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.
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...
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?
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...Read More
Pets, International Travel and Layovers
We 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...Read More
I am planning to move to the United States in a couple of months. I am thinking of taking my cat with me.
What are the necessary steps to take? I understand that an International Health Certificate is needed, along with Vaccination Certificate.
Also, I am a bit worried about my cat flying such a long way. Is
it safe and comfortable? I would appreciate your feedback soon.
Thank you for your inquiry! Moving pets to the United States requires...Read More
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...
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...Read More
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:
We 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...
I would like to know about the requirements for relocating my pet rabbit from India to the USA.
What documents and vaccinations would he need? Can he travel as
a carry-on in the cabin? Which international airline would permit
this? Is there a quarantine for rabbits entering the United
Thanks for the questions! Information about traveling to the United States with a rabbit can be found on the USDA website. You'll probably be happy to see that...
I need to get my dogs to Scotland from the United States and I'd like to know where to begin. I'm not sure what is required; is there a quarantine that needs to be done?
Thanks for contacting us! To start, here are the pet import import requirements for Scotland. We also have a guide to moving pets to the UK that should help you along your way in terms of figuring out vaccine and paperwork requirements as well as tips for booking pet friendly...
Pets Flying in Cargo: Myths and Facts
Many myths exist about shipping pets as cargo, so we thought we'd review some of them and offer solutions for easing pre-travel worries about moving with your four-legged family members.
Myth: The pet cargo hold is dangerously hot or cold.
On most flights that accept pets, the cargo area itself is climate-controlled just like the passenger cabin above. So why do airlines have temperature restrictions? While many airlines have "Weather Embargoes"...Read More
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
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...Read More
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?
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...Read More
Please advise: How do we fulfill the quarantine formalities required for Australia for our dog, as India is not an AQIS approved country. Our pet has been given all the timely vaccinations required and is in good health.
Dear Mrs. S,
Since India is not an AQIS(Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service) approved country, you will not be able to move your pet directly to Australia. That doesn't mean you'll never be able to relocate your Lab, but you will have...
I have a list of documents required for my dog's move from India to the United States. I have a kennel club registered dog. Does my dog need to be neutered? What if I do not wish to neuter? We have all the records of his rabies vaccination and other vaccinations and can obtain the required certificates from his vet. What are the quarantine laws in the United States?
Thanks for your questions. Pet transport to the United States is relatively simple, and you can see the...Read More
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...Read More
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...
Can Hedgehogs Travel to Australia?
Which pets can be brought into Australia? Is there a way to import my hedgehog here?
Thanks for the question, we're happy to help with some information.
Unfortunately, according to the official pet import rules for Australia (via the government website), it looks like hedgehogs are not permitted to enter the country at this time. Find the list of approved and non-approved pets here.
Sorry to be the bearer of this news, Alia....Read More
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?
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...
What pet requirements are needed to send my puppy to Puerto Rico and how much will it cost?
Thanks for the question! To start, take a look at the pet import requirements for Puerto Rico.
As you can see, because Puerto Rico is a US commonwealth, pet shipping from the continental United States is not considered international and you will only need domestic health certificates and proof of current vaccinations.
Be aware that we recommend waiting until a dog...Read More