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Flying Internationally with Restricted Dog Breeds

Friday, January 30, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Biggie
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pit Bull mix (though hasn't had DNA testing)
From: Chicago, USA
To: Bulgaria

 

Hi,

I've been researching individual airline guidelines for transporting dogs, and have found that the restricted breeds are often subtitled "brachycephalic or snub-nosed breeds," which I thought referred to dogs such as pugs and English Bulldogs. However, pure bred or any mixed breeds of Pit Bull Terriers and American Staffordshire Terriers are listed in the restricted breeds, as well. Is this because they are considered brachycephalic/snub-nosed, or is it an additional/unrelated issue? I am considering a move to Europe and will not move without my dog, but also do not want to take any extra risks if it is a greater health hazard for his breed to fly.

Additionally, I was unclear whether dogs transported in the cargo compartment can be flown in the crates that are metal only, or are you supposed to use the carriers that are plastic enclosures with metal doors? My dog is well behaved in his normal metal crate where he can easily see out, but is often anxious and frightened inside of a plastic crate with the limited number of slits.

Thanks for your help!

 

Hello,

Thanks for the question, we'd be happy to offer some guidance. Breeds such as Pit Bulls and Staffordshire Terriers are often listed as "restricted" because of historic breed bans rather than health issues. Though you'll find plenty of evidence to support the fact that these breeds are no more dangerous than any other (as we're sure you already know), their size, appearance and possible strength still dictates the policies of many countries and airlines.

We often refer to breed-specific legislation resources online when helping our clients plan out international moves, as some countries do not allow certain breeds to be imported. For example, we helped a dog named Stan move to the Netherlands in 2013 when his owner found out that he wouldn't be able to go to Denmark, where Pit Bulls are banned. Advance planning and creative solutions might be necessary for your move, as well, so it's great that you're starting the process now.

As far as travel crates, this is up to the airline. United (an airline we often choose to fly with) requires that Pit Bulls and a few other breeds travel in reinforced crates meeting IATA Container Requirement #82. KLM, Lufthansa and British Airways are also airlines that we typically select, so we recommend researching the current rules and procedures of these carriers when planning your dog's move.

We also recommend contacting the Ministry of Agriculture in Bulgaria as well as any local authorities and vets who may be able to shed light on how Pit Bulls are regulated (if at all) there. Every country is different, and it's best to learn as much as you can about laws and cultural attitudes before you go.

Hopefully this helps! Just let us know if you think you'd like some help arranging this move (you can fill out our online consultation form), and good luck with everything.

Corgi Travel to the United States

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Apollo
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Corgi
From: Taiwan
To: California/Nevada (United States)

 

Dear PetRelocation,

What do we have to do to ensure our dog can come live with us in the United States (we'll probably be landing in California). Your information would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Apollo

 

Hi Apollo,

Thanks for the question, we'd be happy to help. First, read over these basic pet travel tips in order to become acquainted with the essential logistical details, and then take a look at the pet import requirements for the United States.

To summarize, you'll need proof of an updated rabies vaccine and a health certificate, an airline-approved travel crate, and before you fly we recommend acclimating your dog to the crate as well as possible. We also suggest making an effort to choose a pet-friendly airline (we often use United, KLM, Lufthansa and British Airways).

Many people choose to hire professional assistance with an international pet move; if you're looking to explore this option, feel free to fill out our online consultation form.

Hopefully this helps to get you started! Just let us know if we can be of further assistance, and feel free to peruse our blog for pet travel stories and additional advice. Good luck and travel safely!

Planning Safe Pet Travel for a 10-Year-Old Dog

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Duda
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Cockapoo
From: Toronto, Canada
To: Guatemala City, Guatemala

 

Hello,

I am moving to Guatemala this summer for a job and I am bringing my dog with me. He is 10 and I am a bit worried about his age when flying. Will this be a problem? Cockapoos do tend to live longer, so this isn't really as as old as if he were another breed.

Is there an alternative to shipping him in a regular cargo area on the plane? I am worried about their temperature restrictions since we are traveling in the summer and have to stop over in Houston or San Salvador.

Thank you!

Duda

 

Hi Duda,

Thanks for submitting a question to us! Before traveling with an older pet, we recommend discussing any concerns you have with your vet and also reading over these travel tips for older dogs. We've helped many dogs and cats 10 years old and older move safely, and with the right preparation and care, it is most likely a possibility for you, too.

As far as air travel, we recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline (we often use United, KLM and Lufthansa due to their pet safe policies, for example). Airlines with solid pet procedures in place are less affected by temperature, however in the heat of the summer it's possible that you'll run into various embargoes. Since the rules and ports at which they apply change each year, we recommend checking directly with the airline to find out more.

You're also welcome to fill out our consultation form to hear back from a Specialist and discuss your move options, and we also recommend reading over these basic pet travel tips. The more you learn about the process, hopefully the more comfortable you'll feel about your dog's flight.

Just let us know if we can be of further assistance, and good luck!

Pet Travel from Barbados to the United States

Monday, January 19, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: David
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Akita
From: Barbados
To: Fort Lauderdale

 

Hi PetRelocation,

We want to move our dog from the Island of Barbados to the United States -- Fort Lauderdale or Miami. Can you please advise us of the steps required?

Thanks,

David

 

Hi David,

Thanks for your question! To start, we'd suggest taking a look at these pet travel basics in order to acquaint yourself with the general process. It's also important to understand the pet import requirements for the United States.

The United States is one of the more clear and easy countries when it comes to importing pets; you'll need to have proof of an updated rabies vaccine and a health certificate showing the airline your dog is healthy and fit to fly. As you'll see when you follow the links above, we also recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline and making sure you're in line with whatever regulations/procedures that carrier has in place.

If you're interested in hiring some assistance with your move, please fill out our online consultation form to find out more about our services.

Thanks for contacting us, and good luck with everything!
 

Dog Import Question: Does the United States Have Breed Restrictions?

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Hila
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pit Bull
From: Israel
To: California, USA

 

Hi PetRelocation,

Are there any special requirements for bringing my dog from Israel to the United States?

Thanks,

Hila

 

Hi Hila,

Thank you for your question! The United States is pretty straightforward when it comes to pet import requirements. Your dog will need an up-to-date rabies vaccine, a vet health certificate, and you'll also need an airline-approved travel crate. We recommend flying with a pet-friendly airline such as United, KLM or Lufthansa, and pre-travel crate-training is very important. Please read more about these basic pet travel tips on our blog.

The United States does not impose breed restrictions, but you may need to have a reinforced travel crate for your pit bull (this ultimately depends on the airline's preferences). Either way, we recommend doing this research well before you plan to travel so as to avoid any surprises or delays.

If you think you'd like some assistance with your move and want to find out more about our door-to-door pet transportation services, please fill out our online consultation form. Thanks again for getting in touch with us, and just let us know if you think we can be of further assistance to you.

Good luck and have a great trip!

Tips for Safe Pet Air Travel

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Janeth
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Labrador Retriever
From: Tampa, FL
To: Los Angeles, CA

Hi PetRelocation,

I've been reading some horrible stories about animals dying when they fly, and it doesn't give me any peace of mind about flying anywhere with my pet. I have to fly to California because I'm moving there, but I want to find at least five top airlines that I can trust with my pet. She will be in the cargo area since she is 60 pounds.

What airlines are the best? What things could I do so my dog gets there safely with me?

Thanks,

Janeth

 

Hi Janeth,

Excellent questions! First of all, read this. Though it's common to come across news stories about pet travel mistakes and mishaps, the fact of the matter is that most pets fly safely. When you look at the numbers and realize that there are things you can do to minimize the risks of pet travel, hopefully you'll begin to see the situation a little differently (which will help you start to breathe a little easier).

What are the things you can do to help your dog travel safely? First, work on crate-training. If your dog is comfortable with her crate and even enjoys spending time in it, you'll be off to a great start. Here are a few tips for helping this to become a reality (they apply to both dogs and cats). Second, it's important to choose a pet-friendly airline. We have helped thousands of pets fly safely, and our most frequently-selected airlines include United, KLM and Lufthansa.

It usually helps to read the stories of pet travelers who have gone through this all before, so we recommend taking a look at these PetRelocation client experiences for some insight and education. Finally, here are a few frequently asked pet travel questions that might help you pick up a few tips, as well.

If you think you'd like some expert help carrying out your move, feel free to fill out our online consultation form. We'd be happy to assist you!

Thanks again for reaching out. Hopefully this information sheds light on the more positive realities of pet travel and helps you to plan a safe and low-stress trip. Good luck with everything and let us know if we can be of further assistance!
 

Pet Travel to Australia Requires Careful Planning

Friday, December 26, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sonya
Number of Pets: Two
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Hound Mix, Silky Terrier
From: United States
To: Australia

 

Hi PetRelocation,

I have two dogs that I would like to take with me to relocate to Australia in January (end of January). Do I follow the instructions as suggested and then board the dogs when we arrive in Australia?

Please advise.

Sonya

 

Hi Sonya,

Moving pets to Australia requires that you follow a series of specific steps and pay close attention to timing. Please take a look at the official information about importing pets via the Australia Government Department of Agriculture website. Pets must undergo a 10-day quarantine upon arrival after all vaccine and health document requirements have correctly been fulfilled, and the process usually takes 190 days altogether. 

Unless you have already started this process (microchip implantation, titer test, etc.) and are well on your way to completion, your dogs likely won't be able to travel at the end of next month. There's no need to panic, though; one of our Specialists would be happy to talk to you about your move options, so please fill out our consultation form or give our office a call if you'd like.

Many people end up flying before or after their pets when quarantine and import requirements make timing tricky to manage. Feel free to read some of our recent customer stories for an idea of the diverse array of scenarios that pet travel tends to bring about. Often things aren't as simple as you first imagined them to be, but multiple solutions are available and it's all about finding the one that works best for you and your pets.

Please review the Australia pet import rules and timelines closely and then let us know if we can be of further assistance. Thanks for reaching out, and good luck with everything!


 

Nervous Owners, Nervous Pets: Addressing Common Pet Travel Concerns

Thursday, December 11, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Nicole
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dog/Cat
Pet Breed: Shepherd/Boxer mix and Tortoiseshell Cat
From: Portland, OR
To: Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

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 not a problem. However, if he feels threatened, he will be aggressive. He gets reactive with big dogs (mostly other shepherds) and will chase cats (cannot be with my cat).

My cat gets very carsick, so I imagine a flight wouldn't be great either. She will bite if she is touched in the wrong spot. Can you please advise me on how this move might work and what conditions my pets would be in during their travel?

Thanks!

Nicole

 

Hi Nicole,

These are all great questions! Sad stories about airline mishaps often surface in the news, but when you look at the numbers, you'll see that air travel for pets is actually very safe. Please read more about airline pet travel myths on our blog and in this Yahoo Travel article in which we offered some advice, and you may also want to take a look at this recent infographic put together by Barkpost. 

Essentially, it's very important to choose a pet-friendly airline and to prepare your pets through crate-training, a vet health consultation and a generally healthy lifestyle. You can read more basic pet travel tips here. Pets are not accompanied in the cargo area, but this part of the plane is pressure and temperature controlled and often provides a better and more calm environment than the cabin would. Pet-friendly airlines take care to load pets last before departure and remove them first upon arrival, and they will be transported in temperature-controlled vehicles.

As for pets with possible nervousness issues or behavior quirks, please know that safe travel is perfectly possible for them, as well. When working with a pet-friendly airline, trained professionals will be handling pets during comfort stops and pets will not be interacting with other animals during this time. If your pets flew with United and were routed through Houston, for example, they would be given water and a bathroom break at a safe facility under the care of individuals prepared to handle animals of all temperament.

We often advise our clients to label the travel crates if they'd like airline or airport staff to be aware of any issues; "I'm sometimes aggressive with other dogs" or "I have anxiety around strangers" are common examples. Either way, these issues shouldn't prevent your pets from flying.

Hopefully this information helps to get you started, Nicole. If you're interested in hiring some assistance, one of our PetRelocation Specialists would be happy to discuss your options and concerns with you further. Please fill out our online consultation form at your convenience or feel free to give our office a call at 1-877-PET-MOVE. 

Good luck with everything, and we hope to hear from you!

Pet Move of the Month: Chiefa's Journey to Switzerland

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

chiefaMeet Chiefa "The Beef" -- our featured Pet Move of the Month! This sweet pup is an important part of her family, and they knew they couldn't move from the United States to Switzerland without her.

Here's a little more about this special client: Chiefa is CGC (Canine Good Citizenship) Certified and graduated in the top of her two basic obedience classes. She is an English Bulldog and also deaf (two things that made her journey a little more challenging but certainly not impossible). Finally, she enjoys traveling in a stroller from time to time and has her own Facebook page. Quite a personality!

To shed some light on the process, Chiefa's owner was kind enough to answer a few questions about their recent move. Read on to find out more about Chiefa's relocation and her transition to Switzerland.

What brought about your move?

My husband, Tony, moved to Switzerland about five years ago for two years and worked for an engineering company. He loved living in Switzerland and stayed in contact with the company he worked for, and they wanted to bring him back on staff at the same time we were looking to relocate from Washington, D.C.

We moved to have a better work/life balance and to have the ability to travel more. We both LOVE to travel and traveling is difficult in the US because everything is so spread out and because you don’t get as many vacation days. 

Have you ever moved a pet by air before this?

No, Chiefa is our first pet. My family had moved dogs from South Carolina to Florida, but not really a long distance move.

 

chiefa

What were some of your initial concerns?

I had a lot of concerns about moving Chiefa. Before Tony accepted his position, we confirmed that Chiefa would be able to relocate with us. If she wasn’t allowed to live in Switzerland, we would not have moved.

My initial concerns with relocating Chiefa were that she is a deaf English bulldog. English bulldogs have smushed faces and have respiratory issues, which is a major concern with air transportation. Also, Cheifa would be flying out of Atlanta, GA. English bulldogs do not do well with heat, nor will airlines allow dogs to travel when it is over 80 degrees.

My husband moved to Switzerland in July to start his position. Cheifa and I did not join him until mid-October because of the weather. We took every precaution we could and PetRelocation helped point out some of the other precautions, which I appreciated. 

What surprised you about the pet travel process? Can you discuss any particular challenges or interesting details?

I was surprised by the knowledge, support, and systems in place for relocating pets. Before we moved Chiefa, I didn't even know this type of service existed. I thought it would be a do-it-yourself process with Chiefa in quarantine for up to three months. I was so unaware and uneducated about the process. Once I was in contact with PetRelocation, everything just fell into place for us.

 

chiefa sleeping

 

How has Chiefa handled the transition so far?

On the day of Chiefa’s flight, I was a mess. I was nervous and worried about the process. When we arrived in Atlanta, however, Cheifa hopped into the handlers car and never looked back.

She was in a great mood when she arrived in Switzerland. She is in love! She has so much more energy. She really enjoys the cooler weather. I am not sure she knows that she isn’t in the US anymore. She has been on the bus once since she arrived, and wasn’t happy that she could not socialize with everyone on the bus nor sit in the seats. 

Is Switzerland a pet-friendly place to be?

Switzerland is SUPER pet-friendly! Chiefa is allowed on the buses and trains. She is allowed in most stores and shopping centers. For us, one difference is that Switzerland does not have fenced in dog parks. Chiefa is deaf so we can’t let her off leash, and most dog owners in our town do not use leashes for walks. 

travel crate

What advice do you have for people who might be planning a pet move?

If they are moving internationally, I would recommend that they contact PetRelocation and let PetRelocation handle the rest! Contacting PetRelocation was the best decision we made this year! All my worries and concerns decreased by 50% when I started working with PetRelocation. 

What made you decide to hire PetRelocation to assist you?

The reason I decided to work with PetRelocation was because as soon as I called them, I could feel the energy and passion of the staff and the services they provide. They KNEW what they were talking about and made me feel comfortable and at ease. Also, they followed up with me and prepared for the move.

Throughout the process, I was reassured many times that this was the RIGHT company to work with. The staff is FREAKING awesome, so organized, and professional (something that I really value). 

 

chiefa

 

Thanks to Chiefa's owners for sharing their move and their story with us! Considering a pet move? Please contact us for a consultation.

Not Your Average Pet Travel Question: International Hamster Travel

Monday, December 8, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Janice
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Hamster
Pet Breed: Syrian
From: Israel
To: UK

Hi PetRelocation,

Do I need any special paperwork to transport a little hamster from Israel to the UK? I am traveling on Wednesday and today is Monday. At the very last minute I would like to give my sister's hamster a new home, as she is struggling to take care of him properly and I would love to take him back to the UK with me.

I know that from the EU no special quarantine is required but what about Israel? Also would there be a large cost? Would the hamster be able to travel in the cabin with me in a small carry box? I am flying with EasyJet. Would it be very pricey? Would it be very stressful for him?

Many thanks,

Janice
 

Hi Janice,

Thanks for contacting us! You'll want to check with UK's official government website to find out about pet import rules. Per this site, it appears that hamsters coming from Israel must must undergo a four month quarantine under the Rabies (Dogs, Cats and other Mammals) Order 1974 and also need an import license. Read more about the process here

If moving forward, you would also want to check with the airline directly to find out about their rules regarding the transport of small animals (every airline is different), and you should check with the Israel Department of Agriculture to find out about export permits, procedures, etc.

As you can see, it sounds like moving a hamster to the UK wouldn't be an easy task (especially in such a short time frame). You're welcome to contact us for more info or use IPATA.org to seek out an alternate opinion, however. 

Thanks again for the question, and good luck with everything!

Temperature Restrictions and Pet-Friendly Airlines

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Audra
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: West Highland Terrier
From: Chicago
To: Phoenix 

 

Hi,

I have a question about the airlines having a temperature restriction because it is too cold to take the pet. I am flying into Chicago from Ireland, then going to Phoenix from there. I have the dog on the first leg of the flight but the second seems to be a potential problem.

How can you keep the dog in a warm environment and the airline can't? Can I get you to keep the dog from the time we drop him off before the flight so that we don't have to worry about not being able to fly? How much would it cost? I just want to know we can fly and not worry about having to rebook or lose our money. The flight I want is on American Airlines at 12:05 on Dec.23rd. Thank you for your help.

Sincerely,
Audra
 

Hi Audra,

Thanks for reaching out! We'd be happy to discuss your move options with you -- please give us a call at 1-877-PET-MOVE to speak to a Specialist or fill out our online consultation form at your convenience. 

Generally speaking, we highly recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline with established pet policies. Carriers like United do not allow pets to sit on the tarmac or remain outdoors for any significant amount of time, for example, so temperature isn't as much of a factor in this case as it might be for other airlines.

Another thing to keep in mind: holiday pet travel can be hectic and filled with extra hurdles, so please proceed mindfully. Again, please contact us if you think you'd like to hire some assistance with this move.

Hope to hear from you soon!

What Does a Domestic Dog Relocation Entail?

Monday, December 1, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Heather
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Lab and Dachshund
From: Boerne, TX
To: Charlottesville, VA

 

Hi PetRelocation,

How will the dogs be moved? What is the time frame and what is the estimated cost?

Thanks,

Heather

 

Hi Heather,


Thanks for your inquiry! We'd be happy to go over a few pet relocation basics. To summarize, the best way to move two dogs from Texas to Virginia would be via cargo on a pet-friendly airline. 

Here are a few specific things to consider when preparing for such a pet move:

 

All told, the process can take up to a few weeks, so we advise starting to research and plan well before you'd like to move. The costs will depend on a few factors (including the size of your dogs), but we'd be happy to offer you an estimate if you contact us.

Hope this helps to get you started, Heather. Please let us know if we can be of further service!

Pet News Round-Up: Positive Pet Stories

Friday, November 28, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Incredibly, Arthur the stray dog followed an adventure sports team for miles and miles through rough terrain. 

This data shows which dog breeds are the most popular. 

Luxury pet travel for a lucky few. 

Pictures of flying dogs.

Pet travel updates from a few of our recent (super cute) clients.

Giving thanks and giving back (to pets). 

 

Have a cozy weekend!

What Paperwork is Needed for Domestic Pet Travel?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Elizabeth
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Chihuahua
From: Los Angeles, CA, USA
To: Seattle, WA, USA

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I'll be traveling to the state of Washington for the weekend (NOT MOVING). What documents are needed to allow my pet to enter the state of Washington?

Thank You,

Elizabeth

 

Hi Elizabeth,

Thanks for your question! Regardless of whether you're moving or just taking a quick trip, you'll need to supply the airline with a health certificate issued by your vet stating that your dog is healthy and fit to fly.

In addition, we recommend having proof of an up-to-date rabies vaccine as well as a microchip. Take a look here for more information.

If you're driving to Washington the health certificate is not necessary, but we still suggest having proof of a current rabies vaccine, accurate ID tags and a travel crate your dog feels safe spending time in along with plenty of road trip supplies. Here are more tips for how to take a dog-friendly road trip

Hopefully this answers your question, Elizabeth. You're welcome to look over these basic travel tips from our blog, as well, and please contact us if you're ever interested in seeking out door-to-door pet transportation services.

Have a great trip!

 


 

The Multiple Solutions for Pet Travel

Monday, November 24, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Shani
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Miniature Pinscher Mix
From: United States
To: UAE - Dubai or Abu Dhabi

 

Dear PetRelocation,

We may be moving our dog from the US to the UAE - either Abu Dhabi or Dubai. I have read that the only way dogs can enter the UAE is by cargo. I am REALLY nervous about transporting our little guy this way all the way from the US.

Is it possible to fly to Germany or some other mid-point with him in cabin and then do the last leg of the flight as cargo? If so, would it be worth having a few day layover in Germany for him to recover before shipping him as cargo? Thanks so much for your help.

Thanks,

Shani

 

Hi Shani,

Thanks for reaching out with your question. When it comes to planning pet travel there are usually many possible solutions, and we'd be happy to go over a few options with you to help you find the right one!

First, please know that pet cargo travel is safe when planned with a few guiding parameters; these include choosing a pet-friendly airline, talking to your vet about any pet health questions you have, and helping your dog to be acclimated to the travel crate. Read more about pet travel basics here

We typically use KLM when flying pets from the US to the UAE. This pet-friendly airline has trained staff and solid pet-safe procedures that help make even a long trip as comfortable as possible for furry family members (they even have a pet hotel).

After more research you may decide to choose this carrier for your dog's flight, or you may want to stick to your original idea and break up the flight. Note that if you change airlines or leave the airport, you'll most likely need to provide additional paperwork.

It often helps to read the pet travel stories of other pet owners. Take a look at a few of our recent customer stories for an idea of what the process entails and how it feels once the move is over. Additionally, you can look over the pet import requirements for the UAE, as well. 

We'd be happy to provide additional information and let you know more about our door-to-door services if you're interested. Please contact us if you'd like to speak to a Specialist to go over these options in more detail, and either way, good luck with your trip!

How to Help Pets Stay Calm during a Flight

Friday, November 21, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Spencer
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Miniature Pinscher
From: RI
To: FL

Hi PetRelocation,

When flying, what's the best way to keep my dog comfortable? She hates her carrier, and I'm not sure how to best sedate her for the flight. She's 11 lbs and 10 months old.

Thanks,

Spencer

 

Hi Spencer,

Thanks for your question! First of all, we do not recommend sedation. Instead, we have a few tips that can help a dog cope with a flight with as little drama and stress as possible.

  • Work on crate training. If your dog is used to spending time in the crate and even likes it, this will drastically reduce her anxiety level when you're flying. Start early and use these tips to help your dog acclimate to her crate.
  • Exercise! In the hours before the flight, take your dog on lots of walks and let her run around as much as possible. A tired dog handles a flight much more easily, as she'll hopefully be tempted to curl up and take a nap. Bonus: generally fit pets make better travelers.
  • Don't feed your dog too close to a flight, as this could cause an upset stomach. Feed her about three hours before departure to avoid problems, but be sure to give her plenty of water before, during (if possible), and after the flight.
  • Talk to your vet if you have any additional questions or need some advice about preparing for pet travel.

 

Finally, we'd be happy to further discuss your move with you and give you a hand with the arrangements. Please fill out our consultation form if you're interested in hearing more about our services.

Thanks for reading, and good luck with your flight!
 

Moving Pets to South Africa

Thursday, November 20, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Chip
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Labrador/Pit Bull mix
From: Chicago, USA
To: Cape Town, South Africa

Hi PetRelocation,

What is the easiest way to transport my dog to Cape Town? We are moving in early January for at least a year to Cape Town and would hate to leave our dog here. Also, I am disabled and our dog is a service dog, but only 7 months old (will be 9 months at travel date).

Thanks!
Chip
 

Hi Chip,

Thank you for submitting a question to us. We've helped several pets move to South Africa and typically use KLM for their flights, as they area a pet-friendly airline. For an idea of the preparations that will be necessary, take a look at the pet import requirements for South Africa, which you'll need to follow carefully.

Next, here are a few pet travel tips to get you started. Generally speaking, we advise that you start the pet travel process early, talk to your vet about any health concerns you may have, and work on crate-training your dog. If your dog is a certified service animal and you'd like her/him to fly in the cabin with you, contact the airline you'll be flying with to discuss the procedures (here are KLM's animal travel guidelines, for example). We recently discussed typical scenarios for service dog travel on our blog if you'd like to take a look.

If this sounds overwhelming and you think you'd like some help with your move, please fill out our online consultation form. We'd be happy to further assist you, just let us know.

Either way, good luck and have a safe trip!

Snub-Nosed Breeds & Travel: Leaving Hawaii with a Pug

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Susan
Number of Pets: Two
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Pug and Bull Mastiff
From: Hawaii
To: California

 

Dear PetRelocation,

We live in a "code orange" area, which means a disaster area, on the Big Island of Hawaii. Many of our friends are fleeing from lava that is threatening our homes. I am in the process of researching airlines that will allow snub-nosed dogs. Many airlines are restricting dogs from Pit Bulls to Spaniels because their noses are too snubbed.

Can you tell me if your service can help us?

Thanks,

Susan

 

Hi Susan,

We'd be happy to discuss your move options with you -- sorry to hear you're facing such stressful circumstances. First, a little background information: many airlines restrict snub-nosed breeds because these pets are more likely to encounter problems when they fly due to breathing challenges brought about by their facial structure and hereditary issues.

Your best bet will be to consider United for your pets' flight, as they are a pet-friendly airline and, under certain conditions, will fly some snub-nosed pets. You can take a look at their various restrictions and policies here.

According to these rules, your Pug will be able to fly during the next few months (before May 15) as long as the temperature is not expected to exceed 85 degrees Fahrenheit. We recommend that snub-nosed pets fly in a travel crate one size larger than usual, as this provides better air circulation.

Please let us know if you have any more questions about your possible trip, Susan. One of our Specialists would be happy to provide a consultation if you're interested in hearing about our services.

Good luck with everything!

Air Travel with a Medical Alert Dog

Monday, November 17, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kathy
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Yorkie
From: Minnesota, USA
To: Prague, Czech Republic

 

Dear PetRelocation,

My husband and I will be relocating to Prague in early December. My husband has a Medical Alert Dog (an 11 lb Yorkie) who travels with him. What are the required forms to enter the Czech Republic?

Thank you,
Kathy
 

Hi Kathy,

Thanks for submitting a question to us, we'd be happy to help with some information.

Please take a look at the pet import requirements for the Czech Republic. Regardless of your pet's status as an assistance dog, you'll need to follow the country's import rules.

We'd also like to draw your attention to these basic pet travel tips and this overview of air travel with a service dog (this post is primarily devoted to designated service animals rather than support animals, but it may have some helpful info for you, too). 

You'll definitely want to contact the airline you're flying with to find out what their specific procedures are when it comes to in-cabin assistance dogs. Different carriers have different rules, and you don't want to encounter any surprises that could cause delays on the day of departure. Lufthansa allows Guide Dogs, Emotional Support and Psychiatric Service dogs to fly free in the cabin, for example, but their website doesn't mention Medical Alert animals (so you'll need to check with them to see if it will be possible to bring your dog in the cabin).

Please contact us if you'd like a consultation with one of our PetRelocation Specialists, and feel free to explore our blog to learn about other pet travel topics of interest.

Hope this helps to get you started, Kathy. Thanks again for reaching out, and good luck with everything!

Summer Pet Travel: It's Not Too Early to Start Planning

Thursday, November 13, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Linda
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Beagle and a English Cocker Spaniel
From: London, UK
To: Scottsdale, Arizona

 

Dear PetRelocation,

We may be relocating around June or July in 2015. Will my dogs be able to fly to Arizona during those months?

Thanks,

Linda

 

Hi Linda,

Thanks for your question! Summer pet travel is definitely an important topic, and it's crucial to educate yourself about the conditions and caveats well in advance.

Since this trip is still several months away and most airlines adjust their summer pet policies at least a little bit from year to year, it's too early to give you a definitive answer. That being said, we can point you in the right direction and tell you where to find the information you need.

Here are some details about summer airline embargoes from last summer, which will give you an idea of what to expect. Since your dogs are not snub-nosed breeds you probably won't face quite as many restrictions, however in the past British Airways (the airline you might be leaning towards using) has implemented flight restrictions for PHX during the summer. Many pet owners end up sending their pets earlier or later than originally planned in order to avoid embargoes like this and keep their pets safe. It may not fit your schedule ideally, but it's an option you may need to consider.

United is another one of our preferred airline carriers for pets all year round because they have solid pet-friendly policies. Even if it's hot, temperature shouldn't be a huge factor because pets are transported to the plane in an air-conditioned vehicle, given plenty of water, etc. Since pet safety is a priority, though, occasional embargoes are enacted.

We recommend checking in with the airlines directly to find out if they have any tips or predictions for you about this summer, and you can always keep an eye on pet travel blogs (like ours!) as your departure draws nearer so that you receive any updates that may be available.

Finally here, are a few safety tips for pets traveling in the summer as well as a link to our consultation page, which you can fill out if you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services.

Good luck with everything!