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Air Travel with a Puppy

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Alicia
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Puppy
Pet Breed: Weimaraner-hound mix
From: Oregon, USA
To: Texas, USA

 

Hi!

I have a weird question and I'm wondering if you would be able to answer it for me. I'm hoping to get a puppy in the next few months (I live in Austin), and my sister's dog happens to be pregnant (in Oregon) and she wants to give me one of her puppies.

In your professional opinion, is there any way to transport an 8-week-old puppy from Oregon to Texas? And is there a way to do it that won't cost a crazy amount of money? I'm trying to decide if it would be worth it to try and transport the puppy out here, or if it's not worth the hassle and try to find a puppy locally instead. Thanks for your help!

Thanks,

Alicia

 

Hi Alicia,

Not a weird question at all! Congratulations on deciding to bring a puppy into your life.

In terms of the general travel logistics, securing an airline-approved crate, booking a pet flight with the airline, and securing the vet health certificate most airlines require will likely amount to a few hundred dollars. Here are some guidelines for domestic pet travel if you'd like to take a look. 

Because this is such a young pet, we'd definitely advise consulting with a vet about health and safety issues as well as with the airline about their requirements -- typically proof of a rabies vaccination is required, but an exception might be made for young animals depending on the carrier.

As a company policy, PetRelocation does not transport dogs under the age of 16 weeks. This allows time for pets to grow strong enough to handle the travel experience safely and also makes them old enough to receive their vaccinations. Not everyone adheres to this guideline and of course the decision is yours to make, but we would probably recommend waiting until the puppy was older before traveling such a long distance (at which point we'd be happy to help you arrange the trip!)

Feel free to contact us if you'd like to speak to a Specialist. Thanks for reaching out, and good luck with everything!

 

Temperature Restrictions and Pet-Friendly Airlines

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Audra
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: West Highland Terrier
From: Chicago
To: Phoenix 

 

Hi,

I have a question about the airlines having a temperature restriction because it is too cold to take the pet. I am flying into Chicago from Ireland, then going to Phoenix from there. I have the dog on the first leg of the flight but the second seems to be a potential problem.

How can you keep the dog in a warm environment and the airline can't? Can I get you to keep the dog from the time we drop him off before the flight so that we don't have to worry about not being able to fly? How much would it cost? I just want to know we can fly and not worry about having to rebook or lose our money. The flight I want is on American Airlines at 12:05 on Dec.23rd. Thank you for your help.

Sincerely,
Audra
 

Hi Audra,

Thanks for reaching out! We'd be happy to discuss your move options with you -- please give us a call at 1-877-PET-MOVE to speak to a Specialist or fill out our online consultation form at your convenience. 

Generally speaking, we highly recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline with established pet policies. Carriers like United do not allow pets to sit on the tarmac or remain outdoors for any significant amount of time, for example, so temperature isn't as much of a factor in this case as it might be for other airlines.

Another thing to keep in mind: holiday pet travel can be hectic and filled with extra hurdles, so please proceed mindfully. Again, please contact us if you think you'd like to hire some assistance with this move.

Hope to hear from you soon!

The Multiple Solutions for Pet Travel

Monday, November 24, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Shani
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Miniature Pinscher Mix
From: United States
To: UAE - Dubai or Abu Dhabi

 

Dear PetRelocation,

We may be moving our dog from the US to the UAE - either Abu Dhabi or Dubai. I have read that the only way dogs can enter the UAE is by cargo. I am REALLY nervous about transporting our little guy this way all the way from the US.

Is it possible to fly to Germany or some other mid-point with him in cabin and then do the last leg of the flight as cargo? If so, would it be worth having a few day layover in Germany for him to recover before shipping him as cargo? Thanks so much for your help.

Thanks,

Shani

 

Hi Shani,

Thanks for reaching out with your question. When it comes to planning pet travel there are usually many possible solutions, and we'd be happy to go over a few options with you to help you find the right one!

First, please know that pet cargo travel is safe when planned with a few guiding parameters; these include choosing a pet-friendly airline, talking to your vet about any pet health questions you have, and helping your dog to be acclimated to the travel crate. Read more about pet travel basics here

We typically use KLM when flying pets from the US to the UAE. This pet-friendly airline has trained staff and solid pet-safe procedures that help make even a long trip as comfortable as possible for furry family members (they even have a pet hotel).

After more research you may decide to choose this carrier for your dog's flight, or you may want to stick to your original idea and break up the flight. Note that if you change airlines or leave the airport, you'll most likely need to provide additional paperwork.

It often helps to read the pet travel stories of other pet owners. Take a look at a few of our recent customer stories for an idea of what the process entails and how it feels once the move is over. Additionally, you can look over the pet import requirements for the UAE, as well. 

We'd be happy to provide additional information and let you know more about our door-to-door services if you're interested. Please contact us if you'd like to speak to a Specialist to go over these options in more detail, and either way, good luck with your trip!

Cat Travel to the UK from an Unlisted Country

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Evren
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Long-haired House Cat
From: Turkey / Istanbul
To: UK / London

Hi,

I have read many things but the pet travel process is still confusing. Hope you can help me.

I will be moving to London to live long term. My cat is 7 years old. I am not an EU citizen or resident of the UK yet. Am I allowed to bring my cat anyway, and will there be any quarantine for my cat as I am coming from Turkey?

How long will the transport take in total? My cat is about 7 kg; how much will this cost? Also, he is not so friendly to strangers. Is this a problem?

Thank you so much.

Regards,

Evren
 

Hi Evren,

Thanks for contacting us with your question. Moving pets to the UK certainly requires careful preparation, so it's a good idea to research carefully and start the process early.

You'll find all the official information about import requirements on the gov.uk site. Turkey is an "unlisted country" so the rules are a bit different -- your cat will need a microchip, rabies vaccination, blood test, official veterinary certificate and you must use an authorized carrier and an approved route. Three months must pass from the day the blood sample is taken to the day of departure.

Good news: if you meet all of these requirements, your cat will not need to undergo a quarantine.

The length of the trip will depend on a few factors (namely the route and airline you choose). Note that we highly recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline -- we often use Lufthasa, KLM and British Airways. These airlines have pet-oriented policies in place and will have trained staff members used to dealing with all kinds of pets with all kinds of temperaments. To promote as smooth a trip as possible, you can attach a note to your cat's travel crate stating he is wary of strangers in order to give the handlers some warning during a comfort stop.

If you have any questions about this process and think you'd like to hire some help, please fill out our consultation form online. Our costs for moving a small pet internationally generally start at up to $3500 USD, but your expenses will vary based on a few different variables.

Hopefully this helps, Evren. Let us know if we can be of further service, and good luck with your trip!

Make Sure Your Pet Travel Crate is Airline-Approved

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Rachel
Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: DSH
 

Hi PetRelocation,

Can you folks recommend a US airline-approved cat carrier? I am flying on United from New Jersey to DC, but they have requirements for the crates that I cannot find here in Israel.

One cat is going to be in the cabin with me and my other two monsters will be in cargo. I see many kinds of carriers and crates online, but their pictures do not show how the two pieces are bolted together. I would appreciate any guidance!

Thank you for your time,

Rachel

 

Hi Rachel,

Thanks for your question! Please take a look at our website for some information about airline-approved cat crates. We typically use Petmate Sky Kennels and recommend them to our clients who need to order their travel carriers online.

Ideally you can have your pet "try on" a crate before buying it to make sure it's the right size, but when that's not possible you can measure carefully to make the right choice. 

Find out more about pet carriers and pet travel through our Petmate portal and our blog, and please feel free to contact us if you have any more questions about your upcoming trip.

Good luck to you and your little monsters!

Air Travel with a Medical Alert Dog

Monday, November 17, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kathy
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Yorkie
From: Minnesota, USA
To: Prague, Czech Republic

 

Dear PetRelocation,

My husband and I will be relocating to Prague in early December. My husband has a Medical Alert Dog (an 11 lb Yorkie) who travels with him. What are the required forms to enter the Czech Republic?

Thank you,
Kathy
 

Hi Kathy,

Thanks for submitting a question to us, we'd be happy to help with some information.

Please take a look at the pet import requirements for the Czech Republic. Regardless of your pet's status as an assistance dog, you'll need to follow the country's import rules.

We'd also like to draw your attention to these basic pet travel tips and this overview of air travel with a service dog (this post is primarily devoted to designated service animals rather than support animals, but it may have some helpful info for you, too). 

You'll definitely want to contact the airline you're flying with to find out what their specific procedures are when it comes to in-cabin assistance dogs. Different carriers have different rules, and you don't want to encounter any surprises that could cause delays on the day of departure. Lufthansa allows Guide Dogs, Emotional Support and Psychiatric Service dogs to fly free in the cabin, for example, but their website doesn't mention Medical Alert animals (so you'll need to check with them to see if it will be possible to bring your dog in the cabin).

Please contact us if you'd like a consultation with one of our PetRelocation Specialists, and feel free to explore our blog to learn about other pet travel topics of interest.

Hope this helps to get you started, Kathy. Thanks again for reaching out, and good luck with everything!

Summer Pet Travel: It's Not Too Early to Start Planning

Thursday, November 13, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Linda
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Beagle and a English Cocker Spaniel
From: London, UK
To: Scottsdale, Arizona

 

Dear PetRelocation,

We may be relocating around June or July in 2015. Will my dogs be able to fly to Arizona during those months?

Thanks,

Linda

 

Hi Linda,

Thanks for your question! Summer pet travel is definitely an important topic, and it's crucial to educate yourself about the conditions and caveats well in advance.

Since this trip is still several months away and most airlines adjust their summer pet policies at least a little bit from year to year, it's too early to give you a definitive answer. That being said, we can point you in the right direction and tell you where to find the information you need.

Here are some details about summer airline embargoes from last summer, which will give you an idea of what to expect. Since your dogs are not snub-nosed breeds you probably won't face quite as many restrictions, however in the past British Airways (the airline you might be leaning towards using) has implemented flight restrictions for PHX during the summer. Many pet owners end up sending their pets earlier or later than originally planned in order to avoid embargoes like this and keep their pets safe. It may not fit your schedule ideally, but it's an option you may need to consider.

United is another one of our preferred airline carriers for pets all year round because they have solid pet-friendly policies. Even if it's hot, temperature shouldn't be a huge factor because pets are transported to the plane in an air-conditioned vehicle, given plenty of water, etc. Since pet safety is a priority, though, occasional embargoes are enacted.

We recommend checking in with the airlines directly to find out if they have any tips or predictions for you about this summer, and you can always keep an eye on pet travel blogs (like ours!) as your departure draws nearer so that you receive any updates that may be available.

Finally here, are a few safety tips for pets traveling in the summer as well as a link to our consultation page, which you can fill out if you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services.

Good luck with everything!

"Should We Bring Our Dog on Vacation Abroad?"

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Denise
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Lakeland Terrier
From: (Traveling internationally in general)
To: (Traveling internationally in general)

 

Hi PetRelocation,

My husband and I would like to travel abroad on vacation for two weeks to four months with our Lakeland Terrier and wonder the best source of information on how to travel with your dog. Can we take him on the plane with us under certain weight restrictions for an international flight? Do animals get passports?

Thanks,

Denise

 

Hi Denise,

Sure, we'd be happy to help with some information. For general country requirement details, take a look at our resources page or check out the USDA website (assuming you're starting in the United States). To drill down further, it's typically a good idea to contact the Ministry of Agriculture of the country you're interested in for the most up-to-date info about pet import rules there.

Here are a few answers to frequently asked pet travel questions that may help shed light on the pet travel process, as well. In summary, we recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline, asking your vet to do a health check before you go, and teaching your dog to be as comfortable as possible in the travel crate through crate acclimation.

It sounds like your dog may be too large to fly in the cabin with you (typically only small dogs have this choice), so this trip may entail cargo travel. This is a safe option when you choose a pet-friendly carrier like KLM, Lufthansa or British Airways, but it can also be expensive and taxing for your dog to experience multiple times in a short period.

Along with the paperwork and vet visits, you may find that the logistics of bringing your dog with you as you travel to several different places may be more complicated than you first imagined. It definitely makes sense to bring pets along on a permanent move, but often people find that vacationing with a pet just doesn't make sense for them. It might be better to leave your dog with a trusted sitter, instead.

It's up to you, of course, and hopefully the suggestions and links above will help you find your way to the right decision for you and your dog. Let us know if you have more questions, and good luck!

Planning Ahead for Holiday Pet Travel

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Melisa
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Dachshund
From: USA (Chicago, IL)
To: Poland

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I am traveling to Poland for the Holidays with my Dachshund. We are going from Dec. 11 to Jan. 2 and I want to know what's needed for us to safely enter Europe (Poland) and return back to the US. When I go to the vet what do I need done -- shots, vaccinations, etc.

I don't want to have any issues.

Thank you!

Melisa

 

Hi Melisa,

Great questions, we'd be happy to help. First, take a look at the pet import requirements for Poland and, for your return trip, the pet import requirements for the United States. Your dog will need to have a microchip, up-to-date rabies vaccine, and a health certificate.

We definitely recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline  (we often go with Lufthansa, KLM and United) and double checking with the carrier you choose to find out about all crate requirements, etc. For your reference, here are a few pet travel best practices.

Also very important: we recently discussed on our blog that pet travel during the holidays can be particularly challenging and hectic due to possible delays and office closures. Please take a look at our additional tips for holiday travel to help educate yourself and hopefully avoid any issues.

If you have more questions or think you'd like some assistance, please contact us to discuss your move options. Hope you have a smooth trip and a happy holiday season!

 

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?

Thanks,

Nicole

 

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

 

Hello,

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,

Y

 

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!

Regards,
Pia

 

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

Hi,

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

Thanks,
Sandra
 

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!
 
Thanks,
Autumn
 
 
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!
 
Thanks,
Lydia
 
 
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?

Thanks,

Shayna

 

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?

Thanks,

Melinda

 

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?

Thanks,

Suzie

 

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?
 
Thanks,
Jane
 
 
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!