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Hedgehog Travel to the United States

Thursday, January 22, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Ethan
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Hedgehog
Pet Breed: African Pygmy Hedgehog
From: Taipei, Taiwan
To: Louisiana, USA

 

Hello,

I'm currently an exchange student from the States in Taiwan right now, and for Christmas my host family got me a hedgehog -- kinda weird, but they don't celebrate Christmas here so I guess they didn't know a hedgehog is that out of the norm for a gift, haha!

Anyway, my mom back in America freaked out because she's convinced I won't be able to take Murphy (hedgehog's name) back home, that there's some regulation that's going to stop me.

Well I did some research, and as far as I can tell I should be OK as long as a fill out some form or contact the airport -- it was all pretty unclear.

So my question is: Could you guys lay out the exact steps I need to take and explain them a bit? I really love my hedgehog and definitely wanna take him home (in about 5 months)!!!

Thanks,

Ethan

 

Hi Ethan,

Thanks for the question! The United States is a pretty straightforward country when it comes to importing pets, and there are no particular restrictions for hedgehogs (no import permit is required, for example).

You will need to check with the airline, however, to find out what their requirements are (usually this consists of a health certificate from your vet stating the pet is healthy and fit to fly, and it should be issued within 10 days of travel). You'll also need an airline-approved travel crate. We also advise talking to a vet for travel tips, however in general we can say that hydration is extremely important. 

Please contact us for a consultation if you're interested in hiring some help with this move, and either way, good luck!
 

Incredible Experiences: Jax & Opie's Journey to New York

Thursday, January 22, 2015 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Dustin
Company: IBM
Pet's Name: Jax and Opie
From: Lincoln, NE
To: Poughkeepsie, NY

The experience we had with PetRelocation was pleasant throughout the entire process. Everyone we interacted with, including the email correspondents and the people who handled the transportation, were very professional and caring.

We even ran into a unique situation due to weather -- my wife and I flew out the day before so we could get settled a little before introducing the cats to our new home. The next day was very cold in the city the cats were being flown out of. The airline actually put an embargo on flying live animals due to the temperature.

jax & opie

I was never in doubt of our cats rejoining us and was relieved by the staff because of their professionalism and sincerity. The cats arrived clean and healthy.

Thanks again PetRelocation, specifically Joe Fraser and Tobi Ditmore, for the pleasant experience.

 

Pet Travel from Barbados to the United States

Monday, January 19, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: David
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Akita
From: Barbados
To: Fort Lauderdale

 

Hi PetRelocation,

We want to move our dog from the Island of Barbados to the United States -- Fort Lauderdale or Miami. Can you please advise us of the steps required?

Thanks,

David

 

Hi David,

Thanks for your question! To start, we'd suggest taking a look at these pet travel basics in order to acquaint yourself with the general process. It's also important to understand the pet import requirements for the United States.

The United States is one of the more clear and easy countries when it comes to importing pets; you'll need to have proof of an updated rabies vaccine and a health certificate showing the airline your dog is healthy and fit to fly. As you'll see when you follow the links above, we also recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline and making sure you're in line with whatever regulations/procedures that carrier has in place.

If you're interested in hiring some assistance with your move, please fill out our online consultation form to find out more about our services.

Thanks for contacting us, and good luck with everything!
 

Pet Travel Rules: Moving Pets to Scotland

Friday, January 16, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Krystle
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Bichon Frise
From: United States
To: Scotland

 

Hi,

I was hoping to get a detailed list of the export requirements from the USA and import requirements of Scotland. I'm considering using your services and I just want to know exactly what all of the requirements are.

Thank you,
Krystle
 

 

Hi Krystle,

Sure, we'd be happy to point you in the right direction. The USDA is a good source of official information; take a look here for an overview of pet import requirements to the UK (including a link to the new health certificate). As of December 2014, pet import rules to the UK have changed a bit -- please read more about those EU Pet Travel Scheme changes on our blog.

In addition to meeting these paperwork and vaccine requirements, you'll also want to prepare your dog for travel by helping him/her with travel crate acclimation. Choosing a pet-friendly airline and acquainting yourself with all travel procedures is also important. To dive deeper, please read over these frequently asked pet travel questions.

If you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services and speak to a Specialist about your move options, you're welcome to fill out our online consultation form at your convenience or give our office a call. We've helped many pets move to Scotland (including Bella, for example) and would be happy to help with your dog's move, as well.

Hope this helps to get you started! Please let us know if/when we can be of further assistance, and good luck with everything.

 

Using EU Pet Passports for Pet Imports to Canada

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Adam
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Mini Schnauzer
From: Netherlands
To: Canada

 

Hi PetRelocation,

I live in the Netherlands and I want to bring my dog with me to Canada on vacation. The dog was originally from Canada, so I was wondering if I can bring him back into the country with his European pet passport?

Thanks,

Adam

 

Hi Adam,

In order to bring your dog into Canada, you'll need to follow the guidelines as outlined on the official Canada government website. The fact that your dog is originally from Canada will not really affect the import requirements, but according to this site a European Union pet passport is an acceptable alternative to the required rabies certificate provided that all the details are complete and correct as outlined here.

There is no quarantine for pets entering Canada (as long as all requirements are met), and a microchip is not required (though PetRelocation does recommend microchips for all traveling pets). Finally, it's also important to check with the airline you'll be traveling with to find out about any additional requirements, and when you return to the Netherlands, you'll need to make sure you meet those airline/country import requirements, as well.

If you have any general questions about the logistics of pet travel, these frequently asked pet travel questions will provide some basic information. If you think you'd like some assistance with your dog's journey, please fill out our online consultation form. Thanks for submitting a question to us, and good luck with everything!

 

How Do Pets Handle Long International Flights?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Laura
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Eurasier
From: Europe
To: Boston

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I have never had a dog flown before and I wonder if there are calming medicines that are administered? How are their basic needs cared for (thinking here about the intake of food and water as well as the excretion of the same)? What are the conditions in the hold (thinking temperature, light, presence of other animals)? What happens during layovers if there is no direct flight to be had (Copenhagen-Boston)?

Thanks,

Laura
 

 

Hi Laura,

These are all great questions. The idea of putting your pet onto a long international flight can definitely feel daunting at first, but we find that the more that a pet owner learns about the process, the more confident they can begin to feel about planning a successful trip. We have helped thousands of pets move safely and would be happy to share a few tips and facts with you.

First, please know that sedation is not allowed or recommended during pet flights. Crate training is a better way to help your dog feel calm during a flight and it's a practice we do highly recommend. Helping your dog to see the crate as a comfortable and safe place is very important -- please read more about crate-training here (these tips apply to both dogs and cats).

It's also important to choose a pet-friendly airline with dedicated staff and pet safe practices. We often use KLM, Lufthansa, United and British Airways for our clients' pets due to their level of attention to their pet passengers.The cargo area of the plane is pressure and temperature controlled and, with pet-friendly airlines pets are the last to be loaded and the first to be removed upon arrival. They are situated securely and carefully with the pet's safety and comfort in mind.

Layovers can be a good thing for pets, as this will allow for a bathroom/stretch break that makes a long journey more comfortable. We often schedule our clients' flights so that they can stop at an animal hotel for a few hours or even overnight where they are tended to by professionals. The layover situation will depend on the route you ultimately choose, and we'd be happy to further discuss your options with you if you'd like.

Please fill out our online consultation form if you'd like to find out more about our services, and in the meantime you can also read over these basic pet travel tips and these recent pet move stories from our clients. Again, hopefully the more you learn the better you'll feel about your pet's travel experience.

Thanks for reading, and we hope to hear from you soon!

Pet Travel Requirements for Norway

Friday, January 9, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Tracey
Number of Pets: 4
Pet Type: 2 dogs and 2 cats
Pet Breed: Golden Retrievers and domestic cats
From: USA
To: Norway

 

Hi PetRelocation,

Do we need to have the rabies titer testing of the animals prior to the move? Are there any other tests required other than the health check and tapeworm treatment??

Thanks,

Tracey

 

Hi Tracey,

Moving pets to Norway does not require a titer test. Your dogs and cats will need microchips, rabies vaccines administered at least 21 days before departure, and the dogs will need a tapeworm treatment within one to five days of departure. As you mentioned, you'll also need a health certificate.

Take a look at an overview of the Norway pet import requirements via the USDA website, and it may also help to take a look at a few typical pet travel questions and answers to find out more about crate-training, cargo travel, and choosing a pet-friendly airline.

Finally, if you're interested in hiring some assistance with your pet move, you're welcome to fill out our online consultation form.

Hopefully this helps to point you in the right direction, Tracey. Thanks for submitting a question to us, and good luck with everything!

Pet Travel Update: Barbados Relaxes its Pet Import Rules

Thursday, January 8, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

dog chillinThe pet import requirements for Barbados have been relatively strict in the past, but as of January 1, 2015, pets from all countries can now be imported directly into the country without quarantine provided that all import requirements are met.

Import requirements vary depending on the country of origin, but certain standards apply to all pets. All dogs and cats will need to have an ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to standard 11785 microchip and must be vaccinated with rabies after the microchip has been implanted. An Import Permit is also required; this is obtained from the Barbados Ministry of Agriculture and applications are available here. Dogs and cats also need an Export Permit endorsed by the Official Veterinary Services from their country of origin.

Per the Barbados Ministry of Agriculture, pets coming from rabies-free or low-rabies countries (these 'Category 1' countries include the United States, EU countries and Australia, for example) must meet the following requirements:

1. The pets must be microchipped;
2. The pets must be vaccinated against rabies after the microchip has been implanted;
3. Thirty-five (35) days must pass after the rabies vaccination before the pets are eligible to enter Barbados;
4. Within seven (7) days of travel, dogs must be treated against ticks and tapeworms;
5. For countries where the following diseases are endemic, the pets must be tested for heartworm, leishmaniasis, nipah virus and/or hendra virus and found to be negative;
6. Within seven (7) days of travel, the pets must undergo a veterinary examination and be issued with an Official Veterinary Export Health Certificate.

For pets coming from 'Category 2' countries (all those not considered low-rabies or rabies-free), these are the health requirements:

1. The pets must be microchipped;
2. The pets must be vaccinated against rabies after the microchip has been implanted;
3. Thirty (30) days after rabies vaccination, the pets must have a blood test (FAVN rabies antibody titre test) carried out by an approved laboratory, with a result of at least 0.5 IU/ml
4. Ninety (90) days must pass after the successful blood sample was taken before the pets are eligible to enter Barbados
5. Within seven (7) days of travel, dogs must be treated against ticks and tapeworms;
6. For countries where the following diseases are endemic, the pets must be tested for heartworm, leishmaniasis, nipah virus and/or hendra virus and found negative;
7. Within seven (7) days of travel, the pets must undergo a veterinary examination and be issued with an Official Veterinary Export Health Certificate.

All pets traveling via commercial airline must arrive in Barbados via cargo and clear customs upon arrival with the help of a customs broker. Arriving without proper notice or outside of regular business hours may incur extra fees or delays. For a full overview of the requirements as well as a list of Category 1 and Category 2 countries, please refer to the Barbados Ministry of Agriculture website.

As you can see, though the Barbados import process is now more inclusive, it still requires several careful steps and precise attention to detail. Feel free to contact PetRelocation if you have questions and would like more information about enlisting door-to-door assistance with your move.

Traveling with a Nervous Dog to Canada

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Satya
From: Hyderabad, India
To: Vancouver, British Colombia
Pet: Chutki, Mixed Breed, 6 years old

Dear PetRelocation,
 
I would like to take my pet along with me in the cabin, is it possible to do this? She is 8 kg. Also, she is partially disabled (bent back leg) but overall healthy without any other allergies or disorders.

Basically I would like to know the pet-friendly flights from Hyderabad to Vancouver and also all the important documents required. She has never traveled anywhere and gets cranking without me around her; she is very scared and seems uncomfortable being outside of the house. I would like to know how best can we keep her with me and safe while travelling.
 
Thank You,
Satya
 
Hi Satya,
 
Thank you for your questions -- hopefully we can help shed some light on the pet travel process so that you can plan a safe and smooth relocation.
 
First, take a look at these frequently asked pet travel questions for an overview of what to expect. You'll also want to take a look at the pet import requirements for Canada. For additional resources, you can also check the official Canada Government site for information about pet import rules to Canada.
 
It sounds like your dog would benefit from some crate training; in the weeks before you plan to travel, help her to grow more comfortable with the crate by leaving it out at all times in a common area, placing toys, treats and blankets in it, and even feeding her in it. By making the travel crate feel like a normal part of her life, she won't be so nervous when it's time to get on the plane. Please read more about pet crate-training here.
 
As for airlines, we typically use KLM, United, British Airways and Lufthansa and our clients' pets travel via cargo. You're welcome to research various airlines to find out about their options for in-cabin travel, but it's likely your dog will need to travel via cargo. Please know that cargo travel can be very safe when the right decisions are made, as the information in the links above will explain.
 
If you're interested in hiring some assistance with your move, please feel free to fill out our online consultation form. We'd be happy to help!
 
Either way, good luck with everything and thanks again for reaching out.
 
 

Exploring the Option of Air Cargo Travel for Pets

Friday, January 2, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Tiffany
Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Poodle
From: China
To: United States

 

Hi PetRelocation,

My mom is going to visit me in January and she wants to bring three small poodles with her, but the airline only allows one dog per person. I did some research and found you guys, so now I'm just wondering how this works and how much will it cost to move these three dogs from China?

Thank you,

Tiffany

 

Hi Tiffany,

Great question! It sounds like your mom will need to move the dogs via cargo, and we would recommend doing so on a pet-friendly airline (we often use United, KLM and Lufthansa, for example). If this idea is new to you, please read more about cargo pet travel and crate-training on our blog.

Still have questions and think you'd like to hire some assistance with this trip? You're welcome to fill out our consultation form to hear from a Specialist. Please note that we provide door-to-door services for relocating pets, and our costs for moving one small pet internationally usually start at around $3500 USD.

If this is just a vacation and not a permanent move, your mom may find that the costs (not to mention the time, energy and possible stress) required here may not be worth it. Finding a trusted dog sitter or boarding facility isn't always easy, either, but it would probably be simpler than bringing three dogs across the world and back in such a short amount of time (particularly because China's import requirements are stricter than those for the United States, and the dogs would have to meet those upon their return).

Again, we're happy to discuss our services with you if you're interested, so just let us know if you think we can be of further assistance.

Either way, good luck with everything!


 

Dog Import Question: Does the United States Have Breed Restrictions?

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Hila
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pit Bull
From: Israel
To: California, USA

 

Hi PetRelocation,

Are there any special requirements for bringing my dog from Israel to the United States?

Thanks,

Hila

 

Hi Hila,

Thank you for your question! The United States is pretty straightforward when it comes to pet import requirements. Your dog will need an up-to-date rabies vaccine, a vet health certificate, and you'll also need an airline-approved travel crate. We recommend flying with a pet-friendly airline such as United, KLM or Lufthansa, and pre-travel crate-training is very important. Please read more about these basic pet travel tips on our blog.

The United States does not impose breed restrictions, but you may need to have a reinforced travel crate for your pit bull (this ultimately depends on the airline's preferences). Either way, we recommend doing this research well before you plan to travel so as to avoid any surprises or delays.

If you think you'd like some assistance with your move and want to find out more about our door-to-door pet transportation services, please fill out our online consultation form. Thanks again for getting in touch with us, and just let us know if you think we can be of further assistance to you.

Good luck and have a great trip!

Planning Dog Travel to Hawaii

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: LaVonne
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Great Dane
From: United States
To: Hawaii

 

Hi PetRelocation,

I'd like to know how this works and how much it costs to have my dog sent to Hawaii, and also what your company includes as far as shipping my dog (basically all information).

Thanks,

LaVonne
 

Hi LaVonne,

Thank you for reaching out to us with your question! These frequently asked pet travel questions will help to give you an overview of what to expect when relocating with a pet, and for your specific situation, you'll also want to read about what is required to move a pet to Hawaii. Since Hawaii is considered rabies-free, there are a few extra steps you must take before your dog can be accepted into the state, and the process takes a few weeks to carry out correctly and smoothly.

If you're interested in door-to-door pet transportation services like ours, you can take a look at a summary of what we do and can fill out our consultation form if you'd like to hear from a Specialist to start discussing your move options. Essentially, if you sign up with us we will help you through every step of the move (vet visits, airline booking, paperwork, etc.) and help you obtain the right travel crate (a custom crate is probably needed here). Our services aren't right for everyone, but we'd be happy to talk to you further if you'd like to find out more. For fastest service, you're welcome to give our office a call at 1-877-PET-MOVE.

Typically our costs for moving a pet domestically start at around $1200, but since you're going to Hawaii with a large dog, you can probably expect to pay more than that (the more space a pet takes up in the cargo area, the more the airline charges).

Hopefully this helps to get you started, and we hope to hear from you soon!

Tips for Safe Pet Air Travel

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Janeth
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Labrador Retriever
From: Tampa, FL
To: Los Angeles, CA

Hi PetRelocation,

I've been reading some horrible stories about animals dying when they fly, and it doesn't give me any peace of mind about flying anywhere with my pet. I have to fly to California because I'm moving there, but I want to find at least five top airlines that I can trust with my pet. She will be in the cargo area since she is 60 pounds.

What airlines are the best? What things could I do so my dog gets there safely with me?

Thanks,

Janeth

 

Hi Janeth,

Excellent questions! First of all, read this. Though it's common to come across news stories about pet travel mistakes and mishaps, the fact of the matter is that most pets fly safely. When you look at the numbers and realize that there are things you can do to minimize the risks of pet travel, hopefully you'll begin to see the situation a little differently (which will help you start to breathe a little easier).

What are the things you can do to help your dog travel safely? First, work on crate-training. If your dog is comfortable with her crate and even enjoys spending time in it, you'll be off to a great start. Here are a few tips for helping this to become a reality (they apply to both dogs and cats). Second, it's important to choose a pet-friendly airline. We have helped thousands of pets fly safely, and our most frequently-selected airlines include United, KLM and Lufthansa.

It usually helps to read the stories of pet travelers who have gone through this all before, so we recommend taking a look at these PetRelocation client experiences for some insight and education. Finally, here are a few frequently asked pet travel questions that might help you pick up a few tips, as well.

If you think you'd like some expert help carrying out your move, feel free to fill out our online consultation form. We'd be happy to assist you!

Thanks again for reaching out. Hopefully this information sheds light on the more positive realities of pet travel and helps you to plan a safe and low-stress trip. Good luck with everything and let us know if we can be of further assistance!
 

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!

Incredible Experiences: Schneider's Suspenseful Move to Texas!

Monday, December 22, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Tim
Pet's Name: Schneider
From: Prague, Czech Republic
To: Dallas, Texas, USA

"Airline Strikes, Pregnant Wife, Snowy and Icy Roads… What else could go wrong?"

Two weeks ago (December 5th), PetRelocation delivered our furry boy, Schneider, back home to Texas from Prague, Czech Republic. We decided to make the move back to Texas in the early summer, so we explored our options and spoke with Matt at PetRelocation extensively. He can attest to the fact that we were full of questions about every single detail of the move. He gave us the confidence we needed to proceed with PetRelocation.

When it was time, Matt introduced us to a very patient and professional, Vanessa, who took us through the move from vet certificates to delivery. Schneider had his shots and microchip from when we lived in Dallas before and it was all still valid. The paperwork was easy. Vanessa made it clear exactly what we needed to do on our end, gave us examples, and just like Matt, answered a million questions from us.

Getting a kennel was difficult in mainland Europe, so we had to order it from the UK, which was a hassle. One week until the move, we got his fit-to-fly (health) certificate, which gave us plenty of time for his SCHEDULED flight on December 2nd.

Living in Prague, we wanted to keep his flight time to a minimum, so we decided that I would drive him to Frankfurt, Germany so Schneider would have a direct flight to Dallas.


 

On Monday morning, December 1st, my 9-MONTH-PREGNANT wife got a text from her mom that the airline went on strike Monday and Tuesday. This news was not good for stressed out soon-to-be first time parents with a million other things on their mind. The fit-to-fly certificate was at this point 7 days old. Keep in mind that 10 days is the maximum or you need a new health certificate. Knowing that I have to drive to Frankfurt that day, we are immediately on the phone with the agent in Frankfurt and they recommend that we proceed as before; to deliver him as scheduled and he will be well looked after in the Frankfurt airport animal lounge.

To be safe and on top of things, we decided to make a last minute visit to the vet to get a back-up health certificate in case there are further delays. As we return from the vet, my wife says that she needs to go to the hospital for pain. My mother-in-law and sister-in-law are luckily with us, and we head to hospital where they tell us that we will be parents within 36 hours. We needed to get Schneider to Frankfurt so that he would be on a next available flight.

My sister and I drive overnight to Frankfurt, leaving my wife and mother-in-law at the hospital. We deliver Schneider to the lounge early Tuesday morning, and start the drive back during a slight snow and ice storm in Germany assuming he will be on a flight on Wednesday. We make it back to the hospital with 45 minutes to spare before my beautiful baby girl is born.

The airline can’t book him on Wednesday and then it happens again… the airline strikes on Thursday (which would be day 10 for the original health certificate -- luckily we got the back-up). Vanessa is emailing and on the phone with me this entire week and assures me that he will be booked on Friday. His flight is confirmed but delayed. By 2:30 a.m. my time, I’m on video-chat with my mother when they safely deliver our furry child home to her in Texas.

Vanessa kept me up-to-date at every turn and I couldn't have been more grateful for her attention to every detail. If we need to move Schneider again, PetRelocation will be our first call.

Thank you Matt and Vanessa for all that you've done.

Sincerely,
Tim

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!

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!

Video: How to Choose the Right Pet Travel Kennel

Thursday, December 11, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Fact: choosing the right pet travel kennel is one of the most important parts of setting yourself up for a safe, smooth pet relocation.

Here's a quick video that shows you how to measure your pet, how to choose the correctly sized travel crate, and what qualifies as an "airline-approved" travel kennel.

 

 

Still have questions? Please contact us if you'd like to discuss your pet move options with a PetRelocation Specialist.

Air Travel with a Puppy

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Alicia
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Puppy
Pet Breed: Weimaraner-hound mix
From: Oregon, USA
To: Texas, USA

 

Hi!

I have a weird question and I'm wondering if you would be able to answer it for me. I'm hoping to get a puppy in the next few months (I live in Austin), and my sister's dog happens to be pregnant (in Oregon) and she wants to give me one of her puppies.

In your professional opinion, is there any way to transport an 8-week-old puppy from Oregon to Texas? And is there a way to do it that won't cost a crazy amount of money? I'm trying to decide if it would be worth it to try and transport the puppy out here, or if it's not worth the hassle and try to find a puppy locally instead. Thanks for your help!

Thanks,

Alicia

 

Hi Alicia,

Not a weird question at all! Congratulations on deciding to bring a puppy into your life.

In terms of the general travel logistics, securing an airline-approved crate, booking a pet flight with the airline, and securing the vet health certificate most airlines require will likely amount to a few hundred dollars. Here are some guidelines for domestic pet travel if you'd like to take a look. 

Because this is such a young pet, we'd definitely advise consulting with a vet about health and safety issues as well as with the airline about their requirements -- typically proof of a rabies vaccination is required, but an exception might be made for young animals depending on the carrier.

As a company policy, PetRelocation does not transport dogs under the age of 16 weeks. This allows time for pets to grow strong enough to handle the travel experience safely and also makes them old enough to receive their vaccinations. Not everyone adheres to this guideline and of course the decision is yours to make, but we would probably recommend waiting until the puppy was older before traveling such a long distance (at which point we'd be happy to help you arrange the trip!)

Feel free to contact us if you'd like to speak to a Specialist. Thanks for reaching out, and good luck with everything!

 

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.