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Exploring The Heathrow Animal Reception Centre

Friday, October 28, 2016 by Pet Friendly Airports

heathrow animal reception centreIn order to meet the pet import rules of the United Kingdom, all pets entering or re-entering the country must pass through one place: the Heathrow Animal Reception Center (HARC). It can be hard to know what to expect from facilities like this, but luckily there is quite a bit of information out there if you know where to look.

To save you some time, we've compiled several details about the HARC so that families transporting pets to the United Kingdom will know what to expect. Hope this helps!


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Employee Profile: Katy, International Relocation Coordinator

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 by Core Values

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

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

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

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Shipping Birds: Feathers, Beaks and a Whole Lotta Paperwork

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

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

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

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

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Should Pets Be Sedated During Air Travel?

Monday, October 24, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

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

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

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

The Unknown Effects of Tranquilizing Pets...

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Are HomeAgain Microchips ISO Compatible for International Pet Air Travel?

Friday, October 21, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

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

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

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

Take a look at...

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Dog Travel Story: Two Rescue Boxers Move to Australia

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Incredible Experiences: Bella and Thorne's Move to Sydney

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


Bella and Thorne in Australia


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

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Moving to Arizona? Learn About Arizona Pet Laws

Monday, October 17, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

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

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

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

You need to provide:

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

Saturday, October 15, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

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

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

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

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

Friday, October 14, 2016 by Pet Travel News

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

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

Are pets the newest customer base for medical marijuana?  

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

Check out the latest and greatest pet travel stories



Enjoy the weekend!


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Five Common Misconceptions About Pet Travel

Thursday, October 13, 2016 by Pet Travel News

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

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

1. Pets should travel the way humans do

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

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

Thursday, October 13, 2016 by PetRelocation.com Customer

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

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

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

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

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What Size Crate Does My Cat Need for Travel?

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation.

I have question about the size of carrier required for my pet. Is it okay if the carrier has just enough space for her to lay down?

Thank you!



Hi Ramlah,

Thanks for your question. Having the right size crate is extremely important, as it ensures that your cat will be safe and comfortable on her long flight to Malaysia. If your cat can just barely fit in the crate lying down, it probably isn't big enough and you'll want to get a larger size. Because of the nature of pet air...

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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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Are AVID Microchips ISO Compatible for International Pet Air Travel?

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Avid Microchips and International Air Travel Avid Microchips and International Pet Air Travel 

We have been receiving a lot of questions recently about microchips, specifically AVID brand chips and whether or not they are ISO compatible.

We'd love to address these very important questions, but first, let's review what a microchip is and why it's typically required for any animal traveling internationally.

What is a Microchip and Why Does My Pet Need One?

The microchip is a tiny computer chip which has an identification number programmed into...

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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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Pet Move of the Month: Basia's Long Awaited Homecoming

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Cat Travel Story: Basia's Long Awaited HomecomingLoss, love, family, renewal -- this month's featured pet move has a little of everything and is a truly touching travel story.

In 2013, a pet owner enlisted our services to move her two cats (Basia and their new kitten Micio) to Italy from California. Sadly, Basia disappeared shortly before they were set to depart, and the family had to move on without her.

Fortunately 2016 brought some new and surprising developments to their story, and we're beyond excited to be able to share the incredible...

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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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Behind the Scenes at the Air France-KLM Animal Hotel

Monday, October 3, 2016 by Pet Friendly Airlines

KLM Cargo Animal HotelAir France KLM Animal Hotel in Amsterdam

PetRelocation has a few preferred airlines when it comes to planning safe moves for our clients' pets, and one of them is KLM -- read on to see why.

Imagine a place at the airport where you could retreat to your private, air-conditioned room, take a nice walk in a grassy park, and grab a bite to eat while you relax and wait for your next flight to take off.  

No more loud terminals, uncomfortable waiting area chairs, or worrying about final boarding calls --...

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Pet Travel Question: Flying with Great Danes

Sunday, October 2, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Great Dane TravelHi PetRelocation,

I already have all of the paperwork and blood tests taken care of for my dogs, but I am having a problem finding an airline that will ship a dog as big as my Great Dane.

He is around 130 lbs and 37 inches at the shoulders. Can you help me find an airline that will ship my puppy?


Hi Sarah,

Thanks for your pet travel question! Great Danes can add a little extra work to the whole moving process because they'll need larger than usual travel crates, but with the use of custom...

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Malaysia Pet Travel: Kuala Lumpur Animal Quarantine Station

Friday, September 30, 2016 by Pet Travel News

dog visitation at kuala lumpur quarantine stationPet Travel to Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur Quarantine Station

We've helped many clients with the relocation of their family pet to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and are often asked about the Quarantine Station and the conditions of stay for their pets. To shed some light on the experience, here are a few frequently asked questions about the Kuala Lumpur Quarantine Station.

If you're just starting out and need information about the import requirements, take a look at our Malaysia country profile page to...

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