Help Me Move My Pet

Mac and Bubba's Adventures: Tips from a Pet Travel Pro

Thursday, August 28, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

dogIncredible Experiences & Pet Transport Advice

Many of our clients end up hiring us more than once for help with moving their pets.

Due to a particular job or just a love for adventure, they find themselves needing to relocate every few years and, of course, need to bring their pets along with them.

Mac and Bubba are getting ready to move for the second time with us (they've lived in Michigan, Mexico, and now they're off to Japan), and their owners have been amazing about passing along fun and...

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Navigating Japan Pet Quarantine

Monday, August 11, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

dogQuarantine Rules for Pets Moving to Japan

Hi PetRelocation,

I am relocating in November with my dogs, but Japan requires a 180-day quarantine.

Unfortunately, my dogs will not survive such a long quarantine. Do I have any other options?




Hi Jin,

Thanks for the question, we'd be happy to discuss your options with you.

According to the official pet import requirements for Japan, an actual 180-day quarantine is needed only if you have not completed the pre-move steps, which include microchip...

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Can Rabbits Travel to Japan?

Monday, July 28, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Moving Bunnies to Japan

Dear PetRelocation,

I can't find any information on moving my bunny from the US to Japan, including whatever regulations they may have. Please help!




Hi Emma,

Thank you for your question! When seeking out pet import requirements for various countries it's often helpful to look at official government sites such as the USDA or the Ministry of Agriculture for the country of import.

In this case it looks like Japan's pet import information can be found on the Animal...

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Globetrotting with Pets in Tow

Thursday, June 12, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sienna
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Terrier mix, German Shepherd mix
From: USA
To: Australia/Japan/Hong Kong


Dear PetRelocation,

We are just considering a move next year that would involve living in Australia, Japan, and Hong Kong for 3 months each. Would it even be possible to bring our dogs with us or are the quarantine procedures such that it would be too difficult?

Thank you in advance!



Hi Sienna,

Thanks for contacting us with your question!

Honestly, these are not the...

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Pet News Round-Up: Tips for Easter Pet Safety & More

Friday, April 18, 2014 by PetRelocation Team

Our dogs, ourselves.

USA Today presents dog travel tips from author Kelly Carter.

The story of Dolli the cat's move to Japan.

Watch and play with your pet remotely with the successful Kickstarter project Petcube.

 Have you met the cutest baby and dog duo ever, Zoey and Jasper? Here's their Tumblr so you can catch up.

This Washington hotel is super pet friendly.

Can this man make his dog a Hollywood star?

From the archives: Tips for Easter pet travel.

Finally: Please take our pet travel survey!


two cats


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A Cat Relocation Story: Dolli's Journey to Japan

Monday, April 14, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

catIncredible Experiences: Arranging Cat Transport to 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...

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Cat Travel from Japan to the United States

Thursday, March 13, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: David
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Scottish Fold
From: Tokyo, Japan
To: Richmond, Virginia


Dear PetRelocation,

What do I need to do to move my cat!? I've looked several places, and this kind of move seems to be quite rare.

Please help! Thank you!


Hi David,

Thanks for your question. You can start by taking a look at the pet import requirements for the United States. The primary considerations will be obtaining proof of an updated rabies vaccine and a health certificate. In...

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Who Would Win The Pet Travel Olympics (If They Existed)?

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by PetRelocation Team

catOne of the reasons it's fun to watch the Olympics is they allow us the chance to get to know other countries a little better.

In Sochi it's been fascinating to see how hockey, curling and skiing (things we don't see much of here in Austin, TX) unite and excite people from around the world, and we couldn't help but apply our own experiences as pet shippers to the idea of international competition.

If there was such a thing as the Pet Travel Olympics, who would the winners be? Based on our...

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2014 Update: Pet Travel to Korea

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

The Korean government has updated the country's pet import requirements, effectively making it easier to move pets there from several places. In the past many pet travelers were tasked with completing a rabies antibody titer test before being allowed entry, but many nations no longer need to fulfill this requirement.

Find out more about moving pets to Korea, and note that, even if a rabies titer test isn't required, several other details need to be attended to in order to complete a smooth pet...

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Year in Review: 2013 PetRelocation Pet Moves of the Month (Part 1)

Thursday, December 19, 2013 by PetRelocation.com Customer

This has been another fun and busy year for us, and as it draws to a close, we're looking back at some of the most memorable pet moves we completed over the last 12 months.

To start, take a look at the first few Pet Moves of the Month of 2013! You'll see why we love what we do, and why we look forward to 2014 and many more happy reunions.


Bear (January)

Bear moved from New York to Kenya with his owner, who works for the United Nations. Africa moves are never simple, but with the right planning...

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Cat Travel to Japan

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Ashley
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
From: England
To: Japan


Hi There,

I'm curious as to what the requirements are for allowing my cat to move to Japan with me, more specifically, Sapporo (though my options are open right now). In the near future I'll be moving to Japan permanently to teach English and I'd like to take my cat with me as he's quite attached to me. He follows me around everywhere and meows at my bedroom door relentlessly whilst I am at college (according to my parents) so I...

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Pet Quarantine in Malaysia

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Mrs. Lopez
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Basenji Mix
From: Vancouver, Canada
To: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Dear PetRelocation,

There are seven quarantine days established for pets coming from the United States. Is there any similar restriction for pets coming from Canada?


Mrs. Lopez


Dear Mrs. Lopez,

Thanks, that's a great question. Malaysia imposes a quarantine on all countries not classified as "Scheduled Countries," which include the UK, Northern Ireland, New Zealand, Japan,...

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Is There a Quarantine for Cats Traveling from Japan to Australia?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Lance
Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Domestic Shorthair
From: Japan
To: Australia


Dear PetRelocation,

Do all the requirements for rabies vaccinations and such still apply if I'm coming from a rabies free area with my pets?




Hi Lance,

That's a great question. Figuring out the pet import requirements for Australia can definitely be tricky (especially considering that, beginning in February 2014, the quarantine rules are set to be changed).

The best way to go about...

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Pet Travel Story: A Jack Russell Adventure to Japan

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 by PetRelocation.com Customer

dogIncredible Experiences: Cody's Move to Japan

PetRelocation helped us move our Jack Russell, Cody, from the US to Japan.

The process took about a year and PetRelocation helped us all the way through the long and complicated steps -- from the first part (getting a chip implanted), through the complex paperwork, through all the necessary tests and vet visits, up to the actual delivery to our apartment in Japan.

Their instructions were always very clear, and if I needed clarification I emailed Amber...

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Surgical Procedure for Helping Bulldogs Fly More Safely

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 by Pet Travel News

Don the BulldogSnub-nosed breeds like Pugs, English Bulldogs and Shih-Tzus are some of the most popular dog breeds. Unfortunately, these short-nosed (also known as "brachycephalic") dogs are often at risk when flying or traveling because of the difficulty they can have when breathing.

It's a relief to know that pet owners who need to travel with their snub-nosed pets can take precautions to make sure their pooch can travel safely and comfortably -- to start, here are a few of our top snub-nosed pet travel tips....

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Pet Travel Question: Planning Cat Transport to Japan

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

I am wondering what the process will be to relocate my cat to Japan.

Thank you,



Hi Jennifer,

Thank you for your question! Planning cat travel can certainly be overwhelming, so we're happy to offer some guidance.

First, you'll want to look over the pet import requirements for Japan to find out about microchips, rabies vaccines, health paperwork, and all the other important details. Note that a rabies titer test is needed for pet transport to Japan, and all steps surrounding...

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Pet News Round-Up: Fun Pet Facts & Pet Safety Tips

Friday, May 10, 2013 by PetRelocation Team

Pets by the numbers from CNN.

The states with the healthiest, happiest pets.

Safe pet car travel.

Dog video: take a look at what Sydney pet quarantine is like.

Our Pet Move of the Month is Mahalo, a former show cat from Japan who can sit and shake.

Flying with a pet this summer? Time to start thinking about airline embargoes.

Tips for going to the beach with your dog.


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Pet Move of the Month: Mahalo's Happy Hawaii Reunion

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by PetRelocation.com Customer

A cat wearing a LeiIncredible Experiences: Planning Safe Cat Transport to Hawaii

Though there's something special about each and every pet move we carry out, some stories are especially memorable. Meet Mahalo the cat, our featured pet move this month.

After enduring a natural disaster (the 2011 tsunami and earthquake in Japan), Mahalo's owner Marian sent her beloved cat to live with friends in Colorado while she left Japan and searched for a new place to live. When she was able to get settled in a cat friendly condo...

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PetRelocation Travel Story: Transporting Two Dogs From Nashville to Tokyo

Friday, April 12, 2013 by PetRelocation.com Customer

dogIncredible Experiences: Riley and Pinto's Move to Japan

This experience went great for my dogs as well as my husband and I. I tried figuring out myself how to get my dogs to Tokyo, but quickly found that it was going to be difficult. PetRelocation had great reviews, and after speaking with Sarah I knew that this was the best choice.

Once we signed the contract Amber took over, and what a huge help she was. She was so kind, first of all, but kept me in the loop on the process and when things popped...

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Pet Travel Question: Importing a Dog to Japan

Friday, November 16, 2012 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Christian
From: San Francisco, CA, United States
To: Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Pet: Richie, Chihuahua mix, 8 years old, 12 lbs

What vaccinations, paperwork, and other miscellaneous things do I need to send the dog to Japan from San Francisco?
Hi Christian,
Thanks for your inquiry, we'd be happy to offer some advice. These are the pet import requirements for Japan (including instructions for shipping dogs unaccompanied), and we always recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline....
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