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Spooky Pet News Round-Up: Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 31, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Here are the pets of PetRelocation dressed up for Halloween!

Here are a few more pets in costumes (we know you weren't ready to move on yet).

Halloween pet safety tips.

How to avoid being accidentally injured by your dog.

A video reminder that black cats are awesome.

Not scary, but cool: Advances in canine medicine.

 

buttercup

Have a safe and fun weekend!

 

Breed-Specific Legislation & Pit Bull Travel Questions

Thursday, October 30, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Nicole
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pit Bull and American Eskimo
From: United States
To: Trying to figure that out

 

Dear PetRelocation,

My sister and I are wanting to move out of the United States, however we are having a hard time finding a place that will allow Pit Bulls to enter. My question is, what countries allow Pit Bulls to be brought in from another country?

Thanks,

Nicole

 

Hi Nicole,

Thanks for your question. Many countries do currently have breed-specific restrictions, and often airlines have particular rules in place, as well. We've come across a few online sources when researching this issue in the past -- here is a country-specific overview of different breed-specific legislation, for example.

If you tentatively decide on a country based on a list like this, from there we'd suggest contacting a vet in the city you want to live in to find out what they say about any breed laws or general cultural attitudes you may encounter. You can also double check with the Ministry of Agriculture of the desired country, as they should have the most up-to-date import rules.

As for flying, we recommend that all pet owners choose a pet-friendly airline. We typically work with United, KLM, Lufthansa and British Airways, as they all have established pet policies and dedicated staff members trained to handle pets safely. Again, once you've decided where you think you might want to move, research your airline options and contact the carrier directly to find out if your Pit Bulls can fly and if they'll need a custom reinforced crate (this would be the case for Lufthansa and United, for example).

We've encountered questions like this before, and last year assisted a Pit Bull named Stan when his owner was trying to figure out where to move -- he wanted to go to Denmark, but because there is a Pit ban there he ended up going to Amsterdam, instead.

Hopefully this helps to get you started, Nicole. Please contact us if you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door transportation services, and good luck with everything!
 

Dealing with the Stress of Dog Travel to Australia

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Vicki
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Labrador Retriever
From: New York, NY, USA
To: Sydney, Australia

 

Dear PetRelocation.

Please can you help me? Unfortunately I have to leave New York and go back home to Sydney, Australia rather suddenly.  I anticipate I need to leave by mid January 2015, and I would like my dog to come, as well.

How do I do this safely, compassionately, and gently for her?

I am terrified at the thought of her being alone in quarantine for months on end, and the long flight, and care she may or may not receive on the flight, and other parts of the journey.

Please can you help? I look forward to your email.

Kindest Regards,

Vicki

 

Hi Vicki,

Thanks for your message, we’d be happy to help with some information and/or moving assistance.

First, if you’ve yet to do so, take a look at the official Australia government website. This will help you accurately figure out your timeline and import requirements based on your dog’s current status. Pet owners sometimes need to move ahead of their pets, and if this is the case for you, you would need to arrange for boarding or help from a friend in the United States to carry out all the necessary requirements. It’s not ideal, but it’s possible to accomplish.

We’ve helped pet owners arrange moves such as this, so if you’d like to find out more about our door-to-door services, please fill out our free quote form or give our office a call at 1-877-PET-MOVE. Remember that if all the steps are completed correctly in the US, your dog will just have a 10-day quarantine upon arrival in Australia.

As for the actual flight, we often use Qantas for pets traveling to Australia. This airline has pet-friendly practices in place, and if you take the proper steps to crate-train and hydrate your dog before departure, the trip will be long but not unreasonably stressful for her.

Finally, see below for a few customer stories from pets who have moved to Australia. Sometimes it helps to know that others have gone through the process safely!

Jack's Relocation to Australia

Pet Client Story: Bea and Mikey in Australia

The Long Journey from California to Sydney: We Did It!

 

Please let us know if we can be of further assistance, and good luck with everything!

Questions about Pre-Travel Rabies Shots for Dogs

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Mirjana
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Miniature Fox Terrier
From: USA
To: Spain

 

Dear PetRelocation,

How soon before travel date should my dog get her dabbler shot? My understanding is that it should be at least 21 days before departure date, but my vet is telling me different. My dog got microchipped on 10/22/2014.

Thank you in advance.

Mirjana

 

Hi Mirjana,

Thanks for submitting a question to us -- we'd be happy to offer some information. When traveling from the United States to another country with a pet, the USDA website is a helpful tool to use.

According to the information you'll find here about bringing pets into Spain, 21 days must elapse after the rabies shot is administered before you can enter Spain (and this goes for other EU countries, as well). You'll find other details about the requirements along with the health certificate on this site, as well (feel free to share this info with your vet).

For general details about traveling with a pet, please take a look at our blog for a few tips. We like to recommend a few best practices to pet travelers, including choosing a pet-friendly airline, keeping your dog well-hydrated before the trip, and helping her to be acclimated to her travel crate before it's time to go.

Hopefully this is helpful to you! Please contact us if you think you'd like to hire some help with your move, and read some of our customer stories for more tips and anecdotes about pet travel. Thanks again for reaching out, and good luck!
 

Questions about Cat Air Travel to the United States

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Barbara
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Maine Coon
From: Brazil
To: USA

Do you help pets travel from Brazil to the USA? Does the pet travel with a person or in the cargo area?

Thanks,

Barbara

 

Hi Barbara,

Thanks for your question! Yes, we have helped pets move from Brazil to the United States, and we do so by arranging their cargo flight on a pet-friendly airline. The pet owner does not need to fly with the pet (most go ahead of time so they can get the house ready, etc.).

PetRelocation does not fly with the pet either, but we do check pets in, clear them through customs upon arrival, and provide door-to-door delivery and help with the pre-travel paperwork and vet visits. For your reference, here are the pet import requirements for the United States as well as a quick summary of our services.

If this is the kind of transportation service you're looking for, please fill out our free quote form or give our office a call to speak to a Specialist. With a few more details we'll be able to give you a quote.

Finally, here's a story from a client of ours who moved with two dogs from Brazil to the United States: as you'll see, Zap and Guida did pretty well on this journey!

Hopefully this has been helpful, Barbara. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance. Either way, good luck with your pet travels!


 

Dog Travel to Northern Ireland

Monday, October 27, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sheila
Number of Pets: one
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Bluetick Coonhound
From: United States
To: Northern Ireland

Is the preparation time the same as for England, which is about 3 months? What is the cost to take the dog to Belfast?

Thanks,

Sheila

 

Hi Sheila,

The overall costs will depend on a few factors (the size of your dog, where you're departing from, etc.), but you can probably expect to spend $2000 USD or more when the process is all said and done.

Handling the move completely on your own will keep prices lower, so take a look at the pet import requirements for Ireland to find out what you'll need to do. The United States is considered a "Qualifying Lower Risk" country, so the rabies vaccination must be administered at least 21 days before departure.

If you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services, please fill out our free quote form. You can also take a look at our blog for general tips about moving pets.

Hope this helps, Sheila. Good luck with everything!

Four Ways to Make Your New Home Pet-Friendly [Home Depot Guest Post]

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

You've moved your belongings, yourself and your pet, but the work isn't done yet. Here are a few tips from Home Depot's Sarah Kellner that can help you make your new house a warm and pet-safe home.

4 Musts for Making Your New Home Pet-Friendly

Being a pet owner is a lot like being a parent. The responsibility of feeding, protecting and caring for your pet falls solely on your shoulders, and when they look at you with their big, sweet eyes, how could you not want to give them the world?

Just like toddlers will find every dangerous nook and cranny in a new home, so, too, will pets -- especially curious puppies and kittens. Pets can find places in your home you didn't even know existed! That's why it's so important when relocating with your pet to a new city that you take the proper precautions and pet proof your new digs.

Look at the new space from your pet's point of view: where would you hide; what would you scratch or chew?

While a certain amount of pet proofing happens through trial and error, there are many things you can do to make your home safer, regardless of where you live or what type of pet you have.

kitty on the fridge

The Kitchen

Your kitchen is a veritable treasure trove of possible dangers for your pet. Be sure to keep your furry friends out of the cabinets by installing child-proof latches on them and block any small spaces like gaps between cabinets where small pets could get lodged. Since dogs are heavily driven by their sense of smell, be sure to keep your trash cans sealed with covers or secured away from pets inside a latched cabinet or pantry. Also, be sure to keep all food off the ground and out of reach, because while the food itself may not be harmful to your pet, the packaging easily could be.

Chemicals & Harmful Substances

One of the most important aspects of pet proofing is identifying all of the potentially poisonous liquids and substances in your home and keeping them well out of reach. These kinds of common household substances include cleaning agents, laundry detergents, medicines, toiletries, cosmetics, and even toilet bowl water. If you have houseplants, do your research to ensure that they are not harmful to your pet. Common examples include lilies, corn plants, jade plants, and aloe.

Your garage can also contain a staggering number of harmful chemicals like fertilizer, pesticide, paint, gas cans and antifreeze. Even one taste of antifreeze can be fatal to pets, so be sure to store it on a high shelf and keep it off of your garage floor and driveway, too.

Appliances

Household appliances are another area to add to your pet safety checklist. We all know that cats are attracted to warm hiding places, so it only makes sense that they gravitate toward clothes dryers. All you need to do to avoid tragedy is to always check inside the dryer before turning it on. When cooking, try to get in the habit of using back burners to keep curious noses away from the heat and always turn your pot and pan handles in toward the middle of the range.

dudley the dog

Cables & Cords

Every pet owner can attest that animals love chewing on and playing with cords. As part of your cable management system, use cord cover kits wherever possible to keep entertainment center cords, desk cords, and other hubs organized and secured away from pets. You should also keep dangling lamp cords fastened to the furniture or wall, run under the carpet, or enclosed in chew-proof PVC pipe.

What pet-proofing tricks do you use in your home?

Sarah Kellner is a pet lover and likes to share great DIY advice and tips for The Home Depot. She comes up with some creative solutions to make your life with pets easier. To find cord covers and other cable management products, visit The Home Depot website.

How to Find Help with a Pet Move

Monday, October 20, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Ann
Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Yorkshire Terriers
From: New York, USA
To: Sydney, Australia

 

Dear PetRelocation,

Are there people who can walk me step-by-step through the process of exporting my pets?

Thanks,

Ann

 

Hi Ann,

There is plenty of information available online that may help you carry out your pet move, and if you're interested in hiring experts to assist, you can find either door-to-door services or agents to aid you with parts of the move.

We highly recommend going straight to the source as you start to plan your dog move to Australia: The Australia Government Department of Agriculture website outlines all steps and helps pet owners plan a schedule for vaccinations, vet visits, etc. based on their desired move date.

If you'd like to have a pet travel specialist talk you through these steps and manage parts of the move by making the quarantine and airline reservations and arranging transportation to and from the airport, you're welcome to contact us for more information about our services. If you want to explore other options, you can search for agents via IPATA.org.

Hopefully this answers your question and helps to get you started, Ann. Please let us know if we can help with anything, and good luck with your dogs' move!

Questions about Pet Travel to Russia

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kathy
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Yorkie
From: Kansas City, USA
To: Russia

 

Hello,

What are the requirements to relocate my pet from Kansas City to Russia? Are microchips required? What paperwork and vaccines do I need? 

I really appreciate any info you can give me.

Thanks,

Kathy

 

Hi Kathy,

Sure, we'd be happy to help; here is an overview of the pet import requirements for Russia. To summarize, yes, your dog will need a microchip (implanted before the rabies vaccine is administered), and the rabies vaccine must be given at least 30 days before departure and less than one year before departure.

A few vaccinations are also required, including Hepatitis, Distemper and DHP (we recommend doing the combined DHLPP vaccine and Bordatella, as well).

You'll also need to obtain a Rabies Certificate and an International Health Certificate, and these forms will need to be stamped by the USDA. For your reference, here are a few frequently asked pet travel questions to help you form a picture of the overall pet travel process.

Feel free to contact us for a quote if you're interested in hiring professional assistance, and either way, good luck with your move!
 

Addressing Common Concerns about Pet Air Travel

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Belinda
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Shih-Poo, Mini Poodle
From: Florida, USA
To: California, USA

 

Hi PetRelocation,

I've heard way too many horror stories about pets being transported in the cargo area of the plane. I would like to explore non-plane options to get my pet to California.

Does your organization have those type of options?

Thanks,

Belinda

 

Hi Belinda,

We understand your concerns and have helped to arrange ground transportation for pets in the past, however we do urge you to review a few facts and tips before making the decision to avoid air travel altogether. When the right choices are made, it can be a very safe process.

Here's an overview discussing some of the issues that may be worrying you. Essentially, sad news stories tend to gain more attention than the routine pet flights that happen every day -- this isn't meant to diminish the emotions involved when things do go wrong, but when looking at the numbers you'll see that, by far, most pets fly without incident.

Here are a few tips for minimizing the risks of air travel. When you start with a health screening and a conversation with your vet, choose a pet-friendly airline, and help pets to feel comfortable in their crates, you're on your way to planning a successful trip.

You may weigh all of this information and decide that air travel still isn't right for your dogs. That's fine, of course! In this case you'll want to search for a driver who can safely transport your pets for you. Note that, due to the details and hours involved, driving often ends up being more expensive than flying.

Please contact us if you have further questions, or check out IPATA.org to locate a driver who may be able to help you. There are multiple solutions available when it comes to pet moves, and we'd love to help you find the right one!

Good luck with whatever you decide, and thanks for contacting us with your question.
 

Tips and Advice for Relocating Fish

Monday, October 13, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

fish on deskRelocating fish requires different steps than moving a dog or a cat, but that doesn't mean it's impossible. We've helped several pet fish make their way from one place to another and have received a few inquiries about the process, so we thought we'd provide a quick overview of what's involved.

Thinking of moving your fish? Here are a few points to consider:

To Stay or to Go -- Fish are valued and important pets to many people, but sometimes you have to start by asking a hard question like, "Is it actually reasonable and safe to move my fish with me?" The costs can be steep (we'll talk more about that below) and going long distances brings an inherent risk to the fish's well-being (especially types of fish more susceptible to stress and who require a very specific environment), so before you start planning the logistics, think about whether that beta fish (cute as he is) might not be better off staying with a friend.

The Details -- To relocate safely, fish will need to be carefully packed in plastic bags of water (water that is properly oxygenated and balanced with chemical levels the fish are used to), and these bags are then placed in a Styrofoam box or other secure container of some kind (see below for an example). An aquarium will not be provided or moved by PetRelocation (and probably not by whoever is helping you move, if you've hired assistance), so you'll need to arrange to have one ready on the destination side along with all the accoutrements the fish need.

 

fish

A safe fish travel set-up

The Costs -- Airlines charge based on the weight and amount of space the fish container takes up, so it isn't necessarily cheaper than moving a cat or small dog (it could even be more expensive, in fact). Again, this is where measuring sentimental value comes in -- it sounds a little business-like, but you may find it's simply not worth it to move certain fish once you know costs could amount to $1200 or more.

The Timing -- It can take a little longer to price and plan a fish move due to the fact that fish shipping experts are harder to find. Making sure your fish are in safe hands means locating an agent who is qualified and available to assist in whatever city you need them, and it's safe to say that fish shippers aren't as plentiful as traditional agents used to transporting dogs and cats to the airport. Essentially, don't expect a fish move to come together overnight.

Here's more detailed information about how to relocate fish safely, and here's a fun story from our blog about some Koi we moved from Texas to Tennessee.

Considering moving your fish and have more questions? Feel free to contact us to speak to a Specialist.

 

paradise fish

 Daniella Vereeken/Flickr

Incredible Experiences: Maya's Trip to Germany

Thursday, October 9, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Kirsten
Pet's Name: Maya
From: Washington, D.C.
To: Germany

When my family and I found out we were going to be moving to Germany, we had to decide how we were going to get our dog Maya there.

I first had tried another company, but that would have been a multi-stop trip, which would have given her over 24 hours in her kennel. We didn't want that for her, so I had talked to a friend about how she got her dogs shipped and she told me about PetRelocation.

From the first call I had I was put at ease with the whole process. I was given one point of contact to start all the paperwork, and then once it came time to travel I got another point of contact. Even on the day before Maya was going to fly, I could send emails and get a response right away without having to wait. That just tells me that they all want the best for your pet, too.

Thank you Anna and Maegan!



Pet News Links: Pet Travel Tips and Confessions

Friday, October 3, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Meet Benson, our Pet Move of the Month!

Australians reveal their most surprising pet travel confessions.

Simple hacks every dog owner should know about.

Jon Stewart helps set the record straight about pit bulls.

Never lose your pet again.

Rescuing Hawaii's homeless pets.

 

satu

Have a fun weekend!

Driving with a Dog to the United States from Canada

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Mandy
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Chocolate Labrador
From: Calgary, Canada
To: Charlotte, North Carolina

 

Hello,
Please could you confirm that the only documentation we require to move our dog from Canada to the USA to live is a valid rabies vaccination?

We will be driving from Calgary to North Carolina and will be taking our dog with us, so she will not be flying.

Many thanks,
Mandy
 

Hi Mandy,

Great question. Transporting a dog into the United States via car may not require quite as much attention to detail as flying would, but you're right, you will need to have some basic paperwork on hand. Here is more information about importing pets to the US via the USDA.

As we've discussed before, crossing the Canada/US border with a pet is an experience that can vary from person to person (some border agents will ask for more information than others), but you should definitely have proof from your vet that your dog is up-to-date on her rabies vaccine.

Further, here are a few general tips for safe road travel with a dog. We recommend microchips even though they're not required, and it's a good idea to carry extra supplies, water bowls, a comfortable travel crate, etc. (you probably know all of this, but it might not hurt to revisit the list before you hit the road).

Please let us know if you have any more questions, Mandy. Thanks for reaching out, and have a great trip to North Carolina!

Dog Travel to Bali: Is It Possible?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Gilbert
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Mongrel
From: Singapore
To: Bali

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I have been told it may not be possible to move our two dogs to Bali. Is this advice still current?

Thanks,

Gilbert
 

Hi Gilbert,

According to the latest information we're aware of, only pets coming from certain rabies-free countries (that short list does not include Singapore) may be imported to Bali. The country has struggled with a high incidence of rabies over the years (largely to do its population of stray dogs), so in order to curb this problem Bali has enacted stricter import rules.

To double check or to find out about any possible upcoming changes, we recommend contacting the Bali Ministry of Agriculture or Department of Veterinary Services directly.

Sorry we couldn't offer more positive news! If you end up planning a pet move to a different country and think you'd like some assistance, please contact us to speak to a Specialist.

Is There a Quarantine for Dogs Traveling to Germany?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Connie
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Small dog
Pet Breed: Yorkie
From: Atlanta, GA, USA
To: Germany

 

Dear PetRelocation,

Is there a quarantine period for dogs traveling from the USA to Germany?

Thanks,

Connie

 

Hi Connie,

Thanks for the question! The short answer is "no," there is no quarantine for dogs going from the United States to Germany. Please take a look at the overview of pet import requirements for Germany for an idea of what to expect.

Essentially you'll need to have your dog microchipped (if not already), up-to-date on the rabies vaccine, and you'll need an International Health Certificate. In terms of the actual flight process, we recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline (we often use Lufthansa and KLM for pets going to Europe) and the travel crate must be airline-approved.

Please contact us for a quote if you think you'd like some help arranging your move, and feel free to peruse our blog for more pet travel tips and stories.

Hopefully this helps to get you started, Connie. Good luck with everything!

Transporting Pets to Australia

Monday, September 29, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Gurpreet
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Labrador
From: India
To: Australia

 

Dear PetRelocation,

Can you please explain whole process and expected amount. I know India is non approved country and process is little bit hard, but still we are willing to move our dog.

Thanks,

Gurpreet

 

Hi Gurpreet,

Thanks for your inquiry! Moving your dog to Australia will require several steps and will not be cheap, but that doesn't mean it's impossible.

To start, you'll want to research an approved country that makes sense for you to move to, as your dog will need to go there as an intermediate step. The best source for you to rely on is the Australia Government Department of Agriculture website, which provides an overview of the approved countries as well as the timeline and vaccinations required. Here is where the site specifically discusses how to move to Australia from a non-approved country.

Essentially, you don't need to remain in the Category 3 (intermediary) country for the whole pre-export process, but you do need to have all vaccinations, exams and tests done there and your dog must be exported directly from there.

It depends on where you end up going, but generally speaking international moves cost at least $2,500 USD and maybe significantly more (your dog's weight/size is also a factor, as this affects the airline cargo fee). Note that, due to an increase in quarantine costs, moving pets to Australia has become significantly more expensive recently. You can find out more about the quarantine costs, etc., here.

We'd be happy to discuss our door-to-door services with you if you're interested in hearing about them, and if you'd like to find an agent on your own who may be able to help, we recommend searching through IPATA.org.

Hopefully this helps to shed some light on the steps required! Please let us know if you have more questions or if you think we can help in any way.

Good luck!

Pet News: Cat-Friendly Living and Dog-Friendly Working

Friday, September 26, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

How to make pets comfortable in their golden years.

Bringing your dog to work? Make sure they are well-behaved and well-trained first.

LOL: Dog reactions to everyday situations.

KLM has a new dog on staff!

Moving with a cat? How to find a cat-friendly rental.

How to be a responsible dog owner.

Dealing with a flea problem? Here are a few DIY, all-natural flea prevention tips.

 

reba!

Have a very relaxing weekend!

After Your Pet's Move: DIY Flea Prevention Tips [Home Depot Guest Post]

Thursday, September 25, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Our friends at Home Depot have some great ideas when it comes to battling flea problems in an earth-conscious and pet-friendly way. Here are a few tips for tackling a pesky problem often faced by newly relocated pet owners.

cleaning supplies

All-Natural DIY Flea Remedies & Prevention

By Melissa Massello

It's peak flea season all around the United States right now, but with just a few hours and these easy steps you can rid your indoors of these tiny terrors forever. Whether you're already in a new home or just arrived to discover fleas in your yard, these steps will help get them out (and keep them out) of your new house.

Stick with this super simple – and totally organic – regimen, and you and your pets will live harmoniously at home without itching, scratching, or icky flea-borne diseases like typhus. Yuck!

What you'll need:
•    Vacuum
•    Washer/Dryer
•    Course salt (about 12 ounces)
•    Empty spray bottle
•    Distilled white vinegar or witch hazel
•    Lavender, lemon & eucalyptus essential oils
•    Natural clove-based flea & tick shampoo
•    Vet-prescribed flea & tick medicine, monthly dose

First, wash all your linens and textiles: Sheets, comforters, couch covers, dog beds/blankets, dog toys, etc. If it's a textile, your dog comes in contact with it, and it fits in the machine, wash it on the hottest setting it can take.

sea salt & vacuum

Vacuum, salt, vacuum, repeat: the rugs, the couch, your mattress (especially if your dog sleeps on your bed). Vacuum first, then cover in salt and let sit for at least a few hours (overnight is ideal). Vacuum again. For dog beds and couches with covers, you can sprinkle salt in between the cushion and the cover for even more lasting protection. After that, repeat every other day until the fleas are gone, and make sure to vacuum regularly after that to keep pests at bay.

Dog bath. Use an all-natural clove-based shampoo, paying special attention to around the tail/back end, in between the paws, neck scruff and all around the ears. Let the shampoo sit at least a few minutes before rinsing. Make sure to give your pets a bath weekly and regularly check for fleas/ticks to avoid (another) infestation.

Flea and tick medicine. There is absolutely no replacement for the effectiveness of vet-prescribed flea & tick preventatives. Think of your pet like a flea-killing magnet. You actually want any remnant fleas to gravitate toward your pet, so that they'll be killed once they're 'onboard.' Make sure to apply the prescribed preventative monthly (after a flea bath and thorough drying). Flea and tick medicines start working to kill pests about six hours after applied. Keep your pets out of the pool, lake, ocean, bathtub, and mud puddles for at least 24 hours after applying.

diy flea spray

Make a DIY flea spray. Not only is this blend of essential oils super offensive to fleas and ticks (and therefore super effective), but it smells great, too. The aromatherapy mix of lemon, eucalyptus and lavender has a calming effect on both people and pets – just what you'll need after all the steps above! – and will make you want to spray with it regularly.

Spritz linens & textiles daily. Give your bed/pillows, pet beds, couches and rugs a spritz with this spray blend daily after treating the house and pets to keep fleas from returning and laying eggs. Keep a bottle handy and then bottle up a big batch to give as housewarming or holiday gifts for all your pet-loving friends in the future!

DIYer Melissa Massello provides advice on pets, home cleaning and floorcare appliances for Home Depot. Melissa enjoys sharing her tips with homeowners, especially on how to keep our pets in good health. Home Depot's selection of vacuums and other floorcare products can be found on the company's website.

Photos courtesy of Shoestringmag.com

Incredible Experiences: An Update from Hannah in South Africa

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Last year we helped a beautiful dog named Hannah move with her family from Texas to South Africa (read all about her trip here). This week they sent us an update! Here's what Hannah's owner wrote:

It was about one year ago we were preparing to send this girl to South Africa. Here she is after her run in the Karoo today.

Thanks again for your excellent service in getting my girls together!

 

hannah in south africa

Hannah

 

Read more about other pets we've moved, and please contact us if you have any questions about how to relocate your pets safely.