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Globetrotting with Pets in Tow

Thursday, June 12, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sienna
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Terrier mix, German Shepherd mix
From: USA
To: Australia/Japan/Hong Kong

 

Dear PetRelocation,

We are just considering a move next year that would involve living in Australia, Japan, and Hong Kong for 3 months each. Would it even be possible to bring our dogs with us or are the quarantine procedures such that it would be too difficult?

Thank you in advance!

Sienna

 

Hi Sienna,

Thanks for contacting us with your question!

Honestly, these are not the easiest countries when it comes to importing pets and going from one to the next with two dogs would be a pretty big challenge. To undertake this you'd have to spend quite a bit of time researching the details, gathering the right paperwork and making sure you have all logistics (flights, quarantines, rabies vaccines, etc.) carefully scheduled.

For example, Australia requires about 190 days of preparation to bring pets into the country, including 10 days of quarantine upon arrival. Japan and Hong Kong are also somewhat strict when it comes to importing pets, and no matter what order you're wanting to arrange these visits you'd need to find veterinarians in each place to help you obtain the necessary documents/vaccines. Your dogs would also need to be comfortable spending time in their travel crates, and you'd need to be able to spend quite a bit of money on these trips, as the cost of flights and import documents, etc. can quickly add up.

You'd also want to take into account the travel experience for your dogs -- this will be taxing for them, and often pet owners decide it may not be worth the time, stress and expense to vacation with pets (as opposed to bringing them along for a permanent relocation, which most find a much easier decision to make). When handled correctly pet travel is very safe, but in regards to taking relatively short trips, the reality may be that it's better to leave your dogs with a trusted pet sitter.

For your reference, here is more information about bringing pets to Hong Kong, bringing pets to Japan and bringing pets to Australia. Please take a look at what each country entails and let us know if you have more questions.

Hopefully this information will help you make a decision! We also recommend talking to your vet, of course.

Good luck, and please let us know if there is anything else PetRelocation can do to assist you as you move forward.
 

How to Choose the Right Pet Travel Crate

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Catherine
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Mix, Terrier/Hound
From: United States
To: Ireland

Hi PetRelocation,

My dog is about 35lbs, roughly 32" long and 24" tall. She's really not a very large dog but I'd rather get her a crate that is too big than too small. Should I get the large size crate or would that be too big? Is it bad to have too big of a crate?

Thanks so much!
Catherine
 

Hi Catherine,

That's a great question that touches on some important pet travel issues. The answer is, it's better to err on the side of caution and go with the larger crate. The more airflow and space your dog has, the safer and more comfortable the trip will likely be.

In terms of your dog's safety you can't really have a crate that's "too big," but please note that cargo rates are based on weight (this is the primary reason it costs more for large dogs to travel), and also not all airplanes are equipped to handle the largest crates. Be sure to check with the airline you'll be using to find out everything you need to know before you book your flight.

Here's a little more information about pet travel crates, including measuring tips. Please let us know if you have any more questions or if you think you'd like some help with your move, and good luck with everything!

 

Measure carefully to choose the right travel crate!

Dog Travel to Australia: How Long Is the Quarantine?

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Renee
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Mixed (Lab/Sharpei)
From: Canada
To: Australia

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I read on your site that 180 days of the 190 quarantine can be completed in the country of origin. Forgive me as I have never moved an animal before, but does that mean she has to go into a quarantine station here for 180 days?? I won't be able to have her at home with me?

Thanks,

Renee

 

Hi Renee,

Thanks for reaching out, we'd be happy to provide some information. While the process to move a dog to Australia does take 190 days when it's all said and done, your dog will only need to stay in a quarantine facility for 10 days, and that occurs at the very end, after she has arrived in Australia. She will be home with you the entire time you're still in Canada.

While you're still in Canada, you'll be preparing your dog for the move by completing various vaccines (which need to be done in a particular order and at particular times), and you'll also want to work on crate-training if necessary. Check the Australia Government website for more information about what steps you'll need to complete.

Hopefully this helps, Renee! We've moved many dogs and cats to Australia and would be happy to talk to you and/or help arrange your move. Just let us know if you're interested in finding out more, and good luck with everything!
 

Q&A: Pet Travel to Peru

Thursday, May 29, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Eileen
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Golden Retriever
From: United States
To: Lima, Peru

 

Hi PetRelocation,

I am considering taking my dog with me to Peru for a year or so. Does Peru require quarantine?

Thanks,

Eileen

 

Hi Eileen,

Thanks for your question! There is currently no quarantine required for pets traveling into Peru from the United States. Please take a look at this overview of the import requirements via the USDA for more specific information about what you'll need to do.

In addition to securing a health certificate and proof of an updated rabies vaccines (you'll find more details in the above links), you'll also want to book a flight with a pet friendly airline and make sure you have an airline-approved travel crate. When you return to the United States, you'll need to follow these pet import requirements in order to be accepted back into the country (these are pretty comparable rules and there is no quarantine here, either).

Hopefully this helps to start you on your way, Eileen. Please let us know if you're interested in finding out about our door-to-door services, and either way, good luck with everything.

 

Puppy Travel Possibilities in the EU

Monday, June 23, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Pavel
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Catahoula
From: Slovakia (EU)
To: Spain (EU)

Please, can you tell me what vaccinations are required and what is the minimum age to transport a puppy to Spain? Our puppy will be 10 weeks old.

Thanks,
Pavel

 

Hi Pavel,

We recommend waiting until your dog is at least 16 weeks old before you travel such a distance, as this ensures he/she can receive all the correct vaccinations and handle the trip in a healthy way. We also recommend choosing a pet friendly airline and helping your dog to be as comfortable in the travel crate as possible before departure.

Here is a link discussing pet travel requirements within the EU -- essentially you need to have a valid EU pet passport to travel within the EU.

Hopefully this helps! Please let us know if you're interested in finding out more about our services, and good luck with everything.

Pit Bull Travel From the United States

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kurt
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pit Bull
From: Scottsdale, Arizona USA
To: Barcelona, Spain

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I cannot find any rules for pets coming from the United States, only the UK and Euro zone. I need some direction about where to look.

Thanks,

Kurt

 

Hi Kurt,

Thanks for reaching out to us. The best source of information for finding pet import requirements from the United States would be the USDA. Here is a link with an overview on how to bring pets to Spain from the US.

Please look over these requirements and let us know if you'd like some help organizing your move. In addition to showing proof that your dog has been microchipped before the rabies vaccine was administered, you'll also want to book the flight with a pet friendly airline and follow their procedures regarding crate size/style, etc.

Traveling with a pit bull sometimes presents extra challenges due to breed restrictions you may encounter, so it's worth checking out the most current rules in Spain to make sure you're in compliance. The Ministry of Agriculture, local vets and shelters are sources we often suggest, as they tend to have the most up-to-date information.

Hopefully this helps to get you started. Please let us know if you require further assistance, and good luck with your relocation.


 

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

Thursday, May 22, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

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

 

Dear PetRelocation,

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

Thank you,

Emily
 

Hi Emily,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

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

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

What brought about your move to the UK?

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

Have you ever moved a pet internationally before this?

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

How did Holly and Geoff handle the transition?

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

Is Manchester a pet friendly place to be?

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

Moving Your Pet: Air Travel or Ground Transportation?

Monday, May 12, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

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

 

Hi PetRelocation,

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

Thanks,

DeAnne

 

Hi DeAnne,

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Friday, May 9, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

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

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

Thanks,

Rosalina

 

Hi Rosalina,

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

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

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

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

Questions About Moving Dogs to Spain

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

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

Pet Air Travel From Singapore to the United States

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Nicola
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Cavachon
From: Singapore
To: Houston, TX, USA

 

Dear PetRelocation,

Please advise me about the details involved with moving my dog to the United States. Are there any vaccinations required? Is there a quarantine required in the US?

Thanks,

Nicola

 

Hi Nicola,

Thanks for your questions, we'd be happy to offer some guidance.

Moving to the United States from Singapore is much easier than it would be the other way around -- The US has no quarantine for entering pets, and you essentially just need proof of an updated rabies vaccine and a health certificate issued by your vet. Take a look here at the full US pet import requirements.

That's not to say this process won't take some time and effort, though. You also need to make sure you have the right travel crate for your dog, and we highly recommend using a pet friendly airline with an established pet program. We often use KLM, United and Lufthansa for our pet flights, for example.

If you think you'd like further help and have questions about the services we provide, please contact us.

Either way, thanks again for reaching out and good luck with your future pet travels!


 

Pet Travel to and From Australia

Thursday, May 1, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kirsty
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Miniature Fox Terrier
From: Australia
To: Europe

 

Hi PetRelocation,

I want to move to Europe for 12 months, either to Italy, Hungary or London. I am hesitant, as I have to take my 2-year-old dog and possibly a 2-year-old cat (mostly about cost and coming back in to Australia).

Can you assist me?

Thanks,

Kirsty
 

Hi Kirsty,

Thanks for your question! It's possible to do what you're proposing, but it will take quite a bit of planning, time and money. We'll go over a few of the details to give you an idea of what to expect.

First, take a look at the pet import requirements for the UK and also for Australia (you can find a full list of country requirements here). Each time you cross into a new country you'll need to follow their particular rules, even if you used to live there and only left for a few months.

Australia is stricter than going to a European country, as Australia is rabies-free and requires a quarantine for entering pets. The process to plan a pet move to Australia generally lasts about 180 days, so you'd need to be aware of all the steps and start preparing for your trip back just a few months after you leave. If you decide to make this trip with your pets, we recommend researching the above information very carefully and then building a detailed timeline to follow.

If you think you'd like some help arranging all of this, feel free to contact us to find out more about our door-to-door services. Hiring help does add to the overall cost (for us, moving one small pet internationally generally begins at around $2500 USD -- here's why), so you may decide to handle the move yourself or find local agents to assist with part of the move.

Pet owners facing temporary moves often decide it's not worth the time, effort and expense to move their pets and instead opt to leave their furry friends with a trusted family member or friend. It can be a tough decision, but sometimes it's the right thing to do (especially for pets who aren't crate trained and/or who are especially nervous travelers). It's always a good idea to talk to your vet for further enlightenment or if you have any concerns. If you do decide to bring your pets with you, here are a few things to keep in mind that will help with making the trips as safe and smooth as possible.

Please let us know if you have any questions as you go forward, and good luck!

Advice About Traveling With Older Dogs

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

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

 

Dear PetRelocation,

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

Thanks,

James

 

Hi James,

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

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

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

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

Tricky Pet Moves: Moving to Sabah, Malaysia

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

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

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

Thanks,
Stephanie
 
Hi Stephanie,

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

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!

 

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!
 
 

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!