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Traveling Internationally with Service Dogs

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

We recently received a question via email asking how to bring a service dog to Australia, and thought it would be a good opportunity to go over a few basic rules and best practices for traveling internationally with an assistance animal.

  • Traveling with service dogs means following different airline procedures for the most part, as airlines often allow pets in the cabin in these instances. Here are the instructions for traveling with a service animal via United and via Lufthansa, for example.
  • Here is an overview of the rules for service dogs for Australia; owners must fill out an application to be approved before they can complete the import steps. Usually pets entering Australia must undergo a 10-day quarantine in an approved quarantine facility, but service dogs can fulfill the quarantine at home with their owners.
  • Be prepared to show official paperwork proving your support animal is legitimate (this will likely be a letter from your medical doctor or mental health professional).
  • Typically service animals need to fit on the floor in front of the passenger chair (and can't sit on the seat), and they travel free of charge.
  • Space can be limited in the cabin, so contact the airline well in advance to tell them you'll be traveling with a service animal.
  • Even though airlines probably won't require that service animals adhere to usual animal rules (traveling in the cargo area, etc.), countries still will. Find out what vaccinations and paperwork will be required for import and allow a few weeks to prepare.
  • Note that carriage can be denied if an animal is loud or acting in a way that disturbs other passengers -- properly trained service animals shouldn't be a problem, but people who bring a noisy Chihuahua along as an emotional support animal may not be accepted to fly.
  • In addition to verifying country import rules, whenever you're planning to travel by air with a service animal it's a good idea to contact the airline directly to find out about the procedures (information isn't always available online and it can sometimes change).

service dog

Photo Credit: www.servicedogproducts.com

 

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Rabies Vaccine Requirements for International Pet Travel

Monday, September 22, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Paola
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Cross Breed
From: Tanzania
To: USA

Hello,

My dog (2 and a half years old) has been vaccinated against rabies three times, two of them in October and November of 2012 and the third one was in August of 2013. Now we will be flying from Tanzania to the USA in October, and I'm not sure if she needs to be re-vaccinated.

Thanks in advance for your help!
Paola

 

Hi Paola,

To bring your dog into the United States, she will need to have a rabies vaccine that is not expired and it must be administered at least 30 days before departure. If the vaccine you received in August last year was a 1-year vaccine, it sounds like she needs to get another one (if it was a 3-year vaccine then you are okay). Our advice is to double check with your vet to see if your dog's rabies status is up-to-date.

You can look over the pet import requirements for the United States and take a look at these pet travel tips, as well. By researching a few basics and paying attention to important details, you can help your dog have a smooth relocation.

If you think you'd like some assistance and want to find out more about our door-to-door services, please fill out our free quote form and a Specialist will be in touch to discuss your options with you.

Thanks for your question, and good luck with everything!

Dog Travel to Puerto Rico

Friday, September 12, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Alana
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Jindo, lab/retriever
From: Atlanta, GA
To: San Juan, PR

 

Dear PetRelocation,

Would traveling by boat be easier on the dogs than flying? Also, since it is not considered an "international" move, what paperwork would I need to fulfill to ensure a safe and worry free process?

Thanks,

Alana

 

Hi Alana,

Moving dogs from the United States to Puerto Rico is considered a domestic flight -- you can find more information here.

We have helped many pets move to Puerto Rico and typically use a pet-friendly airline like United. Here are a few tips for preparing a pet to fly safely. It may seem overwhelming at the start, but it's all about how you prepare and the choices you make. (Remember that thousands of pets fly safely every year!)

We don't have guidance to offer about traveling via boat since we primarily arrange pet air travel, but you can check with the USDA or the relevant Puerto Rico authorities to find out more about this option.

Good luck with everything, and please fill out our free quote form if you're interested in learning more about our services. Thanks for your question!
 

Planning Dog Travel to Denmark

Thursday, September 11, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Teddy
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Newfoundland
From: California, USA
To: Denmark

Hi PetRelocation,

I'm Planning a move to Denmark in the next 2-4 weeks.

Dog #1: 17 months, born in the USA and updated with all vaccines (last saw a vet in late Aug. 2014), has a microchip.

Dog#2; 3 months, born in Denmark and arrived in the US in late Aug. 2014 with papers and the EU Passport for dogs (last saw a vet a few days after arrival), has a microchip.

Questions:
1. What documents, etc. do I need to transport the dogs?
2. What is the cost?
3. What airline will you be using (I can fly out of San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento and as last resort Los Angeles)?
4. I will have a friend pick up the dogs in Denmark as I want then transported as soon as possible while I arrange the move.

Thanks,

Teddy

 

Hi Teddy,

It sounds like you have a great start, and we'd love to assist you with planning the rest of your move. First, if you think you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services, please call us at 1-877-PET-MOVE or fill out our free quote form as soon as it's convenient (since your move is coming up pretty quickly).

Now, here are the pet import requirements for Denmark. Feel free to look over them carefully to make sure that you are prepared to meet them all. We typically use KLM or Lufthansa for flights to Europe, and we have flown pets between SFO and CPH so that would most likely be an option for you. (A Specialist will be able to tell you more about your options once they hear more details from you.)

The cost will also depend on knowing a few more things -- the weight and height of your dogs, for example. You'll also need airline-approved travel crates for each dog, which will factor into the price if you don't have any yet.

Please review this information and then let us know if you'd like further help. Either way, have a safe and smooth relocation to Denmark!

 


 

Hong Kong Pet Travel (and Living There with Pets)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sarah
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Cocker Spaniel
From: Brisbane, Australia
To: Hong Kong

 

Hi There,

My husband and I are looking to relocate to Hong Kong with our dog for 2 years. I have a few questions I was hoping you could help with:

  • What do we need to consider in moving our dog to Hong Kong?
  • Are there good vets, off lead areas and kennels in Hong Kong?
  • Is Hong Kong a good place for dogs?
  • What are the requirements in bringing our dog back into Australia?


Thank you so much for your help, hope these questions don't seem silly.
-Sarah

 

Hi Sarah,

Nope, these questions aren't silly at all! We'd be happy to help you with some information.

First, take a look at the pet import requirements for Hong Kong. Australia is a "Group One" country, so you'll be following these guidelines in particular. In terms of flying in general, here are a few basic pet travel tips that will help you plan a safe and smooth trip.

As far as life in Hong Kong with pets, based on the news stories we've been reading it sounds like things are getting more pet-friendly than they used to be. Here is an article about a bus that brings dogs to various dog parks in Hong Kong, for example.

Actually a couple of our team members visited Hong Kong a few years ago -- read about a fun place called Pet World as well as what it's like to have a dog to Hong Kong. We advise all of our clients to do some online research before they move internationally -- expat websites are often helpful -- and if you end up working with us, we'd be happy to offer guidance as you settle in.

To return to Australia, you'd be following the guidelines found on the official Australia Government website. Please note that Australia requires a 10-day quarantine for arriving and returning pets, and they have recently raised the quarantine fees (so take this into account when budgeting for this move).

As you can see, moving a pet internationally requires significant time and resources, but it can be done safely. If you think you'd like some help and want to find out more about our door-to-door services, please fill out our free quote form or give our office a call.

Hope this information helps to get you started! Let us know if we can be of further assistance, and good luck with everything.

 


 

Air Travel with American Staffordshire Terriers

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sonja
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: American Staffordshire Terriers
From: Aberdeen, NC
To: Rio Rancho, NM

Hello,

I'm super nervous about this... what are the guarantees that my dogs will be safe? How long will the trip take? Can you recommend any other companies if you can not accommodate my dates?

Thanks,

Sonja

 

Hi Sonja,

Just about every pet owner we talk to is pretty nervous in the beginning stages of moving a pet. No one likes separating from their furry family members and dealing with a system that's unknown to them, but the good news is that, when the right steps are taken, pet travel can be very safe and streamlined.

Here are a few tips and bits of information that will help you on your way:

  • The domestic travel requirements for dogs are pretty simple, and you'll primarily just need to have them up-to-date on their rabies vaccines and secure a vet health certificate stating your dogs are healthy and fit to fly (as required by the airline).
  • Choose a pet-friendly airline -- we often use United for domestic flights because of their well-established PetSafe program.
  • Because it sounds like you're traveling with bigger dogs and they are Staffies, double check the crate requirements with the airline. United does require this breed to use a reinforced travel crate, and not all routes can accommodate oversize crates.
  • In the weeks before the move, it's important to help your dogs to get used to their travel crates if they are not already, talk to your vet about any health questions you have, keep them as fit as possible, and finally, before, during and after the flight they should be well-hydrated.

 

We would be happy to discuss your move with you and tell you more about our door-to-door services if you'd like. The length of the trip will depend on a few factors, but with a few more details one of our specialists will be able to tell you more about your options and work to fit the move into your desired schedule. Let us know, and either way, good luck with your trip!

 


 

What Are the Age Restrictions for Puppy Travel?

Thursday, August 7, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Margo
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Jack Russell Terrier
From: United States
To: Italy

Hello,

Our puppy was born 11 June 2014 and I want to move with her to Italy on 10 August 2014. At that time she will not be old enough to be vaccinated for rabies. How is this handled?

Thanks,

Margo

 

Hi Margo,

Thanks for your question. According to the US Embassy website, pets must be at least three months old to enter Italy. You can find more information here. For further details about pet import requirements for Italy you can also take a look at the USDA website.

We actually recommend that dogs do not fly until they've reached the age of at least 16 weeks. At this point, in addition to being able to receive the required vaccines, they're also stronger and better able to withstand the rigors of travel.

Please contact us if you'd like some assistance with eventually moving your dog, and be aware that people often need to move ahead of their pets (in this case it's necessary to enlist the help of a friend, family member or boarding facility). There are multiple solutions when it comes to planning a pet move, so just let us know if you'd like to discuss your options further!
 

Pet-Friendly Airlines for Travel to Singapore

Friday, August 8, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Maira
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Maltipoos
From: Los Angeles, CA, USA
To: Singapore

 

Hello,

I found your rules on relocating to Singapore! Thank you so much for such a helpful post. I am currently working on finding a vet that has the specific microchip you mentioned on your site.

My question is: What are the top airlines to travel with pets to Singapore? I know Singapore airlines offers an air conditioned space for pets, but I would like to know from someone like you who is very experienced in this. What airline should I fly with since my dogs will be checked in as baggage, and what other tips can you provide?

Thank you for your attention regarding the above matter.

-Maira

 

Hi Maira,

Thanks for reading, and great question! We've helped many pets move to Singapore and would be happy to help you with some information.

We typically use KLM or Lufthansa to move pets to Singapore (and many other destinations). These airlines have established safety guidelines for pets and continuously meet our standards of service.

As far as general tips go, please take a look at these common pet travel questions. If you think you'd like some assistance with this move, feel free to contact us to discuss our door-to-door services and receive a free quote.

Hope this helps! Let us know if we can be of further service, and good luck with everything.
 

The Costs and Procedures of Air Travel with Dogs

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Jacy
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Mutts (40 & 50 lbs)
From: Austin, TX, USA
To: San Francisco, CA, USA

 

Hey There,

My boyfriend and I are heading to San Francisco from Austin for work for 3 weeks. We want to bring our dogs but are a little nervous about checking them on an airline. Are some airlines better than others for this? What are your thoughts on this? Is it safe? Is there a better option?

Thank you for your help!
Jacy
 

Hi Jacy,

Thanks for your question, we'd be happy to offer some advice. First, take a look at the pet import requirements for bringing pets to California and then back to Texas. To fly, your dogs will need to have updated rabies vaccines and a health certificate issued by your vet within 10 days of departure (this is to tell the airline your dogs are healthy and fit to fly).

We certainly recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline (we often use United for domestic flights) and making sure you have travel crates that are airline-approved and the correct size. Allow some time to research the airline rules so that you understand all procedures, fees, etc. and to adequately prepare your dogs for the trip (here are some quick tips that will help).

Honestly you may find that taking two medium/large dogs on such a short trip may require more time and effort than you expected. You'll end up spending several hundred dollars when it's all said and done. It's up to you, of course, but in our experience we've found that leaving pets with a trusted sitter is often a better solution.

Please contact us if you have more questions, and good luck with whatever you decide!

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.