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Sammie and Katie's Return from Dubai: "Smooth Ride!"

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Beth and Larry
Pets' Names: Sammie and Katie
From: Dubai, UAE
To: New Braunfels, TX
 

We chose to have PetRelocation move our pets because they did a great job moving them three years ago TO Dubai!

This time also, they did not disappoint! They took care of the vet visit to get the Health Certificate, picked them up for the airport, and got them on the plane! They kept us posted as to when the plane left, and when they arrived in Houston. Then, they brought them right to our door in New Braunfels!

The pets were great when they arrived, and are still doing great! We are very impressed with the job that PetRelocation does! We will definitely use them if we and our pets move again!

Where to Start When You're Nervous About Pet Travel

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Lori
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Yorkshire Terriers
From: South Africa
To: Canada

 

Dear PetRelocation,

My Husband and I are in the process of trying to move to Canada, but our dogs are our first priority and we will not move without them.

Our Yorkshire Terriers are 9 months old and they weigh 2.5kg and 3.5kg, respectively. We would like to know the process of relocating them to Canada, i.e how do they travel, what about food and water, do they need to stay in quarantine when they arrive, do they travel the same time that we travel, or is their a waiting period before they can travel?

They are both microchipped and their vaccinations are up to date.

Kind Regards,

Lori

 

Hi Lori,

Thanks for your question -- we completely understand what it's like to feel that dogs are part of the family!

Take a look at the pet import requirements for Canada to see what you'll need to do to prepare. In addition to getting the paperwork ready (health certificates, etc.) it's important to book their flights on a pet friendly airline and make sure you have the correct size/style travel crates for them. You don't need to travel on the same flight as them, but you will need to have someone who is able to check them in and clear customs on the other side.

As for your other questions, it may help to read over these frequently asked pet travel questions and these pre-flight preparation tips. Pet travel can be overwhelming at first, but the more you can educate yourself, the more empowered you will begin to feel.

If you think you'd like to hire some professional assistance, we'd be happy to discuss our services with you. Feel free to give our office a call or fill out our free quote form.

Hopefully this helps to get you started! Good luck with everything, and let us know if we can be of further assistance.

A Cat Relocation Story: Dolli's Journey to Japan

Monday, April 14, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Allison
Pet's Name: Dolli
From: Houston, TX
To: Yokohama, Japan

I couldn't be more pleased with Dolli's move and the excellent support and service I received from Tobi and Sarah.

I was very nervous about putting Dolli though a move of this magnitude. Would she be safe flying as live cargo, would it be better for me to take her myself in the cabin with me? When Japan import requirements required us to leave her behind with a trusted friend for four months in order to avoid a 180 day quarantine upon arrival, my decision was made. I would have to trust a pet relocation company.

Tobi talked me though every step of the process. She made sure the paperwork was in order and she answered all of my questions. And when Dolli's move day finally came, I was so glad that I had Tobi as a support structure to lean on.

Dolli arrived safe and sound. She was in good spirits, her crate was clean and it was immediately obvious that she had been taken good care of by KLM cargo and the staff at the KLM pet hotel in Amsterdam during a layover stop.

PetRelocation did an amazing job coordinating her move!!! I will definitely use them again on our return trip to the US. I am so glad that Dolli is here with us and our family is together again :)





Pet News Round-Up: Are Pets Being Treated More Like Humans?

Friday, April 11, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

How to have a stress-free pet boarding experience.

General travel: All about Abu Dhabi.

Toby's mom draws a comic about his cat adventures, which now include his international move to London.

Author David Grimm discusses how pets are blurring the lines of personhood.

More general travel: Airlines received fewer complaints last year (but misplaced more bags).

What Dogster loves about positive dog training methods.

Read the story of three cats who moved to the UK.

Finally, meet Sam and Gretchen, the Weimaranars we featured as our Pet Move of the Month!

 

Happy Friday, pet lovers!

 

International Travel with a Shih Tzu

Friday, April 11, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Lydia
From: Seattle, WA
To: Shanghai, China
Pet: Lucy
 
Dear PetRelocation,
 
My husband and I will be relocating to either Shanghai, China or Amsterdam, and I was wondering if I would be able to take my one-year-old Shih Tzu with me to fly overseas. Which airlines are most friendly to fly? Would they allow her to fly? She's healthy!
 
Thanks,
Lydia
 
 
Hi Lydia,
 
Thanks for submitting a question to us, we'd be happy to offer some advice.
 
Every country is different when it comes to import requirements for pets, so take a look at the specific rules for China and for the Netherlands. China may require a quarantine depending on your port of entry, and the Netherlands does not have a quarantine if you meet all the requirements.
 
As far as airlines, it's important to choose a pet friendly carrier (we often use United, KLM and Lufthansa, for example). It will also help to make sure that your dog is comfortable spending time in her travel crate, as this will make the trip less stressful for her (and for you).
 
If you have questions about any of this, please give our office a call or fill out our free quote form. We arrange door-to-door pet moves and would be happy to discuss costs and logistics if you're interested in hiring some assistance.
 
Either way, good luck with everything and travel safely!
 
 

Summer Pet Travel: 2014 Airline Embargo Information

Thursday, April 10, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

puku the bulldogIt's that time again... As summer approaches many people start to plan their relocations, and it's important to be aware of temperature-based airline embargoes that may affect travel arrangements for pets.

Read on for an initial list of embargoes from major airlines. We'll be sure to keep you updated as changes are made and more restrictions are announced, so keep in touch if you have a pet move on the horizon.

United

  • ALWAYS: No English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs or their mixes unless under 6 months or under 20 lbs
  • May 15th – September 15th: No Pugs, Boston Terriers, French/American Bulldogs unless under 6 months old
  • September 16th – May 14th: Snub-nosed breeds are accepted if forecast temperature is 85 degrees or lower during departure/arrival times

KLM

ALWAYS: No English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, or Pugs

British Airways

  • March 22nd – October 22nd: No pets in or out of PHX
  • June 1st – September 15th: No pets in or out of DFW, IAH, DEN or AUS
  • April 21st – October 21st: No pets in or out of LAS
  • ALWAYS: No Bulldogs, Pugs, or Pekinese, other snubs are acceptable if kennel is one size larger

Lufthansa

  • ALWAYS: No pets in or out of DTW if the temperature exceeds 80 degrees. Also, no Boston Terriers, Boxers, Brussels Griffin, Bulldogs (all breeds except American), Chow Chows, English Toy Spaniels, Japanese Chin, Pekinese, Pug (all breeds), or Shih Tzus unless under 80 degrees  
  • SUMMER: No pet imports into IAH (exports okay)

Delta

ALWAYS: 85 degrees maximum for all warm-blooded animals, except snub-nosed breeds. 75 degrees maximum for all snub-nosed breeds (Pit Bull, Staffordshire, Boston Terrier, Boxer, Brussels Griffin, Bulldog (all breeds), Chow Chow, English Toy Spaniel, Lhasa Apso, Japanese Boxer, Japanese Spaniel (Japanese Chin), Mastiff (all breeds), Pekinese, Pug (all breeds), Shar Pei, Shih-Tzu, Tibetan Spaniel, Burmese (cat), Exotic (cat), Himalayan (cat), and Persian (cat)

Air Canada

ALWAYS: Consult here and here to find out about the most current restrictions

Worried about summer embargoes getting in the way of your pet's move? Please contact us and we'll help you figure out the best and safest way to get your pet to your new home.

Cat Move Story: "Finally Resting in Their New Home!"

Thursday, April 10, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Christine
Pets' Names: Toulah, Sheba and Tahra
From: Los Angeles, CA
To: London, UK
 

My recent move to the UK was made possible due to the dedication, professionalism and exceptional service that PetRelocation provided.

Although I had planned my trip many months earlier, I had an unexpected family emergency that precipitated my departure out of the US within a few hours. This, of course, gave me no time to make arrangements for my cats, household effects, etc., and so it was an extremely stressful time for me leaving the county without my beloved cats, Tahra, Sheba and Toulah.

 

 

Thankfully, this is where PetRelocation showed their “big guns.” Once I was able to gather my thoughts, I called Keith and told him my dilemma. I also discussed with him my anxiousness about not being there to take my cats for their final vet check prior to departure, as they were very nervous cats and I thought someone strange taking them would unsettle them more. No worries, he says, we’ll take care of everything, just tell me what day you want them to travel, and I’ll take care of everything else.

As promised, within a day or so, Keith had flights booked and made arrangements to have my cats picked up early in the morning (7:30 a.m.) for their vet visit and then boarded at a kennel during the day until it was time for them to be transported to LAX for the 8:30 p.m. flight. I must say, it all worked liked clockwork, and I was constantly being updated on the progress of my cats via text messages up until their departure. Of course, I was still a little worried about how they would fare with this extended travel time, as the early pickup time had now increased their travel time from around 17 hours to roughly 25 hours.

 

 

On my way to Heathrow to pick up my precious cargo, I was, to say the least, very nervous. As I arrived at the pet reception area at Heathrow, I was scared to even ask how my cats had fared on the long journey. I thought, so long as I don’t ask, I won’t be the beholder of bad news. However, I had nothing to worry about, as I received a call from Keith telling me that everything was fine with my cats and all their paperwork was processed and they were ready to come out any minute. I thought, How did he know that? Amazing. It was then that I knew everything was “just fine,” and I started to relax.

On finally seeing my cats, they were in fantastic shape, alert and content in their travel carriers. I could not believe how comfortable and relaxed they all were after such a grueling journey.

I just want to thank everyone at PetRelocation, especially Keith and also Scotty, who no longer works there, for their amazing knowledge in helping me through the maze of transporting pets to the UK. These guys were unbelievably patient with me, as I ask a lot of questions and need constant reassuring, but there were never too many questions for them.

 

 

If anyone wants to transport their pet to another country, I highly recommend PetRelocation. I would not use any other company for my precious cargo. Just an amazing company with amazing people...

Christine, UK

Planning Cat Travel to Italy

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Ray
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Russian Blue & Long Hair Tabby
From: Joshua, TX
To: Arona, Italy

 

Dear PetRelocation,

Can you provide me details for transporting my two cats? How does the process work to bring them to Italy?

Thanks,

Ray

 

Hi Ray,

Thank you for your question. You can start by taking a look at the pet import requirements for Italy to get an idea of what to expect. To summarize, going to an EU country means you'll need microchips, vaccines and the correct documentation for your cats.

We also recommend choosing a pet friendly airline, and your cats will need airline-approved travel crates that they're hopefully okay with spending time in (if you need some crate-training tips please take a look at our blog). It's important to start arranging your travel details a few weeks before your planned departure date.

Please let us know if you have further questions, and if you'd like to find out more about the door-to-door services we offer, you're welcome to fill out our quote form.

We look forward to hearing from you and wish you lots of luck with your move!
 

Pet Move Update: Toby has Landed in the UK!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Here's an update about Toby, the cat we told you about a few days ago who is featured in his mom's comics. His move is complete and he's doing well!

Thank you guys again for all your help -- everything went great, and Toby is now a world traveler (talk about the REAL Adventures of Toby, ha ha).

Have attached a few pics -- the first one is of him when we first arrived (“No pics, Mom,” he says) and the second one is a pic of him enjoying watching the birds and cars go by in my friend’s flat yesterday.

Thanks again for everything!

Brooke & Toby

 

 

Cat Travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Monday, April 7, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Stephanie
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Short-haired domestic
From: Houston, TX, USA
To: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Hello,

We are planning a relocation around June 1, 2014, and we're interested in preliminary information about any critical steps we need to take to make the pet relocation happen (i.e. paperwork, vaccinations, etc.) and the timelines we must adhere to. Also, what can we anticipate the cost of relocation for two cats? Please advise.....

Thank you!
Stephanie

 

Hi Stephanie,

Thank you for reaching out to us. We have helped several pets move to and from Kuala Lumpur and would be happy to assist.

First, take a look at the pet import rules for Malaysia. As you can see, there are several steps that will need to be carried out carefully and in the correct order. Your cats will need to be microchipped if they're not already, that will need to be followed by rabies vaccines, and you'll need import permits (among other things). It's important to start the process as soon as you can.

It may also help to read a few of our customer stories for an idea of what it's really like: Here's the story of Archie's move to Kuala Lumpur and the story of Lucky and Ginger's trip, as well.

Please let us know what you think after digesting some of this information, and we'd be happy to tell you more about our services if you think you'd like some help. In general, the cost for us to move one small pet internationally begins at around $3000 USD, but we'd be happy to give you a more precise quote for your cats' move after hearing a few more details.

Either way, thanks again for contacting us and good luck with everything. We hope to hear from you soon!
 

Researching Dog Travel to India

Monday, April 7, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Dr. A.
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pomeranian
From: Hartford, Connecticut, USA
To: New Delhi, India

 

Dear PetRelocation,

My daughter, who is working in Hartford, CT, wants to send her pet dog permanently to India. Is this possible? How would it work?

Thanks,

Dr. A.

 

Hi Dr. A,

Thanks for your question. Moving pets to India requires quite a bit of careful paperwork and preparation, as the country made changes to their policy last year and now operate with strict rules meant to target animal breeders. Please take a look at this overview of India pet import requirements for an idea of what to expect.

We also recommend double checking with the Ministry of Agriculture to find out about the most current policies, as they could change at any time. As always, we recommend choosing a pet friendly airline and discussing specific procedures and policies with them, as well.

Many people decide to hire pet travel experts to assist with relocations like this, especially if you'd like the dog to fly unaccompanied. If you'd like to find out more about the door-to-door services we offer, please fill out our free quote form or give our office a call. You're also welcome to visit IPATA.org to locate local agents who may assist you.

Good luck with everything, and we hope to hear from you soon.

 

 

Breaking Down (and Understanding) Pet Travel Costs

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Robin
From: Melbourne, Australia
To: Vancouver, Canada
Pet: My baby is called Leo, he is a Spoodle and will be 6 years old in October
 
 
Dear PetRelocation,
 
I am very nervous, as I am not sure how my dog will cope with such a long flight. I am also getting very expensive quotes from companies in Australia, however my friends are paying a lot less for transporting their Spoodle from London to Vancouver.
 
Could you please tell me if you could assist? What will be the costs involved? I am already in Canada. Lastly, is it safe for him to travel, and are there any requirements that I need to be aware of for Canada?
 
My main concerns are that pricing seems to be high and I'm worried about Leo's well-being in the hold. Also, once I go back to Australia, will it be easier for him to go back? He is a very healthy and a bubbly dog -- all he wants is attention.
 
Thanks,
Robin
 
Hi Robin,
 
Thanks for contacting us with your questions -- hope we can help!
 
First, take a look at the pet import requirements for Canada. There is no quarantine, but you'll need to make sure your dog's paperwork is in order. If you ever decide to bring him back to Australia, you'll need to meet a much stricter set of rules and there will be a 10-day quarantine (based on current requirements). You can find more information from Australia's official website.
 
Second, many people do feel nervous about flying their pet in the cargo area, but if you choose a pet friendly airline and learn about how things work, you'll hopefully become more comfortable with the idea. We fly pets in the cargo area of a few select airlines all the time. Again, with pet friendly airlines it's very safe (here's a more in-depth explanation of how it works).
 
It's also smart to talk to your vet about how diet and exercise are important to your pet travel preparations, and you'll need to work to help Leo get used to his travel crate (if he's not already). This cuts down on his overall stress level and will make the flight safer and smoother for him.
 
Choosing a door-to-door service provider to handle your move won't be cheap, but arranging all the moving parts does require quite a bit of time and expertise. If you'd like a quote from us to see how we compare to the other providers you've talked to, please fill out our free online quote form. Typically an international move for one small pet begins at around $2500 USD (but the actual cost will depend on a few more factors). Here's a post from our blog discussing the costs of pet travel
 
Hopefully this helps to get you started. If you have further questions just let us know, and either way, good luck with everything!
 
 

Relocating a Dog Across the United States

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Susan
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Cocker Spaniel mix
From: Tomah, WI
To: Phoenix, AZ

 

Dear PetRelocation,

My aunt is no longer able to care for her dog and I have offered to take her, but am not sure of the best way to get her here. Any ideas would be helpful.

Thanks,

Susan

 

Hi Susan,

Thanks for your question. It sounds like you're wondering about the logistics of pet travel and are probably hoping you'll be able to send the dog without a human escort. The good news is that this is definitely possible.

We help pets move every day, most of them unaccompanied. You can arrange a flight on a pet friendly airline for the dog (we recommend United) and either have a friend or family member or a hired agent check her in and then you (or someone you enlist) pick her up on the other end.

We arrange door-to-door pet moves and would be happy to assist with this process. We'd help oversee the necessary paperwork (which primarily includes proof of a rabies vaccine and a vet health certificate), help you make sure you have the correct airline-approved travel crate, and help you with any other questions you have.

Please fill out our free quote form or give our office a call if you're interested in finding out more, or if you decide you'd like to handle the move yourself, hopefully you can use our blog and website as helpful resources.

Hope this helps, Susan. Please contact us if you have any further questions, and good luck with everything!
 

Pet Client Story: Bart's Move to England

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Here's a note that a recent client left on our Facebook. We were glad to help Bartholomew make the move to the UK to be with his family!

A HUGE thank you to Anna and Maegan who helped me get my little man from Missouri to Coventry, England safely. Here he is settling into his new home after a long flight across the pond.

We are both so happy with the level of service and professionalism you provided! Thank you again!

 

bart the cat

Great job, Bartholomew!

 

Pet Move of the Month: Sam and Gretchen's Move to Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

sam and gretchenThis month's featured pet move puts the spotlight on two Weimaraners, Sam and Gretchen, who moved from Texas to Saudi Arabia when the family relocated due to a work transfer.

It was the first big pet move for them, and so they decided to enlist our help to assist with a smooth transition.

Read on to find out more about dog life in Dammam, and join us in wishing these sweet pups all the best in their new home!

What were some of your initial concerns?

Our initial concerns were around the safety of our dogs from the time they left our house in Texas to Saudi Arabia. We wondered if they would be able to handle a trip that long, would they get hungry, scared, lost or stolen, etc.??

What surprised you about the pet travel process to Saudi Arabia?

From our perspective it was a pretty easy process. We would caution people to be very patient with the Saudi side of things. It moves kind of slow over here, so things might not get done until the very last minute. Just be ready!

 

 

How did Sam and Gretchen handle the transition?

They actually handled the whole transition much better than we expected. They did really good on the flight over from Houston, TX, even though I was a nervous mom!

The other big issue we thought would be challenging is the fact that we really don’t have much grassy areas in our compound and no dog parks. Our dogs were used to a very large, fenced-in yard and lots of freedom to run whenever they wanted. Now they are on a leash at all times, go for walks every day, and are just fine with that. We really think they just love that we are all living together again!

 

 

Is Saudi Arabia a pet friendly place to be?

I think in general Saudis prefer cats to dogs. On our compound most of the people are Americans and Europeans except for the compound maintenance and security staff. We have big dogs, and everyone is pretty much afraid of them. Most people are really intrigued by our dogs, probably due to their size, but once they get comfortable with seeing the dogs around they are better.

We have not had them off our compound yet except to go to the vet/boarding facility. In our area, it is hard to locate vets, boarding, pet stores and supplies. All of this is about an hour away from us.   

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

Trust PetRelocation staff to handle everything, they all did an outstanding job for us! We had the dogs picked up at our home, driven an hour to the airport, flown from Houston to Amsterdam and on to Dammam KSA, then delivered to our home about an hour from the airport.

Our dogs came out of their crates just as happy, healthy and safe as they could be. PetRelocation and KLM really did a great job handling our dogs. We have already recommend them to others and we would certainly use them again.

 

 

What made you decide to hire PetRelocation to assist you?

We liked the way the staff talked to us -- like our dogs were their dogs. And we have to say that not only did they talk that way, they performed that way too. They answered all our questions and made us feel more comfortable about our dogs' long journey.

 

Thanks to Sam and Gretchen's owners for taking the time to answer our questions! As always, please contact PetRelocation if you're looking for some assistance with an upcoming pet move.

Beagle Travel to the United States

Monday, March 31, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Terri
From: Frankfurt, Germany
To: San Francisco, California
Pets: 3 beagles ages 4, 7, 11

Dear PetRelocation,
 
Last year I moved from California to Germany with my 3 beagles. I had all necessary documentation, microchips, etc. I am now returning to California. Since moving to Germany, I got a pet passports for my beagles. What do I need in order to take them back to California without any problems? They will travel in the cargo area of the airplane.
 
Thanks,
Terri
 
Hi Terri,
 
Thank you for your question. Importing dogs to the United States is relatively straightforward -- you'll need proof that they are up to date on the rabies vaccine and also a health certificate is required stating they are healthy and fit to fly. You can find an overview of the requirements here.
 
Since you've traveled before you're probably pretty informed, but please let us know if you have any questions about travel crates, airline procedures, or anything else.
 
Thanks again, and good luck with everything!
 
 

Pet Client Story: Rocco's 'Calm' Move to California

Monday, March 31, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Dee
Pet's Name: Rocco
From: Nashville, TN
To: Los Angeles, CA
 

PetRelocation was chosen by my company. They were incredibly helpful, diligent and detailed and checked in with me constantly and kept me up to date while my pet was being moved. I would recommend them in a second.

Their customer service was excellent! And my pet, who normally spooks easily, arrived the calmest I have ever seen him. I honestly rarely give "excellent" to any service, but PetRelocation deserves it.

 

More Questions About Australia Pet Quarantine

Friday, March 28, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Nicola
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pug
From: Scotland
To: Australia

 

Hi,

I am looking to take my dog Barney to Australia. He has had his rabies injection and is waiting to get his antibodies blood test. The problem is I am now going in June -- is there any way he can enter Australia before the 180 days even if it means staying in quarantine longer?

Thanks,

Nicola
 

Hi Nicola,

Australia is very particular about its pet import procedures, and you'll need to follow them exactly (so no, unfortunately you won't be able to bring your dog as early as you'd like).

It sounds like you have a handle on the requirements, but just in case, here is the link to the official rules as well as the drop-down tool that outlines your dog's move schedule based on when you started the process.

Know that pet owners often move before or after their pets (it's often better for the pet to arrive after the owner has had a chance to move into the new place and settle in). You may need to enlist the help of a boarding facility, friend or family member to keep your dog in Scotland (if you end up deciding to go first) and help you finish out the requirements before Barney can eventually fly to meet you and then spend the required 10 days in quarantine.

Please let us know if you'd like further advice from us -- we'd be happy to help. Thanks for the question, and good luck with everything!

Retiring Abroad? Plan for Your Pets, Too

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Recently we came across this helpful article about how to prepare for a post-retirement move abroad. More and more people are choosing to relocate to another country after they've stopped working, and doing so requires quite a bit of planning and money-saving.

The BBC points out that it's important to research housing and medical costs in the new location and to allow plenty of time to map out all the details. They also say to "consider your family," -- important advice for sure -- but we think they left out something pretty big. To the list they've made, we would add pets, who are family members, too.

Pets are becoming a bigger and bigger part of people's lives worldwide, and people in their 50s, 60s and beyond are some of the most dedicated pet owners out there. When children have moved out and when free time becomes more available, it just makes sense that people turn to pet companionship in their lives and in their travels.

So what should a pet owner do if they decide to retire abroad? We have a few tips.

Start planning early

We say this a lot, but it's always a good idea. Some countries (such as Australia) have quarantine requirements for pets, and no matter where you go you'll need to make sure paperwork is in order, vaccines are updated and flight reservations are made. You may not know what you don't know, so give yourself plenty of time.

Keep pets in mind as you consider the major (and minor) details

We're not saying "let your pet rule your life," but just remember that each detail will affect them, too. The city to which you move (are pet amenities available there?), what house or apartment you choose (are pets allowed?), what the weather is like (will your furry friend be comfortable there?) -- these are all a part of the big picture. If you're bringing a pet along, think carefully as you make arrangements so that they will be able to find reasonable happiness, too.

 

 

Calculate the costs

The BBC article reminds potential expats that moving abroad can be more expensive than you might initially suspect, and this is especially true when you add the cost of pet travel. More expensive than just an airline ticket, relocating a pet requires vet visits, paperwork, customs fees and maybe quarantine costs and pet agent fees, as well. Also, once you're there you could face marked up prices on your favorite pet food, medical care, etc. Figure out how much you'll need to save beforehand to make your move realistic.

The common theme to all of this is 'do your research before you make a move.' Obviously it's a big deal to move to a new country, and if you've chosen to make a pet an important part of your life (as so many of us have), their needs must be a factor in the ultimate decision. 

 

 

And on a lighter note, we can tell you from experience that pets are often pretty great at settling into completely new places. As long as you're there with them, they have the most important thing they need.

Enjoy your retirement adventures abroad, and if you have any questions about how to move your pet with you or need advice about a particular destination, please contact PetRelocation.

Pet News Links: Dog Friendly Hotels and Spring Health Advice

Friday, March 28, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

A cute cat cartoon (made by one of our clients)!

Very strange animal laws.

The best San Francisco hotels for dogs.

Spring safety tips for pets.

Travel snacks for dogs.

Photos of Karma and Reiki, cats we've helped with two international moves.

Things you learn when you get a puppy.

 

Have a good weekend, pet lovers!