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Spooky Pet News Round-Up: Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 31, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Here are the pets of PetRelocation dressed up for Halloween!

Here are a few more pets in costumes (we know you weren't ready to move on yet).

Halloween pet safety tips.

How to avoid being accidentally injured by your dog.

A video reminder that black cats are awesome.

Not scary, but cool: Advances in canine medicine.

 

buttercup

Have a safe and fun weekend!

 

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!


 

Dog Travel to Northern Ireland

Monday, October 27, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sheila
Number of Pets: one
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Bluetick Coonhound
From: United States
To: Northern Ireland

Is the preparation time the same as for England, which is about 3 months? What is the cost to take the dog to Belfast?

Thanks,

Sheila

 

Hi Sheila,

The overall costs will depend on a few factors (the size of your dog, where you're departing from, etc.), but you can probably expect to spend $2000 USD or more when the process is all said and done.

Handling the move completely on your own will keep prices lower, so take a look at the pet import requirements for Ireland to find out what you'll need to do. The United States is considered a "Qualifying Lower Risk" country, so the rabies vaccination must be administered at least 21 days before departure.

If you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services, please fill out our free quote form. You can also take a look at our blog for general tips about moving pets.

Hope this helps, Sheila. Good luck with everything!

Waiting until a Kitten Is Old Enough to Travel

Thursday, October 23, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Julie
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Mixed
From: Philippines
To: Thailand

Hi PetRelocation,

Recently I rescued a baby kitten and would like to raise it. The problem is that I found her in the Philippines the day before returning home to Thailand. A friend is looking after her for now, but it's quite a burden, and I would like to relieve her of the task.

I am not sure how realistic my dream is of having the kitten, but my main question is in regards to the quarantine regulations. The kitten is too young to be vaccinated, according to what I've researched. So, can I bring her in under the surety that she will be vaccinated when she comes of age, or does she need to wait until she's 12 weeks to be vaccinated, and then wait the additional 21 days before I can move her?

Thanks,

Julie

 

Hi Julie,

Thanks for your inquiry. Unless you contact the Thailand government and they tell you otherwise, you will need to wait until your cat is old enough to receive all vaccines and fulfill all import requirements properly. The process will likely take a few weeks. Note that, for safety reasons, we recommend waiting until a pet is at least 16 weeks old before they travel.

Here is a US export-geared overview of the Thailand pet import requirements to help offer an idea of what to expect; please give us a call or fill out our free quote form if you'd like to learn more about our door-to-door services. You're also welcome to search for a local agent via IPATA.org if you'd like to hire help and explore your other options.

Hope this helps! Please take a look at our blog for useful pet travel tips and other pet travel information. Good luck with everything -- we hope you can be reunited with your cat!
 

Incredible Experiences: Mason the Aussie's Move from USA to Singapore

Thursday, October 23, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Estella
Pet's Name: Mason
From: Michigan, USA
To: Singapore
 

My husband and I had to relocate from Michigan to Singapore. We acquired Mason, our 2-year-old male neutered Australian Shepherd during our time in Michigan. He is family and leaving him behind was never an option.

I looked into other pet transportation companies before I found PetRelocation. Being a Vet myself, I was very particular about his safety and well being. I was concerned about his long 10-12 hour flight in cargo. Afraid he could be accidentally misplaced during his transits at busy international airports. Worried he may not have sufficient water during his trip or that he would not get to go potty. Worried he may get heat stroke if it took too long to unload him from the plane in Singapore.

Getting Mason into Singapore (which is rabies free) requires precise timing for his vaccinations, health certificates, blood test and 10-day quarantine. Thankfully, PetRelocation helped me through the administrative process and Vanessa, my client care specialist, answered all my queries.

I appreciated being able to track his flight and getting picture updates during his transits. It was nerve wrecking, but I am happy to report that Mason is well and reunited with us. You can read about what he thought about the adventure on his blog: http://adayinmasonslife.blogspot.com

We made a great choice trusting PetRelocation with our precious cargo.

 

mason

Nice digs!

 

mason

Watch out for Durians
 

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!
 

Four Ways to Make Your New Home Pet-Friendly [Home Depot Guest Post]

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

You've moved your belongings, yourself and your pet, but the work isn't done yet. Here are a few tips from Home Depot's Sarah Kellner that can help you make your new house a warm and pet-safe home.

4 Musts for Making Your New Home Pet-Friendly

Being a pet owner is a lot like being a parent. The responsibility of feeding, protecting and caring for your pet falls solely on your shoulders, and when they look at you with their big, sweet eyes, how could you not want to give them the world?

Just like toddlers will find every dangerous nook and cranny in a new home, so, too, will pets -- especially curious puppies and kittens. Pets can find places in your home you didn't even know existed! That's why it's so important when relocating with your pet to a new city that you take the proper precautions and pet proof your new digs.

Look at the new space from your pet's point of view: where would you hide; what would you scratch or chew?

While a certain amount of pet proofing happens through trial and error, there are many things you can do to make your home safer, regardless of where you live or what type of pet you have.

kitty on the fridge

The Kitchen

Your kitchen is a veritable treasure trove of possible dangers for your pet. Be sure to keep your furry friends out of the cabinets by installing child-proof latches on them and block any small spaces like gaps between cabinets where small pets could get lodged. Since dogs are heavily driven by their sense of smell, be sure to keep your trash cans sealed with covers or secured away from pets inside a latched cabinet or pantry. Also, be sure to keep all food off the ground and out of reach, because while the food itself may not be harmful to your pet, the packaging easily could be.

Chemicals & Harmful Substances

One of the most important aspects of pet proofing is identifying all of the potentially poisonous liquids and substances in your home and keeping them well out of reach. These kinds of common household substances include cleaning agents, laundry detergents, medicines, toiletries, cosmetics, and even toilet bowl water. If you have houseplants, do your research to ensure that they are not harmful to your pet. Common examples include lilies, corn plants, jade plants, and aloe.

Your garage can also contain a staggering number of harmful chemicals like fertilizer, pesticide, paint, gas cans and antifreeze. Even one taste of antifreeze can be fatal to pets, so be sure to store it on a high shelf and keep it off of your garage floor and driveway, too.

Appliances

Household appliances are another area to add to your pet safety checklist. We all know that cats are attracted to warm hiding places, so it only makes sense that they gravitate toward clothes dryers. All you need to do to avoid tragedy is to always check inside the dryer before turning it on. When cooking, try to get in the habit of using back burners to keep curious noses away from the heat and always turn your pot and pan handles in toward the middle of the range.

dudley the dog

Cables & Cords

Every pet owner can attest that animals love chewing on and playing with cords. As part of your cable management system, use cord cover kits wherever possible to keep entertainment center cords, desk cords, and other hubs organized and secured away from pets. You should also keep dangling lamp cords fastened to the furniture or wall, run under the carpet, or enclosed in chew-proof PVC pipe.

What pet-proofing tricks do you use in your home?

Sarah Kellner is a pet lover and likes to share great DIY advice and tips for The Home Depot. She comes up with some creative solutions to make your life with pets easier. To find cord covers and other cable management products, visit The Home Depot website.

Incredible Experiences: Chiefa "The Beef" Moves to Switzerland

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Danica
Pet's Name: Chiefa "THE BEEF" Lance
From: Washington, DC and Travelers Rest, SC (Atlanta, GA)
To: Zug, Switzerland

 

I reached out to PetRelocation along with other various pet relocation services in May as soon as we learned our visas had been approved. Within the first phone call with PetRelocation, I knew that I would be utilizing their service when it was time to move our 3-year-old deaf English Bulldog, Chiefa "THE BEEF" Lance.

The staff (Jon, Maegan, and Anna) were so knowledgeable, professional, and personable through the entire process (6 months). The relocation of an English Bulldog is not an easy task, especially around the summer season. English Bulldogs have snubbed noses, difficulty breathing, and cannot handle the heat of the summer.

At the time I contacted PetRelocation, they had relocated around 30 snub-nosed breeds, which was extremely important to me and Chiefa. For me, the best part of the pet move was the trust and comfort I felt when I handed Chiefa over into someone else's care at the airport.

Overall, Chiefa has adjusted well to Switzerland. She just experienced minor jet lag, and today Chiefa had her first ride on public transportation in Switzerland.

Our family can't thank PetRelocation and their AWESOME staff enough for all of their support during this difficult time!
 



Go Chiefa!

How to Find Help with a Pet Move

Monday, October 20, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Ann
Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Yorkshire Terriers
From: New York, USA
To: Sydney, Australia

 

Dear PetRelocation,

Are there people who can walk me step-by-step through the process of exporting my pets?

Thanks,

Ann

 

Hi Ann,

There is plenty of information available online that may help you carry out your pet move, and if you're interested in hiring experts to assist, you can find either door-to-door services or agents to aid you with parts of the move.

We highly recommend going straight to the source as you start to plan your dog move to Australia: The Australia Government Department of Agriculture website outlines all steps and helps pet owners plan a schedule for vaccinations, vet visits, etc. based on their desired move date.

If you'd like to have a pet travel specialist talk you through these steps and manage parts of the move by making the quarantine and airline reservations and arranging transportation to and from the airport, you're welcome to contact us for more information about our services. If you want to explore other options, you can search for agents via IPATA.org.

Hopefully this answers your question and helps to get you started, Ann. Please let us know if we can help with anything, and good luck with your dogs' move!

Rabbit Travel Rules and Tips

Thursday, October 16, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Ella
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dwarf Rabbits
From: South Africa
To: Montana, USA

 

Hello,

Can I take my dwarf rabbits with me to Montana?

Thanks,

Ella

 

Hi Ella,

Thanks for the question! According to the USDA website, the United States does not have any particular health requirements for pet rabbits entering the country. An import permit is only required if the animals have been "inoculated with any pathogens for scientific purposes."

You will want to contact the airline you're planning to use to find out if they have any particular requirements for you to follow, however, and you'll also need to make sure you have secure travel crates for your rabbits.

We have moved rabbits in the past and, in order to promote their comfort and safety as much as possible, paid close attention to proper hydration (among other things). Please talk to your vet for more information about best travel practices to keep in mind.

Please contact us if you think you'd like some help with your move. Thanks again, and good luck.

Incredible Experiences: Peach's Move to the UK

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Katy

Pet's Name: Peach

From: Boston, MA, USA

To: London, UK

We began planning Peach’s big trip about four months before our move from Boston to London. We were excited about the professional opportunities in London but very nervous about the potential risks for Peach! We needed to be sure we were taking every precaution before we committed to the move.

After consulting with several relocation agencies, we felt the most comfortable with PetRelocation. Evelyn and Linda kept us on track for every milestone (vet appointments, travel booking, crate training in the travel crate, etc.).

For travel to the U.K., there is a very tight timeline that must be followed to avoid quarantine. One part of this is a USDA form that can only be sent a few days before travel and must be certified before the trip. When Linda realized that Peach’s forms were caught in a backlog, she got in touch with the agency and made sure that we made the deadline.

Peach arrived safe and sound after her flights from Boston to Frankfurt and Frankfurt to London (the most direct route, since Lufthansa is the only carrier that will accept snub-nosed breeds for transatlantic flights). We couldn’t be happier that she is back with us!

Here she is relaxing by Regent’s Canal:

 

peach

Questions about Pet Travel to Russia

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kathy
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Yorkie
From: Kansas City, USA
To: Russia

 

Hello,

What are the requirements to relocate my pet from Kansas City to Russia? Are microchips required? What paperwork and vaccines do I need? 

I really appreciate any info you can give me.

Thanks,

Kathy

 

Hi Kathy,

Sure, we'd be happy to help; here is an overview of the pet import requirements for Russia. To summarize, yes, your dog will need a microchip (implanted before the rabies vaccine is administered), and the rabies vaccine must be given at least 30 days before departure and less than one year before departure.

A few vaccinations are also required, including Hepatitis, Distemper and DHP (we recommend doing the combined DHLPP vaccine and Bordatella, as well).

You'll also need to obtain a Rabies Certificate and an International Health Certificate, and these forms will need to be stamped by the USDA. For your reference, here are a few frequently asked pet travel questions to help you form a picture of the overall pet travel process.

Feel free to contact us for a quote if you're interested in hiring professional assistance, and either way, good luck with your move!
 

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.
 

Tips and Advice for Relocating Fish

Monday, October 13, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

fish on deskRelocating fish requires different steps than moving a dog or a cat, but that doesn't mean it's impossible. We've helped several pet fish make their way from one place to another and have received a few inquiries about the process, so we thought we'd provide a quick overview of what's involved.

Thinking of moving your fish? Here are a few points to consider:

To Stay or to Go -- Fish are valued and important pets to many people, but sometimes you have to start by asking a hard question like, "Is it actually reasonable and safe to move my fish with me?" The costs can be steep (we'll talk more about that below) and going long distances brings an inherent risk to the fish's well-being (especially types of fish more susceptible to stress and who require a very specific environment), so before you start planning the logistics, think about whether that beta fish (cute as he is) might not be better off staying with a friend.

The Details -- To relocate safely, fish will need to be carefully packed in plastic bags of water (water that is properly oxygenated and balanced with chemical levels the fish are used to), and these bags are then placed in a Styrofoam box or other secure container of some kind (see below for an example). An aquarium will not be provided or moved by PetRelocation (and probably not by whoever is helping you move, if you've hired assistance), so you'll need to arrange to have one ready on the destination side along with all the accoutrements the fish need.

 

fish

A safe fish travel set-up

The Costs -- Airlines charge based on the weight and amount of space the fish container takes up, so it isn't necessarily cheaper than moving a cat or small dog (it could even be more expensive, in fact). Again, this is where measuring sentimental value comes in -- it sounds a little business-like, but you may find it's simply not worth it to move certain fish once you know costs could amount to $1200 or more.

The Timing -- It can take a little longer to price and plan a fish move due to the fact that fish shipping experts are harder to find. Making sure your fish are in safe hands means locating an agent who is qualified and available to assist in whatever city you need them, and it's safe to say that fish shippers aren't as plentiful as traditional agents used to transporting dogs and cats to the airport. Essentially, don't expect a fish move to come together overnight.

Here's more detailed information about how to relocate fish safely, and here's a fun story from our blog about some Koi we moved from Texas to Tennessee.

Considering moving your fish and have more questions? Feel free to contact us to speak to a Specialist.

 

paradise fish

 Daniella Vereeken/Flickr

Incredible Experiences: Maya's Trip to Germany

Thursday, October 9, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Kirsten
Pet's Name: Maya
From: Washington, D.C.
To: Germany

When my family and I found out we were going to be moving to Germany, we had to decide how we were going to get our dog Maya there.

I first had tried another company, but that would have been a multi-stop trip, which would have given her over 24 hours in her kennel. We didn't want that for her, so I had talked to a friend about how she got her dogs shipped and she told me about PetRelocation.

From the first call I had I was put at ease with the whole process. I was given one point of contact to start all the paperwork, and then once it came time to travel I got another point of contact. Even on the day before Maya was going to fly, I could send emails and get a response right away without having to wait. That just tells me that they all want the best for your pet, too.

Thank you Anna and Maegan!