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Pet Travel Advice: Air Travel With Big Dogs

Friday, December 2, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

rhodesian ridgebackHow to Travel by Air With Large Dogs

Hi PetRelocation,

My dog is just over a 100 lbs, and I am having a hard time finding an airline that will fly a dog that large. Are there any airlines that you recommend?

Thanks,
Ashlee




Hi Ashlee,

Great question! We know that pet travel with large dogs can be somewhat challenging, so we're happy to share our experiences and advice with you.

First, take a look at this recent blog post we wrote about moving big dogs. You'll see that you may need to buy a custom...

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Pet Travel Question: Layovers and Pet Flights to Asia

Thursday, December 1, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Pet Friendly Airlines for Pet Travel to Asia

 

Hi PetRelocation,

Do you recommend booking a long (21 hrs) direct flight for a nervous dog or is it better to book a layover?

Do you have an airline you recommend that flies US to Asia?

-Risha


Great question, Risha! It might surprise some people, but we do generally recommend booking a layover in order to give pets a chance to stretch their legs and spend some time outside the travel crate. Though it will make the overall trip a bit longer, we believe...

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How to Keep Pets Warm When Traveling

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

cat with a scarfTips for Keeping Pets Warm During Winter Travel

If the winter weather has you worried about comfort levels during pet transport, here are some tips for keeping your furry friends toasty and comfortable during their pet shipping experience.

Use a pet friendly airline.

We can't repeat this enough -- using pet friendly airlines is the best way to make sure that your pets are kept in climate-controlled, pressurized conditions for their entire trip. This is not only important in the summer months, when...

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Tips for Safe Air Travel With a Pug

Monday, November 21, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Goonie the PugHi PetRelocation!

I'm considering the possibility of relocating to San Francisco, CA next year, 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 on 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!

Felipe

 

Hi Felipe,

Thanks for your questions!...

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Pet Travel Advice: Shipping Dogs to Kenya

Thursday, November 17, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

What Documents Does a Dog Need to Enter Kenya?

Dear PetRelocation,

My little dog, who weighs 7 kg and already has his vaccinations up-to-date, has also has been microchipped. 

Although Kenyan airways agreed to fly him when we checked in with him (he was mentioned on my husband's ticket) they refused him entry so we have flown out without him. We have had conflicting advice from various sources, including the Kenyan embassy in Paris.

Could you tell me what documents our dog needs to enter Kenya, what...

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Pet Shipping Tips for Safe Winter Travel

Thursday, November 10, 2016 by Pet Travel News

Levi the dog in the snowWinter Is Coming (And Pet Travel is No Game)

Winter seems like the perfect time to plan your pet's move. This means you can align your travel schedule and your holiday vacation plans while also avoiding the heat embargoes summer usually brings. Traveling in colder weather is better for your pet, right?

Not necessarily, says our team of pet travel experts. As winter approaches, so does unpredictable weather, which can lead to quite a few issues with planning safe routing.

Here are a few things to...

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How Old Should a Puppy be Before Traveling Internationally?

Thursday, November 10, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Hello PetRelocation,

What documents will I need to bring my dog into the United States? Also I was told that puppies need to be at least three months old to enter the state, is that so? And can a local veterinarian prepare the health docs for the puppy?

Thank you,

Ruth

 

Hi Ruth,

Thanks, those are great questions. The United States has relatively easy pet import rules -- essentially you need proof that the rabies vaccine is up to date and you need a vet health certificate telling the airline that...

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Incredible Experiences: Three Pets Move to the UK

Thursday, November 10, 2016 by PetRelocation.com Customer

daisy and dolly"PetRelocation made a stressful move so easy!"

When I found out I had the opportunity to move to London, UK to advance my career, I was excited but incredibly nervous. I knew I could never leave my two dogs and my cat behind in the United States (Atlanta, GA). My pets are a part of my family; they are my children and they mean the world to me! Moving without them was not an option.

Before I even accepted the job offer, I began researching options to move my pets abroad. To say that I was nervous...

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Pet Travel Question: Exporting a Dog From Vietnam

Sunday, November 6, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Hello, how are you? I bought a pet while I was on vacation and I wanted to transport him to the United States.

Can you tell me what steps I need to take to do this?

Thanks,
Justin



Hi Justin,

We're doing well, thanks for asking! To move a pet to the United States, you'll need to meet a few basic requirements that include acquiring a health certificate and making sure your dog has been vaccinated against rabies.

Check out the United States pet import rules, and we also recommend that you start...

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Service Dog Travel to Australia

Friday, November 4, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Emotional Support Dogs and Service Dogs Traveling to Australia 

Hi PetRelocation,

Can I travel with my emotional support animal (in cabin) to Australia? Which airline would you suggest?

Thanks,
Ingrid

 

Hi Ingrid,

Thank you for your question. We typically use Qantas Airlines for our Australia pet moves, and they have explicit rules about pet travel. Service animals are sometimes allowed to travel in cabin, but certain requirements must be met and this is only applicable to particular routes. Also,...

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Safety Tips for Flying Internationally with a Pug

Thursday, November 3, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

PugPug Air Travel Advice

Dear PetRelocation,

My husband is hoping to get a job teaching at an international school next year. However, before he thinks about looking for a job, we want to know if it will be possible to relocate our 24 lb Pug abroad?

His height, length and weight exceed all maximums for traveling in the airplane cabin, but we have heard horror stories about sending a Pug in cargo. He is extremely sensitive to heat and can easily become stressed.

Is there any way that I will be able to...

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Pet Travel Question: Moving Pets from Brazil to the US

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Planning Pet Travel to the United States From Brazil

 

Hi PetRelocation,

I would like to know what companies can move my pets for me, and what is the documentation required to bring them to the United States. Thanks a lot!

-Ana Cristina



Hi Ana Cristina!

Thanks for your question. For your information, here are the pet import requirements for the United States. This country has some of the easier rules for importing pets, so primarily you'll need to focus on acquiring the International Health...

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Can You Rent a Dog Travel Crate?

Thursday, October 27, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Dear PetRelocation,

I've never flown internationally with my dog before. Does Lufthansa Airlines rent dog crates?

Thanks,

Nicolae
 

 

Hi Nicolae,

Thanks for your question! First, here are a few basic international pet travel tips that may come in handy, and here are the pet import requirements for the United States.

To answer your question, no, Lufthansa does not currently rent crates (and neither does any airline, to our knowledge). You'll need to buy your own airline-approved travel crate at a pet...

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Pet Travel Preparation Tips: How to Crate Train Your Cat

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Tips for Cat Crate TrainingCat Crate Training Tips That Work

Planning a relocation that includes your pets adds a fair amount of prep work to the equation. Not only do you have to research pet import requirements, schedule vet visits, and buy an airline-approved travel crate, you'll need to help your furry friend feel comfortable spending time in the crate as best you can.

Some pet owners are lucky to have dogs or cats that tolerate or even like stepping into their home-away-from-home, but others have a challenge at hand....

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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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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

Lucy

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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Pet Travel Question: Pit Bull Travel Restrictions

Sunday, October 23, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

In 2010 we had huge problems bringing our Pit Bull to Germany due to various restrictions. We're now considering a relocation from Mexico to one of the above countries. Any advice you have is highly appreciated.

Gracias,
Gunnar



Hi Gunnar,

Thank you for your question -- we're sorry to hear about the challenges you've faced. Many airlines and countries are less than welcoming when it comes to Pit Bulls, but we'll try to help you with some information.

According to our recent...

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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!

Lauren

 

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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