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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!



Hi Felipe,

Thanks for your questions!...

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Get to Know a PetRelocation Specialist: Meet Penney!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 by Core Values

PenneyPenney, PetRelocation Vendor Coordinator

Update: Back in 2014 we published an Employee Profile of Penney, who worked as a Pet Relocation Specialist at the time. Since then Penney has stepped over to the role of Vendor Coordinator and will be helping us find and approve trustworthy pet agents around the world!

Here's her original interview:

What's it like to be a professional pet shipper, and who are the hard-working team members making all these incredible experiences happen?

She's one of our newer...

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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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Flying With a Large Dog

Sunday, August 21, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

"Can My Large Dog Fly In-Cabin?"

Hi PetRelocation,

I'm desperately trying to find a way my dog can ride in the cabin of a plane to relocate to Japan.

She is 40 pounds, so "too large" by all standards I can find, but I'm hoping someone can give me an alternative (service dog, therapy dog, specific airline?). We are too scared for her to fly under the plane in cargo.




Hi Jennifer,

This is a common question about pet shipping, as many pet owners are not aware of the conditions within...

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Choosing a Pet Friendly Airline for a Large Dog

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Large dogHi PetRelocation,

What airlines allow dogs to fly in the cargo area?

When looking online many only outline rules for pets traveling in the cabin, but my 100 lb dog is obviously too big. How do I find out if/what airlines will fly a dog that size?




Hi Courtney,

Thanks for your question, it's a great one -- deciding on the right airline is one of the most important parts of planning a safe journey for your pet.

Most airlines now have a section of their website devoted to covering pet...

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8 Tips for Pet Wellness While Traveling [Guest Post]

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 by Guest Post

guest postThis guest post comes from our friends at Canine Journal:

Travel can be a stressful endeavor, especially when you add pets into the mix. So don’t add more unnecessary anxiety by having a sick or bored pup or cat while on the go.

Follow these tips to ensure you’ll have a happy and healthy furry friend during your next adventure.

1. Stay Active

Humans tend to get more exercise while traveling but it’s important to make sure your travel companion does too, especially dogs! Sure, it is easy to leave him...

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Have Concerns About Flying Pets In Cargo?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Common Pet Travel Questions About Cabin Travel Vs. Cargo Travel

Today we received an email from a very anxious pet owner who has many common concerns about international pet transport. We wanted to post her email and our answer to her so others could see that they're certainly not alone!


Dear PetRelocation:

Here's our situation: my sister is a physician here in Dallas and just got a job offer to move to Dubai, UAE and needs to be there by max November 1st. We have a tea cup yorkie that needs to be...

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Pet Travel Question: Moving a Great Dane

Friday, July 1, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

I may be assigned overseas and wanted to see how to go about getting my Great Dane overseas with me. He is a year old and weighs 150 lbs.


Hi David,

Thanks for contacting us with your question. First, here is some general information about moving large dogs. You'll probably need to acquire a custom crate for your Great Dane, and it's important to check with your airline ahead of time to make sure the crate will be able to fit onto the airplane.

Here are the pet...

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North America Pet Travel Spotlight: Pet Travelers Share Their Stories

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 by Top Pet Travel Destinations

north america spotlight

Thanks for following along with our North America Pet Travel Spotlight! Now that we've covered the finer points of North America and domestic United States pet travel by discussing cargo travel, breed restrictions, and more, it's time to take a look at some real life examples of success. 

Find out what these pet travelers had to say after they completed their moves -- their stories will hopefully illustrate that the hard work of planning a pet move is well worth it once your pet is home safe with...

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Traveling with Pets to Canada from New Zealand

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Traveling With Pets: Moving from New Zealand to Canada

Hi PetRelocation,

Can you please tell me in regards to cats and dogs (we have one of each):

1. What are the quarantine laws from NZ to Canada (Toronto)?
2. Other than quarantine, what else should we be aware of relocating our pets from NZ to Canada?
3. Is there a reputable company in NZ to handle the relocation of our pets?
4. What are the best airlines to go with?
5. Can you travel with your pets?
6. How long after you've relocated them to...

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Incredible Experiences: Four Dogs, One Big Journey to California

Thursday, October 8, 2015 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Liza, Logan, Flora, Raine"Moving our FOUR Dogs Cross Country!"

We recently moved from Westchester, NY to the East Bay area of San Francisco for my husband's job.

I was originally thinking about driving the dogs across the country myself because I was worried about the dogs riding in the belly of an airplane. My husband explained that the dogs would be just as stressed or maybe more riding in our mini-van across the country, and instead of being stressed for 6 hours on the plane they would be stressed for at least 5 days...

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Incredible Experiences: Beau & Watson's Move to Colorado

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 by PetRelocation.com Customer

"Beau and Watson's Big Day"

PetRelocation is just AWESOME.

This is our second opportunity using PetRelocation's services -- once when we moved to Germany and now upon returning. We have a Polish Lowland Sheep dog and a Westie, so you would think that moving two dogs would be daunting and stressful.


Watson, before the trip

Joe Fraser and the rest of the attentive staff at PetRelocation makes moving with your pets seamless and stress-free, however. They are truly pet caring experts that know how to...

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Pet News Round-Up: Service Dogs in the Air & Pet Travel Highlights

Friday, July 17, 2015 by Pet Travel News

Pet Moves = Incredible Experiences.

Singapore pet travel tips.

How to save money on pets and their various needs.

The process behind training service dogs to fly on airplanes.

Want to work at PetRelocation? Read about our hiring philosophy first.


monkey the cat

Have a wonderful weekend, pet lovers!

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Pet Travel Question: Can My Dogs Fly in the Plane Cabin?

Friday, July 10, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

Is there any way I can travel with my dogs in the cabin of an airplane from Canada to Australia?




Hi Doreen,

Thank you for your question, we're happy to help! The short answer is that you can expect to fly your dogs via cargo, as they are too large to go in cabin and routes to Australia do not allow even small pets to fly in cabin. 

The general rule for pet air travel is that only pets who are small enough to fit into a carrier that can fit under the seat in front of...

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Incredible Experiences: Three Dogs Move to Florida

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 by PetRelocation.com Customer

"Tanner, Sammy and Dixie: Their Journey to a New Home"

Faced with a relocation to Florida, I was very concerned about how to get my three dogs to their new home. The drive to Florida from Albuquerque was right at 30 hours and I knew I could not take them with me on this long drive.




After a few searches for pet relocation options, I came across the wonderful people at PetRelocation. Whitney reached out to me quickly and calmed my fears. The process was quick and easy.


What I appreciated the...

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Nervous Owners, Nervous Pets: Addressing Common Pet Travel Concerns

Thursday, December 11, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

dogDiscussing Pet Transport Safety & Moving to South America

Dear PetRelocation,

I am considering moving to Argentina or Brazil next year. I will not move without my pets. However, I have heard horror stories of the percentage of dogs that die on airplanes.

Can you tell me a bit about your safety measures? Will someone travel with my dog in the cargo area? How are the dogs walked/allowed to go to the bathroom on long flights?

My shepherd/boxer mix has a long snout, so the short snout breathing issue is...

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Pet Move of the Month: Rocco's Relocation to the United States

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

roccoIncredible Experiences: Dog Transport to the US

A few weeks ago we helped a sweet dog named Rocco move from Puerto Rico to Indiana with his family. Since this is technically considered a domestic move, normally this wouldn't be too hard to pull off, but Rocco's tall stature and long legs made it a little bit tricky.

Tall dogs, even if they're not necessarily big when it comes to weight, require bigger travel crates and therefore take up more space on an airplane. It's not always a simple process...

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International Travel with Older Pets

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

dogTransporting Senior Dogs Internationally


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,



Hi Y,

Thanks for reading our site, and...

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Pet News Round-Up: Smart, Stylish Pet Travel

Friday, September 5, 2014 by PetRelocation Team

How to travel with your dog -- in style.

The top pet-friendly hotel chains.

A boy tried to smuggle his pet turtle onto an airplane (by hiding it in his pants).

Do you suffer from vacation guilt when you leave your pets behind?

Hong Kong pets.

Here are pictures of 101 dogs dressed as Disney characters.



Happy Friday, pet lovers!

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Questions About Traveling With a Large Dog

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

dogTransporting a Great Dane

Dear PetRelocation,

I teach and live in Alaska for most of the year, but during the summer, when school is out, I travel back home to Pennsylvania. Samson is a new addition to my life. He is a Great Dane and only 8 weeks old right now.

Traveling across the country with him at the moment is fairly simple and hassle-free because he is still small. However, next summer, he won't be so tiny anymore and flights may deny travel due to his size.

Is there a way I can prepare to...

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