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Pet Travel to Australia Requires Careful Planning

Friday, December 26, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sonya
Number of Pets: Two
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Hound Mix, Silky Terrier
From: United States
To: Australia

 

Hi PetRelocation,

I have two dogs that I would like to take with me to relocate to Australia in January (end of January). Do I follow the instructions as suggested and then board the dogs when we arrive in Australia?

Please advise.

Sonya

 

Hi Sonya,

Moving pets to Australia requires that you follow a series of specific steps and pay close attention to timing. Please take a look at the official information about importing pets via the Australia Government Department of Agriculture website. Pets must undergo a 10-day quarantine upon arrival after all vaccine and health document requirements have correctly been fulfilled, and the process usually takes 190 days altogether. 

Unless you have already started this process (microchip implantation, titer test, etc.) and are well on your way to completion, your dogs likely won't be able to travel at the end of next month. There's no need to panic, though; one of our Specialists would be happy to talk to you about your move options, so please fill out our consultation form or give our office a call if you'd like.

Many people end up flying before or after their pets when quarantine and import requirements make timing tricky to manage. Feel free to read some of our recent customer stories for an idea of the diverse array of scenarios that pet travel tends to bring about. Often things aren't as simple as you first imagined them to be, but multiple solutions are available and it's all about finding the one that works best for you and your pets.

Please review the Australia pet import rules and timelines closely and then let us know if we can be of further assistance. Thanks for reaching out, and good luck with everything!


 

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!

Dog Travel to the United Arab Emirates

Friday, December 19, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Iulia
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Yorkshire Terrier
From: EU
To: UAE

 

Greetings,

1. Some say that the Rabies antibody test must be done 3 months before entering UAE (I do not have this kind of time). Is that true?
2. Also some say that the pet needs to be chipped before or on the day of the rabies vaccination but definitely not after. Is that true?
3. And last but not least, how can I prearrange the pet taxi for myself and my pet (if we successfully make it out of the airport in Dubai)?

Best Regards,

Iulia
 

Hi Iulia,

Thanks for your questions! Moving pets to the UAE is a process that requires careful attention to detail, and you're right to double check everything early on.

Please take a look at this overview of pet import requirements for the UAE. Yes, the microchip needs to be implanted before the rabies vaccine is administered, but as you're coming from the EU, the rabies vaccine only has to be done 21 days before applying for the import permit (a titer test isn't necessary when coming from designated countries with a low incidence of rabies). Feel free to contact us or the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water if you'd like to verify this information.

In our experience, pet services in the UAE are pretty plentiful, and doing a Google search should reveal several choices. It's also a good idea to search online expat forums or IPATA.org for additional ideas and suggestions.

Hope this helps! Again, you're welcome to contact us if you think you'd like some help arranging this move and/or take a look at our blog for some basic pet travel advice. Good luck and have a great trip!

 

'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 China & the UK

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Talia
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Chihuahua
From: Los Angeles, CA
To: Guangzhou China, then London, UK

 

Hello,

Can you please provide as much information as possible. I will be moving in two months (I just accepted an offer, thus I could not begin the process until I knew where I would be going). I will only be in China six months, and then will relocate to London.

Any information you give will be greatly appreciated!

Talia

 

Hi Talia,

Thanks for your questions! To start, it will help to look over the pet import requirements for China and the pet import requirements for the UK. Both countries require lots of careful preparation, so you're smart to be starting the planning process right away (congrats on the new job!). 

Many pet owners who go to China end up hiring professional assistance, as the rules can be confusing. Quarantine requirements will depend on your port of entry, and working with an expert tends to make the process much easier. Please contact us if you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services.

As far as entering the UK from China, you'll have to meet several particular requirements and also undergo a three-month waiting period because China is an "unlisted" country. Find more details here

For reference, here are a few basic pet travel tips as well as two recent client stories featuring a cat move to China and a dog move to London. As you can see, as complicated as pet travel can sound sometimes, with the right planning it's possible to carry out successful moves to countries around the world.

Please let us know if we can be of further assistance, and thanks again for reaching out!

Year in Review: Incredible Experiences of 2014 (Part 1)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

It was another fast and busy year here at PetRelocation, and we feel lucky that we had the chance to meet so many amazing pets and pet parents!

For a glimpse of what we've been up to in 2014, take a look at some of the Incredible Experiences -- specifically the Pet Moves of the Month -- that we featured during the first half of the year. (And stay tuned for Part 2 later this week.) Enjoy!

 

January: Zap & Guida

These two adorable fluffballs moved from Brazil to San Diego, and they helped us kick off the year with a great story and the cute reunion video above. Read more about their move here.

 

dottie

February: Dottie

Next up is Dottie, a cute Papillon who moved from Atlanta to Dubai with her family. It was a long trip, but thanks to smart planning that included a comfort stop at the KLM pet hotel in Amsterdam, Dottie did just fine and had plenty of energy upon her arrival. Here's the whole story

 

 

charlie

March: Charlie

This well-accessorized pup moved from the US to Hong Kong and immediately started having lots of fun adventures (we hear he loves meeting new people and chasing bubbles when the opportunity arises). Read all about his new life overseas!

 

 

sam & gretchen

April: Sam & Gretchen

Big dogs often need to travel, too, as was proven by Sam and Gretchen earlier this year. These Weimaraner BFFs went from Texas to Saudi Arabia and did a great job adjusting to their new surroundings

 

 

geoff & holly

May: Geoff & Holly

Here's another dynamic duo that we all became pretty smitten with: Holly and Geoff. These snub-nosed pals moved from New Jersey to the UK via Frankfurt, and upon arrival their owner says they seem pretty cool with the whole experience. Read more about these special clients!

 

 

alfie

June: Alfie, Halo & Louis

These three pups left our hometown of Austin to escape the mean Texas summer for cooler temperatures in England. (We understand.) Find out how they're doing post-move. Hint: their owner uses the word "joyous" to describe them.

 

Ready for more pet reunion stories? Here is Part 2 of our 2014 Year in Review Pet Move of the Month series. Bonus: if you'd care to check out the highlights of 2013, here is Part 1 and Part 2.

As always, if you have any questions about organizing an upcoming pet relocation, please contact us.

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!

Pet News Round-Up: Globetrotting Pets & Helpful Travel Tools

Friday, December 12, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Lufthansa will soon allow falcons to travel in the cabin in a special "Falcon Master" tray.

This is how dogs drink water

New York dogs vs. L.A. dogs.

Beware of pet scams

Holiday safety tips for pets

Need help choosing the right travel kennel for your pet? Watch this helpful video.

Cute English Bulldog alert: read about Chiefa "The Beef"'s move to Switzerland.

 

jammer

Have a wonderful weekend, pet lovers!

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!

Managing Pet Travel to New Zealand

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Karina
Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: 2 Dogs, 1 Cat
Pet Breed: Labrador, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Siamese
From: United States
To: New Zealand

 

Hi,

I am looking at relocating back to New Zealand and want to bring my pets with me. How long does it take before I can bring them over? I was reading that you have to do some things 210 days before you are planning to bring them over, is this correct? If it is, is there any way to speed it up at all? I was not planning on being in the states for that much longer.

Thank you for your help.

Regards,

Karina

 

Hi Karina,

Great question. Because it is a rabies-free island nation, New Zealand does operate with strict pet import rules. If you've yet to do so, please take a look at the New Zealand government website for official details about bringing cats and dogs into the country.

One reason this is a long process: your pets need to be microchipped before the vaccines can begin (typically six months before departure). A rabies titer test is also required, and this must be done at least three months before departure. The import permit must be applied for at least six weeks before departure.

This all means that, unfortunately for pet owners in a hurry, most of this process simply can't be rushed.

Because it's a complex process and correct timing is very important, many people end up hiring assistance to help with a pet move to New Zealand. If you're interested in finding out about our door-to-door services, please fill out our consultation form. We've helped many pets move to New Zealand safely (including Wednesday the cat), and we've even arranged moves where the owner moved before the pet (for work or personal reasons) while we took care of the boarding and remaining preparations at home.

New Zealand pet moves can have a wide variety of solutions, and we're happy to help you find the right one for you and your pets. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance, and good luck!
 

Pet Move of the Month: Chiefa's Journey to Switzerland

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

chiefaMeet Chiefa "The Beef" -- our featured Pet Move of the Month! This sweet pup is an important part of her family, and they knew they couldn't move from the United States to Switzerland without her.

Here's a little more about this special client: Chiefa is CGC (Canine Good Citizenship) Certified and graduated in the top of her two basic obedience classes. She is an English Bulldog and also deaf (two things that made her journey a little more challenging but certainly not impossible). Finally, she enjoys traveling in a stroller from time to time and has her own Facebook page. Quite a personality!

To shed some light on the process, Chiefa's owner was kind enough to answer a few questions about their recent move. Read on to find out more about Chiefa's relocation and her transition to Switzerland.

What brought about your move?

My husband, Tony, moved to Switzerland about five years ago for two years and worked for an engineering company. He loved living in Switzerland and stayed in contact with the company he worked for, and they wanted to bring him back on staff at the same time we were looking to relocate from Washington, D.C.

We moved to have a better work/life balance and to have the ability to travel more. We both LOVE to travel and traveling is difficult in the US because everything is so spread out and because you don’t get as many vacation days. 

Have you ever moved a pet by air before this?

No, Chiefa is our first pet. My family had moved dogs from South Carolina to Florida, but not really a long distance move.

 

chiefa

What were some of your initial concerns?

I had a lot of concerns about moving Chiefa. Before Tony accepted his position, we confirmed that Chiefa would be able to relocate with us. If she wasn’t allowed to live in Switzerland, we would not have moved.

My initial concerns with relocating Chiefa were that she is a deaf English bulldog. English bulldogs have smushed faces and have respiratory issues, which is a major concern with air transportation. Also, Cheifa would be flying out of Atlanta, GA. English bulldogs do not do well with heat, nor will airlines allow dogs to travel when it is over 80 degrees.

My husband moved to Switzerland in July to start his position. Cheifa and I did not join him until mid-October because of the weather. We took every precaution we could and PetRelocation helped point out some of the other precautions, which I appreciated. 

What surprised you about the pet travel process? Can you discuss any particular challenges or interesting details?

I was surprised by the knowledge, support, and systems in place for relocating pets. Before we moved Chiefa, I didn't even know this type of service existed. I thought it would be a do-it-yourself process with Chiefa in quarantine for up to three months. I was so unaware and uneducated about the process. Once I was in contact with PetRelocation, everything just fell into place for us.

 

chiefa sleeping

 

How has Chiefa handled the transition so far?

On the day of Chiefa’s flight, I was a mess. I was nervous and worried about the process. When we arrived in Atlanta, however, Cheifa hopped into the handlers car and never looked back.

She was in a great mood when she arrived in Switzerland. She is in love! She has so much more energy. She really enjoys the cooler weather. I am not sure she knows that she isn’t in the US anymore. She has been on the bus once since she arrived, and wasn’t happy that she could not socialize with everyone on the bus nor sit in the seats. 

Is Switzerland a pet-friendly place to be?

Switzerland is SUPER pet-friendly! Chiefa is allowed on the buses and trains. She is allowed in most stores and shopping centers. For us, one difference is that Switzerland does not have fenced in dog parks. Chiefa is deaf so we can’t let her off leash, and most dog owners in our town do not use leashes for walks. 

travel crate

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

If they are moving internationally, I would recommend that they contact PetRelocation and let PetRelocation handle the rest! Contacting PetRelocation was the best decision we made this year! All my worries and concerns decreased by 50% when I started working with PetRelocation. 

What made you decide to hire PetRelocation to assist you?

The reason I decided to work with PetRelocation was because as soon as I called them, I could feel the energy and passion of the staff and the services they provide. They KNEW what they were talking about and made me feel comfortable and at ease. Also, they followed up with me and prepared for the move.

Throughout the process, I was reassured many times that this was the RIGHT company to work with. The staff is FREAKING awesome, so organized, and professional (something that I really value). 

 

chiefa

 

Thanks to Chiefa's owners for sharing their move and their story with us! Considering a pet move? Please contact us for a consultation.

Important: Beware of Pet Scams!

Monday, December 8, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

puppyDear Pet Lovers,

We've been receiving lots of inquiries about questionable pet transportation arrangements and want to remind everyone to watch out for pet scammers! If you're in contact with a company offering a free or low-cost puppy, kitten, squirrel monkey or other cute pet, and all they are asking for are "transportation costs," we suggest cutting off communication immediately.

Unfortunately, pet scammers often build websites and logos that resemble real pet transportation service providers (like us), but when you do a little research you'll soon discover that they are not legitimate. If you feel any doubts, think carefully and consider dealing locally with people you can meet, instead. 

Here are a couple examples of the questions we've been receiving. If you find yourself in a similar situation, stop replying and certainly don't send them any money!

Example 1:

Hello,

I am looking to transport a dog from Thomspon, Canada to Steinbach, MB and I was wondering what the costs would be for that?

I was also wondering if you have heard from the company Aircargo Pet Express? the reason for that is that I want to purchase a dog but the situation seems a little fishy to me since the owners of the dog say they don't want any money for him and that I would only have to cover $125 for the delivery.

Thanks,

Tori

Our Response: This is far too low of a fee to cover the relocation costs, and there is no such company as "Aircargo Pet Express." This is a scam!

 

Example 2:

Hello, my name is Alexander. I agreed to the delivery of two squirrel monkeys, and I received a letter from your website about my order. I wanted to check on the validity of this letter:

Dear customer!

You are Welcome to PETS-AIR-TRANSPORT-INTERNATIONAL navigation. We thank You for using our service, and we look forward to your cooperation. We sent this message, assuming you Mr. K. of Russia. We suggest you to read this message. We recorded today, Monday, December 08, 2014, two squirrel monkeys (SOFIE and JOEL), put on Mr. Andrey Fedorov. He said he wants to send monkeys into a new house in Russia, in the name of Mr. K.. He presented all the necessary documents required to send monkeys. He gave us all the information and the address at which the monkey must be transported and delivered, in which he used to book the ticket for monkeys. Below is the full address is given to us...

Our Response: This is definitely a scam. If our company was handling a pet move, we would be in touch with the client directly. Also, you can often be tipped off that something is a scam when the grammar, punctuation and general feel of the email are imprecise and inaccurate. Again, there is no such company as "Pets-Air-Transport-International" -- those are just words strung together.


Example 3: 

Hi PetRelocation,

The owner states that the English bulldog puppy has all shot records, and they are requesting 50 dollars for the relocation. Is this possible from Mexico to Texas for this price?

Thanks,

Jose

Our Response: Fifty dollars is not nearly enough to cover the costs of a pet move from Mexico to Texas, as the airfare alone would be much more than this. This is a scam. 

 

Please read more about pet scams in order to stay smart and informed. Good luck out there, and please let us know in the comments if you have any questions or advice for your fellow pet lovers!

Not Your Average Pet Travel Question: International Hamster Travel

Monday, December 8, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Janice
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Hamster
Pet Breed: Syrian
From: Israel
To: UK

Hi PetRelocation,

Do I need any special paperwork to transport a little hamster from Israel to the UK? I am traveling on Wednesday and today is Monday. At the very last minute I would like to give my sister's hamster a new home, as she is struggling to take care of him properly and I would love to take him back to the UK with me.

I know that from the EU no special quarantine is required but what about Israel? Also would there be a large cost? Would the hamster be able to travel in the cabin with me in a small carry box? I am flying with EasyJet. Would it be very pricey? Would it be very stressful for him?

Many thanks,

Janice
 

Hi Janice,

Thanks for contacting us! You'll want to check with UK's official government website to find out about pet import rules. Per this site, it appears that hamsters coming from Israel must must undergo a four month quarantine under the Rabies (Dogs, Cats and other Mammals) Order 1974 and also need an import license. Read more about the process here

If moving forward, you would also want to check with the airline directly to find out about their rules regarding the transport of small animals (every airline is different), and you should check with the Israel Department of Agriculture to find out about export permits, procedures, etc.

As you can see, it sounds like moving a hamster to the UK wouldn't be an easy task (especially in such a short time frame). You're welcome to contact us for more info or use IPATA.org to seek out an alternate opinion, however. 

Thanks again for the question, and good luck with everything!

Moving Pets to the Philippines

Friday, December 5, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Bernadette
From: Los Angeles, California
To: Ninoy Aquino, Phillippines
Pet: Sonico: 7-month-old Maltipoodle, 25 lbs
 
Hi PetRelocation,
 
What do I do for my puppy to take him with me from L.A. to the Philippines? Can he go with me in the plane? Does he need a passport?

Thanks,
Bernadette
 
 
Hi Bernadette,
 
Thanks for the question! To start, you'll want to take a look at the pet import requirements for the Philippines. Your dog does not need a passport per se, but there is some health paperwork required that needs to be endorsed by the USDA. The process will take several days to complete, so we always advise starting early.
 
Small pets can sometimes travel in the cabin, but you'll need to contact the airline you're considering to find out more (it sounds like your dog may be a little too large to travel this way). Most of our clients' pets travel via cargo, and with a pet-friendly airline this is a safe option. We often use United, Lufthansa and KLM because they have established pet safe policies.
 
For your reference, here are a few basic pet travel questions and answers. International pet travel can certainly be overwhelming, but take comfort in knowing that, with the right research and choices, it's possible to plan a smooth trip.
 
Please contact us if you think you'd like some assistance with your move. Good luck and thanks again for reaching out!
 
 

Questions about Australia Dog Quarantine

Thursday, December 4, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Julie
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Shar Pei
From: Colorado, United States
To: Australia

 

Hi PetRelocation,

I'm curious about the entire relocation process. Will my dog have to be in quarantine? For how long? Is he amongst general population? Do they cater to special needs dogs? He is so submissive and susceptible to being bullied and bit bitten by other dogs regardless of size, breed, etc.

Thanks,

Julie

 

Hi Julie,

Great questions! We'd be happy to tell you more about this move process. First, take a look at the Australia pet import requirements if you've yet to do so. You can also find all official information about Australia quarantine procedures and fees here.

Your dog will stay at either Spotswood Quarantine Facility in Melbourne or Eastern Creek Quarantine Facility in Sydney. Standard quarantine lasts 10 days and visitation by the owner is not permitted. The quarantine used to be 30 days, and when it was shortened earlier this year the visitation policy was changed, as well.

Pets have their own pens while in quarantine (so won't be interacting with other animals) and will be fed and given exercise while overseen by trained staff. 

We have helped many pets move safely to Australia, and though most people don't love the idea of their dog or cat spending time in a quarantine facility, most find the process to be much easier than they originally thought. If you'd like some specific examples (what pet traveler wouldn't?), here are the stories of three cats who recently moved from California to Sydney and three dogs who traveled from Texas to Australia.

Hopefully you'll find that this necessary part of pet travel to Australia isn't really so scary, but if you still have questions or think you'd like to hire some assistance, please fill out our consultation form.

Good luck with everything, and thanks for reaching out to us!

 

weezie

Weezie is moving to Australia next year! (She'll have to save the bee costume for when she gets out of quarantine.)

 

 

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!
 

Temperature Restrictions and Pet-Friendly Airlines

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Audra
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: West Highland Terrier
From: Chicago
To: Phoenix 

 

Hi,

I have a question about the airlines having a temperature restriction because it is too cold to take the pet. I am flying into Chicago from Ireland, then going to Phoenix from there. I have the dog on the first leg of the flight but the second seems to be a potential problem.

How can you keep the dog in a warm environment and the airline can't? Can I get you to keep the dog from the time we drop him off before the flight so that we don't have to worry about not being able to fly? How much would it cost? I just want to know we can fly and not worry about having to rebook or lose our money. The flight I want is on American Airlines at 12:05 on Dec.23rd. Thank you for your help.

Sincerely,
Audra
 

Hi Audra,

Thanks for reaching out! We'd be happy to discuss your move options with you -- please give us a call at 1-877-PET-MOVE to speak to a Specialist or fill out our online consultation form at your convenience. 

Generally speaking, we highly recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline with established pet policies. Carriers like United do not allow pets to sit on the tarmac or remain outdoors for any significant amount of time, for example, so temperature isn't as much of a factor in this case as it might be for other airlines.

Another thing to keep in mind: holiday pet travel can be hectic and filled with extra hurdles, so please proceed mindfully. Again, please contact us if you think you'd like to hire some assistance with this move.

Hope to hear from you soon!

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!