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Questions about Bird Travel to Hawaii

Thursday, July 24, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Cayla
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Small Bird
Pet Breed: Cockatiel
From: Mainland United States
To: Hawaii

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I know there are a lot of regulations with quarantine and regulations with dogs and cats going to Hawaii, but what will I need for my bird? I know she'll need a health check-up two weeks prior to flying, and I was told the vet should have everything in order for us to move to Hawaii.

I would just like to double check.

Thanks,

Cayla

 

Hi Cayla,

Thanks for the question, we'd be happy to offer some direction. According to the official Hawaii government website, most bird species require two different permits, including -- since you're coming from the Mainland United States -- this import permit.

In addition to those official Hawaii-specific details, here is more general information from our blog about transporting birds. It's important to secure the correct airline-approved travel container and to make sure you understand all airline regulations and import procedures in order to avoid delays. Please note that the Honolulu airport is the only entry port for birds in the state, for example.

Please contact us if you think you'd like some help relocating with your bird, and good luck!

U.S. Department of Transportation Expands Airline Reporting Requirements

Thursday, July 17, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, more airlines will be required to report incidents involving the loss, injury or death of an animal during transport. This expansion of the current rule is meant to "provide consumers with a fuller picture of an airline's safety record," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

Currently just 14 airlines have to adhere to reporting rules, but the expansion will mean that 27 carriers will now be responsible for filing annual reports detailing specific incidents as well as the number of animals carried. The definition of "animal" includes dogs and cats and also covers commercial shipments.

So what are the implications of this? As we told nbcnews.com, greater transparency is a good thing, and hopefully this will inspire every airline to do better when it comes to transporting pets. There are a handful of pet-friendly options out there now (we feel confident flying with a select few carriers, suck as KLM, Lufthansa and United), but it would be heartening and better for everyone to see greater attention paid to pet safety across the board.

Remember, pet travel is actually pretty safe overall, but there is certainly room for improvement. The pet travel industry continues to grow, and it's well past time for airlines offering pet travel options to truly commit to making their services as safe as possible. Greater accountability will help with this, and this new DOT rule is a step in the right direction.

If you'd like to know more, the Department of Transportation issues a monthly Air Travel Consumer Report and makes it publicly available on its website. If you're thinking about moving with a pet and have questions about it, please contact us.

 

pet in cargo

Cargo pet travel. (Photo Credit: Sandy Robins)

 

 

Dog Travel to Puerto Rico

Monday, July 14, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Pia
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Doberman
From: New York, USA
To: Puerto Rico

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I'm going to be staying in my new home in Puerto Rico for 2-3 months over the winter and need to take my dog because it's too long for me to be separated from her. She is a rescue dog and she has been through a lot of abuse before I took her into my home, so I don't want to put her through such a long separation. Besides, I'm going to be living there permanently sometime soon and I need her to get used to her new home.

After doing a lot of research on the Internet I'm finding out that it's a lot more difficult as I thought. What if any advice do you have for me??

I always fly JetBlue because that is one of the best and cheapest airlines to Aquadilla, PR but they are not very pet friendly when it comes to my size dogs!

I would appreciate any good advice and thank you for your time!

Regards,
Pia

 

Hi Pia,

Thanks for your question, we'd be happy to offer some information. Pet travel can definitely seem overwhelming at first glance, but after spending some time learning more about the process it's common to start feeling a little more at ease.

Here are a few links that will help to get you started:

 

In terms of airlines, it's very important to choose a pet-friendly carrier. We often use United, for example, because they have an established PetSafe program.

Please know that it can be demanding and expensive to travel long distances with pets, and many pet owners decide that, while a permanent relocation warrants bringing their furry family members along, shorter trips or vacations often don't. Often it's in the pet's best interest to leave them with a trusted sitter rather than put them through the travel process repeatedly, but that's something that's up to you, of course. Feel free to discuss the issue with your vet as you work towards making a decision.

Hopefully this information points you in the right direction, Pia. If you're interested in finding our more about the door-to-door services we offer, please fill out our free quote form.

Thanks again for reaching out, and good luck with everything!


 

French Bulldog Travel Tips

Thursday, July 10, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Diane
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: French bulldog
From: USA
To: South Africa

Hi,

I was wondering... my dog is up to date with all shots and is healthy. I need to go to South Africa for a month -- will my dog be quarantined when entering South Africa? When we come back to the USA will he be quarantined?

Thanks,

Diane
 

Hi Diane,

There is currently no quarantine requirement for pets entering either of these two countries. You will need to follow each country's entry guidelines, however; here are the pet import requirements for South Africa and here are the pet import requirements for the United States.

When taking a short back-and-forth trip like this, it's important to do your research carefully and help prepare your dog as much as possible. Find out exactly what the airline requires, procure the right travel crate, and plan out all the details regarding health paperwork and vaccines.

Be aware that French Bulldogs are sensitive travelers due to their higher susceptibility to breathing issues caused by stress and high altitudes, so you'll want to talk to your vet about any concerns you have and take every precaution possible to avoid any issues. You can read more about traveling with snub-nosed breeds on our blog. In general we suggest choosing roomy travel crates for snub-nosed pets and helping them to be be as healthy and hydrated beforehand as possible. Be aware that many airlines do not fly snub-nosed breeds.

To be honest, many people who initially plan to bring a pet on an international vacation (especially one who faces particular challenges) soon realize that the financial costs and time demands make it much less simple than they initially thought, and it actually makes more sense to leave the pet at home with a trusted friend or pet sitter. This is a decision to make after speaking to your vet and doing some research about the process.

Hopefully this gives you a few things to think about, Diane. Please let us know if you have any further questions, and good luck with whatever you decide!

 

Are There Breed Restrictions for Dogs Traveling to the United States?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Henry
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Rottweiler
From: Venezuela
To: Miami, FL

Hi,

I would like to know if i need any specific paperwork to bring my Rottweilers into the United States. Also I just need the screwworm proof, rabies vaccination, and a veterinary certificate, right?

Thanks,

Henry

 

Hi Henry,

Thanks for your question, it sounds like you're on the right track. In addition to the items you mentioned, you will not need any kind of breed-specific paperwork. The United States does not make distinctions between breeds when it comes to importing pets, and in general it's one of the more straightforward countries when it comes to pet travel.

Flying with large dogs may require you to seek out custom crates -- here is more information about pet travel crates as well as the answers to a few basic pet travel questions. We recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline and researching their policies well in advance so as to avoid any surprises.

Hope this helps! Please let us know if you think you'd like to enlist some help with your relocation, and either way good luck with everything.
 

International Air Travel with Older Dogs

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Anoek
From: New York, NY
To: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Pets: Trusty, mini-poodle, 15 pounds, 15 years old; Roamer, mini-poodle, 16 pounds, 9 years old

Hi PetRelocation,
 
What do I need to know to move my pets to the Netherlands? Also, one of my dogs is pretty old and I have concerns about his health. Any information you can provide would be appreciated.
 
Thanks,
Anoek
 
 
Hi Anoek,

Thank you for submitting a question to us! We'd be happy to offer some advice.
 
To begin, take a look at the pet import requirements for the Netherlands. Your dogs will need microchips and basic vaccines as well as a vet health certificate filled out by an accredited veterinarian.
 
We also suggest choosing a pet friendly airline (we often use Lufthansa, KLM and United for our clients' pet moves), and if your dogs don't spend much time in a travel crate, help them become acclimated to their airline-approved crate in the weeks before you move. For your reference, here are a few frequently asked pet travel questions (and answers) that should shed light on the entire process.
 
In regards to your dog's age, please review this information containing tips for flying with older dogs. It would be a good idea to discuss your concerns with a vet, of course, and there are other things to do and think about before your relocation. Be aware that we have flown many elderly dogs safely, but it's a decision you'll want to think carefully about and prepare for as best you can.
 
We hope this helps! Please contact us if you have more questions and think you'd like to hire some assistance with your move. Either way, good luck with everything.
 

Importing Dogs from Rabies-Free Countries

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sonia
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Chihuahua
From: Sydney, Australia
To: Austin, TX, USA

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I am a former customer and used your services when moving to Australia and brought our Chihuahua, Benicio. We are now returning to the US and see that rabies vaccination is required 30 days prior to flight unless from a non-rabies country.

Is Australia considered a non-rabies country? What are the rules for us to bring from Australia to the US?

Thank you!
Sonia

 

Hi Sonia,

Thanks for checking in with us once again!

You're right, the rules are a little different when you're bringing a pet from Australia (a rabies-free country) into the United States. According to the official government website, proof of a rabies vaccine is not necessary if you've been in Australia for at least 6 months.

That being said, many airlines do require a health certificate of some kind stating that your dog is healthy and fit to fly, so check with the airline you'll be using to find out about what, if any, paperwork they need from you.

Also, after you've arrived in the United States and have had a chance to settle in, you should research local laws regarding rabies vaccines and follow them accordingly. If you're staying in Austin (good choice!), you'll be required by law to have Benicio vaccinated against rabies every 1-3 years.

Hope this helps! Please let us know if you'd like assistance with your move, and good luck with everything.
 

Summer Vacation with a Dog: Is It a Good Idea?

Thursday, May 22, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Emily
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Lab/Border Collie mix
From: Los Angeles, CA, USA
To: Costa Rica

 

Dear PetRelocation,

We are traveling to Costa Rica this summer and we would like to take our dog with us. We will be there for two months so we'd like a round trip for our dog. Is that possible? We'll be traveling from mid-June to mid-August.

Thank you,

Emily
 

Hi Emily,

Thanks for the question! Bringing your dog to Costa Rica will mean meeting the pet import requirements the country abides by. You can find an overview of that information here via the USDA. As you can see, you'll need a health certificate, rabies certificate, and your dog will need to be vaccinated against Leptospirosis.

You will also need to book flights with a pet friendly airline (we often use United to fly pets from the United States to Costa Rica) and also make sure you have the correct travel crate.

To come back to the United States, you'll need to look over these pet import requirements and make sure you're in alignment with them. Most notably, you'll need to obtain a vet health certificate issued within 10 days of travel to once again show the airline your dog is healthy and fit to fly.

If you're okay with dealing with the time and expense of traveling with your dog (it will be a few hundred dollars when the two trips are all said and done) and you also think your dog will handle the experience without too much stress, it should be possible to bring him/her along with you. That being said, when facing such a relatively short trip, many pet owners decide to leave their pets at home with a trusted pet-sitter rather than deal with the effort that international travel demands.

It's up to you, of course, and if you'd like to speak to us further, we're available to talk. We also recommend talking to your vet about any concerns you may have.

Hope this helps, Emily! Again, please let us know if we can be of further service.

Pet Move of the Month: Holly & Geoff's Trip to the UK

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

You may recognize Holly and Geoff from our Facebook page... These globetrotters clearly have cuteness and charm to spare, and we wanted to introduce you as soon as we started working with them on their move from New Jersey to the UK (via Frankfurt, but more about that later).

Luckily the dogs' owners agreed to answer a few questions for us when we asked if they'd like to be featured as the Pet Move of the Month, so read on to find out more about the adorable snubbies you've already caught a glimpse of. Thanks to the family for sharing their move with us!

What brought about your move to the UK?

After four years of working in New Jersey, it was time for us to return to family and friends in Manchester. Holly (a Boxer) and Geoff (a French Bulldog) are looking forward to the less extreme weather!

Have you ever moved a pet internationally before this?

Holly is returning home to the UK. She traveled with us to the US four years ago.

What were some of your initial concerns, and what surprised you about the process of traveling with snub-nosed breeds?

Initially we weren't too concerned -- with Holly being a veteran traveler we knew she would look after Geoff during his first experience of flying! However, our concerns became rather significant when we had contacted about eight airlines, only to be told that they would not carry Bulldogs!  We even looked into a cruise -- but that wasn't successful, as there was an 18 month wait list!  In came PetRelocation to the rescue....

 

 

Our minds were put at ease immediately when we were told that is was possible to get Geoff back the the UK -- but not without a hitch. We would need to fly them back within the next six weeks, before mid-May, as the only international airline which accepts Bulldogs -- Lufthansa -- will not carry them in the summer, when temperatures are above 80 degrees. 

When bringing Holly to the US we were able to fly directly from Manchester, but this time she would now be traveling in a crate too big for Manchester to handle. Holly and Geoff would have to be flown into London Heathrow, and then driven 3 1/2 hours to Manchester.

 

 

Our plans to relocate as a family at the beginning of July were turned upside down, but PetRelocation worked directly with our vet to help us every step of the way and ensured that Holly and Geoff and all their paperwork were ready in time. Holly and Geoff would have an adventure, as their route took them from Newark, New Jersey to Frankfurt, Germany -- where they would have some time for some rest and relaxation at the Pet Lounge -- then on to London Heathrow and finally arrive at their new home in Manchester 34 hours later. PetRelocation arranged the entire trip, door to door, and provided us updates throughout their journey. 

How did Holly and Geoff handle the transition?

Holly and Geoff seemed completely unphased by the whole experience! As soon as they arrived at their new home, they ate some food and stretched their legs and were ready for a long sleep. The following day, it was as if they had never been anywhere else! It was certainly a worrying time for us as parents (especially when the online cargo tracking stated "Cargo Missing" for 40 minutes!), but we were very happy with having them back with us.

Is Manchester a pet friendly place to be?

Soon after arriving, we took Holly and Geoff to their new vet for a checkup -- French Bulldogs seem to be a rare breed in Manchester, as heads turned and Geoff instantly became a talking point. He was even asked to pose for a couple of photos on his first outing! 

 

 

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

Moving pets is a stressful experience for the parents, and having the experienced people at PetRelocation certainly helped us feel confident that at least we wouldn't forget anything and would have all the right paperwork in place. We were initially going to arrange the move ourselves, until we realized that moving snub-nosed dogs is not easy.

We are so glad that we put our trust in PetRelocation to help us. We instantly knew that everyone there was focused on making the move as easy as possible and had Holly and Geoffs' welfare as their top priority.

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Good luck to Holly, Geoff and the rest of the family in Manchester! Moving a pet soon? Contact us if you're interested in talking to an expert about your options.

Moving Your Pet: Air Travel or Ground Transportation?

Monday, May 12, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: DeAnne
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Part wire haired terrier, part dachshund
From: Albuquerque, NM
To: St. Louis, MO

 

Hi PetRelocation,

What is the estimated cost of a move like this? It seems that your service emphasizes air travel. Do you transport by car or van? Do you transport one pet at a time or a few?

Thanks,

DeAnne

 

Hi DeAnne,

Thanks for the question. Ground transportation is a possibility and there are various pet transporters out there who drive single or multiple pets where they need to go, but it's a good idea to weigh all the pros and cons before making a decision.

Because it takes longer to drive, pets spend more time in their travel crates when this method is chosen and, if you're paying someone to handle the move, it can be more expensive to cover the hourly wage of the driver, gas expenses, hotels fees, etc. than it is to fly.

Sometimes driving is preferable when transporting snub-nosed breeds, though, who tend to have health issues aggravated by air travel. In our experience, however, most people traveling with breeds that are not snub-nosed ultimately find flying preferable for long distance moves.

It's a good idea to talk to your vet about any concerns you have, and we invite you to read more about pet air travel on our blog. When handled carefully flying pets is a safe option, and the more information you can gather beforehand, the better you'll feel about whatever decision you make.

We'd be happy to discuss your upcoming move with you as well, of course. If you're interested in finding out more about our services, please call our office at 1-877-PET-MOVE or fill out our free quote form. Generally speaking, costs to move one small pet domestically begin at around $1200, but the actual number will depend on knowing a few other factors.

Hope this helps to get you started, DeAnne. Good luck, and thanks again for reaching out to us.

 

"Do Pets Arriving in the United States Need to Go to Quarantine?"

Friday, May 9, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Rosalina
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Golden Retrievers
From: Jakarta, Indonesia
To: Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Will my dogs need to be quarantined when they arrive in St Louis? If yes, for how long?

Thanks,

Rosalina

 

Hi Rosalina,

Good news: The United States does not impose a quarantine for pets being imported into the country. To successfully enter the country with your dogs, you'll need to show proof that they're up to date on their rabies vaccines and have vet health certificates stating they're healthy and fit to fly (these should be issued within 10 days of departure). Find an overview here.

We recommend choosing a pet friendly airline for your travels (we often use KLM and Lufthansa for international flights), and you'll need the correct travel crates for your dogs. If they're not used to spending time in the crates, work with them in the weeks before you move to help them see the crates as a safe and normal place to be. Here are a few more tips for planning a successful pet move.

If you'd like some help arranging this move and are interested in our door-to-door services, please fill out our free quote form.

Thanks for contacting us with your question, and good luck with everything!

Questions About Moving Dogs to Spain

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Autumn
From: Oklahoma City, OK, USA
To: Madrid, Spain
Pets: Teacup Poodle (6 lbs, 6 years); Teacup Pomeranian (4 lbs, 1 year old)
 
Dear PetRelocation,
 
I want to take my Teacup Pom and Teacup Poodle overseas with me, and I need to know if they can be put in the same carrier. About how much will it cost?
 
I also plan to put them both on a sleeping medication because my poodle doesn't travel well, is this allowed? This is my first flight and I don't want to lose them or not be able to pay for them multiple times if I get laid over. Please help!
 
Thanks,
Autumn
 
 
Hi Autumn,
 
Thanks for your questions, we'd be happy to offer you some advice.
 
First, do not sedate your pets when you fly. It's not only dangerous, airlines will not let you fly if a pet has been sedated. Also, pets need to fly in their own airline-approved travel crates. If one or both of your dogs has anxiety about traveling, you'll want to help to get them adjusted as well as you can by crate-training them well in advance of the move.
 
If you are planning to hire a service to help with the move, you can probably plan to spend at least $4000 USD. Please fill out our free quote form if you're interested in finding out more about our door-to-door services and receiving a more precise price estimate.
 
It will be more affordable to handle the move yourself, but you'll need to make sure you follow the pet import requirements for Spain very carefully. We recommend using IPATA.org to find an agent if you find yourself looking for help with part of the move. We also always recommend choosing a pet friendly airline and asking your vet to do a pre-travel health check to address any concerns you may have.
 
Hope this helps to get you started. Please let us know if you have more questions, and good luck with everything!
 
 

Advice About Traveling With Older Dogs

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: James
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dog and Cat
Pet Breed: Cocker Spaniel & Tabby
From: Ecuador
To: Alabama, USA

 

Dear PetRelocation,

Is there an age limit for international travel? My dog is 10 years old.

Thanks,

James

 

Hi James,

Deciding whether or not to travel with older pets will be up to you and your vet. Airlines and countries do not impose a particular limit, but you will need to obtain the correct paperwork and a health certificate signed by your vet stating your dog is healthy and fit to fly.

We have discussed this issue on our blog before; here is more information about what to consider when traveling with older pets. It can often be done safely when the right precautions are taken, but it's also important to realize that some amount of risk is always involved. Again, talk it over with your vet and feel free to give our office a call if you'd like to speak to one of our Specialists. We have flown many older pets and would happy to discuss the situation with you.

If you decide to go, to come from Ecuador to the United States you'll also need proof that your pets are up to date on their rabies vaccines and they'll need airline-approved travel crates, as well. Here is an overview of pet import requirements for the United States.

Hope this helps! Just let us know if you have more questions, and good luck with everything.
 

Tricky Pet Moves: Moving to Sabah, Malaysia

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Stephanie
From: Perth, Australia
To: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Pet: Jack Russell (Bubu)

Dear PetRelocation,
 
What do I need to do to move my pet from Perth to Sabah? Where can I get all up-to-date information? Roughly how much does it cost to move my pet?

Thanks,
Stephanie
 
Hi Stephanie,

Thank you for submitting a question to us. In truth, moving pets to Sabah is no easy task, but that doesn't mean it's impossible. We have moved pets there and would be happy to offer some direction.
 
First, take a look at this overview of what it's like to move pets to Sabah and Sarawak. You'll need to follow a careful schedule of rabies vaccinations and there will be a quarantine for your dog upon arrival (30 days minimum). We recommend flying with KLM or Lufthansa, but other options may exist, as well. Your dog will also need to be microchipped and you'll need to secure the correct size and type of travel crate.
 
As you can see, there are several variables at play for a move to Malaysia, and you may decide to hire some assistance from a professional pet transport service. If you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services, please fill out our quote form. A move like this will probably exceed $3,000 USD, but knowing more details will allow us to give you a more precise quote. If you'd like to invest more of your own time and spend less money, we recommend using IPATA.org as a resource for locating local agents.
 
Hope this helps to get you started. Please let us know if you have more questions, and good luck with everything!
 

Import Requirements for Dogs Arriving in the United States

Monday, April 28, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Jose
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Dog (12 weeks and a few days old puppy)
Pet Breed: Rottweiler
From: Italy
To: Florida, USA

 

Hello,

I'm getting a puppy from a very reputable breeder in Italy, and I just wanted to know the specific rules for bringing the puppy into Florida. I'm pretty sure an International Health Certificate stating the puppy is in good health and able to fly is one of them, and I'm thinking a certificate of Rabies vaccination shot is probably another one.

I'm not sure how many days before shipping this is necessary. Also, I don't think there's a quarantine for dogs, but please correct me if I'm wrong and send me the accurate information.

Truly appreciate it,

Jose

 

Hi Jose,

Thanks for the questions. Take a look at an overview of the pet import requirements for the United States; you're correct that you need a health certificate and proof of a current rabies vaccine, and no, there is no quarantine.

It will likely take just a few days to put this together (note that the health certificate needs to be issued within 10 days of departure), as the requirements for the US aren't nearly as strict as those for many other countries.

A couple more important things: be sure to choose a pet friendly airline (we often use United, Lufthansa and KLM), and double check that you have the right type/size crate for the puppy.

Also, for safety's sake, we do recommend that dogs be at least 16 weeks old before they fly. You mentioned that you're buying your puppy from a reputable breeder, but just in case other potential puppy-buyers are reading this, we'll go ahead and include a link discussing the warning signs of puppy scams. It's great if you're getting your dog from someone you trust, but be aware that there are lots of dishonest people out there attempting to sell dogs that don't exist.

Hope this helps, Jose. Please contact us for a quote if you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door pet transportation services.

Good luck with everything!
 

Pet Travel: Ground Transport vs. Flying

Thursday, April 17, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Chadd
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Small Dog
From: Houston, TX
To: Marshall, WI

 

Hi PetRelocation,

My friend doesn't want her dog to fly. Is there a service that provides car transport within the United States?

Thanks,

Chadd

 

Hi Chadd,

Thanks for the question. It's understandable to feel nervous about pet air travel, and ground transport options do exist. Doing a Google search or using IPATA.org to find a local pet transport agent who is willing and able to make long road trips is probably your friend's best bet if that's what she is interested in doing.

That being said, if your friend learns more about air travel she may be surprised to find how safe it really can be. Here are a few links that serve as good starting points for building an informed idea of how things work:

 

Hope this helps! Please let us know if you have more questions and good luck in finding a good solution for your friend's dog move.

 

 



 

Air Travel with a Shiba Inu

Monday, April 14, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Myrna
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Shiba Inu
From: Los Angeles, CA
To: San Juan, PR

 

Dear PetRelocation,

What age is the best for my dog to travel? I'm really scared that something will happen to him since this is a long trip!

Thanks,

Myrna

 

Hi Myrna,

We recommend that pets be at least 16 weeks old before they travel, and when it comes to older dog(e)s, the decision should be made on a case by case basis with the help of advice from a vet. Here's more about flying with older pets.

In general, the risks associated with pet travel can be kept to a minimum when the right choices are made. Make sure your Shiba Inu is at a healthy weight and exercises regularly, be sure he is well-hydrated before the flight, and definitely choose a pet friendly airline that will make his comfort and safety a high priority. Crate-training is also a key part of making sure the trip goes well.

Please take a look at these frequently asked pet travel questions if you'd like to learn more, and feel free to contact us if you'd like further professional assistance.

Thanks for reaching out, and we wish you the best of luck in your travels!

 

International Travel with a Shih Tzu

Friday, April 11, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Lydia
From: Seattle, WA
To: Shanghai, China
Pet: Lucy
 
Dear PetRelocation,
 
My husband and I will be relocating to either Shanghai, China or Amsterdam, and I was wondering if I would be able to take my one-year-old Shih Tzu with me to fly overseas. Which airlines are most friendly to fly? Would they allow her to fly? She's healthy!
 
Thanks,
Lydia
 
 
Hi Lydia,
 
Thanks for submitting a question to us, we'd be happy to offer some advice.
 
Every country is different when it comes to import requirements for pets, so take a look at the specific rules for China and for the Netherlands. China may require a quarantine depending on your port of entry, and the Netherlands does not have a quarantine if you meet all the requirements.
 
As far as airlines, it's important to choose a pet friendly carrier (we often use United, KLM and Lufthansa, for example). It will also help to make sure that your dog is comfortable spending time in her travel crate, as this will make the trip less stressful for her (and for you).
 
If you have questions about any of this, please give our office a call or fill out our free quote form. We arrange door-to-door pet moves and would be happy to discuss costs and logistics if you're interested in hiring some assistance.
 
Either way, good luck with everything and travel safely!
 
 

Researching Dog Travel to India

Monday, April 7, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Dr. A.
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pomeranian
From: Hartford, Connecticut, USA
To: New Delhi, India

 

Dear PetRelocation,

My daughter, who is working in Hartford, CT, wants to send her pet dog permanently to India. Is this possible? How would it work?

Thanks,

Dr. A.

 

Hi Dr. A,

Thanks for your question. Moving pets to India requires quite a bit of careful paperwork and preparation, as the country made changes to their policy last year and now operate with strict rules meant to target animal breeders. Please take a look at this overview of India pet import requirements for an idea of what to expect.

We also recommend double checking with the Ministry of Agriculture to find out about the most current policies, as they could change at any time. As always, we recommend choosing a pet friendly airline and discussing specific procedures and policies with them, as well.

Many people decide to hire pet travel experts to assist with relocations like this, especially if you'd like the dog to fly unaccompanied. If you'd like to find out more about the door-to-door services we offer, please fill out our free quote form or give our office a call. You're also welcome to visit IPATA.org to locate local agents who may assist you.

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

 

 

Breaking Down (and Understanding) Pet Travel Costs

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Robin
From: Melbourne, Australia
To: Vancouver, Canada
Pet: My baby is called Leo, he is a Spoodle and will be 6 years old in October
 
 
Dear PetRelocation,
 
I am very nervous, as I am not sure how my dog will cope with such a long flight. I am also getting very expensive quotes from companies in Australia, however my friends are paying a lot less for transporting their Spoodle from London to Vancouver.
 
Could you please tell me if you could assist? What will be the costs involved? I am already in Canada. Lastly, is it safe for him to travel, and are there any requirements that I need to be aware of for Canada?
 
My main concerns are that pricing seems to be high and I'm worried about Leo's well-being in the hold. Also, once I go back to Australia, will it be easier for him to go back? He is a very healthy and a bubbly dog -- all he wants is attention.
 
Thanks,
Robin
 
Hi Robin,
 
Thanks for contacting us with your questions -- hope we can help!
 
First, take a look at the pet import requirements for Canada. There is no quarantine, but you'll need to make sure your dog's paperwork is in order. If you ever decide to bring him back to Australia, you'll need to meet a much stricter set of rules and there will be a 10-day quarantine (based on current requirements). You can find more information from Australia's official website.
 
Second, many people do feel nervous about flying their pet in the cargo area, but if you choose a pet friendly airline and learn about how things work, you'll hopefully become more comfortable with the idea. We fly pets in the cargo area of a few select airlines all the time. Again, with pet friendly airlines it's very safe (here's a more in-depth explanation of how it works).
 
It's also smart to talk to your vet about how diet and exercise are important to your pet travel preparations, and you'll need to work to help Leo get used to his travel crate (if he's not already). This cuts down on his overall stress level and will make the flight safer and smoother for him.
 
Choosing a door-to-door service provider to handle your move won't be cheap, but arranging all the moving parts does require quite a bit of time and expertise. If you'd like a quote from us to see how we compare to the other providers you've talked to, please fill out our free online quote form. Typically an international move for one small pet begins at around $2500 USD (but the actual cost will depend on a few more factors). Here's a post from our blog discussing the costs of pet travel
 
Hopefully this helps to get you started. If you have further questions just let us know, and either way, good luck with everything!