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Pet News Round-Up: Tips for Easter Pet Safety & More

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Our dogs, ourselves.

USA Today presents dog travel tips from author Kelly Carter.

The story of Dolli the cat's move to Japan.

Watch and play with your pet remotely with the successful Kickstarter project Petcube.

 Have you met the cutest baby and dog duo ever, Zoey and Jasper? Here's their Tumblr so you can catch up.

This Washington hotel is super pet friendly.

Can this man make his dog a Hollywood star?

From the archives: Tips for Easter pet travel.

Finally: Please take our pet travel survey!

 

two cats

Have a lounge-y weekend!

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.

 

 



 

Where to Start When You're Nervous About Pet Travel

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Lori
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Yorkshire Terriers
From: South Africa
To: Canada

 

Dear PetRelocation,

My Husband and I are in the process of trying to move to Canada, but our dogs are our first priority and we will not move without them.

Our Yorkshire Terriers are 9 months old and they weigh 2.5kg and 3.5kg, respectively. We would like to know the process of relocating them to Canada, i.e how do they travel, what about food and water, do they need to stay in quarantine when they arrive, do they travel the same time that we travel, or is their a waiting period before they can travel?

They are both microchipped and their vaccinations are up to date.

Kind Regards,

Lori

 

Hi Lori,

Thanks for your question -- we completely understand what it's like to feel that dogs are part of the family!

Take a look at the pet import requirements for Canada to see what you'll need to do to prepare. In addition to getting the paperwork ready (health certificates, etc.) it's important to book their flights on a pet friendly airline and make sure you have the correct size/style travel crates for them. You don't need to travel on the same flight as them, but you will need to have someone who is able to check them in and clear customs on the other side.

As for your other questions, it may help to read over these frequently asked pet travel questions and these pre-flight preparation tips. Pet travel can be overwhelming at first, but the more you can educate yourself, the more empowered you will begin to feel.

If you think you'd like to hire some professional assistance, we'd be happy to discuss our services with you. Feel free to give our office a call or fill out our free quote form.

Hopefully this helps to get you started! Good luck with everything, and let us know if we can be of further assistance.

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!

 

Pet News Round-Up: Are Pets Being Treated More Like Humans?

Friday, April 11, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

How to have a stress-free pet boarding experience.

General travel: All about Abu Dhabi.

Toby's mom draws a comic about his cat adventures, which now include his international move to London.

Author David Grimm discusses how pets are blurring the lines of personhood.

More general travel: Airlines received fewer complaints last year (but misplaced more bags).

What Dogster loves about positive dog training methods.

Read the story of three cats who moved to the UK.

Finally, meet Sam and Gretchen, the Weimaranars we featured as our Pet Move of the Month!

 

Happy Friday, pet lovers!

 

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.

 

 

Pet News Round-Up: Travel Advice & Community Pet Programs

Friday, April 4, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

A program called Pets are Like Family helps low-income families keep their pets.

Tips for how to retire abroad with a pet.

This traveling kangaroo helps to educate kids about nature.

A look at what it's like to be a dog walker for wealthy clients.

A list of pet friendly destinations in Europe.

From Texas Monthly: inmates at two women's prisons train service dogs for veterans.

 

Have a fantastic weekend!

 

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!
 
 

Relocating a Dog Across the United States

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Susan
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Cocker Spaniel mix
From: Tomah, WI
To: Phoenix, AZ

 

Dear PetRelocation,

My aunt is no longer able to care for her dog and I have offered to take her, but am not sure of the best way to get her here. Any ideas would be helpful.

Thanks,

Susan

 

Hi Susan,

Thanks for your question. It sounds like you're wondering about the logistics of pet travel and are probably hoping you'll be able to send the dog without a human escort. The good news is that this is definitely possible.

We help pets move every day, most of them unaccompanied. You can arrange a flight on a pet friendly airline for the dog (we recommend United) and either have a friend or family member or a hired agent check her in and then you (or someone you enlist) pick her up on the other end.

We arrange door-to-door pet moves and would be happy to assist with this process. We'd help oversee the necessary paperwork (which primarily includes proof of a rabies vaccine and a vet health certificate), help you make sure you have the correct airline-approved travel crate, and help you with any other questions you have.

Please fill out our free quote form or give our office a call if you're interested in finding out more, or if you decide you'd like to handle the move yourself, hopefully you can use our blog and website as helpful resources.

Hope this helps, Susan. Please contact us if you have any further questions, and good luck with everything!
 

Planning Your Pet Travel Timeline

Friday, April 4, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Trudi
Number of Pets: 4
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Two medium Poodles and one Schnauzer/Yorkie mix
From: Austin, TX, USA
To: London, UK

 

Hello,

How long is the whole process re: the rabies injection? If we start the process going, what is the earliest time we can have them ready for travel?

Thanks,

Trudi

 

Hi Trudi,

Great question. According to the official UK pet import rules, your dogs should first be microchipped, then given the rabies shot, then at least 21 days must pass before they can travel. You'll also need to have official vet health certificates for each dog.

Hope this helps! If you have any further questions about choosing an airline, picking out the right travel crates, or anything else, please peruse our blog for information and feel free to contact us at your convenience.

Thanks for reaching out, and good luck with everything!

Pet Move of the Month: Sam and Gretchen's Move to Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

sam and gretchenThis month's featured pet move puts the spotlight on two Weimaraners, Sam and Gretchen, who moved from Texas to Saudi Arabia when the family relocated due to a work transfer.

It was the first big pet move for them, and so they decided to enlist our help to assist with a smooth transition.

Read on to find out more about dog life in Dammam, and join us in wishing these sweet pups all the best in their new home!

What were some of your initial concerns?

Our initial concerns were around the safety of our dogs from the time they left our house in Texas to Saudi Arabia. We wondered if they would be able to handle a trip that long, would they get hungry, scared, lost or stolen, etc.??

What surprised you about the pet travel process to Saudi Arabia?

From our perspective it was a pretty easy process. We would caution people to be very patient with the Saudi side of things. It moves kind of slow over here, so things might not get done until the very last minute. Just be ready!

 

 

How did Sam and Gretchen handle the transition?

They actually handled the whole transition much better than we expected. They did really good on the flight over from Houston, TX, even though I was a nervous mom!

The other big issue we thought would be challenging is the fact that we really don’t have much grassy areas in our compound and no dog parks. Our dogs were used to a very large, fenced-in yard and lots of freedom to run whenever they wanted. Now they are on a leash at all times, go for walks every day, and are just fine with that. We really think they just love that we are all living together again!

 

 

Is Saudi Arabia a pet friendly place to be?

I think in general Saudis prefer cats to dogs. On our compound most of the people are Americans and Europeans except for the compound maintenance and security staff. We have big dogs, and everyone is pretty much afraid of them. Most people are really intrigued by our dogs, probably due to their size, but once they get comfortable with seeing the dogs around they are better.

We have not had them off our compound yet except to go to the vet/boarding facility. In our area, it is hard to locate vets, boarding, pet stores and supplies. All of this is about an hour away from us.   

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

Trust PetRelocation staff to handle everything, they all did an outstanding job for us! We had the dogs picked up at our home, driven an hour to the airport, flown from Houston to Amsterdam and on to Dammam KSA, then delivered to our home about an hour from the airport.

Our dogs came out of their crates just as happy, healthy and safe as they could be. PetRelocation and KLM really did a great job handling our dogs. We have already recommend them to others and we would certainly use them again.

 

 

What made you decide to hire PetRelocation to assist you?

We liked the way the staff talked to us -- like our dogs were their dogs. And we have to say that not only did they talk that way, they performed that way too. They answered all our questions and made us feel more comfortable about our dogs' long journey.

 

Thanks to Sam and Gretchen's owners for taking the time to answer our questions! As always, please contact PetRelocation if you're looking for some assistance with an upcoming pet move.

Beagle Travel to the United States

Monday, March 31, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Terri
From: Frankfurt, Germany
To: San Francisco, California
Pets: 3 beagles ages 4, 7, 11

Dear PetRelocation,
 
Last year I moved from California to Germany with my 3 beagles. I had all necessary documentation, microchips, etc. I am now returning to California. Since moving to Germany, I got a pet passports for my beagles. What do I need in order to take them back to California without any problems? They will travel in the cargo area of the airplane.
 
Thanks,
Terri
 
Hi Terri,
 
Thank you for your question. Importing dogs to the United States is relatively straightforward -- you'll need proof that they are up to date on the rabies vaccine and also a health certificate is required stating they are healthy and fit to fly. You can find an overview of the requirements here.
 
Since you've traveled before you're probably pretty informed, but please let us know if you have any questions about travel crates, airline procedures, or anything else.
 
Thanks again, and good luck with everything!
 
 

"How Old Should a Puppy be Before Traveling Internationally?"

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Ruth
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog (puppy -- 5 weeks old)
Pet Breed: Puddle
From: Dominican Republic
To: New York, USA

Hello,

What documents will I need to bring my dog into the United States? Also I was told that puppies need to be at least three months old to enter the state, is that so? And can a local veterinarian prepare the health docs for the puppy?

Thank you,

Ruth

 

Hi Ruth,

Thanks, those are great questions. The United States has relatively easy pet import rules -- essentially you need proof that the rabies vaccine is up to date and you need a vet health certificate telling the airline that your dog is healthy and fit to fly. Yes, a local vet can help you with this.

In terms of age, our company recommends that dogs be at least 16 weeks old before they fly. At this point your puppy will be better able to withstand the travel experience, so for safety's sake we suggest you wait at least that long.

If you have any more questions about choosing an airline, selecting a travel crate, or anything else related to travel, please peruse our website, give us a call or fill out our free quote form if you think you might like to learn about our door-to-door services.

Thanks again for reaching out, and good luck!
 

Choosing the Right Airline for Pet Travel

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Amy
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Spaniel/Lab/Aussie mix
From: Austin, TX
To: San Francisco, CA

 

Hello,

I'm getting married in San Francisco in October and want to take our dog with us. She's 25 pounds but too big to fit under the seat. Are there only certain airlines that will fly her, and at certain temperatures?

Thanks,

Amy

 

Hi Amy,

Thanks for your question, and congratulations on your upcoming marriage!

Choosing the right airline is definitely one of the most important parts of pet travel. We often fly with United due to their PetSafe program, which includes a set of procedures that places an emphasis on pet cargo safety.

Many airlines do operate with weather-adjusted schedules, but by October summer embargoes have usually been lifted. Also, United is less affected by temperature because they work to keep pets in temperature-controlled environments year-round. You'll want to double check everything before you go with the airline directly, but it's likely you won't need to worry about temperature (especially because you don't have a snub-nosed breed, who often do face special restrictions in warm weather).

Take a look at our blog if you have any general questions about pet travel, and be sure to look over the requirements for flying pets in the United States (you'll essentially just need proof of rabies vaccine and a vet health certificate).

If you have any further questions, please let us know. Either way, good luck with everything!
 

Pet News Links: Dog Friendly Hotels and Spring Health Advice

Friday, March 28, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

A cute cat cartoon (made by one of our clients)!

Very strange animal laws.

The best San Francisco hotels for dogs.

Spring safety tips for pets.

Travel snacks for dogs.

Photos of Karma and Reiki, cats we've helped with two international moves.

Things you learn when you get a puppy.

 

Have a good weekend, pet lovers!

Planning Dog Travel from New Zealand to the United States

Thursday, March 27, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Ginger
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Fox Terrier
From: Auckland, New Zealand
To: Wisconsin, U.S.A.

 

Dear PetRelocation,

We are relocating to Wisconsin. We are very concerned about our pet traveling in the hold of an aircraft. We would love to be able to fly the shortest distance to a state of America, hence our questions. Is it possible to comply with the requirements for the 5 day or less option OR Airport Release, gather our dog once we land in Honolulu, Depart for a flight to Wisconsin say 2 days later, and being a domestic flight then he will be able to travel with us in the cabin on to Madison, WI?

A lot to digest I know, but we love our dog to bits and given he has to have a rabies shot anyway, if we comply with the Hawaiian Quarantine regulations and go to Hawaii  maybe we could clear quarantine the same day as we arrive, allow ourselves a day or two before departing on to the mainland OR could we leave the same day on a later flight even? Lots to think about but just wondering if this is a possibility at all?

We await your response eagerly.

Kind Regards & thanks,

Ginger ( a U.S. Citizen)

 

Hi Ginger,

Thanks for contacting us with your questions! We know that pet travel -- especially the beginning planning stages -- can be very stressful and filled with uncertainty.

Your plan might work, but it also might add unnecessary complications to your trip. Bringing pets into Hawaii and avoiding quarantine there requires a few more steps than going straight to the mainland United States, where all you need is proof of updated vaccines and a health certificate. You'd need to time it correctly so that your health certificate was valid for the entire trip and also arrange lodging, transportation, etc. for the time you were in Hawaii, which would add a considerable cost to the trip. Again, this could work out fine depending on your circumstances, but after further research you may decide to take a different route.

We have shipped pets between New Zealand and the United States several times, and typically we find that the direct flight from Auckland to San Francisco works well. Pets can then proceed from SFO to their next destination, if there is one.

If you're concerned about cargo travel in general, we invite you to take a look at our blog for an examination of the issue here and here. Though it sounds scary at first, when the right choices are made pet air travel via cargo is very safe. Thousands of pets fly this way each year without incident, and in many ways cargo travel is preferable to flying in the cabin.

You clearly have your dog's best interests in mind, and in light of that we'd be happy to advise you about all your options before you make a decision. Feel free to give our office a call or fill out our free quote form. One of our relocation specialists will be able to offer you more specific advice and suggestions if you'd like -- just let us know.

Either way, hopefully by perusing our blog and website you can better acquaint yourself with the pet travel process and start to feel a little more comfortable about undertaking your journey. Reading a few of our customer experiences and catching up with some frequently asked pet travel questions could be a good start.

We hope to hear from you soon, and good luck with everything!
 

Common Concerns About Dog Travel

Monday, March 24, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Jan
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Great Pyrenees Puppy
From: Dallas, TX
To: Erlanger, KY

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I need to transport a puppy from my home in Dallas, TX to my sister's home in Erlanger, KY. I have never done anything like this before and would like to know how your services work.

I am concerned the dog will be scared during transport. Do you have ways to minimize the trauma they experience during travel?

Thanks,

Jan


Hi Jan,

Thanks for your question -- it's certainly normal to feel uncertain about how a pet will handle a cross-country move, but we hope we can help dispel a few myths and worries.

In terms of what we do, we provide door-to-door transportation services that include overseeing the completion of travel paperwork and arranging the flight and/or ground transport from the old home to the new one. We work with pet friendly airlines and will also guide you to make sure the right travel crate is chosen. For a domestic move, your dog will need to have proof of updated vaccines and, if the dog is flying, a vet health certificate issued within 10 days of travel.

Sedation is not recommended and highly discouraged, and if you have a nervous pet you can help them prepare through crate training and exercise. Take a look at these frequently asked pet travel questions for a better idea of the process; when the right choices are made, most pets handle moves (even longer international ones) with no lasting effects to their health or happiness.

We're happy to discuss the particulars in further detail if you'd like -- please fill out our free quote form or give our office a call if you're interested in talking to one of our specialists.

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


 

Relocation Preparation: Training Pets to Love Their Travel Crates

Thursday, March 20, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Big parts of a pet move -- completing the vet paperwork and booking the flight -- are certainly important, but it's easy to overlook another essential element: the travel crate. Not only do you need to pick the right size and airline-approved model, you need to help your pet learn to see it as a safe and normal place to be so that, on travel day, stress is kept to a minimal level.

Sound impossible? We've had many clients whose pets started out unacquainted and downright suspicious when it came to the travel crate, but by the day of departure they were happy as could be. Getting from skeptical to relaxed does take some time, but with step-by-step actions and a bit of patience, you won't believe what's possible.

Take a look at these crate-training tips for cats (they work for dogs, too) as well as this move snapshot of Karma and Reiki's pet crate journey. Finally, see the pictures below for a good illustration. Using toys and treats seems to be working for this kitty; maybe that could work for you, too.

As always, please contact PetRelocation if you have any questions about an upcoming pet move!

 

The Early Stages of Travel Crate Training

Discovery

 


Acceptance Begins...

Pet News Round-Up: Earthquake Preparedness Tips & Travel News

Friday, March 21, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

How to keep your pets safe in the event of an earthquake.

The Colombian vice president says won't accept the ambassadorship to Brazil because his dog wouldn't fare well in the hot weather.

With a little help from the internet, now you can play with cats all over the world.

Don't fall for a puppy scam!

Mastering the art of pet travel crate training.

Here's an update on some of the Sochi stray dogs who were adopted by an Olympic athlete.

Happy National Puppy Day!

 

Have a happy weekend!