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Pet Move Story: Naboo's Move to the UK

Monday, October 14, 2013 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Here's a note from a recent customer... We love post-move updates like this!

Good morning Keith,

Yes, we all arrived safely on Friday. I can't tell you how overjoyed we were when Naboo arrived at my Father's house. Naboo seemed pretty pleased to see us, too!!

The flight over was fairly turbulent, which was worrying for me at times, but when Naboo arrived he seemed calm and quite relaxed. He appeared very well indeed!! He was very tired on that day, as were we all, but has since returned to his normal self and is certainly enjoying the cooler and wetter English weather!!

I cannot thank you enough for the fantastic service that you and your colleagues have provided!! You have always responded immediately with any queries I have had and managed to put my mind at ease from our very first conversation. Both the agent who collected Naboo and the agent who delivered him were so nice and Naboo 'took' to them straight away, which was very reassuring. Obviously fellow 'doggy people' :-)

 



So, I just want to say another huge thank you!! I would most definitely recommend your service to others in our situation and of course, if we need to travel again in the future, we would not hesitate to contact you!

I've attached a couple of 'before & after' pics of Naboo. The third one with the orange ball in his mouth was pretty much immediately as he arrived. Then the following one is during his first walk in England.

Thank you once again!!

Kind regards,

Laura & Chris... and of course Naboo!!

 

Moving to Pet Friendly Scotland with a Dog

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Julie
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Shepherd Mix
From: California
To: Scotland

My boyfriend and I are getting engaged, and he lives in Scotland. I will be bringing my dog out there from California with me to stay. She is 55 pounds and fully vaccinated with the proper paperwork and receipts. I adopted her as a 10 month old puppy, and she is currently 2 and 1/2 years old.

Please provide an idea of cost and any helpful details on how to relocate her.

Best,
Julie

 

Hi Julie,

Congratulations on your engagement! In our experience Scotland is pretty pet friendly, so it sounds like you have a lot to look forward to. Here's more about Scotland's pet etiquette rules.

To prepare for the trip, please take a look at the pet import requirements for the UK. A quarantine used to be required to go to the UK but now it's much easier to bring pets there, so you'll just need to make sure your dog meets the rules as they're outlined. In terms of the flight, you'll want to make a reservation with a pet friendly airline and buy the correct travel crate (picking the right size can be tricky, but we offer a guide here).

If you're interested in hiring assistance for this move, please fill out our free quote form. We can help you transport your dog to and from the airport on either end and also advise you to make sure all paperwork is in order, etc.

Please let us know if you have questions. Thanks again for reaching out, and we look forward to hearing from you!

Flying with Pets: Cargo Travel Concerns

Friday, September 27, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Michele
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Jack Russell Terrier mix
From: NYC
To: London

Dear PetRelocation,

I'm extremely worried about my dog flying cargo to London but don't believe I have any other options. Any specific airline(s) you can recommend? Also, have been trying to find out about renting a travel crate instead of buying but haven't found any info. Do you know of any companies that rent?

Thanks,

Michele

 

Hi Michele,

It's common to feel worried about flying your most precious cargo, but when the right choices are made, everything can go smoothly. We move pets safely to the UK all the time and would be happy to offer some info.

First, review the pet import requirements for the UK. As far as airlines, choose one with pet friendly policies in place (we often fly United, KLM and Lufthansa, for example). Here's more about flying pets in cargo and why it's not as scary as it sounds.

Most people buy their travel crates (rentals aren't commonplace), but to save money you can try checking Craigslist or eBay for a used one. You can also try selling your crate after you're finished with it if you want to recoup some of the costs.

Hopefully this helps! Please let us know if you're interested in a quote for our services, and take a look at our blog for more information about traveling with pets. Thanks for your questions, and good luck with everything.

"How do I Bring my Parrot to Europe?"

Thursday, September 26, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Ella
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Bird
Pet Breed: Green-Cheeked Conure Parrot
From: United States
To: Europe

Hello! I am going to be moving to Europe in about a year or so to be an au pair. So far I could be ending up in either the UK, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, The Netherlands, or Norway. (It all depends on where I find a suitable family that is willing to have me and my beloved parrot.)

Since I will be gone for at least a year, although I may very well never return to the United States, I really need to take my Green-cheeked Conure (named Apocalypse) with me. I have no idea where to start, though... Could you give me some step-by-step advice? I know I need a form from CITES, a permit from the US Fish & Wildlife, but WHICH forms?

How soon do they have to be filled out before I move? How long are they valid? And what are the dangers of shipping a parrot? What about quarantining? If he dies I would be absolutely devastated. Also, how much, as an estimate, would it cost to fly a small parrot to Europe from Seattle, Washington?

Anything you could tell me would be helpful, thank you so much!

-Ella

 

Hi Ella,

We certainly understand why you have questions about bird travel -- it's a little bit complicated. Hopefully we can help you with some information!

First, starting early is definitely a good idea, as it can take six to seven months to obtain the correct paperwork for a bird move. We've helped several birds move to places all over the world, and find that it's really never too early to get started.

Please take a look at this post from our blog that explains the steps for planning a bird move. Not only do you need to secure the correct paperwork for Apocalypse, you need to have the right travel crate, as well. See the picture below (that's Cocoa) for an idea of what that crate will look like.

Since you haven't decided where you're moving you can't be completely sure about the import process yet, but as you seem to be leaning towards going to the EU, the requirements shouldn't be too different from one to the other. Here's a resource that might help to guide you.

This should get you started, Ella, but please contact us if you'd like further assistance or a quote for your move. You can also read more about various bird moves on our blog: Meet Washington and Jefferson (who moved to France) and Sparrow, an African Grey who moved to the UK (we didn't handle Sparrow's move, but her owners gave us some great info).

Thanks for checking in with us, and good luck with your upcoming adventures!

 


 

Flying to America (with Pets in Tow)

Monday, September 23, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Victoria
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dog and Cat
Pet Breed: Mixed
From: UK
To: Maine, USA

Dear PetRelocation,

Hi my name is Vikki and I'd like to know what I need to do in order to move my dog and cat with me when I relocate to Maine to be with my American partner from the UK.

They are already vaccinated to UK standards, and will have the rabies vaccine at least 30 days before I intend to fly. I may also add they have been microchipped, and I also understand that I will need a health certificate stating that both animals are fit to fly. Is there any other documentation I need?

Thanks,

Victoria

 

Hi Victoria,

It sounds like you're on top of things! Here's a rundown of the pet import requirements for the United States -- as you can see, the rabies vaccine and health certificate are the key elements here, and you seem to have those covered (be sure to get the health certificate within 10 days of departure).

Other than what you've mentioned already, we recommend booking your pets' flight with a pet friendly airline (we often use United due to their PetSafe program) and make sure you have the correct travel crates.

If you have any other questions or would like to find out about our door-to-door services, please fill out our free quote form. Again, it sounds like you're doing a great job with your preparations so far and you're well on your way to a smooth trip. Good luck with everything, and thanks for checking in with us!
 

Dog Travel from Canada to The UK

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Connie
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Miniature Pinscher Parsons Terrier Sharpei
From: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
To: London, England

Dear PetRelocation,

What are the travel requirements for my dog if we go from Canada to London?

Thank you,

Connie
 

Hi Connie,

Thanks for the question, we'd be glad to offer a few tips. First, take a look at the pet import requirements for the UK. As you can see, they used to be pretty strict (there was a 180-day quarantine in place) but now they are more relaxed. You still need to attend to several important details, but you won't need to worry about a quarantine.

Canada is an approved non-EU country, so your dog needs a microchip, a rabies vaccine (administered after the microchip is implanted), a vet health certificate, and you must wait at least 21 days from the day of vaccination before traveling.

If you have questions about these requirements and would like some help with your move, please contact us for a free quote. We also invite you to check out our Facebook to meet some of the pets we've moved recently. Lots of dogs and cats go to the UK!

Thanks again for submitting a question, and good luck with everything.

 

 

"Is There a Quarantine for Cats Relocating to South Africa?"

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: H.C.
From: Dubai, UAE
To: Johannesburg, South Africa
Pets: Cats, Gyn & Mat

What are the requirements for cats leaving Dubai and going to Johannesburg? I have heard there might be a quarantine but I would like to know for sure. I have found plenty of info regarding travel from the UK or U.S. but not specifically from the Middle East to Africa.

Thanks,
H.C.
 
 
Hello,
 
Thanks for your question! Traveling with your cats to South Africa will require meeting several rules and regulations. Here's a brief overview, and for more information about coming from the UAE, you can peruse the South Africa Ministry of Agriculture website and contact them for the most up to date information.
 
According to this Import Procedures document from the above mentioned site, cats are not routinely placed in quarantine upon arrival (even though the UAE is not on the list of approved countries for dogs). Cats do need to have valid import permits and correctly completed health certificates, however, signed and stamped by an approved local veterinarian.
 
Please let us know if you have more questions or if you'd like some help with your move. We've arranged many pet moves to South Africa and would be happy to assist. Thanks again, and good luck!
 

 

"Does My Poodle Have to Go to Quarantine in The UK?"

Monday, September 9, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Chantelle
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Toy Poodle
From: US
To: UK

Dear PetRelocation,

My question is, if I have all documentation required to move my pet to the UK, will I still have to put my pet in quarantine? He has very bad anxiety issues.

Thank you,

Chantelle

 

Hi Chantelle,

Thanks for your question -- it's a good one. Many people assume their pets will have to stay in quarantine for a few days after moving from one country to another, but most of the time that's not the case.

The United Kingdom actually used to impose a quarantine, but ever since Jan. 2012, pets that meet the basic requirements and who are coming from approved countries (such as the United States) do not have to serve the 180-day quarantine. Here are all the details of the UK Pet Travel Scheme.

Hopefully this answers your questions, Chantelle. If you'd still like some assistance relocating your Poodle, please fill out our free quote form. Good luck with the trip!

 

Getting a Head Start on Dog Travel to Barbados

Friday, September 6, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Lynn
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Jack Russell
From: UK
To: Barbados

Hello. We are emigrating to Barbados in two years time and will be taking Digger with us. Could you please let me know the procedure I have to go through to make this happen? I assume that as the UK is rabies free, there is no quarantine in Barbados and we can just fly Digger on our flight.

I would be grateful if you could provide me with any information and advice.

Thank you,

Lynn

 

Hi Lynn,

Thanks for your question. By the way, we applaud the fact that you're getting a head start on your travel plans -- you can't start too early!

Take a look at the basic pet import requirements for Barbados... Among other things, you'll need to secure an import permit for Digger and have a valid rabies vaccination certificate. Coming from the UK, it should be a pretty straightforward process.

Since you do have some time before you go, you should probably bookmark the Barbados Ministry of Agriculture website and check it again closer to your day of departure. Pet import rules can change from time to time, so you'll want to keep an eye out for any policy adjustments that may arise between now and then.

Please let us know if you have any more questions. Hope the move goes well!
 

Advice for Planning a Military Move to Germany & The UK

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Rebecca
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: dog and cat
Pet Breed: Beagle and Persian mix
From: USA
To: Germany then onto UK

My husband is US military and we got orders to the UK. We move in less than a month and we want to fly our dog and cat at a later date (around Dec. this year) to Germany with my mother-in-law, then drive them into the UK from there. Any information on how to do this would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!

Rebecca

 

Hi Rebecca,

Thanks for your question. For this situation, you'll want to prepare your pets to move to Germany by following these import requirements. Be aware that it's perfectly common for pets and owners to fly at different times -- most of the pets we move aren't on the same flight as their people.

Next, you'll want to take a look at the pet import requirements for the UK to be sure you'll have them ready to cross the border when you're ready to bring them home.

Please let us know if you have any questions about what this process will entail. We'd be happy to assist -- just fill out our free quote form if you'd like to find out more about our services. Thanks again for contacting us, and good luck with your upcoming move!

 

"How Should I Prepare my Dog for our Move to Louisiana?"

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Julie
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: English Cocker Spaniel
From: Newfoundland, Canada
To: Mandeville Area, Louisiana

Hi - wondered if you can help.

I have a 6-year-old male English Cocker Spaniel. He is a family pet. He moved with us from the UK to Ontario, Canada in August 2011, and then across to Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada in April 2012.

He has a valid Rabies vaccination given on 27th April 2011, which is valid until 26th April 2014. Blood tests were carried out a month later and were all in order. He has an up-to-date booster against DHPP and an up-to-date kennel cough vaccine. He is also given Advanatge Multi-55 on a monthly basis.

Can you confirm to me that these are all the requirements that he needs to access Louisiana State?

I have also read that all dogs/cats in Louisiana are to be spayed or neutered. Does this just apply to animals that are being rehomed from adoption centres or in general? Our dog is un-neutered. He is always on a leash or in the house so there has never been an issue prior to this. Can you confirm how we stand in this situation?

Also, can you recommend any good carriers to organise his transport over to Louisiana from St. Johns Airport in Newfoundland.

Hoping to hear from you soon.

Regards,

Julie

 

Hi Julie,

Thanks for your questions. It sounds like you're a savvy traveler and take great care of your dog!

First, here are the pet import requirements for the United States. Compared to the other places you've been, these are probably easier rules to follow -- the only things your dog really needs are an updated rabies vaccine (which you seem to have) and an international health certificate, which should be issued by your vet within 10 days of departure.

It looks like Louisiana has a spay/neuter law for pets from "releasing agencies" (shelters). According to our research it's not a statewide law for all dogs, but as you get settled in and locate a vet in your new town, it would be wise to double check with him or her about any local regulations you should be aware of.

Finally, if you're interested in door-to-door transportation services, please fill out our free quote form. We specialize in getting pets safely from one place to another and would love to speak to you more about your move. Thanks again, and good luck with everything!



 

Pet Travel Question: Should I Take My Cats With Me to the UK?

Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Megan
Number of Pets: 5
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Mixed Breed/ American Shorthair and European Shorthair
From: Chicago, USA
To: London, UK

Hi,

I am moving for an initial period of six months to London and want to bring my cats with me. I have found housing for us all (my boyfriend too) but have been confronted by many people telling me about how expensive everything is and how moving is very bad for the cats. These cats have been with us since they were young and I believe they would do better moving with us than to an entirely new place with strangers for a short term.

I'm writing to ask you for your help? Is moving the cats endangering their lives? Am I being selfish in wanting them to be with us?

Thanks,

Megan

 

Hi Megan,

These are common concerns of caring pet owners who find themselves facing a long-distance relocation. Though it may seem scary, pet air travel is quite safe, especially when using a pet-friendly airline such as United, KLM, or Lufthansa. However, whether or not your cats are capable of safely traveling to England depends on their overall health and must be determined by your vet. Unless your cats are especially sick or elderly, they should be able to fly safely. We have moved many cats to places all over the world, including the UK!

Pet transport can get pretty expensive, especially when traveling with such a large number of cats. Costs will include vet visits, airline tickets, and travel crates for your cats, among other expenses. However, many owners feel that keeping their pet family intact is well worth the price of pet travel.

Ultimately, it is up to you and your vet to decide whether or not is is in your cats' best interests to move to London. It may be helpful to take a look at the pet import requirements for the UK. This will give you an idea of what pet travel to England will involve. Additionally, if you would like a free price estimate for your move, fill out our quote form to be in contact with a pet move specialist. And if you have any more questions, feel free to contact us. Thanks for your questions and good luck with everything!

Pet Travel Question: Bringing a Dog to Canada

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Hayley
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Jack Russell Terrier
From: UK
To: Canada

Hello,

We are looking to move out to Canada next month permanently and want to take our dog but have not got a clue where to start. I have asked vets and they can't even help. Does he need any injections, does he need a passport? Please help.

Many thanks,

Hayley

 

Hi Hayley,

Traveling with pets can be confusing, but it becomes a lot easier once you know what's required. Check out the pet import requirements for Canada. There, you'll find all of the health requirements and documentation your dog will need in order to enter Canada. You'll notice that most of the requirements consist of documentation, and that the only required vaccine is for Rabies. You can find more information about importing dogs on the government of Canada's website.

In addition to these requirements, pet air travel requires an airline-approved travel crate. Also, if you haven't already purchased plane tickets, you should try to book with a pet-friendly airline (we often use KLM, Lufthansa, and United). These airlines have established pet policies which ensure the safety of your dog—an especially important concern when flying during the hot summer months.

If you are interested in learning about our door-to-door pet moving services, please fill out our free quote form. Additionally, if you have any more questions about pet transport, feel free to contact us. Thanks for your question and good luck with your move!

Pet Travel Question: Are there Quarantine Requirements for South Africa or the UK?

Friday, August 2, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Marisa
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Small Dog
From: New Zealand
To: South Africa or UK

Hi,

I want to get a small dog, but am considering moving to either South Africa or the UK within the next two years. Before I make the commitment of getting a dog, I need to find out how my future plans would impact on my pet. Do all pets need to go into quarantine? Are there exceptions? Not certain I would like to leave a pet in quarantine for extended period if I move.

Thanks for any advice,

Marisa

 

Hi Marisa,

These are important considerations, as quarantine periods can be stressful for owners and animals. Check out the pet import requirements for South Africa. You'll notice that there are currently no quarantine requirements for pets entering South Africa. This document from the South African Department of Agriculture confirms that dogs traveling from New Zealand need not be quarantined upon arrival in South Africa.

Likewise, if you take a look at the pet import requirements for the United Kingdom, you'll see that there is no quarantine requirement at this time for pets traveling from "listed countries" (such as New Zealand).

Your future dog shouldn't have to go through quarantine when he travels to one of those countries with you, but he will need to meet all the requirements imposed by those nations. Luckily, you're doing your research well in advance, so there shouldn't be many surprises when it comes time to move with your pet. If you have any more questions about pet transport, feel free to contact us. Thanks for your question and good luck with everything!

Pet Travel Question: Moving Cats from Canada to the UK

Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Pamala
Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: Cats
From: Canada
To: UK

Hi,

What forms do I need and where can I get them and print them to take to the vet? And what does each cat need to have by law?

Thank you,

Pamala

 

Hi Pamala,

Thanks for your questions. Here are the pet import requirements for the United Kingdom. As you'll see there, in addition to microchips and Rabies vaccines, you'll need several health certificates for each cat which your vet should be able to give you. Additionally, you will need an EU vet health certificate (or EU 998 form) for each cat, which you can download here. You will need to have these certificates endorsed by the Canadian government veterinary authority (the CFIA). The endorsement process can be quite lengthy, so it is best to start preparing your cats for travel as soon as possible.

Thanks again for your questions. Pet transport can be a stressful process, so if you think you might like assistance with your move, fill out our free quote form to be in contact with a pet shipping specialist. Additionally, if you have any more questions about the process of moving your cats, feel free to contact us. Happy travels!

Pet Travel Question: Moving a Tortoise

Monday, July 22, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kathleen
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Tortoise
From: UK
To: USA

Hello,

My daughter owns a tortoise, she now lives in the U.S. and would like to have her tortoise there with her. She is visiting the UK in August... How would she be able to take it, if possible, or have it taken?

Thank you,

Kathleen

 

Hi Kathleen,

Thanks for your question. While US import requirements for dogs and cats are pretty straightforward, relocating exotic pets such as reptiles and birds can be tricky. Check out our tips for traveling with exotic pets. You'll see there that your daughter will need to check the CITES status of her species of tortoise. She can do that at the CITES Species Database. Once she knows the status of her tortoise, she will know which permits she needs to secure in order to move her pet. She will likely need to get an import permit from the US Fish and Wildlife Services. These permits often take a long time to obtain, so it is a good idea to start planning the tortoise's trip well in advance of the travel date.

It's hard to say what the exact process will be for relocating the tortoise without knowing its species, but it's safe to say that your pet transport experience will be a lot easier with the help of pet travel experts. Fill out our free quote form to be in contact with a relocation specialist and feel free to contact us if you have any more questions. Good luck!

Pet Move Customer Story: Jersey's Move to the UK

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Rob

Pet's Name: Jersey

From: Indianapolis, Indiana US

To: Hitchin, UK

 

Dear Keith & Maegan,

Thank you both so much for helping us through the process of getting Jersey to the UK.  He is getting settled in to his new home and is really enjoying walks in the nature preserve that is a half mile from our house.  Attached is a picture of him and our daughter the day he arrived.

Thanks Again,

Rob

 

Pet Travel Question: Moving Back to the UK With a Cat

Monday, July 8, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kelly
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: British Short hair Blue
From: Goa, India
To: United Kingdom

Hi,

My cat came over with me to live in Goa three years ago, and we are now returning home. I still have his crate and plan on getting paperwork from his vet, but I don't know what paperwork I need to take him on the flight or to get him back into the UK or where to get it from. Can you help? I will be traveling with Qatar in October.


Many Thanks,
Kelly

 

Hi Kelly,

These are good questions, and it's great that you still have your cat's travel crate. Check out the Pet Import Requirements for the United Kingdom to find out what paperwork you will need in order to bring your cat to the UK. As you can see, most of this documentation is available through your vet, but some of it will need to be endorsed by the Indian government veterinary authority. In addition to these various certificates, your cat will also need to have a microchip implanted if he does not already have one.

Getting all of these documents will take some time, so it is best to get started as soon as possible if you plan on traveling with your cat in October. If you have any more questions, feel free to contact us. Additionally, if you think you might be interested in our door-to-door pet relocation services, please fill out our free quote form.

Thanks for your question, and good luck with your move back to England!

Pet Travel Question: Moving Cats from England to the United States

Thursday, June 27, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Carol
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Domestic Short Hair
From: England, UK
To: Houston, TX

Will my cats need to go into quarantine on arrival in Houston, Texas?

Thanks,

Carol

 

Hi Carol,

Thanks for your question. Luckily, the United States does not require a quarantine for pets. Check out the United States Pet Import Requirements to see what documentation you will need for your cats. In addition to securing necessary documents, it's also a good idea to start crate-training your cats as soon as possible, so that they are more comfortable during travel.

Feel free to contact us if you have any more questions. If you think you'd like help moving your cats overseas, fill out our free quote form to find out about our door-to-door services.

Thanks again for your question and good luck with your move!

 

Pet News Round-Up: Pet Passports, Dogs at Work, and How to Control Travel Stress

Friday, June 21, 2013 by Caitlin Moore

Get to know a NYC police dog recently injured in the line of duty.

Is pet travel stressful?

The most expensive dog holiday in the world.

Our featured Pet Move of the Month is two Miniature Schnauzers who moved to Taiwan.

Helpful info for UK pet owners about pet passports.

Happy Take Your Dog to Work Day!

 

Happy Friday!