don't come into play quite as much because, with carriers who have established pet policies, pets are exposed to outside conditions as minimally as possible.

That being said, many airlines operate using summer embargoes so as to avoid risk altogether. These policies change from year to year, so it would be a good idea to check with the airline you're thinking about using to find out how they alter their schedule during the summer. Here is more information about pet safety during summer travel for your information.

If you're interested in speaking to a PetRelocation specialist about your options (we have dedicated Asia/Middle East team members who have moved many pets to Qatar), please fill out our free quote form or give our office a call. You can also look over the pet import requirements for the Qatar here. Correction: A previous version stated "UAE" rather than "Qatar." We've updated the link to the Qatar requirements here. Thanks to our friend Jane for the correction!

Good luck with everything, and we hope to hear from you soon. 

Cat Travel Across the United States

Monday, January 20, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Jane
From: Tampa FL
To: Seattle WA
Pet: Archie is an American shorthair cat; 4 years old; 9 lbs. He is spayed and healthy.

Dear PetRelocation,
My daughter drove to Washington, and we need to send her cat to her. What is the best way to send Archie by air? What are IATA requirements for a carrier etc.? My concerns are the cat's welfare and cost.

I can drive to various airports, including Tampa, Orlando or Sarasota/Bradenton. I want a non-stop flight, if possible.

My daughter lives in Bremerton, WA - a large US Navy town. Since you list "Military moves," is it possible to deliver the cat to the Bremerton area?
Hi Jane,
Thanks for your questions, we'd be happy to offer some advice. First, in order to fly your daughter's cat will need to show proof of an updated rabies vaccine and you'll also need to obtain a health certificate from the vet stating the cat is healthy and fit to fly (this is required by the airline). Here is more information about domestic pet travel rules.
The crate does need to be airline approved, and you can find more information about that here.
We recommend flying with United Airlines, as they have an established PetSafe program. You can read over a few popular pet travel topics if you have any general questions about how to plan a safe journey for your cat. If you decide to sign up for our services (you can receive a quote by filling out this form) we would arrange for an agent to deliver the cat to your daughter's house from the airport.
If you have any further questions you're welcome to contact us. Hope this information helps to get you started!



Bulldog Travel: Returning to the United States

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Melissa
Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: 1 Dog, 2 cats
Pet Breed: English Bulldog, 2 domestic short haired cats
From: Jakarta, Indonesia
To: Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Dear PetRelocation,

We used your services to ship our bulldog and two cats to Jakarta, Indonesia (in May 2010) from Anchorage, Alaska. We were extremely pleased with the service you provided at that time.

I am considering returning to Anchorage with the pets in a few months while my husband completes his assignment. How difficult will it be to get our bulldog out of Indonesia and back to Alaska? Which airlines are willing to ship bulldogs?

Thank you,


Hi Melissa,

It's great to hear from you again! We'd be happy to discuss your upcoming return to the United States with you.

The import requirements for the United States are a bit simpler than those for Indonesia, so you shouldn't have to worry about as much prep time and paperwork for your return. The US does require proof of an up to date rabies vaccine and an international health certificate.

As far as airlines, PetRelocation has a preferred list of carriers we use, and with a few more details one of our specialists will be able to outline a move plan for you. As you know, flying with bulldogs and other snub-nosed breeds requires some extra care and attention to detail, and the time of year can come into play.

We're happy to talk to you about your options, so feel free to give our office a call or fill out our free quote form whenever you're ready.

Thanks for your message, and we look forward to hearing from you soon!


Air Travel with a Pug

Thursday, December 19, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Felipe
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pug
From: Stockholm, Sweden
To: San Francisco, CA, USA


I'm considering the possibility of relocating to San Francisco, CA in 2014, but one of my main concerns right now is that I have a pug and I would never leave him behind.

From my previous research I found out that it can be really problematic to take dogs with flat noses in airplanes, specially in such a long journey.

Have you guys ever done such a thing? Is it possible to do it with no risk? How can it be done?

Thank you very much!



Hi Felipe,

Thanks for your questions! Traveling with snub-nosed pets isn't necessarily impossible, but it does require extra care and attention to detail. We've helped many pugs and other brachycephalic breeds relocate and would be happy to offer some advice.

Please start by reading over these frequently asked pet travel questions as well as a few tips for flying with a snub-nosed dog. You will need to do some airline research if you decide to go forward, as many carriers have restrictions when it comes to flying certain breeds and flying pets during times of extreme temperature.

It's very important to choose a pet friendly airline, and you'll also need to have a travel crate that's large enough to allow plenty of good airflow. Of course, it helps to talk about all of this with your vet, as well.

We would be happy to further discuss your options with you, Felipe. Please feel free to fill out our quote form or give our office a call to learn more about how to move your pug safely. You're also welcome to peruse our blog for stories about snub-nosed breeds who have traveled all over the world (you can start with Coco, Simba and Virgo's story.)

Thanks again, and good luck with everything!


Importing a Cat to the United States

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Wolfgang
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
From: South Africa
To: USA, Michigan

Dear PetRelocation,

Besides the health certificate to be issued by a vet within 10 days prior to relocation, is there any other procedure/document required for my cat to make this trip?




Hi Wolfgang,

Thank you for contacting us. It sounds like you're on the right track -- and in addition to the health certificate you need to make sure you can show proof that your cat is up to date with the rabies vaccine. Take a look at the cat import rules for the United States here.

You also need to have an airline-approved travel crate and work to help your cat get used to spending time inside of it if she's not already. Here are a few cat crate training tips.

Additionally, we recommend taking care to choose an airline with established pet policies (we often use carriers like KLM, Lufthansa and United, for example). Check with the airline you end up using to find out about their most current pet preferences.

The United States is one of the easier places to bring a pet, but it's normal to still have questions at this point. Just let us know if we can be of further assistance, and good luck with the trip.

Pet Travel through Europe

Friday, November 29, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Inga
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Cocker Spaniel
From: Norway
To: Poland


Dear PetRelocation,

I am adopting a dog that I know from Norway and I want to take her down to Poland (Poznan) where I study. What exactly does she need to have in order for me to fly her down with me for Christmas? Is it okay if she starts her rabies shots now? How does it work with the rabies progress and the rest?




Hi Inga,

Thanks for the question! To start, take a look at the pet import requirements for Poland. You'll need to have your dog microchipped if she's not already and also make sure she is up to date on all her vaccines. As for rabies, she needs to be vaccinated within the last year and a minimum of four weeks before departure.

We recommend choosing your airline carefully -- we often use KLM and Lufthansa for European flights. Not all airlines have established pet policies, so it's a good idea to check with carriers ahead of time to find out what their procedures are.

Let us know if you'd like some help with your pet travels, Inga. Hope you have a great trip, and good luck with your studies!


Dog Travel from the Dominican Republic to Florida

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Linda
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pomeranian
From: Dominican Republic
To: Florida


Dear PetRelocation,

Archie, our three-year-old dog, flew from the UK to the Dominican Republic in May 2013 with his pet passport and all paperwork was okay.

Now, in April or May 2014, he will fly to Florida. I understand the rabies injection 30 days before and the certificate of good health, but I have other questions:

1. Does he need treatment for screwworm beforehand?
2. He is microchipped with a long number in his passport. I do not have any details on what make of chip that was used. I will try to get this information from my UK vet, but if I can't, how important is this?

If you have any other advice in regards to flying him into Florida I would be grateful. I am hoping to have him in a pet carrier at our feet for the flight.

Thank you,



Hi Linda,

Thanks for the questions, we'd be happy to help. As you review the pet import requirements for the United States, you'll see that in addition to the rabies vaccine and  health certificate, dogs coming from the Dominican Republic also need to show they are free of screwworm. This simply means that the health certificate must state that Archie has been found to be free of screwworm by the vet within five days of departure.

As for the microchip, we do recommend that traveling pets be microchipped but this not actually a requirement for entry into the United States. Please contact the airline you'll be using to find out about their policies regarding pet travel in the cabin and feel free to review these frequently asked pet travel questions to help illuminate the overall process.

Please contact us if you have more questions and think you'd like some assistance with your move. Good luck with everything -- hope you and Archie have a great trip!

Pug Travel Questions

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Vagner
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pug
From: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
To: Stockholm, Sweden

Dear PetRelocation,

Hi! I got so happy to know that there is a company like this to help pet owners... I would like to know if it would be possible to safely transport my 4-year-old pug to Sweden.

All the documentation is fine, but I am so scared about the 11 hour flight from Brazil to Europe. (Especially when I think that there will be one connecting flight in Europe.) Please, I need to know the truth about the future of my dearest dog.

Thank you very much in advance,



Hi Vagner,

Thanks for your question. Your concerns are understandable, but most pet owners find that their fears begin to disappear the more you learn about the pet travel process. Even traveling with snub-nosed breeds can be managed safely with the right preparations.

Before you do anything else, we advise sitting down for an honest talk with your vet about your dog's health. He or she may advise that you help your pet lose a little weight and work to help your dog grow accustomed to the travel crate. This cuts down on the chances that your pug will feel overly stressed during the flight and experience the breathing difficulties these breeds are known for.

Another important thing to do is choose a pet friendly airline. Some carriers have better pet policies than others (we often use KLM, United and Lufthansa, who all have experience shipping pets safely). This also gives you options like taking advantage of Lufthansa's animal lounge in Frankfurt, a facility that allows pets to have a break in the middle of their journey.

Finally, for pugs we recommend choosing a travel crate that's plenty large enough (maybe even one size bigger than you really need) to ensure that there is plenty of breathing room. For pet travel in general, it's important to start out well-hydrated, too.

Hopefully this helps to answer a few of your questions about going to Sweden with your dog, but if you're still wondering about anything and would like assistance, please fill out our free quote form. Thanks for contacting us, and good luck with everything!


Preparing for a Dog Move to Tanzania

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Trudy
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Bernese Mountain dog
From: Serbia
To: Tanzania

Dear PetRelocation,

What are the procedures for moving our dog to Tanzania? We always had pets but always made sure they stayed comfy/back. Our dog now won't take it if we left her behind. What can we do to make it most comfortable for her?




Hi Trudy,

Thanks for your question. Moving to a faraway place like Tanzania will definitely bring up some questions, so it's a good idea to get started early. Here is a link with more info about moving pets to Tanzania that will help get you started.

To help your dog have a comfortable trip, make sure she is at a healthy weight, exercises regularly, and is comfortable with her travel crate. Many people buy the crate several weeks before the trip and leave it out in the family room so that the pet can view it as a safe and comfortable place to spend time. Right before she flies, make sure she is well-hydrated.

It's also very important to choose a pet friendly airline. In the past we have used KLM to move pets to Tanzania (that's a picture of Bill below, who went to Tanzania with his family last summer). KLM has established pet policies and a good record of safety, as do United and Lufthansa, carriers we choose regularly, as well.

Hopefully this helps, Trudy. Please contact us if you think you'd like some help with your move, and good luck with everything!


"Barnacle Bill" moved to Tanzania with his family.



Traveling to the United States with Cats (Lots of Them)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Nancy
Number of Pets: 8
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Domestic Short Hair
From: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
To: Arizona, USA


Dear PetRelocation,

I will be returning to the USA after many years of working in Saudi Arabia and the UAE. I moved five cats from Saudi to the UAE and came back to Saudi with eight!! (I am not a cat hoarder.....yet!), so I will have eight cats to bring with me to the USA.

I have a home in Arizona and they will continue to live with me. I am aware of the vaccination requirements; my cats will have those all done before traveling and they have been microchipped, too. I have the airline travel crates for them also.

Would you be able to tell me what the best airlines to send my cats on from Saudi Arabia to the USA? I have heard that in the past that KLM was one of the best airlines, but I do not know if that's true now. I am very worried about them all making the trip safely (as all pet owners do). They made it from the UAE on the short flight to Saudi Arabia and did very well, but this trip will be different and much longer.

I would appreciate any advice you can give and resources, too.

Thank you,



Hi Nancy,

Your questions and concerns are completely understandable, and we'd be happy to shed some light on the process of moving your cats home with you. It sounds like you're aware of the import rules, but here's a link to the US pet import requirements just in case.

In terms of airlines, we do still recommend KLM due to their pet friendly policies and good record of safety. Others we often use include Lufthansa and United. When you know when you'll be traveling, it would be a good idea to give the airline a call to talk about their most up-to-date preferences regarding pet travel and see what they suggest about traveling with so many cats (it's unlikely they'll all be on the same flight, but that's nothing to worry about).

Talk to your vet for suggestions about how to prepare your cats for travel, and note that sedation is not recommended or allowed. We do recommend helping to acclimate cats to their crates by leaving the carriers out in a room where the kitties like to spend time; placing toys and treats inside the crates helps, too. Here's a link that goes into more detail about how to crate train cats.

If you think you'd like some help arranging your move, please fill out our free quote form. We'd be happy to offer an estimate of our services.

Hopefully this helps ease your mind a little! Just let us know if you have more questions and feel free to peruse our blog and Facebook for more pet travel tips and stories. Good luck!

Guinea Pig Travel to the United States

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Jeff
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Guinea Pig
Pet Breed: Guinea Pig
From: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
To: Rancho Santa Margarita, California


Dear PetRelocation,

We purchased our guinea pig in Canada. Is there any special paperwork required to bring her into the United States?




Hi Jeff,

The United States has pretty straightforward import rules when it comes to pets; in fact, for guinea pigs, the USDA does not impose any animal health requirements (please see here).

That being said, it would be wise to contact the airline you're using to see what they say about  transporting guinea pigs. You'll probably still need a vet health certificate stating your pet is fit to fly, and you'll need to have your guinea pig securely confined to a travel carrier that allows plenty of good airflow and meets the standards of the airline.

We've moved several guinea pigs in our day! See the picture below for an idea of what to expect. (Remember that it's important to for them to stay hydrated before a flight.)

Hope this has been helpful. If you have any more questions, please contact us. Good luck!