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Shipping Birds: Feathers, Beaks and a Whole Lotta Paperwork

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Cockatiel No one ever said pet shipping was easy, and when it comes to shipping birds, things can definitely get pretty tricky. The amount of paperwork involved in flying a feathered friend overseas is usually quite extensive. 

We recently moved Pipi, a very cute cockatiel, from New York City to Nagoya, Japan. His owners were thrilled to see him, and sent us this note shortly after he arrived:

Pipi has arrived 10 minutes ago. Now he is eating food and looks so happy. My son is so excited to see him. Of...

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Should Pets Be Sedated During Air Travel?

Monday, October 24, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Pet Sedation During Air Travel -- Is It Safe?No Sedation when Flying Pets!

Here at PetRelocation, we are constantly asked about sedation or the use of tranquilizers when flying our customers' pets. Simply, the answer is NO! 

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), sedating cats or dogs during air travel may increase the risk of heart and respiratory problems. Except in unusual circumstances, veterinarians should not dispense sedatives for animals that are to be transported.

The Unknown Effects of Tranquilizing Pets...

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Tips and Advice for Air Travel With Older Dogs

Saturday, October 15, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

phoebe, belgian malinoisWe recently posted a picture of one of our customers, a 14-year-old Belgian Malinois named Phoebe, on the PetRelocation Facebook (that's her pictured to the right). This distinguished beauty attracted lots of attention from our fans, and she also inspired a few people to ask about moving older dogs.

Moving a young, healthy pet can be daunting enough, so it's no surprise that the thought of flying an older pet can cause loving owners to feel a little nervous. 

In honor of Phoebe's successful (and...

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Pet Travel News Round-Up: Fall Tips and Flying Rules

Friday, October 14, 2016 by Pet Travel News

6 fall pet travel tips (whether you're driving, flying, or even staying home). 

Vague rules about emotional support animals make flying complicated for some.

Are pets the newest customer base for medical marijuana?  

Meet Kelcey, a hard working member of our International Pet Relocation team. 

Check out the latest and greatest pet travel stories

 

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Enjoy the weekend!

 

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Five Common Misconceptions About Pet Travel

Thursday, October 13, 2016 by Pet Travel News

lucy the bulldogTraveling with pets, whether you're handling the details yourself or hiring experts to help you, can be an overwhelming experience for many reasons.

The fact is, though, there are many misconceptions about pet travel, and clearing them up will make life much easier. Read about a few common misapprehensions below, take a moment to adjust your point of view accordingly, and travel well, everyone!

 
1. Pets should travel the way humans do

Example: many air travelers have trouble with the idea...

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Pet Cargo Myths and Facts

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

dogPets Flying in Cargo: Myths and Facts

Many myths exist about shipping pets as cargo, so we thought we'd review some of them and offer solutions for easing pre-travel worries about moving with your four-legged family members.

Myth: The pet cargo hold is dangerously hot or cold.

Reality:  

On most flights that accept pets, the cargo area itself is climate-controlled just like the passenger cabin above. So why do airlines have temperature restrictions? While many airlines have "Weather Embargoes"...

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Should I Sedate My Cat for Air Travel?

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Should I Sedate My Cat for Air Travel? Hello PetRelocation,

I'm taking my cat on the plane but am super concerned about having to take him out at security. He can be aggressive when anxious. My vet prescribed 10mg Acepromazine for my 15.5 Ibs cat but I feel reluctant giving it. What are your suggestions? Sedative or not?

Thanks,

Anke

 

Hi Anke,

This is an important question. Owners sometimes wrongly assume that their pet's travel will be less stressful if they are sedated. However, sedating a pet when flying is dangerous and is one of the...

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Can Two Pets Travel in One Crate When Flying?

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Can two pets fly together in one crate?Your pets are best friends. They go everywhere together: they shop at the pet store, comfort each other at the vet's office, and more often than not they even share a bed.

Many pet owners love seeing their pets share this bond, and when it comes time to travel, take comfort in knowing that their pets will be making the big trip together.

But how close is too close when it comes to comfort and safety? This question comes to us from our Facebook page (have you liked us on Facebook? Take a look if...

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Pet Travel Question: Flying with Great Danes

Sunday, October 2, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Great Dane TravelHi PetRelocation,

I already have all of the paperwork and blood tests taken care of for my dogs, but I am having a problem finding an airline that will ship a dog as big as my Great Dane.

He is around 130 lbs and 37 inches at the shoulders. Can you help me find an airline that will ship my puppy?

Sarah


Hi Sarah,

Thanks for your pet travel question! Great Danes can add a little extra work to the whole moving process because they'll need larger than usual travel crates, but with the use of custom...

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Pet News Round-Up: Globetrotting Pet Updates

Friday, September 30, 2016 by Pet Travel News

Montreal's controversial Pit Bull ban.

Meet a few (cute) globetrotting pets.

The LA Times discusses emotional support animals and flying.

Check out the pet relief area at JFK.

Meet Ashley, on of our senior pet travel experts, and the rest of the PetRelocation Team.

 

Pet Travel News Links

Happy weekend, pet lovers!

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Take a Closer Look at Lufthansa's Animal Cargo Program

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 by Pet Friendly Airlines

Lufthansa logoExploring Lufthansa's Pet Cargo Options

Lufthansa's animal cargo program is a top choice for many pet travelers, and to see why, all you need to do is take a closer look at how their operations work.

Thinking of using Lufthansa to transport your dog or cat for an upcoming international pet move? Here's a video that offers a look behind the scenes, and read on to find out more about your options from Martin Riecken, the Head of Corporate Communications for Lufthansa.

Riecken was kind enough to...

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Pet Travel Decisions: Questions About Flying Pets in Cargo

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 by Pet Travel News

Pets and Cargo Travel: How it Works

It's easy to feel stressed when planning the logistics of an international pet relocation, and every day we talk to pet owners who are worried about how their pets will handle the experience of flying.

Depending on the airline you choose, where you're going, and the size of your furry family member, you may end up discovering that, to make it from Point A to Point B, your pet will need to be placed in the cargo area of the plane. For many pet owners, the thought...

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Pet Travel Spotlight: 5 Hong Kong Challenges and How to Overcome Them

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 by Top Pet Travel Destinations

hong kong pet travel spotlight part two

After answering a few frequently asked questions about pet travel to Hong Kong in Part One of our Hong Kong Spotlight, we now turn our attention to another hot topic: Common obstacles that arise when tackling your dog or cat's relocation to Hong Kong.

Pet travel can be overwhelming no matter how prepared you are, so to help ease your family's transition to Hong Kong here are a few roadblocks to watch out for.

Import Permit

All pets will need an import permit in order to gain entry into Hong Kong...

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Can My Large Dog Fly In-Cabin?

Sunday, August 21, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

I'm desperately trying to find a way my dog can ride in the cabin of a plane to relocate to Japan.

She is 40 pounds, so "too large" by all standards I can find, but I'm hoping someone can give me an alternative (service dog, therapy dog, specific airline?). We are too scared for her to fly under the plane in cargo.

Thanks,

Jennifer

 

Hi Jennifer,


This is a common question about pet shipping, as many pet owners are not aware of the conditions within airplane cargo holds and are afraid...

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Can Mixed Breed Dogs Travel to New Zealand?

Thursday, August 18, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

Can I bring my dog to live with me in New Zealand? She is a boxer mix according to the animal shelter where I got her. We think she is a boxer bulldog mix, so would she be considered a hybrid species, which are not permitted?

I really want to move to New Zealand and would be devastated if I couldn't take her with me! She is microchipped and has all of her shots.

Thanks,

Gigi

 

Hi Gigi,

Thanks for the question! Confusion can arise around the pet import requirements for New Zealand...

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Top Pet Travel Destinations: Hong Kong FAQs

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 by Top Pet Travel Destinations

hong kong pet travel faqs

Hong Kong continues to be a popular destination for pet owners moving for work and adventure, and we are happy to make pet travel to Hong Kong as smooth as possible in spite of the somewhat complicated requirements.

Here are a few questions we frequently answer about traveling with pets to Hong Kong -- read on to find out more and let us know if you need help arranging your pet's move!

What are the requirements for moving pets to Hong Kong?

Hong Kong is a rabies free country, which means its pet...

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8 Tips for Pet Wellness While Traveling [Guest Post]

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 by Guest Post

guest postThis guest post comes from our friends at Canine Journal:

Travel can be a stressful endeavor, especially when you add pets into the mix. So don’t add more unnecessary anxiety by having a sick or bored pup or cat while on the go.

Follow these tips to ensure you’ll have a happy and healthy furry friend during your next adventure.

1. Stay Active

Humans tend to get more exercise while traveling but it’s important to make sure your travel companion does too, especially dogs! Sure, it is easy to leave him...

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Have Concerns About Flying Pets In Cargo?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Common Pet Travel Questions About Cabin Travel Vs. Cargo Travel

Today we received an email from a very anxious pet owner who has many common concerns about international pet transport. We wanted to post her email and our answer to her so others could see that they're certainly not alone!

 

Dear PetRelocation:

Here's our situation: my sister is a physician here in Dallas and just got a job offer to move to Dubai, UAE and needs to be there by max November 1st. We have a tea cup yorkie that needs to be...

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Dog Travel Story: Two Beagles Move to the United Kingdom

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 by PetRelocation.com Customer

ralph & riley"Ralph and Riley's International Relocation from Texas to Wales!"

My kids are Ralph (11 Years old) and Riley (9 years old) and here is the story of their move from Texas to Wales. I moved to the United States from Wales 20 years ago and made the decision to finally move back to my country to be with my family. The decision to move was the easy part; the decision that affected my kids was the hardest part. I knew this would mean them flying in cargo, and my dogs having to fly below me confined in...

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Pet Air Travel Investigation: Is Cargo Travel Safe?

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 by Pet Travel News

henry with his travel crateCargo or cabin? Ground transportation or excess baggage? One of the most common and emotionally charged questions we receive is about how pets travel.

Many people are surprised to find out that PetRelocation recommends cargo travel for pets, but in our experience the more you learn about how air cargo transportation works, the clearer it becomes that this really is the best option for your most precious passengers.

As you research the safest pet travel options, here's a look at the facts about pet...

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