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Pet Travel: Say 'No' to Sedation and 'Yes' to Crate-Training and Hydration

Thursday, October 30, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Linda
Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Long-haired Tabby and short-haired Cats
From: North Miami Beach, FL, USA
To: Cupramontana, Italy

 

Hi PetRelocation,

What are the requirements and the time frames in which to produce the required documents? Is there a passport form to download for the vet to complete?

Is sedation required, as it is 10 hours and it would likely be stressful for them? Is it very cold in the area that they will be transported?

Thanks in Advance,

Linda
 

Hi Linda,

Thanks for submitting your questions to us, we're happy to help.

First, here are the pet import requirements for Italy. Your cats will need to be microchipped, have updated rabies vaccines, and they need an EU Health Certificate. Your vet should be USDA-certified and you should allow at least 30 days to prepare for the trip.

Regarding sedation, the answer is a firm "no." Sedation is dangerous because it interferes with a pet's normal coping systems and may disrupt regular breathing, etc. Most airlines will not accept pets that have been sedated. Instead, try working on crate-training in the months before you move so that your cats see the travel crate as a normal and safe place to be -- here are a few cat crate-training tips.

We also recommend talking to your vet about any health-related questions you may have and working to make sure your cats are as fit and hydrated as possible before the journey.

The cargo area of the plane is pressure and temperature-controlled, and when you choose a pet-friendly airline (we often use KLM, United and Lufthansa), they will be handled by trained professionals dedicated to safe pet travel. This is an important part of helping your cats' journey run smoothly.

If you have any further questions or think you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services, please fill out our free quote form.

Thanks again for reaching out, and have a safe trip!

Breed-Specific Legislation & Pit Bull Travel Questions

Thursday, October 30, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Nicole
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pit Bull and American Eskimo
From: United States
To: Trying to figure that out

 

Dear PetRelocation,

My sister and I are wanting to move out of the United States, however we are having a hard time finding a place that will allow Pit Bulls to enter. My question is, what countries allow Pit Bulls to be brought in from another country?

Thanks,

Nicole

 

Hi Nicole,

Thanks for your question. Many countries do currently have breed-specific restrictions, and often airlines have particular rules in place, as well. We've come across a few online sources when researching this issue in the past -- here is a country-specific overview of different breed-specific legislation, for example.

If you tentatively decide on a country based on a list like this, from there we'd suggest contacting a vet in the city you want to live in to find out what they say about any breed laws or general cultural attitudes you may encounter. You can also double check with the Ministry of Agriculture of the desired country, as they should have the most up-to-date import rules.

As for flying, we recommend that all pet owners choose a pet-friendly airline. We typically work with United, KLM, Lufthansa and British Airways, as they all have established pet policies and dedicated staff members trained to handle pets safely. Again, once you've decided where you think you might want to move, research your airline options and contact the carrier directly to find out if your Pit Bulls can fly and if they'll need a custom reinforced crate (this would be the case for Lufthansa and United, for example).

We've encountered questions like this before, and last year assisted a Pit Bull named Stan when his owner was trying to figure out where to move -- he wanted to go to Denmark, but because there is a Pit ban there he ended up going to Amsterdam, instead.

Hopefully this helps to get you started, Nicole. Please contact us if you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door transportation services, and good luck with everything!
 

Dealing with the Stress of Dog Travel to Australia

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Vicki
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Labrador Retriever
From: New York, NY, USA
To: Sydney, Australia

 

Dear PetRelocation.

Please can you help me? Unfortunately I have to leave New York and go back home to Sydney, Australia rather suddenly.  I anticipate I need to leave by mid January 2015, and I would like my dog to come, as well.

How do I do this safely, compassionately, and gently for her?

I am terrified at the thought of her being alone in quarantine for months on end, and the long flight, and care she may or may not receive on the flight, and other parts of the journey.

Please can you help? I look forward to your email.

Kindest Regards,

Vicki

 

Hi Vicki,

Thanks for your message, we’d be happy to help with some information and/or moving assistance.

First, if you’ve yet to do so, take a look at the official Australia government website. This will help you accurately figure out your timeline and import requirements based on your dog’s current status. Pet owners sometimes need to move ahead of their pets, and if this is the case for you, you would need to arrange for boarding or help from a friend in the United States to carry out all the necessary requirements. It’s not ideal, but it’s possible to accomplish.

We’ve helped pet owners arrange moves such as this, so if you’d like to find out more about our door-to-door services, please fill out our free quote form or give our office a call at 1-877-PET-MOVE. Remember that if all the steps are completed correctly in the US, your dog will just have a 10-day quarantine upon arrival in Australia.

As for the actual flight, we often use Qantas for pets traveling to Australia. This airline has pet-friendly practices in place, and if you take the proper steps to crate-train and hydrate your dog before departure, the trip will be long but not unreasonably stressful for her.

Finally, see below for a few customer stories from pets who have moved to Australia. Sometimes it helps to know that others have gone through the process safely!

Jack's Relocation to Australia

Pet Client Story: Bea and Mikey in Australia

The Long Journey from California to Sydney: We Did It!

 

Please let us know if we can be of further assistance, and good luck with everything!

Questions about Pre-Travel Rabies Shots for Dogs

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Mirjana
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Miniature Fox Terrier
From: USA
To: Spain

 

Dear PetRelocation,

How soon before travel date should my dog get her dabbler shot? My understanding is that it should be at least 21 days before departure date, but my vet is telling me different. My dog got microchipped on 10/22/2014.

Thank you in advance.

Mirjana

 

Hi Mirjana,

Thanks for submitting a question to us -- we'd be happy to offer some information. When traveling from the United States to another country with a pet, the USDA website is a helpful tool to use.

According to the information you'll find here about bringing pets into Spain, 21 days must elapse after the rabies shot is administered before you can enter Spain (and this goes for other EU countries, as well). You'll find other details about the requirements along with the health certificate on this site, as well (feel free to share this info with your vet).

For general details about traveling with a pet, please take a look at our blog for a few tips. We like to recommend a few best practices to pet travelers, including choosing a pet-friendly airline, keeping your dog well-hydrated before the trip, and helping her to be acclimated to her travel crate before it's time to go.

Hopefully this is helpful to you! Please contact us if you think you'd like to hire some help with your move, and read some of our customer stories for more tips and anecdotes about pet travel. Thanks again for reaching out, and good luck!
 

Tips for Safe Rabbit Air Travel

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Rachael
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Rabbit
Pet Breed: Mini Lop
From: New Zealand
To: Massachusetts

 

Hi There,

Am I able to take my pet rabbit when moving to MA from New Zealand under an exotic pet?

Cheers,
Rachael

 

Hi Rachael,

Thanks for submitting a question to us! To start, here are the pet import requirements for the United States. As you'll see, it's not a country that's particularly restrictive when it comes to bringing pets in, and rabbits are allowed.

That being said, you'll want to proceed carefully, as rabbits are very sensitive to the stresses of  travel. We have helped several rabbits move safely, and it definitely requires quite a bit of careful planning. To start, talk to your vet about any questions or concerns you have, and then if you decide to go forward, book a flight on a pet-friendly airline and work to make sure your Mini Lop will be as well-hydrated and well-taken care of as possible during every step of the journey.

Here's a little more about rabbit travel from our blog. If you're interested in finding out more about our door-to-door services, please fill out our free quote form or give our office a call.

Hope this helps to get you on the right track! Please let us know if we can be of further service, and have a great and safe trip.


 

Questions about Cat Air Travel to the United States

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Barbara
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Maine Coon
From: Brazil
To: USA

Do you help pets travel from Brazil to the USA? Does the pet travel with a person or in the cargo area?

Thanks,

Barbara

 

Hi Barbara,

Thanks for your question! Yes, we have helped pets move from Brazil to the United States, and we do so by arranging their cargo flight on a pet-friendly airline. The pet owner does not need to fly with the pet (most go ahead of time so they can get the house ready, etc.).

PetRelocation does not fly with the pet either, but we do check pets in, clear them through customs upon arrival, and provide door-to-door delivery and help with the pre-travel paperwork and vet visits. For your reference, here are the pet import requirements for the United States as well as a quick summary of our services.

If this is the kind of transportation service you're looking for, please fill out our free quote form or give our office a call to speak to a Specialist. With a few more details we'll be able to give you a quote.

Finally, here's a story from a client of ours who moved with two dogs from Brazil to the United States: as you'll see, Zap and Guida did pretty well on this journey!

Hopefully this has been helpful, Barbara. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance. Either way, good luck with your pet travels!


 

Air Travel with a Persian Cat

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Jennifer
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Persian Cat Mix
From: Singapore
To: Houston, TX, USA

Hi there,

I am planning to move to the States in a couple of months. I am thinking of taking my cat with me. What are the necessary steps to take? I understand that an International Health Certificate is needed, along with Vaccination Certificate.

Also, I am a bit worried about my cat flying such a long way. Is it safe and comfortable? I would appreciate your feedback soon. Thank you.

Regards,
Jennifer

 

Hi Jennifer,

Thanks for your inquiry. Moving pets to the United States requires fewer steps than going to some countries (Australia has a quarantine, for example, and the US does not). Here are the pet import requirements for the United States.

In addition to working with your vet to gather the required documents (as listed in the above link), you'll also need an airline-approved travel crate. Because your cat is a snub-nosed mix, you may want to choose a slightly larger crate than you think you need in order to allow for more air circulation and a more comfortable trip for your cat overall. It's also very important to choose a pet-friendly airline. Here is a little more information about traveling with a snub-nosed pet.

If you're interested in finding out more about our door-to-door services, feel free to contact us. If you'd like to handle the move on your own, we hope our blog and website can serve as helpful resources for you. Hopefully the stories you'll find on our blog will help to put your mind at ease regarding the safety of pet travel, and if you still have questions, we'd be happy to talk.

Good luck with everything, and thanks again for your question!
 

Addressing Common Concerns about Pet Air Travel

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Belinda
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Shih-Poo, Mini Poodle
From: Florida, USA
To: California, USA

 

Hi PetRelocation,

I've heard way too many horror stories about pets being transported in the cargo area of the plane. I would like to explore non-plane options to get my pet to California.

Does your organization have those type of options?

Thanks,

Belinda

 

Hi Belinda,

We understand your concerns and have helped to arrange ground transportation for pets in the past, however we do urge you to review a few facts and tips before making the decision to avoid air travel altogether. When the right choices are made, it can be a very safe process.

Here's an overview discussing some of the issues that may be worrying you. Essentially, sad news stories tend to gain more attention than the routine pet flights that happen every day -- this isn't meant to diminish the emotions involved when things do go wrong, but when looking at the numbers you'll see that, by far, most pets fly without incident.

Here are a few tips for minimizing the risks of air travel. When you start with a health screening and a conversation with your vet, choose a pet-friendly airline, and help pets to feel comfortable in their crates, you're on your way to planning a successful trip.

You may weigh all of this information and decide that air travel still isn't right for your dogs. That's fine, of course! In this case you'll want to search for a driver who can safely transport your pets for you. Note that, due to the details and hours involved, driving often ends up being more expensive than flying.

Please contact us if you have further questions, or check out IPATA.org to locate a driver who may be able to help you. There are multiple solutions available when it comes to pet moves, and we'd love to help you find the right one!

Good luck with whatever you decide, and thanks for contacting us with your question.
 

Basic Questions about International Pet Travel

Thursday, October 9, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Anita
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Mixed
From: Poland
To: USA

 

Hi PetRelocation,

Are your guidelines for relocating a pet from Poland to the US up to date? If not, can you recommend the best source for determining the current regulations?

Thanks!

Anita

 

Hi Anita,

Thanks for your question. Yes, the import guidelines for the United States are currently correct. The US is pretty straightforward when it comes to bringing pets in (you essentially need an International Health Certificate, up-to-date rabies vaccine and rabies certificate).

If you ever have doubts about pet travel rules and want to double check the latest requirements, we suggesting visiting the website for (or calling) the Department of Agriculture for that country. For United States-related questions, try the USDA website.

Hopefully this helps! Feel free to peruse our blog for more information about choosing a pet-friendly airline and avoiding common pet travel pitfalls.

Good luck, and please contact us if you'd like to find out about our door-to-door pet travel services.
 

International Travel with Older Pets

Monday, October 6, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Yifat
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Mix
From: Israel
To: The Netherlands

 

Hello,

Your website is very useful, thanks!

I have a 10-year-old dog that I will have to fly during January (as cargo). I would like to know how dangerous it can it be for a relatively old dog (this flight will be about 5 hours long), and also how much time the dog is left in the cold between the time the airplane lands and the time we get her?

I am really worried about this so hopefully your answer can help me.

Thank you,

Y

 

Hi Y,

Thanks for reading our site, and thanks for your question!

The most important thing for you to do to ensure a safe flight for your dog is to choose a pet friendly airline. If a carrier has solid procedures that put a high priority on pet health, temperature shouldn't be a big issue (airlines like KLM, United and Lufthansa do not allow animals to be exposed to the elements for any significant amount of time, for example).

Pets should ideally be the last to be loaded onto the plane, the first to be removed upon landing, and they should be transported across the runway in a temperature controlled vehicle. The cargo area is temperature and pressure controlled, also, and if you've helped your dog to become acclimated to the travel crate, the experience will be made even more manageable.

Additionally, here are a few tips for traveling with an older pet. Essentially we recommend talking to your vet before making a decision, and then if you go forward take extra care with hydration and the above-mentioned safety tips.

If you think you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services, please give us a call or fill out our free quote form. If you'd like to search for agents on your own, we recommend checking the directory available on IPATA.org.

Good luck with everything, and please let us know if we can be of service!


 

Pet Move of the Month: Benson's Relocation to Hong Kong

Thursday, October 2, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

bensonOnce again, it's time to focus the spotlight on one of our recent pet moves! We help move many cats to countries all around the world and Hong Kong is a frequently-chosen destination, so we decided that Benson would be a great choice to feature and learn from. (He's also really cute, so we've included plenty of pictures, too.)

Benson moved from Georgia to Hong Kong and his owners were nice enough to answer our questions and shed some light on the process of how this international journey became not only an incredible experience, but also our Pet Move of the Month.

Read all about Benson's move, and join us in wishing him and his family the best of luck in their new home!

What brought about your move?

My husband's company asked him to take a position in Hong Kong.

Have you ever moved a pet by air before this?

No, this was our first experience.

What were some of your initial concerns, and what surprised you about the pet travel process?

Benson being lost or injured during the move, or worse, getting quarantined for a long period once he arrived. We were really surprised at how much paperwork and coordination with the veterinarian it took to make all this happen.

How has Benson handled the transition so far?

Benson has been adjusting very well. He is growing to love his new home with all the different rooms and places to take naps.

benson

How does Hong Kong compare to the United States when it comes to pet-friendly attitudes, amenities, etc.?

Where we live in Discovery Bay is awesome. There are lots of families with pets here. Interestingly enough, Hong Kong as a whole is okay but most hotels here don't accept any pets at all. It's considered a sanitary concern, which would present an issue for anyone wanting to travel here with pets on a temporary basis. We were fortunate that we were already moved into our house when Benson arrived.

benson

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

Definitely use a relocation company, particularly PetRelocation. There's no way to guarantee that you'd get everything right and have your pet not be put in quarantine if you tried to plan it on your own.

For Hong Kong, most of the permits you would need have to be obtained in person. Using a company like PetRelocation, who has a great relationship with the government agencies who deal with pets being imported to the country, makes sure everything is seamless.

benson

What made you decide to hire professionals to assist you?

PetRelocation was suggested by our company. We looked at other ways to relocate Benson, but your company from the very first introduction made us feel at ease and comfortable. Definitely the best in the business, hands down. 

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Thanks again to Benson's family for choosing us to help and for answering our questions!

Moving a pet to Hong Kong (or somewhere else)? Please contact us to speak to a specialist about your relocation options.

Is There a Quarantine for Dogs Traveling to Germany?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Connie
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Small dog
Pet Breed: Yorkie
From: Atlanta, GA, USA
To: Germany

 

Dear PetRelocation,

Is there a quarantine period for dogs traveling from the USA to Germany?

Thanks,

Connie

 

Hi Connie,

Thanks for the question! The short answer is "no," there is no quarantine for dogs going from the United States to Germany. Please take a look at the overview of pet import requirements for Germany for an idea of what to expect.

Essentially you'll need to have your dog microchipped (if not already), up-to-date on the rabies vaccine, and you'll need an International Health Certificate. In terms of the actual flight process, we recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline (we often use Lufthansa and KLM for pets going to Europe) and the travel crate must be airline-approved.

Please contact us for a quote if you think you'd like some help arranging your move, and feel free to peruse our blog for more pet travel tips and stories.

Hopefully this helps to get you started, Connie. Good luck with everything!

Planning Safe Cat Air Travel

Thursday, September 18, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Maureen
Number of Pets: 5
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Domestic
From: Bourne, MA
To: Seattle, WA

 

Hi PetRelocation,

I am planning to move to Bainbridge Island, WA. I am trying to find a safe way to relocate my five cats. When you relocate cats, are they transported in a cargo area of a plane? I would also like to find our how this process works and an estimate of the price. Are there any veterinary people that travel with the pets? One of my cats has asthma.

Thank you,
Maureen
 

Hi Maureen,

Thanks for your question, we'd be happy to share some tips and advice with you. To start, take a look at the domestic pet travel requirements for the United States.

Typically, when moving a long distance with this many cats, we would book a flight in the cargo area on a pet-friendly airline such as United. Though cargo travel initially sounds scary to many pet owners, when handled by an experienced and dedicated airline it is a safe choice. Pets are the last to be loaded onto the aircraft and the first to be removed, and during flight they are in a pressure and temperature-controlled area.

In terms of costs, airline rates are calculated based on the weight and amount of space your cats and their crates take up, and vet fees should also be factored in for the visits/paperwork referenced above. If you decide to hire help with transportation to the airport, etc., the overall cost will increase.

You can help your cats prepare for the flight by working to crate-train them in the weeks before you move, and it's always a good idea to discuss any health-related questions you have with your vet. We have helped pets with various health issues move before -- it may require special planning and care, and we'd be happy to discuss your options with you.

If you would like to hear from one of our Specialists about our door-to-door services, please fill out our free quote form. Hope this helps to get you started, and please let us know if we can be of further assistance. Good luck!

Poodle Travel to the United States

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Rose
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Toy Poodle
From: Manila, Philippines
To: United States

 

Hi PetRelocation,

What are the requirements to bring my dog to United States? This is my kids' pet -- we bought our dog when they started studying here, but now they prefer to study in America. What should I do first? My flight is next week; please advise.

Thanks, hoping for your help.

Sincerely,
Rose
 

Hi Rose,

Thanks for getting in touch with us. The United States is one of the easier countries to tackle when it comes to importing a dog or other pet. The requirements are pretty standard and straightforward: your dog will need to have an up-to-date rabies vaccine and an International Health Certificate. Take a look at the US pet import rules for more details.

Beyond that you'll also need to secure an airline-approved travel crate, book a flight on a pet-friendly airline (we often use KLM, United and Lufthansa, for example), and you'll want to help your dog to be as prepared as possible through crate training, proper hydration and exercise before the flight. Here are a few ways to prepare your dog for air travel.

If you think you'd like some assistance with the move and want to learn more about our door-to-door services, please contact us. We also suggest you take a look at some real life pet travel stories on our blog -- they're fun to read and will give you a better idea of what to expect.

Thanks again for reaching out, and good luck with everything!

Dog Travel to Dubai

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Umit
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Cane Corso
From: Denmark
To: Dubai, UAE

Hi,

We are a family who is moving to Dubai for minimum of a period of years and would like to import our 5-year-old dog. The dog has been with us since he was a puppy (3 months old), he is neutered, has all necessary vaccines and is well socialized.

Can you please advise what the regulations and costs are to make sure he has a smooth relocation to Dubai? We don't have a residence visa yet, but we expect to have it around January 2015.

Pleased to hear your answers and thanks in advance.
-Umit

 

Hi Umit,

Sure, we'd be happy to provide some information. Please start by taking a look at the pet import requirements for the UAE. Your dog will need to be microchipped (if not already), vaccinated against rabies, and the correct permits/health documents must be attained.

We recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline and buying an airline-approved travel crate based on your dog's measurements.

If you think you'd like some assistance and want to find out about our door-to-door services, please fill out our free quote form. First-time pet travelers often find it helpful to look over these frequently asked pet travel questions -- relocating with a pet can be an overwhelming undertaking and it's normal to feel uncertain at first.

Finally, here is some information about living with pets in the UAE. The conditions will likely be pretty different than what you're used to in Denmark, and we advise all of our clients to acquaint themselves with the customs, cultural differences, etc. before they move with a pet.

Hope this helps -- please let us know if we can be of further service. Either way, good luck and enjoy your time in Dubai!

Dog Travel to Puerto Rico

Friday, September 12, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Alana
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Jindo, lab/retriever
From: Atlanta, GA
To: San Juan, PR

 

Dear PetRelocation,

Would traveling by boat be easier on the dogs than flying? Also, since it is not considered an "international" move, what paperwork would I need to fulfill to ensure a safe and worry free process?

Thanks,

Alana

 

Hi Alana,

Moving dogs from the United States to Puerto Rico is considered a domestic flight -- you can find more information here.

We have helped many pets move to Puerto Rico and typically use a pet-friendly airline like United. Here are a few tips for preparing a pet to fly safely. It may seem overwhelming at the start, but it's all about how you prepare and the choices you make. (Remember that thousands of pets fly safely every year!)

We don't have guidance to offer about traveling via boat since we primarily arrange pet air travel, but you can check with the USDA or the relevant Puerto Rico authorities to find out more about this option.

Good luck with everything, and please fill out our free quote form if you're interested in learning more about our services. Thanks for your question!
 

Pet Move of the Month: The Travels of Gordon the Horse

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

gordonWhen Gordon's owner needed to move across the country from California to North Carolina, she decided to enlist our horse-relocating help.

Horse moves do require special arrangements: While dogs and cats need airline-approved travel crates and tickets on a pet-friendly airline (among other things), horses most likely need to be moved via ground transportation and have special paperwork requirements.

Here's an overview of how this Pet Move of the Month worked:

-Gordon traveled in an 8x9 box stall that featured a water bucket and hay on the ground. This size allowed him room to reach his head down and move around to find a comfortable travel position.

-The vehicle was stopped every four hours so that Gordon could be checked on and his water topped off.

-About halfway there, Gordon was given a comfort stop where he had the chance to move around in a private paddock and he was given more fresh hay, grain and water.

-As far as travel documents, Gordon needed a health certificate and a Coggins Results Form (here's more about horse travel requirements if you're interested).

A few days after the move was successfully completed, Gordon's trainer was kind enough to answer a few questions for us about his journey:

 Was this Gordon's first move?

Gordon has been moved within the area of Northern California, but never cross country. 

What were some of your initial concerns?

My primary concerns for Gordon were his older age, and his attachment to my horse who he wasn't shipped with. Gordon is more anxious than most horses and I was worried he would have a hard time relaxing. 

 

gordon frolicking

(He doesn't look very anxious here...)

 

What surprised you about the travel process, if anything?

Mostly I was surprised at how well PetRelocation and the equine shippers stayed in contact with me. They let me know daily that he was doing well.

How has Gordon handled the transition so far?

Gordon took about four days to fully settle in to his new barn, but is now back to his usual spunky self. 

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

Try to put weight on your horse before the move, they will lose some during transport. As well, I would recommend ulcer guard for any high anxiety type of performance horses. 

 

gordon

Home!

 

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Great job, Gordon! Read about other horse moves we've arranged, and please contact us if you're looking for assistance with a pet move of your own.

 

Pet News Round-Up: Smart, Stylish Pet Travel

Friday, September 5, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

How to travel with your dog -- in style.

The top pet-friendly hotel chains.

A boy tried to smuggle his pet turtle onto an airplane (by hiding it in his pants).

Do you suffer from vacation guilt when you leave your pets behind?

Hong Kong pets.

Here are pictures of 101 dogs dressed as Disney characters.

 

monti

Happy Friday, pet lovers!

Hong Kong Pet Travel (and Living There with Pets)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sarah
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Cocker Spaniel
From: Brisbane, Australia
To: Hong Kong

 

Hi There,

My husband and I are looking to relocate to Hong Kong with our dog for 2 years. I have a few questions I was hoping you could help with:

  • What do we need to consider in moving our dog to Hong Kong?
  • Are there good vets, off lead areas and kennels in Hong Kong?
  • Is Hong Kong a good place for dogs?
  • What are the requirements in bringing our dog back into Australia?


Thank you so much for your help, hope these questions don't seem silly.
-Sarah

 

Hi Sarah,

Nope, these questions aren't silly at all! We'd be happy to help you with some information.

First, take a look at the pet import requirements for Hong Kong. Australia is a "Group One" country, so you'll be following these guidelines in particular. In terms of flying in general, here are a few basic pet travel tips that will help you plan a safe and smooth trip.

As far as life in Hong Kong with pets, based on the news stories we've been reading it sounds like things are getting more pet-friendly than they used to be. Here is an article about a bus that brings dogs to various dog parks in Hong Kong, for example.

Actually a couple of our team members visited Hong Kong a few years ago -- read about a fun place called Pet World as well as what it's like to have a dog to Hong Kong. We advise all of our clients to do some online research before they move internationally -- expat websites are often helpful -- and if you end up working with us, we'd be happy to offer guidance as you settle in.

To return to Australia, you'd be following the guidelines found on the official Australia Government website. Please note that Australia requires a 10-day quarantine for arriving and returning pets, and they have recently raised the quarantine fees (so take this into account when budgeting for this move).

As you can see, moving a pet internationally requires significant time and resources, but it can be done safely. If you think you'd like some help and want to find out more about our door-to-door services, please fill out our free quote form or give our office a call.

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

 


 

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

Thursday, August 28, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

macMany 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 informative pet travel details. We couldn't let such great info go unshared, so we asked them to divulge a few particularly helpful tips and stories to the rest of the pet travel community.

There is some truly top-notch advice here about how to settle in with pets in a new country and how to prep your pets for a relocation. Read on to hear all about Mac and Bubba's globetrotting adventures!

What are your tips for helping your pets prepare for and recover from a big move?

At this point, both Mac and Bub are pretty seasoned travelers. 

I've had Bubba (an 8-year-old tabby cat) with me long enough now that when boxes arrive at the house, he knows what's up. I can't say he's a fan of the whole process, but I can say he's all the better about it because I calmly keep him in the loop.

What I'm saying here is that I talk to my pets. Don't pretend you don't do this too. If you care enough about them to look into a pet relocation service, you almost certainly have assigned a voice to them in your head with which they respond back in your conversations. Bubba has always sounded a bit pompous and pious; so entitled about his automatic litter box that you almost want to pinch his cheeks at how adorably wrong he is.  

Point being, your pets know your voice: it's common and familiar to them. This proved crucial on our way to Mexico, particularly as there were a few things I was unprepared for in taking Bubs as my carry on.

I had to take him out of his carrier and carry him through TSA, and they asked me to take his collar off as well.  He had no identification on his neck for a few minutes.  I tried not to act scared as I clutched him like a bear-trap. As we traveled through the Detroit airport, we passed through the "Whale-Song" tunnel. If you're not familiar, it's an art installation between two gates that features a light show and whale-song recording. This, for a cat, is TERRIFYING. When we landed, the quick pressure change resulted in Bub's immediately emptying his entire bowel... from both ends*... I had to rinse him out in the airport bathroom sink before we went through customs, because of the stink.

 

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The notable and important part of all of that was that talking to Bubba through all of it not only kept him calm(er) because I'm familiar and he trusts me, but it helped me keep my head on straight, too. And in a few of those instances, he relied on my soothing, cooing voice to calm him enough so as not to dig his tiny dagger-like cat claws into my shoulders and leave permanent nerve damage, thus forever ruining my killer tennis game.** 

*While I felt bad for the people who were seated near us because... holy smell, Batman -- I can say it made going through customs REALLY easy because... holy smell, Batman. They didn't want to deal with him so I got buzzed through pretty quickly.

**I'm really bad at tennis, but you get the point.

Obviously, talking to your dog is a great idea too (Mac, the 5-year-old Dober-mutt, has an inner monologue that sounds quite a bit like Dug from Up). Dogs love the attention, and they want constant reassurance that they get to come along for the ride. I've never seen Mac happier than when PetRelocation brought him to our front door in Mexico, he saw my face and realized HE GOT TO COME ALONG!  

What I recommend most about dogs in particular is teaching your dog some cues in the native language. Here's the thing; Mac is a ridiculously silly, snuggly dog. But he's also rather gigantic, and his Doberman genes are pretty visible in those waggly eyebrows of his. A large portion of our Mexican friends were legitimately frightened of our dog and his breed's stereotypes. But it was really fun to see that melt away as soon as we'd say "Mac, Dame Cinco!" Showing your new Spanish-speaking amigos how they can ask your dog for a high-five in a way they understand. Now he's learning Japanese for the same reason. (In case you were curious- high five: "O-Te", or "hand, please.")

 

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Above and beyond all of that, the number one thing I recommend before your move, is to learn about the culture you're going to and what that means for your pets. Find a RELIABLE SOURCE for this information -- I can't tell you how many Americans very confidently informed me that my dog was going to be abducted and turned into tacos... and now how many tell me Bubs will become sushi. Which... I mean come on, it's not only ignorant, it's just plain offensive (I will also confidently report that you absolutely CAN drink the water in Mexico).

Mexican and Japanese people keep pets, and those pets are well loved, just in a different cultural understanding. Within the industrial city of Mexico where we stayed, if you keep a dog, it is almost certainly purebred. It usually lives outside, and it's fairly uncommon to teach them any tricks or take them for walks. Cats are pets that no one really go out to purposely adopt, but happen in a more "a stray cat had kittens in my yard. Now I have cats." Again, this doesn't mean they're unloved. I've seen Mexican friends frantically drive to a market to find kitten-milk in the middle of the night because the kittens in their garage needed it.

 

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Anytime I walked Mac somewhere, someone would enthusiastically show me a cellphone selfie of them and their dog. Bubba ended up with his own celebrity status among the housekeeping staff at a hotel we stayed in because he looked like Garfield and he's friendly. More than once I'd come back to the room after working out to find six or seven housekeepers cooing over him or playing with the feather wand.  

Point being, once I knew where our friend's thoughts on pets and expectations started, it was a lot easier for me to assuage misconceptions and let them know just how Mac and Bub were a little bit different.

What are the biggest misconceptions about relocating with a pet?

The biggest misconception is relocating with a pet is not doable. It TOTALLY IS doable, and it's totally worth it. Help is recommended: PetRelocation (specifically the ever-lovely Sarah) has helped me with 1.5 moves now (next move in January is already underway with preparations), and she was kind enough not only to help me get the boys from point A to point B, but also helped with finding pet care resources like veterinarians, where to buy the right brand of dog/cat food, and there have even been a few times where she's helped me translate the names of vaccines or flea-preventatives. I probably could have stumbled through some of that with my limited Spanish skills, but there's something to be said about the extra confidence boost a level of expertise will give you as you pave your way in a new country.

 

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Your pets are so beyond happy for the opportunity to stay with you, because you're who they know and love, you're who adopted them and took on the responsibility of taking care of them, and you're what give your pets a sense of home. Critters are remarkably adaptive to environment, but they are loyal to their people.  And let's be honest, I wouldn't be able to call anywhere home without them.

In conclusion; keep in mind that no one is going to abduct or eat your pets, in any form of regional culinary delicacy. Try the tacos and the sushi, the curry and the papusas, because none of them are made out of Fluffy or Fido, and it's going to be the most delicious thing you've ever put in your face.

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Thanks to Mac and Bubba's owner for this insightful (and entertaining) information! No one said it was easy to be a devoted pet parent, but clearly it's a lifestyle that has its rewards.

One last thing: Here's a video of Mac -- it's the first in the "Mac Does Something Awesome" series (here is a link to the others). What a cool pet family!