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How Do Pets Handle Long International Flights?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Laura
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Eurasier
From: Europe
To: Boston

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I have never had a dog flown before and I wonder if there are calming medicines that are administered? How are their basic needs cared for (thinking here about the intake of food and water as well as the excretion of the same)? What are the conditions in the hold (thinking temperature, light, presence of other animals)? What happens during layovers if there is no direct flight to be had (Copenhagen-Boston)?

Thanks,

Laura
 

 

Hi Laura,

These are all great questions. The idea of putting your pet onto a long international flight can definitely feel daunting at first, but we find that the more that a pet owner learns about the process, the more confident they can begin to feel about planning a successful trip. We have helped thousands of pets move safely and would be happy to share a few tips and facts with you.

First, please know that sedation is not allowed or recommended during pet flights. Crate training is a better way to help your dog feel calm during a flight and it's a practice we do highly recommend. Helping your dog to see the crate as a comfortable and safe place is very important -- please read more about crate-training here (these tips apply to both dogs and cats).

It's also important to choose a pet-friendly airline with dedicated staff and pet safe practices. We often use KLM, Lufthansa, United and British Airways for our clients' pets due to their level of attention to their pet passengers.The cargo area of the plane is pressure and temperature controlled and, with pet-friendly airlines pets are the last to be loaded and the first to be removed upon arrival. They are situated securely and carefully with the pet's safety and comfort in mind.

Layovers can be a good thing for pets, as this will allow for a bathroom/stretch break that makes a long journey more comfortable. We often schedule our clients' flights so that they can stop at an animal hotel for a few hours or even overnight where they are tended to by professionals. The layover situation will depend on the route you ultimately choose, and we'd be happy to further discuss your options with you if you'd like.

Please fill out our online consultation form if you'd like to find out more about our services, and in the meantime you can also read over these basic pet travel tips and these recent pet move stories from our clients. Again, hopefully the more you learn the better you'll feel about your pet's travel experience.

Thanks for reading, and we hope to hear from you soon!

Pet Travel Requirements for Norway

Friday, January 9, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Tracey
Number of Pets: 4
Pet Type: 2 dogs and 2 cats
Pet Breed: Golden Retrievers and domestic cats
From: USA
To: Norway

 

Hi PetRelocation,

Do we need to have the rabies titer testing of the animals prior to the move? Are there any other tests required other than the health check and tapeworm treatment??

Thanks,

Tracey

 

Hi Tracey,

Moving pets to Norway does not require a titer test. Your dogs and cats will need microchips, rabies vaccines administered at least 21 days before departure, and the dogs will need a tapeworm treatment within one to five days of departure. As you mentioned, you'll also need a health certificate.

Take a look at an overview of the Norway pet import requirements via the USDA website, and it may also help to take a look at a few typical pet travel questions and answers to find out more about crate-training, cargo travel, and choosing a pet-friendly airline.

Finally, if you're interested in hiring some assistance with your pet move, you're welcome to fill out our online consultation form.

Hopefully this helps to point you in the right direction, Tracey. Thanks for submitting a question to us, and good luck with everything!

Traveling with a Nervous Dog to Canada

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Satya
From: Hyderabad, India
To: Vancouver, British Colombia
Pet: Chutki, Mixed Breed, 6 years old

Dear PetRelocation,
 
I would like to take my pet along with me in the cabin, is it possible to do this? She is 8 kg. Also, she is partially disabled (bent back leg) but overall healthy without any other allergies or disorders.

Basically I would like to know the pet-friendly flights from Hyderabad to Vancouver and also all the important documents required. She has never traveled anywhere and gets cranking without me around her; she is very scared and seems uncomfortable being outside of the house. I would like to know how best can we keep her with me and safe while travelling.
 
Thank You,
Satya
 
Hi Satya,
 
Thank you for your questions -- hopefully we can help shed some light on the pet travel process so that you can plan a safe and smooth relocation.
 
First, take a look at these frequently asked pet travel questions for an overview of what to expect. You'll also want to take a look at the pet import requirements for Canada. For additional resources, you can also check the official Canada Government site for information about pet import rules to Canada.
 
It sounds like your dog would benefit from some crate training; in the weeks before you plan to travel, help her to grow more comfortable with the crate by leaving it out at all times in a common area, placing toys, treats and blankets in it, and even feeding her in it. By making the travel crate feel like a normal part of her life, she won't be so nervous when it's time to get on the plane. Please read more about pet crate-training here.
 
As for airlines, we typically use KLM, United, British Airways and Lufthansa and our clients' pets travel via cargo. You're welcome to research various airlines to find out about their options for in-cabin travel, but it's likely your dog will need to travel via cargo. Please know that cargo travel can be very safe when the right decisions are made, as the information in the links above will explain.
 
If you're interested in hiring some assistance with your move, please feel free to fill out our online consultation form. We'd be happy to help!
 
Either way, good luck with everything and thanks again for reaching out.
 
 

Exploring the Option of Air Cargo Travel for Pets

Friday, January 2, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Tiffany
Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Poodle
From: China
To: United States

 

Hi PetRelocation,

My mom is going to visit me in January and she wants to bring three small poodles with her, but the airline only allows one dog per person. I did some research and found you guys, so now I'm just wondering how this works and how much will it cost to move these three dogs from China?

Thank you,

Tiffany

 

Hi Tiffany,

Great question! It sounds like your mom will need to move the dogs via cargo, and we would recommend doing so on a pet-friendly airline (we often use United, KLM and Lufthansa, for example). If this idea is new to you, please read more about cargo pet travel and crate-training on our blog.

Still have questions and think you'd like to hire some assistance with this trip? You're welcome to fill out our consultation form to hear from a Specialist. Please note that we provide door-to-door services for relocating pets, and our costs for moving one small pet internationally usually start at around $3500 USD.

If this is just a vacation and not a permanent move, your mom may find that the costs (not to mention the time, energy and possible stress) required here may not be worth it. Finding a trusted dog sitter or boarding facility isn't always easy, either, but it would probably be simpler than bringing three dogs across the world and back in such a short amount of time (particularly because China's import requirements are stricter than those for the United States, and the dogs would have to meet those upon their return).

Again, we're happy to discuss our services with you if you're interested, so just let us know if you think we can be of further assistance.

Either way, 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!

Planning Dog Travel to Hawaii

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: LaVonne
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Great Dane
From: United States
To: Hawaii

 

Hi PetRelocation,

I'd like to know how this works and how much it costs to have my dog sent to Hawaii, and also what your company includes as far as shipping my dog (basically all information).

Thanks,

LaVonne
 

Hi LaVonne,

Thank you for reaching out to us with your question! These frequently asked pet travel questions will help to give you an overview of what to expect when relocating with a pet, and for your specific situation, you'll also want to read about what is required to move a pet to Hawaii. Since Hawaii is considered rabies-free, there are a few extra steps you must take before your dog can be accepted into the state, and the process takes a few weeks to carry out correctly and smoothly.

If you're interested in door-to-door pet transportation services like ours, you can take a look at a summary of what we do and can fill out our consultation form if you'd like to hear from a Specialist to start discussing your move options. Essentially, if you sign up with us we will help you through every step of the move (vet visits, airline booking, paperwork, etc.) and help you obtain the right travel crate (a custom crate is probably needed here). Our services aren't right for everyone, but we'd be happy to talk to you further if you'd like to find out more. For fastest service, you're welcome to give our office a call at 1-877-PET-MOVE.

Typically our costs for moving a pet domestically start at around $1200, but since you're going to Hawaii with a large dog, you can probably expect to pay more than that (the more space a pet takes up in the cargo area, the more the airline charges).

Hopefully this helps to get you started, and we hope to hear from you soon!

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!
 

What Kind of Pet Travel Assistance Do You Need?

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Daniel
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Mix breed
From: Dallas, Texas
To: Prague Czech Republic

 

Hello,


Can you help me transport my two pets? I want to arrange all vet documentation, travel crates, etc. on my own, I just need someone to book my flight. Can you do this for me, please ?

Thank for your time.

Best Regards,

Daniel
 

Hi Daniel,

Thanks for contacting us! To start, here's a little background about what we do: PetRelocation provides door-to-door transportation services for pets internationally. We work closely with vets to oversee pre-move paperwork and arrange pick-up and delivery to and from the airport. We also book pet flights on pet-friendly airlines and handle customs clearance upon arrival.

It sounds like you're not looking for comprehensive services like ours, but if you change your mind you're welcome to fill out our consultation form. If you simply do just need help booking a flight, perhaps we can offer some advice that may help. 

It's important to choose a pet-friendly airline, and we often use United, Lufthansa and KLM due to their pet safe policies. Research possible carriers well before you need to travel so that you're acquainted with their booking and flight procedures for pets. Crate-training is also an important part of making sure your dogs enjoy as safe and low-stress a flight as possible.

For your reference, here are the pet import requirements for the Czech Republic along with a few basic pet travel tips. You may decide that you do want to hire the help of pet travel experts to handle your move, but if you don't we certainly understand! Hopefully this information can help you start to sort out the process a bit, and we're here if you need further assistance.

Good luck with everything and thanks again for your questions!

'Paradise 4 Paws' at Denver International Airport

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by Pet Friendly Airports

Denver International Airport has recently opened a new facility that answers the need of busy travelers looking for a convenient, crate-free pet boarding option -- it's called Paradise 4 Paws and it's located at the airport. In our experience, pets often travel before or after their owners during a big relocation, and a place like this might make life easier when boarding is necessary for globetrotting pets.

This facility allows pet owners to drop their pets off right before they start their trip, and it offers 24-hour access, spacious dog suites and play areas, a dog splash pool and a separate gated area for cat houses and a kitty playground. Pet owners can park at Paradise 4 Paws and take a shuttle to Jeppesen Terminal. 

Paradise 4 Paws also operates facilities at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and near Chicago O'Hare and Midway Airports, and we wouldn't be surprised to see this business expand to other locations. The pet industry is showing no signs of slowing down, and services such as this are, and will continue to be, in high demand. 

Read more about Paradise 4 Paws, and let us know in the comments if you've ever used one of these facilities -- either for boarding while you're traveling or for filling in the time before/after a move (when timing is tricky).

 

paradise 4 paws

Photo via the Paradise 4 Paws Facebook page

Dog Travel to and from Australia

Monday, December 15, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sook
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: West Highland Terrier
From: Perth
To: Houston

 

Hi PetRelocation,

1. What vaccination is required for pets travelling/relocating to the US?
2. What is the typical quarantine period required for pet relocating from Perth to US?
3. As we are planning to return to Australia at some point, is there any required procedure, vaccination or test that we should prepare for now to ensure relocation back to Australia is smooth and to minimize the quarantine period on the way back?
4. I have two pets, it will be great to have them travel together in the same crate since they are very attached to each other. Is there an option for such arrangement?
 

Thanks,

Sook

 

Hi Sook,

Thank you for your questions, we'd be happy to help. Moving pets to the United States requires less preparation than moving to Australia, so it's definitely a good idea to learn as much as you can right now about each process so that you can be well-prepared.

Please review the pet import requirements for the United States as well as the pet import requirements for Australia. Going to the US you'll need an International Health Certificate and proof of an updated rabies vaccine, but coming back will require stricter vaccine rules as well as a 10-day quarantine upon arrival. The official Australia government site will allow you to plan out a feasible timeline for this process.

Your dogs will need to travel in their own airline-approved travel crates, and we highly recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline and working on crate-training in the weeks before the move. Here is a video guide for choosing the right travel crate along with an overview of crate-training tips that apply to dogs as well as to cats.

If you think you'd like some assistance with your move, please contact us for a consultation.

Hopefully this helps to get you started, Sook. Good luck!

Pet Travel to the United States from England

Monday, December 15, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Natalie
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Miniature Dachshund
From: England
To: Arizona

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I'm trying to find out what documents I need for my dog to bring her to Arizona. Any advice you can provide will be so helpful.

Thank you,
Natalie
 

 

Hi Natalie,

Sure, we'd be happy to help. Please take a look at the pet import requirements for the United States for an idea of what to expect. Essentially, you'll need an International Health Certificate and proof of an updated rabies vaccine. 

For more information about international pet travel in general, please take a look at our blog for a few tips. If you don't have a travel crate and have questions about how to choose the right one, please take a look at this helpful video

We have many more resources on hand along with lots of experience helping pets move safely, so please contact us if you have further questions and think you'd like some assistance arranging your dog's trip.

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!

Air Travel with a Puppy

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Alicia
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Puppy
Pet Breed: Weimaraner-hound mix
From: Oregon, USA
To: Texas, USA

 

Hi!

I have a weird question and I'm wondering if you would be able to answer it for me. I'm hoping to get a puppy in the next few months (I live in Austin), and my sister's dog happens to be pregnant (in Oregon) and she wants to give me one of her puppies.

In your professional opinion, is there any way to transport an 8-week-old puppy from Oregon to Texas? And is there a way to do it that won't cost a crazy amount of money? I'm trying to decide if it would be worth it to try and transport the puppy out here, or if it's not worth the hassle and try to find a puppy locally instead. Thanks for your help!

Thanks,

Alicia

 

Hi Alicia,

Not a weird question at all! Congratulations on deciding to bring a puppy into your life.

In terms of the general travel logistics, securing an airline-approved crate, booking a pet flight with the airline, and securing the vet health certificate most airlines require will likely amount to a few hundred dollars. Here are some guidelines for domestic pet travel if you'd like to take a look. 

Because this is such a young pet, we'd definitely advise consulting with a vet about health and safety issues as well as with the airline about their requirements -- typically proof of a rabies vaccination is required, but an exception might be made for young animals depending on the carrier.

As a company policy, PetRelocation does not transport dogs under the age of 16 weeks. This allows time for pets to grow strong enough to handle the travel experience safely and also makes them old enough to receive their vaccinations. Not everyone adheres to this guideline and of course the decision is yours to make, but we would probably recommend waiting until the puppy was older before traveling such a long distance (at which point we'd be happy to help you arrange the trip!)

Feel free to contact us if you'd like to speak to a Specialist. Thanks for reaching out, and good luck with everything!

 

Choosing the Right Dog Travel Kennel

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

From: Damon
Estimated Move Date: 02-11-2015
Reason: Military Move
From: Baltimore/Washington
To: Raimstein, Germany
Pets: Kiara is a female German Shepard, she is two and half years old and her weight is usually about 70 lbs. Louie is a male Japanese Akita and he is two and half years old as well, and his weight is about 75 lbs.

Dear PetRelocation,
 
I'm trying to find accurate information about what kennel buy for my dogs and how they can travel with me. Basically I've been reading different things online about kennels and sizes and I don't know what to buy or even if they can travel as checked baggage. They are both house-trained and kennel trained as well and are very friendly.
 
Thank You,
Damon
 
 
Hi Damon,
 
Thanks for contacting us with your pet travel question! The travel kennel is a very important part of the process so you're right to spend some time doing research.
 
Take a look at this information regarding how to choose the right dog travel crate. In short, it needs to be the right size and it needs to be airline-approved (we often use Petmate Sky Kennel brand crates). You'll probably need to measure your dogs (both their height and their length) and maybe even have them "try on" a crate at the pet store if possible.
 
For your information, here are the pet import requirements for Germany as well as the answers to a few common pet travel questions. We've helped many pets move safely to Germany -- here's the story of Maya's recent trip, for example.
 
Please contact us if you'd like a consultation about your move, and either way, good luck!
 

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!

What Paperwork is Needed for Domestic Pet Travel?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Elizabeth
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Chihuahua
From: Los Angeles, CA, USA
To: Seattle, WA, USA

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I'll be traveling to the state of Washington for the weekend (NOT MOVING). What documents are needed to allow my pet to enter the state of Washington?

Thank You,

Elizabeth

 

Hi Elizabeth,

Thanks for your question! Regardless of whether you're moving or just taking a quick trip, you'll need to supply the airline with a health certificate issued by your vet stating that your dog is healthy and fit to fly.

In addition, we recommend having proof of an up-to-date rabies vaccine as well as a microchip. Take a look here for more information.

If you're driving to Washington the health certificate is not necessary, but we still suggest having proof of a current rabies vaccine, accurate ID tags and a travel crate your dog feels safe spending time in along with plenty of road trip supplies. Here are more tips for how to take a dog-friendly road trip

Hopefully this answers your question, Elizabeth. You're welcome to look over these basic travel tips from our blog, as well, and please contact us if you're ever interested in seeking out door-to-door pet transportation services.

Have a great trip!

 


 

The Multiple Solutions for Pet Travel

Monday, November 24, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Shani
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Miniature Pinscher Mix
From: United States
To: UAE - Dubai or Abu Dhabi

 

Dear PetRelocation,

We may be moving our dog from the US to the UAE - either Abu Dhabi or Dubai. I have read that the only way dogs can enter the UAE is by cargo. I am REALLY nervous about transporting our little guy this way all the way from the US.

Is it possible to fly to Germany or some other mid-point with him in cabin and then do the last leg of the flight as cargo? If so, would it be worth having a few day layover in Germany for him to recover before shipping him as cargo? Thanks so much for your help.

Thanks,

Shani

 

Hi Shani,

Thanks for reaching out with your question. When it comes to planning pet travel there are usually many possible solutions, and we'd be happy to go over a few options with you to help you find the right one!

First, please know that pet cargo travel is safe when planned with a few guiding parameters; these include choosing a pet-friendly airline, talking to your vet about any pet health questions you have, and helping your dog to be acclimated to the travel crate. Read more about pet travel basics here

We typically use KLM when flying pets from the US to the UAE. This pet-friendly airline has trained staff and solid pet-safe procedures that help make even a long trip as comfortable as possible for furry family members (they even have a pet hotel).

After more research you may decide to choose this carrier for your dog's flight, or you may want to stick to your original idea and break up the flight. Note that if you change airlines or leave the airport, you'll most likely need to provide additional paperwork.

It often helps to read the pet travel stories of other pet owners. Take a look at a few of our recent customer stories for an idea of what the process entails and how it feels once the move is over. Additionally, you can look over the pet import requirements for the UAE, as well. 

We'd be happy to provide additional information and let you know more about our door-to-door services if you're interested. Please contact us if you'd like to speak to a Specialist to go over these options in more detail, and either way, good luck with your trip!

How to Help Pets Stay Calm during a Flight

Friday, November 21, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Spencer
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Miniature Pinscher
From: RI
To: FL

Hi PetRelocation,

When flying, what's the best way to keep my dog comfortable? She hates her carrier, and I'm not sure how to best sedate her for the flight. She's 11 lbs and 10 months old.

Thanks,

Spencer

 

Hi Spencer,

Thanks for your question! First of all, we do not recommend sedation. Instead, we have a few tips that can help a dog cope with a flight with as little drama and stress as possible.

  • Work on crate training. If your dog is used to spending time in the crate and even likes it, this will drastically reduce her anxiety level when you're flying. Start early and use these tips to help your dog acclimate to her crate.
  • Exercise! In the hours before the flight, take your dog on lots of walks and let her run around as much as possible. A tired dog handles a flight much more easily, as she'll hopefully be tempted to curl up and take a nap. Bonus: generally fit pets make better travelers.
  • Don't feed your dog too close to a flight, as this could cause an upset stomach. Feed her about three hours before departure to avoid problems, but be sure to give her plenty of water before, during (if possible), and after the flight.
  • Talk to your vet if you have any additional questions or need some advice about preparing for pet travel.

 

Finally, we'd be happy to further discuss your move with you and give you a hand with the arrangements. Please fill out our consultation form if you're interested in hearing more about our services.

Thanks for reading, and good luck with your flight!
 

Moving Pets to South Africa

Thursday, November 20, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Chip
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Labrador/Pit Bull mix
From: Chicago, USA
To: Cape Town, South Africa

Hi PetRelocation,

What is the easiest way to transport my dog to Cape Town? We are moving in early January for at least a year to Cape Town and would hate to leave our dog here. Also, I am disabled and our dog is a service dog, but only 7 months old (will be 9 months at travel date).

Thanks!
Chip
 

Hi Chip,

Thank you for submitting a question to us. We've helped several pets move to South Africa and typically use KLM for their flights, as they area a pet-friendly airline. For an idea of the preparations that will be necessary, take a look at the pet import requirements for South Africa, which you'll need to follow carefully.

Next, here are a few pet travel tips to get you started. Generally speaking, we advise that you start the pet travel process early, talk to your vet about any health concerns you may have, and work on crate-training your dog. If your dog is a certified service animal and you'd like her/him to fly in the cabin with you, contact the airline you'll be flying with to discuss the procedures (here are KLM's animal travel guidelines, for example). We recently discussed typical scenarios for service dog travel on our blog if you'd like to take a look.

If this sounds overwhelming and you think you'd like some help with your move, please fill out our online consultation form. We'd be happy to further assist you, just let us know.

Either way, good luck and have a safe trip!

Snub-Nosed Breeds & Travel: Leaving Hawaii with a Pug

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Susan
Number of Pets: Two
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Pug and Bull Mastiff
From: Hawaii
To: California

 

Dear PetRelocation,

We live in a "code orange" area, which means a disaster area, on the Big Island of Hawaii. Many of our friends are fleeing from lava that is threatening our homes. I am in the process of researching airlines that will allow snub-nosed dogs. Many airlines are restricting dogs from Pit Bulls to Spaniels because their noses are too snubbed.

Can you tell me if your service can help us?

Thanks,

Susan

 

Hi Susan,

We'd be happy to discuss your move options with you -- sorry to hear you're facing such stressful circumstances. First, a little background information: many airlines restrict snub-nosed breeds because these pets are more likely to encounter problems when they fly due to breathing challenges brought about by their facial structure and hereditary issues.

Your best bet will be to consider United for your pets' flight, as they are a pet-friendly airline and, under certain conditions, will fly some snub-nosed pets. You can take a look at their various restrictions and policies here.

According to these rules, your Pug will be able to fly during the next few months (before May 15) as long as the temperature is not expected to exceed 85 degrees Fahrenheit. We recommend that snub-nosed pets fly in a travel crate one size larger than usual, as this provides better air circulation.

Please let us know if you have any more questions about your possible trip, Susan. One of our Specialists would be happy to provide a consultation if you're interested in hearing about our services.

Good luck with everything!