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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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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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6 Tips for Safe and Easy Fall Pet Travel

Thursday, October 6, 2016 by Pet Travel News

5 Tips for Safe and Easy Fall Pet TravelSmart Tips for 6 Fall Pet Travel Scenarios

Being a dedicated pet owner means being ready for anything.

No matter what the next few months hold for you, take a minute to look over our favorite travel tips for fall to help make sure your whole family stays safe and happy throughout this busy season.

International Pet Travel

As we've discussed in the past, November through January can be tricky times to arrange pet shipping due to high traveler volume and government office closures during the holidays.


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Can Two Pets Travel in One Crate When Flying?

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Can two pets fly together in one crate?Your pets are best friends. They go everywhere together: they shop at the pet store, comfort each other at the vet's office, and more often than not they even share a bed.

Many pet owners love seeing their pets share this bond, and when it comes time to travel, take comfort in knowing that their pets will be making the big trip together.

But how close is too close when it comes to comfort and safety? This question comes to us from our Facebook page (have you liked us on Facebook? Take a look if...

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Video: Explore the Lufthansa Animal Lounge in Frankfurt

Monday, October 3, 2016 by Pet Travel News

Pet travel is safer and more transparent than ever before, but the details and processes can still feel mysterious, especially if you're planning your very first pet shipping experience.

That makes it great to see videos like this one just released by Lufthansa Cargo. Lufthansa is a very pet friendly airline, largely thanks to its dedicated Animal Lounge in Frankfurt, Germany.

Pets who are traveling to Frankfurt or just transiting through can take advantage of this modern and accommodating...

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PetRelocation Employee Profile: Ashley, Strategic Accounts Manager

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 by Core Values

Ashley, PetRelocation ConsultantAshley Myers is a senior member of the PetRelocation team and has experience planning pet moves all over the world, in particular for our corporate clients.

Though she started with us here in Austin, currently Ashley works remotely from her home in Colorado and keeps in touch with the team through daily phone calls and emails.

A dedicated dog owner herself, Ashley is known for being upbeat, detail-oriented and wholly committed to providing excellent service to her clients during the stressful time...

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Pet Transport Advice on Transiting and Layovers

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Hello There,

I will be traveling with my dog from Chicago to Israel and will stop in Austria for two hours.

Should my dog be vaccinated for Tapeworm? Is this a requirement by the Austrian authorities? He recently got his three-year rabies shot (in April).

Thank you for your help!




Hi Yoav,

Thank you for your question!

We often field inquiries about layovers and vaccine requirements, and essentially the answer is this: unless you are switching airlines or leaving the airport, you do not...

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What's the Best Pet Shipping Route to Japan from Boston?

Friday, September 23, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

For a potential move from Boston to Japan, how would you choose the best flight options for the least amount of stress and anxiety?

Would a nonstop flight still be preferred, even though it is 13-14 hours long? If there were a layover instead, would the dog be allowed out in between flights?

Thank you so much!



Hi Patrice,

Thank you for your question, it's a great one. Routing is one of the key parts of planning a smooth and safe pet move, and our team of experts takes...

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Pet News Round-Up: New Dog Laws & Pet Travel Stories

Friday, September 2, 2016 by Pet Travel News

Cool pet product: Petcube is all about connecting with your furry family members.

Read up on Montreal's new "dangerous dog" law.

Virgin Australia is aiming to be the country's most pet friendly airline.

Are you a future Hong Kong expat? Read these tips for bringing your pets to Hong Kong safely.

Here are our latest domestic and international pet travel stories.


wheaton terriers

Have a fun weekend, pet lovers!

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Pet Travel Spotlight: 5 Hong Kong Challenges and How to Overcome Them

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 by Top Pet Travel Destinations

hong kong pet travel spotlight part two

After answering a few frequently asked questions about pet travel to Hong Kong in Part One of our Hong Kong Spotlight, we now turn our attention to another hot topic: Common obstacles that arise when tackling your dog or cat's relocation to Hong Kong.

Pet travel can be overwhelming no matter how prepared you are, so to help ease your family's transition to Hong Kong here are a few roadblocks to watch out for.

Import Permit

All pets will need an import permit in order to gain entry into Hong Kong...

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Can Mixed Breed Dogs Travel to New Zealand?

Thursday, August 18, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

Can I bring my dog to live with me in New Zealand? She is a boxer mix according to the animal shelter where I got her. We think she is a boxer bulldog mix, so would she be considered a hybrid species, which are not permitted?

I really want to move to New Zealand and would be devastated if I couldn't take her with me! She is microchipped and has all of her shots.




Hi Gigi,

Thanks for the question! Confusion can arise around the pet import requirements for New Zealand...

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Top Pet Travel Destinations: Hong Kong FAQs

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 by Top Pet Travel Destinations

hong kong pet travel faqs

Hong Kong continues to be a popular destination for pet owners moving for work and adventure, and we are happy to make pet travel to Hong Kong as smooth as possible in spite of the somewhat complicated requirements.

Here are a few questions we frequently answer about traveling with pets to Hong Kong -- read on to find out more and let us know if you need help arranging your pet's move!

What are the requirements for moving pets to Hong Kong?

Hong Kong is a rabies free country, which means its pet...

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Employee Spotlight: Evelyn, China & Hong Kong Pet Relocation Consultant

Thursday, August 11, 2016 by Core Values

Evelyn PearlBecause it's a big world and each country's pet import rules are a little different, we maintain 'destination teams' here at PetRelocation. This means each client works with a Consultant who has specific knowledge and experience with the country to which they're moving, and with each move our team members gain even more mastery in their area of focus.

Clients moving to Hong Kong and China are lucky to be matched with Evelyn Pearl, our expert in these areas of the world. Evelyn has moved pets all...

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The Secret Life of Pet Shippers | Part Two

Thursday, August 4, 2016 by Pet Travel News

sarah & avaWelcome back to our two part series exploring the secret lives of pet shippers! As we began to discuss in Part One, helping pets relocate to a new home with their families is all about being detail-oriented and obsessed with pet safety.

Straight from our team, here's more about what it's like to work in this unique industry.

The Perks

Relocating pets is a challenging profession, but there are great things about it, too. In particular, our team of pet shippers agrees that connecting with clients...

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How are Pets Transported to New Zealand?

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

Traveling to New Zealand would be a very long flight for my dog and I'm worried it would negatively impact her.

Do the dogs get checked on during the flight? What accommodations are made for food/water and going potty? Is the area the pets are transported in illuminated?




Hi Anne,

Excellent questions! It is a long flight to New Zealand (and to many other popular pet friendly destinations), but in our experience pets are able to handle the trip with no lasting negative...

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The Secret Life of Pet Shippers | Part One

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 by Pet Travel News

maegan and baxterHelping pets relocate with their families is a job unlike any other. On a daily basis, our Relocation Coordinators and Consultants juggle logistics, pet safety, client needs, airline policies, international government regulations, and so much more.

Curious about what it's really like to help pets move with their owners? In honor of the recent hit movie The Secret Life of Pets, go behind the scenes for our two-part series all about the secret life of pet shippers!

The Skills

Our team of Relocation...

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Pet News Round-Up: Pets on Amtrak, Pets on Planes

Friday, July 22, 2016 by Pet Travel News

Meet the globetrotting pets we featured this week.

It's here to stay: learn more about Amtrak's pet travel policy.

What airline should you choose when flying with a pet in the United States?

APHIS Pet Travel is here.

These hotels have the best pet perks.


lou in belgium

Have a great weekend, pet lovers!

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Pet Safe Airlines for Domestic Dog Travel

Monday, July 18, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

We are moving to the San Diego area from New York sometime between September and October 2016.

We are interested in having our 4-year-old, healthy doodle travel by plane. From my research it seems flying him as manifest cargo is the wisest option.

Can you recommend airlines who deliver top notch care? My vet is a huge supporter of this method of travel for him as well.




Hi Joanne,

It's great to hear from you -- we love discussing pet friendly air travel!

First of all,...

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The Summer Pet Travel Checklist

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 by Pet Travel News

Moving during the summer can be challenging thanks to temperature related restrictions and a higher volume of travelers, but with the right planning your pet's trip can still go smoothly.

Take a look at this quick rundown of summer pet relocation tips to ensure success!

1. Travel Kennel

Ventilation and comfort are key when it comes to creating a positive travel experience for your pet, so choose the right travel crate and talk to your pet relocation consultant to see if sizing up might be a...

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Incredible Experiences: Two Beagles Move from Texas to the United Kingdom

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 by PetRelocation.com Customer

ralph & riley"Ralph and Riley's International Relocation from Texas to Wales!"

My kids are Ralph (11 Years old) and Riley (9 years old) and here is the story of their move from Texas to Wales. I moved to the United States from Wales 20 years ago and made the decision to finally move back to my country to be with my family. The decision to move was the easy part; the decision that affected my kids was the hardest part. I knew this would mean them flying in cargo, and my dogs having to fly below me confined in...

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