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Are There Dog Breed Restrictions for Flying to the United States?

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Blakley
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Alaskan Malamute and Staffordshire Terrier
From: England
To: USA

Dear PetRelocation,

Is there any reason why my breed of dog could not come into the United States? We're military.

Thanks,

Blakley

 

Hi Blakley,

The United States does not have any dog breed restrictions, and in fact it's one of the easier places to bring a pet. In summary, you'll need an International Health Certificate issued within 10 days of departure and a rabies vaccination and certificate. Here's an overview of the requirements.

Other considerations include obtaining an airline-approved travel crate (it sounds like your dog might be pretty big so you  may need a custom travel crate), and we highly recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline.

If you have any further questions about the process and think you might like to find out more about our door-to-door services, feel free to fill out our quote form.

Hope this helps to get you started. Have a great move!
 

Arranging Unaccompanied Cat Travel to the UK

Thursday, February 27, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Hester
From: Moscow, Russia
To: London, UK
Pet: Siberian Forest Cat

Dear PetRelocation,

What is the process to fly a cat as cargo? Would I need to accompany him on the same flight? And would I need to pay someone to organise customs clearance at London Heathrow? (I would meet all the necessary UK import requirements.)

Thanks,

Hester

 

Hi Hester,

Thanks for contacting us with your question. We've helped many pets travel safely (most of the time unaccompanied) and would be happy to advise you.

For reference (although it sounds like you already know what you're dealing with), here are the pet import requirements for the UK. You do not need to be on the same flight as your cat -- we just recommend choosing a pet friendly airline and enlisting some help on either end to get your cat checked in and then cleared through customs.

If you're looking for an agent to assist just with that part, you can check IPATA.org for information. If you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services, please fill out our free quote form here.

Please let us know if you have any more questions, and good luck!

"We're Moving Soon. Should We Wait to Get a Dog?"

Monday, February 24, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Nirupa
From: Hong Kong
To: Toronto Ontario
Pet: TBD
 
Dear PetRelocation,
 
I currently reside in Hong Kong. I am considering adopting a puppy around 6 months in age. My husband and I will relocate to Canada next year and I want to know the best way to relocate the dog without causing any trauma.
 
The flight is direct, 16hrs with Air Canada. I know the have a pet policy and most likely the dog will be bigger which will entail going in cargo. How do I prepare, and is the length of trip advisable for relocation? (If you think I should just hold off and wait to adopt until after we've relocated due to length of trip, I will.)

Thanks,
Nirupa
 
 
Hi Nirupa,
 
Great question; it's very smart to think ahead when it comes to being a responsible pet owner. (Also congratulations on your future dog!)
 
When the right choices are made, it's possible to move pets very safely, so this is mostly a matter of how much time and money you're willing to spend on a possible relocation. For your reference, here are a few basic pet travel questions and answers that may help you understand the process a little better.
 
Here are a few more things to know: the pet import requirements for Canada state that you need to secure specific vaccines and paperwork. You also need to buy a crate that is airline approved and the correct size, and you would need to help your dog feel comfortable spending time in the crate (this cuts down on his/her stress level immensely).
 
It's important to choose a pet-friendly airline and, if you're not traveling on the same plane as your dog (which is common when it comes to pet cargo travel), you'll need to arrange transportation to/from the airport and customs clearance assistance.
 
If you're interested in speaking to one of our specialists, please contact us via phone or by filling out our free quote form. The price for us to handle a relocation like this would begin at around $2,500 USD, but we can give you a more accurate quote once we have a few more details. If you're interested in keeping costs lower, we recommend locating local agents through IPATA.org.
 
Hopefully this helps to get you started! As you can see, it would take a considerable amount of time and money to arrange a dog move from Hong Kong to Canada, so it's up to you to decide if you're willing to do that or if you'd rather wait. Again, when handled correctly the move can be very safe, but it's best to enlist the help of experts and/or allow yourself plenty of planning time.
 
Please let us know if you have more questions, and good luck with your decision!

 

Pet News Round-Up: Olympic Adoptions, Pet-Friendly Hotels and Travel Lessons

Friday, February 21, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Meet Dottie, our Pet Move of the Month!

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

If you're a dog, you probably want to stay at one of these pet-friendly hotels.

Several Olympic athletes are adopting stray dogs in Sochi.

This woman traveled the world with her dog for months. Here's what she learned.

Are you coming to SXSW? Here's a #PuppyHour event not to be missed!

And because it's Friday, cute before and after pet pictures.

 

Have a relaxing weekend!

Questions about Flying with a Nervous Dog

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Shayna
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Large Dog
Pet Breed: Staffordshire Terrier
From: California
To: Honolulu, HI

 

Dear PetRelocation,

What airlines would you recommend to transport a large dog with separation anxiety issues? Also, what options do I have to calm down a nervous dog that I won't be able to fly with?

Thanks,

Shayna

 

Hi Shayna,

Great questions. Not every pet is naturally travel-ready, but there are things you can do to help prepare him or her for a flight.

First, you'll want to secure the right-sized airline-approved travel crate (you may need to order a custom crate) and start helping your dog get used to it. If pets can see the crate as a safe and comfortable place, then their overall stress level will be much lower on the day of travel. This could take several weeks to accomplish, but it will be well worth the effort. You can find out more about crates and crate-training here.

Note that we do not recommend sedation -- in fact most airlines will not fly a pet who has been sedated. Suppressing a pet's natural ability to regulate their temperature and move freely within their crate could be dangerous, so as an alternative for anxious dogs we recommend the above-mentioned crate training along with plenty of pre-flight exercise. A tired pet makes for a better traveler.

As far as airlines, we recommend a pet-friendly carrier such as United, who we often use for our pet clients. When traveling with a large dog, it's important to check with the airline when you make your reservation to make sure your dog can get on a plane able to accommodate the crate.

Finally, since you're moving to Hawaii you'll want to research their import rules. The Hawaii pet import process is a little more complicated than it is for other states, so you'll need to do some advance prep work.

Please let us know if you have questions about any of this. We'd be happy to assist with your move if you're interested -- just fill out our free quote form if you'd like to know more.

Thanks for the question, and good luck with everything!



 

Cat Travel to the United States

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Gail
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Mixed
From: Israel
To: United States (Pennsylvania)

 

Dear PetRelocation,

Do the cats need health certificates for the trip to United States? It seems they don't need a current rabies vaccination to enter the US in general, but would they need one in Pennsylvania?

Thank you!

Gail

 

Hi Gail,

Thanks for contacting us with your questions. The United States is one of the easier places to bring a pet, but you'll need to take care of a few basic requirements --  including a rabies vaccination and certificate and an international health certificate dated within 10 days of departure.

Take a look at the pet import requirements for the United States to get started. In addition to this, we also recommend choosing a pet friendly airline and helping your cats to get used to their travel crates as much as possible. Here's a fun picture from our Facebook page that we posted the other day -- it shows the process many people use to help skeptical kitties learn to love their crates.

Please let us know if you have further questions or if you'd like a quote for our services, Gail. Thanks again, and good luck with everything!

 

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

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

One of the reasons it's fun to watch the Olympics is they allow us the chance to get to know other countries a little better. In Sochi it's been fascinating to see how hockey, curling and skiing (things we don't see much of here in Austin, TX) unite and excite people from around the world, and we couldn't help but apply our own experiences as pet shippers to the idea of international competition.

If there was such a thing as the Pet Travel Olympics, who would the winners be? Based on our observations of pet travel trends -- who goes where and why -- here's what we came up with.

1. Most obscure/challenging country to move a pet: Papua New Guinea (Runners Up: Gambia, Sierra Leone, Angola and Cancun)

2. Cat-friendliest country:  United Arab Emirates

3. Top choice for adventure-seeking pets and owners: New Zealand (Runners up: China and Brazil)

4. Top choice country for retirees: Belize (Runners up: Ecuador, Costa Rica and Hawaii)

5. Most popular winter destination: Thailand (Runner up: Russia)

6. Most popular summer destination: Singapore

7. Most tech-oriented country: Hong Kong and Japan (tie)

8. Country with the highest percentage of sweater-wearing dogs: United Kingdom

9. Country with the most dog-friendly pubs/bars: The Netherlands (Runner up: Hong Kong)

10. Overall easiest/most welcoming to pets: United States

What do you think? Did we overlook any gold medal winners? Let us know!

 

 

Pet Move of the Month: Dottie's Relocation to Dubai

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Recently we helped Dottie, a Papillon, travel from Atlanta to Dubai. Such a long move can be complicated to plan, so we were happy to step in and assist when Dottie's owners contacted us after a new job prompted their relocation. Dottie did a great job with the move and her story (graciously shared by Dottie's "mom" Laura) reveals some excellent information and tips for other pet travelers.

Read on to find out more about pet moves to Dubai, and congrats to Dottie for being a great traveler!

Have you ever moved a pet internationally before this?

We have lived overseas before but not with a pet, so this was our first experience. We have friends who brought pets with them so I knew it could be done but I didn't yet know how.

What were some of your initial concerns?

I wanted Dottie to be safe -- I was really worried about all the terrible experiences you read online. I also had to be able to justify the cost. We have family that Dottie could have stayed with but I really wanted her with me. I did a little shopping around to get a best guess on what it would cost and decided if we could do it safely for a reasonable price we would do it.

What surprised you about the pet travel process to Dubai?

I was really pleased that Dottie was able to take a flight that stopped over in Amsterdam with KLM and then rest at the pet hotel there. I had read how wonderful that was but I didn't have any idea how to make it happen. I was also relieved and grateful that in the process PetRelocation also got Dottie registered with the municipality. That was just one more bureaucratic process I didn't have to worry about.

 

 

How did Dottie handle the transition?

When Dottie arrived she was in her crate, alert and wagging her tail. I thought she would be a little traumatized and maybe shy but she just bounced right out and started exploring the house. She was not sick or tired at all. Now she seems totally at home.

Is Dubai a pet friendly place to be?

Pets -- especially dogs -- seem to be a rather contentious issue. Some people are militantly pro-dog -- determined to have a dog even when and where they are not welcome -- and others are firmly opposed to dogs of any kind. There are a lot of people here from other places where people don't have dogs as pets and they are actually afraid. And, unfortunately there are some people here who believe dogs are "unclean" according to their religion.

So, it is very important when finding a home here that you live somewhere that dogs are welcome. Dottie lives happily in a house with her own fenced yard and no one minds. She takes walks around the neighborhood on leash with no problems. We just don't go where we aren't supposed to go. There are excellent vets, kennels and groomers as well as specialty pet stores. Interestingly, cats are very popular.

 

 

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

If you want your pet to move with you and you are going somewhere like Dubai where you have to clear customs and other processes, professional pet relocation is the only way to go. I read a lot of stories about people trying to do it themselves and it can be terribly stressful for you and your pet and possibly even unsuccessful in a place like Dubai. Start planning early -- I started preparing Dottie about 6 months ahead -- figuring out everything she would need and planning her vet visits to get it all done so there are no last minute problems.

What made you decide to hire PetRelocation to assist you?

I Googled around to learn about accreditation and read a lot of reviews. I even seriously contacted two other accredited and well recommended companies. I got an email about a week after I called from one saying they were really busy and would call in three days -- they never did. The other sent me an email quote but I never heard from them again despite answering the email back. But as soon as I contacted PetRelocation I got a real person -- Sarah -- working on my case. She called me every couple of days, updating me and working with me on a good plan at a price I could afford. I was stressed but she really put me at ease. And all that service before I even paid a penny! I felt I had first class service for Dottie and a caring sensitive person to work it out for me.

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Please contact PetRelocation if you have questions about your upcoming pet move!
 

How to Travel Safely with a Pug

Monday, February 17, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Clea
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pug
From: Florida
To: Minnesota

Dear PetRelocation,

My elderly parents are moving back to Minnesota from Florida. They are too old to drive so have booked a one way airline ticket. Here's my question: the airlines have policies about shipping Pugs due to breathing issues. My mother has an elderly pug she is trying to get back to Minnesota. We are considering various options and your organization has come to mind.

Does PetRelocation offer non-airline means of travel? Have you encountered this issue before?

Thanks,
Clea

 

Hi Clea,

Yes, we've assisted with various snub-nosed breed moves and would be happy to talk to you and your mother about your options.

We do work with ground transport agents in the US who transport pets in safe, pet-friendly vehicles. We're also accustomed to arranging flights for pugs and keeping the conditions as safe as possible by choosing a pet-friendly airline, selecting a travel crate that allows plenty of good airflow, and working with clients to make sure their pets are as well-prepared as they can be for their flight.

We'd be happy to discuss the move further, so please contact us if you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services. You can give our office a call or fill out our free quote form.

In the meantime, feel free to look over a few things on our blog that may shed light on the travel process: Frequently asked pet travel questions and how to minimize the risks of pet air travel.

Thanks for your question, and we look forward to hearing from  you!

Safety Concerns about Cat Air Travel

Thursday, February 13, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Melinda
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Domestic
From: Moreno Valley, CA
To: Austin, Texas

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I have two male cats I am trying to move to Texas, and I am very stressed and nervous about how to get them there safely. If they're on a plane, are they in a good compartment where there is proper air conditioning and air flow?

Thanks,

Melinda

 

Hi Melinda,

Your concerns are very understandable... At first glance it does seem a little scary to think about putting your cats on a plane and trusting that everything will go smoothly. The good news is that there are several steps to take to help make sure things do go as well as possible!

First, it's extremely important to choose a pet friendly airline. Not all carriers operate with the same sensitivity towards pets, and in our business we use a select few carriers to help move our pet clients. For your domestic flight, United will be your best choice, as their PetSafe program is tailored to make pet flights safe and comfortable.

In the right hands, your cats will be the last ones loaded onto the plane and the first ones removed, and during the flight they'll be in a temperature and pressure-controlled cargo area. Please take a look at our blog to find the answers to a few frequently asked pet travel questions, and if you're interested in finding out more about flying in general, you can read about how to minimize the risks of pet travel.

If you have further questions about your cats' relocation (note that they need to be up to date on their rabies vaccines and have vet health certificates, as well), please contact us at your convenience.

Hope this helps, and good luck with everything!
 

Dog Travel from Italy to the United States

Monday, February 10, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Carole
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Cane Corso (110 lb.)
From: Sicily, Italy
To: Atlanta, GA

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I need cost estimate, where to buy a large pet kennel for the flight, any special paperwork that's required, etc. I already know about getting the Health Certificate from an authorized Italian vet, and the CDC said they don't require any special papers, but I don't know things like, if it's better to fly the pet via Delta, Alitalia, etc. or are there special pet transporters?

My son has been in Sicily for 11 years and is returning to the US. He asked me to find out how to transport his dog.

Thanks,

Carole

 

Hi Carole,

Thanks for contacting us with your question. To start, please take a look at the pet import requirements for the United States. The US requires that you have an international health certificate and proof that pets are up to date on the rabies vaccine.

You can review this information about choosing the correct travel crate, as well. Many people visit a pet store to "try on" the travel crate before they buy and then buy the crate there or, if no pet stores are available to your son, he can buy one online. It sounds like his dog may need a custom crate (we have information about custom crates that you'll find through the above mentioned link, and if you have questions we can tell you more).

The price of our door-to-door services depends on a several factors, but in general international moves begin at around $2,500-$3,000 USD. If you'd like to continue to research your options, another great resource for pet travel information and finding local pet agents yourself is IPATA.org.

Finally, in terms of airlines, it's very important to choose a pet-friendly airline. We often use KLM, Lufthansa and United due to their established pet policies. Since you're flying a large dog, it will also be important to check with the airline ahead of time to make sure the cargo space in the plane will be able to accommodate the crate.

This is a lot of information, so please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions about anything, including our comprehensive services. Thanks again, and we hope to hear from you soon.



 

Dog Travel to The Dominican Republic

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Marcus
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Akita
From: England
To: Dominican Republic

 

Dear PetRelocation,

Do I need an import certificate for this move? Once I have this info then I can proceed to the vet for a full vaccination, including rabies jab. I am applying for the export travel certificate, too.

Thanks,

Marcus

 

Hi Marcus,

To move your dog to the Dominican Republic you'll need a health certificate signed by your vet and proof of an up-to-date rabies vaccine. The rabies vaccine should be administered at least 30 days before your day of departure, and the health certificate should be issued not more than 15 days before departure. Here is more information about moving pets to the Dominican Republic.

We recommend taking the time to choose a pet friendly airline, and you'll also want to make sure your travel crate is airline approved. Here is more information about how to choose the right travel crate for your dog.

Please contact us if you have questions or if you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services. Good luck with your trip!

 


 

Dog Travel to Costa Rica

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Maxi
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Shepard Mix
From: San Diego, CA
To: Costa Rica

 

Dear PetRelocation,

What forms/certificates do I need to get my dog to Costa Rica?

Thank you,

Maxi

 

Hi Maxi,

Thanks for contacting us. Take a look at the pet import requirements for Costa Rica as outlined by the USDA. Among other things, you'll need to have your dog vaccinated against rabies and you'll need to fill out the APHIS 7001.

We recommend flying with a pet friendly airline and working with your dog beforehand to make sure he/she is comfortable in the travel crate. You can find lots of general information and answers to frequently asked pet travel questions on our blog, and if you have more questions or would like to receive an estimate for our services, you can fill out our quote form.

Hope this helps! We look forward to hearing from you, and good luck with everything.

Pet News Round-Up: Travel Apps, Crowdfunding and a Cat Cafe

Friday, January 31, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Six extremely pet friendly hotels.

Will America get its very own cat cafe?

Taking a look at pet travel trends.

General travel tidbit: Fathom chooses its 24 top travel websites.

Five essential pet travel apps.

Home Depot offers tips for making your new home pet friendly and safe.

Crowdfunding pet projects.

 

 

Happy Friday, pet travelers!

How to Take a Dog Friendly Road Trip

Thursday, January 30, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Rebeca
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Yorkshire Terrier mixed with a Chihuahua
From: California
To: Arizona

 

Dear PetRelocation,

What is necessary to bring my dog to Arizona by car? How long can my dog stay in Arizona with all the required info?

Thanks!

Rebeca

 

Hi Rebeca,

Good questions! Travel by car within the United States isn't nearly as strict as international travel, but it's smart to prepare for any challenges or rules that you may encounter.

Primarily we recommend that your dog is up to date on the rabies vaccine and you have proof that this is the case (either with tags or vet paperwork or both). Rabies laws vary from state to state, but in general you should always make sure your dog is current on all major vaccines when you travel (and if they are you can stay as long as you need to).

A microchip will not be required for your trip but we do recommend one. When you're on the road it's best to be prepared for anything, so in addition to bringing plenty of supplies, an extra leash, a first aid kit and a sturdy travel crate, it's a good idea to double check that your contact information is up to date on your dog's tags and, if you do have a microchip, the data is correct.

Here are a few more tips for a dog road trip. Hope this helps, and good luck with everything!



 

Pets, Trends & Crowdfunding: Yard Bar in Austin, TX

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

We recently made a few pet travel predictions for 2014, and the overall theme of our guesses is that pets will continue to become more important to people, more visible in public life, and more welcomed by businesses.

As an example of what we're talking about, here in Austin, where PetRelocation is based, an exciting new dog-friendly project is underway and currently seeking crowdfunded support. Yard Bar will be a dog park, restaurant and bar all in one and aims to be a friendly, relaxed and social place for dog lovers to meet up.

Fun idea, right? If you're an Austinite and and want to find out more (or maybe even contribute a few bucks), check out the Yard Bar campaign online and take a look at the video below.

Would you hang out at a place like Yard Bar? Does your city already have a dog park that's enticing to humans, as well? Let us know about the cool pet-friendly spots in your area!

 

Planning Ahead for Safe Summer Pet Travel

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Suzie
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Golden Retriever

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I'm concerned about moving my 3-year-old Golden Retriever from Canada to Qatar in April 2014.

I understand that it starts to get very hot around this time in Qatar. Is this something i need to think about before I put Gibson on a plane? At what point do i say, "it's too hot for him to travel"? What is the cut off temperature?

Thanks,

Suzie

 

Hi Suzie,

That's a good question. Temperatures definitely affect pet travel and it's important to plan ahead so as to keep pets safe and work around embargoes. When using a pet friendly airline, hot and cold temperatures don't come into play quite as much because, with carriers who have established pet policies, pets are exposed to outside conditions as minimally as possible.

That being said, many airlines operate using summer embargoes so as to avoid risk altogether. These policies change from year to year, so it would be a good idea to check with the airline you're thinking about using to find out how they alter their schedule during the summer. Here is more information about pet safety during summer travel for your information.

If you're interested in speaking to a PetRelocation specialist about your options (we have dedicated Asia/Middle East team members who have moved many pets to Qatar), please fill out our free quote form or give our office a call. You can also look over the pet import requirements for the Qatar here. Correction: A previous version stated "UAE" rather than "Qatar." We've updated the link to the Qatar requirements here. Thanks to our friend Jane for the correction!

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

Bird Travel: A Cockatiel from Australia to the United States

Friday, January 24, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Anna
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Bird
Pet Breed: Cockatiel
From: Melbourne, Australia
To: Santiago, USA

 

Dear PetRelocation,

Where do I start and who would be best to contact to organise my bird move? I need to know about forms etc. (basically I need to know everything I have to do).

Thanks,

Anna

 

Hi Anna,

Moving birds does require a bit of extra work, but we'd be happy to help! Here's a quick overview of the bird travel process for your information. Cockatiels are exempt from CITES regulations, which should cut back on the amount of paperwork you'll need to complete. 

Coming into the United States will also make this a little easier, but you'll still need to make sure you obtain the right travel crate and make arrangements with a bird friendly airline. Here's more info from our blog about how to relocate a bird safely

We'd be happy to discuss your options with you, Anna. Please fill out our quote form or give our office a call if you're interested in finding out more. Hope to hear from you soon!

 

Dog Travel to Colombia

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Lina
Number of Pets: 0ne
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Dachshund
From: Chicago
To: Cali, Colombia

 

Dear PetRelocation,

What are the processes and requirements to travel to Colombia? What certificates do I need to show to the airline?

Thank you,
Lina

 

Hi Lina,

Please take a look at these pet import requirements for Colombia. Your dog will need a microchip, proof of rabies vaccine and an International Health Certificate. The appropriate forms also need to be endorsed by the USDA.

If you have questions about these requirements or are interested in finding out more about our door-to-door services, please fill out our free quote form.

We also recommend looking over these frequently asked pet travel questions to get a better idea of what to expect during pet travel and booking a flight with a pet friendly airline.

Thanks for reaching out, and good luck with everything!

What's Next? 5 Pet Travel Predictions for 2014

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

As another year begins, we're looking forward to seeing how the world evolves when it comes to domestic and international pet travel trends. Arranging safe relocations when pet families face a big move will continue to be our top priority, and monitoring the overall climate will help us provide the best services possible (it's also fun to watch an industry as it adjusts and expands).

On that note, what changes does 2014 hold in terms of pets and pet travel? No one knows for sure, but here are a few of our educated guesses.

1. More people will move with their pets. The increasingly global nature of business means that more companies will be transferring teams and individuals to new locations, often thousands of miles away. Professional relocation services will be in greater and greater demand as these companies realize the importance of assisting valued employees and their families (which so often include pets).

2. People will increasingly view their furry friends as more than "just pets." If you haven't heard it yet, you'll probably run across the term "humanization" pretty soon, signaling that people are prepared to invest more time and money than every before in their precious companions. Here's a New York Times article discussing the increase of pampered pets.

3. Smaller dogs will be more common. According to market trends, people are leaning towards adopting smaller dogs into their lives these days. Easier for older folks to care for and often better suited for apartment life, small breeds are also easier to travel with. Don't be surprised if you start seeing more mini-pups in public spaces.

4. Airports will become more accommodating. Improved pet relief stations (like the one in San Diego), pet flight programs and pet hotels near the airport will continue to pop up as more service providers realize that yes, pets are really important to people and yes, pet friendly amenities are appreciated.

5. Health and technology spheres will continue to widen to include pets. Going along with the humanization trend, pet owners will include pets in their organic eating endeavors, their exercise routines and their technology-enhanced lifestyles. Even more than now, the distinction between what's good for us and what's good for our pets will increasingly fade.

What do you think the future holds for pets and pet travel? Share your ideas here in the comments and stick around with us for another exciting year!