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Breed Restrictions for Dog Travel to New Zealand

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Lori
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Hanover Hound
From: Bend, Oregon
To: Kaiwaka, New Zealand

 

Dear PetRelocation,

If I have a dog that is a mixed breed can I bring her into New Zealand? She's a Lab and German Shepherd mix. Can she be quarantined in my home for the 170 days before flying to New Zealand and then quarantined there for 10 days?

Thank you,
Lori

 

Hi Lori,

Thanks for reaching out with your question. According to the official pet import requirements for New Zealand, yes, your dog can enter the country provided all import steps are carried out correctly. A few breeds are restricted (including American Pit Bull Terriers) and "hybrids" are not allowed (dogs crossed with another species), but your Lab/German Shepherd does not pose a problem.

As for quarantine, yes, most of the preparation process can be carried out at home with you. You'll need to adhere to the checklist carefully and secure the correct paperwork and vaccines for your dog in a timely manner, and then upon arrival there is a minimum 10-day quarantine that must be carried out in an official MPI-approved facility.

Please read over the guidelines carefully and then contact us if you think you'd like some help arranging your dog's relocation to New Zealand. This can be a tricky country to tackle and most people end up seeking out some kind of assistance in order to avoid delays and confusion.

Either way, good luck and have a great move!
 

Cargo Pet Travel to Canada (With an Older Dog)

Friday, March 20, 2015 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Sheeba
From: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
To: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Pet: Jenny (Fox Terrier and Lhasa Apso Cross breed, 9 yrs, 8 kg)

Hi PetRelocation,
 
Can my dog travel with me in cabin? If so, please do recommend an airline for me to travel along with my dog from Chennai, TN, India to Toronto, ON, Canada.
 
Also provide me with the list of requirements according to Canadian Food Inspection Agency. I haven't maintained the vaccination card though my dog has had regular vaccinations. Can I provide the No Objection Certificate alone? I also don't feel comfortable with my dog travelling in cargo since she is already 9 years old.

Thanks,
Sheeba
 
 
Hi Sheeba,
 
Thanks for contacting us with your question! You'll find the best and most comprehensive information about moving pets to Canada on the official Canada government website. The instructions for bringing your dog from India are outlined here; as you'll see, you need to have proof of an up-to-date rabies vaccine in the form of a Rabies Vaccination Certificate. There is currently no quarantine.
 
If you fly on a commercial airline your dog will need to travel via cargo, as she is too large to go in the cabin (even if she was small enough, many airlines don't allow in-cabin pet travel for international routes). We certainly understand that you feel fearful about pet cargo travel, but under the right circumstances this is a very safe undertaking. Please read over this pet travel advice to find out more.
 
Also, we'd like to direct you to this information about how to fly an older pet safely. There are a few extra considerations you can attend to in order to help your 9-year-old pup handle the trip as well as possible.
 
Hopefully this helps, Sheeba! Please contact us for a consultation if you need further assistance, and good luck with everything.

Pet Move of the Month: Kobe the World Traveling Conure

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 by PetRelocation.com Customer

KobeWe move quite a few dogs and cats here at PetRelocation, but every few weeks we have the chance to help a feathered friend relocate across the world, too. Today we're excited to introduce you to Kobe, a beautiful green-cheeked conure, as our featured Pet Move of the Month!

Kobe has actually moved with us before -- he went to South Africa back in 2013, and recently we helped him return to the United States with his owner, who says that Kobe is "handsome and he knows it."

Find out more about bird travel and Kobe's journey, and thanks to his mom for sharing their travels with us!

You’ve moved with Kobe before – how did this time compare?

I hired PetRelocation initially to help me move Kobe to South Africa when I decided to relocate there in late 2013. Reading up on the process it seemed pretty overwhelming, but PetRelocation got everything sorted out. Most importantly, Kobe arrived in South Africa in great shape after two months of quarantine.

Bringing Kobe back to the States was a bit easier because he only had to do quarantine when he arrived back in the States, and there was less paperwork to do because he is a U.S.origin bird. The thing that was the same was that Kobe arrived in great shape, seeming unfazed at all by his travels and quarantine.

What were some of your initial concerns about moving back to the United States or about bird travel in general?

My biggest concern in traveling with Kobe was always that he would be overly stressed or frightened by the situation. Those concerns were alleviated quite a bit after his first trip, and I've learned that birds are a lot more resilient than perhaps they're made out to be. Kobe also went on a lot of car rides in both the U.S. and South Africa, so that could have helped.

 

kobe

 

What surprised you about the bird travel process?

Everything this time around was pretty routine after the first move, but going back to the first time around, it's important for people to consider whether their bird is a CITES bird (protected species), which I believe most parrots, including Kobe, are. That made for  a lot more paperwork and headaches (mostly for the PetRelocation folks, not so much me or Kobe!). It also amazed me first time around how long it took for everything to come together. Fortunately I wasn't on a strict timeline at the time, but someone wanting to move with their bird should get started on the paperwork about six months before they intend to move!

How did Kobe handle the move and how did he settle in?

Amazingly well. I called the quarantine facility about once a week during his time there and only ever got positive reports, and once we were finally reunited after eight months apart a few weeks ago, it was like we'd never been apart. Like I mentioned before I've always been conscious to take Kobe out of his comfort zone (taking him for car rides, having other people handle him, etc.) so perhaps that has helped, but I want other bird owners to know that they don't necessarily have to be worried about their bird's well being if they want to bring their bird on a move; the bird can handle it. I think the expense and short time apart is well worth it in the end. 

 

kobe

 

How do South Africa and the United States compare in terms of bird-friendliness (any thoughts about cultural attitudes, amenities, etc.)?

South Africa is a very bird-friendly place -- in fact, I got the idea to add a bird to my family after a visit to South Africa a few years ago. I think birds are possibly a more common pet there than they are in the U.S.

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

As I mentioned before, start as early as you can, and have patience -- a lot of the paper work takes time. And once you decide your bird will make the move, make efforts to take him out of his comfort zone. A few car rides in his travel crate (he will need a special travel crate approved by the TSA -- PetRelocation will give you all the details -- would be a great idea, and letting him spend time in the crate before he has to fly in it. 

And if you're on the fence at all because you're worried it won't be in your bird's best interest to move him, know that Kobe has handled two transatlantic moves incredibly well, and none worse for the wear. Birds love their people, and I think a short time apart and a bit of paperwork is better than the worry and heartache of having to re-home them.

 

kobe

 

What made you decide to hire assistance with Kobe's move?

When I first began to research moving Kobe, it became apparent pretty quickly that everything had to be done to an exact standard, and if you arrived at the airport with your bird and something wasn't right, you could be turned away, which would be horrible! I had enough to think about with getting myself moved, so I decided to entrust Kobe to PetRelocation. It was a great decision -- I wish they could have handled my paperwork, too! Mandy and the team were so thorough with updates that I knew Kobe would be completely taken care of every step of the way, and that proved to be true.

Thanks again to Kobe and his awesome owner! Please contact PetRelocation with your questions about how to move a bird domestically or internationally.

Planning International Pit Bull Travel

Monday, February 16, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Margarita
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pit Bull
From: Colombia
To: Florida, USA

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I have a 60 pound Pit Bull and I need it to bring it here to United States. I would like to know if this is possible (and can your company do the moving)?

Thanks,

Margarita

 

Hi Margarita,

Thanks for your question! The United States does not have any particular breed restrictions when it comes to importing pets, and it's actually one of the easier countries in terms of rules and regulations. Please take a look at the US pet import requirements for an overview of what to expect.

We also recommend reading over these basic pet travel questions and answers. Here you'll see that it's important to choose a pet-friendly airline and help your dog to be acclimated to the crate as well as possible. You'll also want to review the airline requirements very carefully, as Pit Bulls often face different rules. If you're flying with United, for example, your dog would need a reinforced travel crate.

If you're interested in hiring help with this move, please fill out our online consultation form. With a few more details we'll be able to tell you more about your move options.

Hope this helps, and we hope to hear from you soon!
 

Dog Travel to the United States from Canada

Thursday, February 12, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Soleil
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Puppy
Pet Breed: Chocolate Labrador
From: Quebec, Canada
To: Houston, Texas

 

Hi PetRelocation,

My dog just had puppies and my uncle is living in the states and he wants one. We are just curious about some of the requirements needed to have the puppy transferred from Canada to the States. What are the fees involved?

If there is any special way of handling this? If you can give me the best information on this it would be very much appreciated.

Thanks,

Soleil


Hi Soleil,

Thank you for reaching out with a question! We'd be happy to offer some assistance. Please begin by looking over the pet import requirements for the United States. The dog will need to have a vet health certificate stating he/she is healthy and fit to fly (this is what the airline requires) as well as an up-to-date rabies vaccine. We recommend that dogs be at least 16 weeks old before they travel by air.

Please take a look at these essential pet travel tips for more information about the basic process. As you'll see, crate-training and choosing a pet-friendly airline are very important parts of planning a smooth relocation. You'll also need to make sure the travel crate is the correct size and airline-approved. If you have questions about flying an unaccompanied dog via cargo, please read more about it here.

If you think you'd like some assistance, please fill out our consultation form. We've organized thousands of safe pet moves and would be glad to help you, as well.

Dog Travel to the Dominican Republic

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Lindsay
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Blue Heeler
From: USA
To: Dominican Republic

 

Hi there,

We're moving to the Dominican Republic in the Summer of 2015. Many airlines seem to say you cannot ship a dog if the daily forecasted temperature is 85 degrees or higher, and it appears to be over 85 in the DR all year long! Is there some sort of way around this rule? Using a professional shipping company or something? Thanks for your help!

Best,

Lindsay

 

Hi Lindsay,

Thanks for your inquiry. We've helped several pets move successfully to the Dominican Republic and would be happy to explore your options with you. Often pet travel can seem impossible at first, but after some investigating is done and expert knowledge applied, a solution can often be found. For your information, here are the pet import requirements for the Dominican Republic.

Generally, flying with a pet-friendly airline (we often use United) diminishes the chance of being affected by temperature, as a truly pet-oriented carrier will not let pets be exposed to the elements for a significant amount of time and will place a high priority on safety and comfort all year round.

Please read over these basic pet travel tips on our blog, and if you think you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services, please fill out our online consultation form.

We hope we can be of service to you, and either way, good luck!
 

When to Hire Professional Assistance with a Pet Move

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Alexander
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Fluffy
From: Oklahoma City, OK
To: San Diego, CA

 

Dear PetRelocation,

My fiancé and I are getting married and we'll be moving her and her cat to San Diego. I'm checking out the options and whether or not it would be easier to use a pet transport service or just fly back with her cat. How does your business handle the pet being transported?

Thanks,

Alexander

 

Hi Alexander,

Excellent question. Most of the time it's technically possible for pet owners to move pets on their own, but since the process can require a considerable amount of effort (and often stress), some people choose to hire the help of professionals so that they'll have more time to focus on other things (such as moving their own belongings, etc). Here are a few more reasons people choose to hire help.

A domestic cat move is not as complicated as moving a large dog internationally, for example, but you might still find that enlisting pet travel experts to handle the move could be a good solution. PetRelocation arranges door-to-door travel services and helps oversee the gathering of pre-export paperwork, the right travel crate and the plane ticket. We move our clients' pets via cargo on a pet-friendly airline, making it easier for the owners to plan and carry out their own trip.

Please take a look at some of our recent customer stories to find out more about what we do, and it might be helpful to read over these commonly asked pet travel questions, as well.

You may ultimately decide to carry your cat in the cabin with you or plan the cargo trip on your own, but if you're seeking additional assistance you're welcome to contact us for a consultation.

Hope this helps! Congratulations on your upcoming marriage, and please let us know if we can answer any further questions.
 

Shipping a Dog from California to Washington

Thursday, February 5, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Dana
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Shiba Inu
From: California, USA
To: Richland, WA, USA

 

Dear PetRelocation,

My question isn't in regards to moving, but I've found a 4-year-old Shiba Inu in an animal shelter in California that I really want to adopt. The problem is that I can't get down there: is there any way I could have him shipped to me? Is this something that you guys do?

Please let me know how much this typically costs...

Thanks,
Dana

 

Hi Dana,

Thank you for your question! It is possible to have a dog shipped to you unaccompanied, but you will need to arrange for someone in California to gather the correct paperwork beforehand (usually just a vet health certificate and proof of an updated rabies vaccine -- take a look at the Washington requirements here).

You'll also need to buy the correct airline-approved travel crate and have someone take the dog to the airport and check him in for his flight, ideally on a pet-friendly airline.

Our company arranges door-to-door pet relocations for pets flying unaccompanied, and though usually the pet owner brings their dog to the vet, etc. in the days before the move, it's possible that we could have an agent handle this for you. Our costs for moving one small pet internationally typically start at around $1200, but your costs will differ depending on a few factors.

If this sounds like what you're looking for and you'd like to discuss your options with us, please give our office a call or fill out our online consultation form. Thanks for considering us, and good luck with everything!

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!