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Exploring The Heathrow Animal Reception Centre

Friday, October 28, 2016 by Pet Friendly Airports

heathrow animal reception centreIn order to meet the pet import rules of the United Kingdom, all pets entering or re-entering the country must pass through one place: the Heathrow Animal Reception Center (HARC). It can be hard to know what to expect from facilities like this, but luckily there is quite a bit of information out there if you know where to look.

To save you some time, we've compiled several details about the HARC so that families transporting pets to the United Kingdom will know what to expect. Hope this helps!


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Should Pets Be Sedated During Air Travel?

Monday, October 24, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Pet Sedation During Air Travel -- Is It Safe?No Sedation when Flying Pets!

Here at PetRelocation, we are constantly asked about sedation or the use of tranquilizers when flying our customers' pets. Simply, the answer is NO! 

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), sedating cats or dogs during air travel may increase the risk of heart and respiratory problems. Except in unusual circumstances, veterinarians should not dispense sedatives for animals that are to be transported.

The Unknown Effects of Tranquilizing Pets...

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Dog Travel Spotlight: An American Staffie's Move to Ireland

Thursday, October 20, 2016 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Incredible Experiences: Dog's Happy Reunion

I was impressed with PetRelocation's ability to think outside of the box and ensure that we were able to get "Dog" home safely and with minimum fuss. 

Dog Travel to Ireland

Due to "Dog"'s breed, American Staffordshire Terrier, he was not able to accompany us to England when we moved there 6 years ago. He stayed home with my son in Texas for the first couple of years. 

Due to medical reasons, it was necessary for my son to join me in England 3 years ago and "Dog" was taken to a...

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Dog Travel Story: Two Rescue Boxers Move to Australia

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Incredible Experiences: Bella and Thorne's Move to Sydney

I moved from Toronto, Ontario in Canada to Sydney, Australia last month with my two boxers, Bella and Thorne to join my partner here in Sydney. This would not have been possible if it weren't for the professionalism, courtesy, knowledge and help from Australia/New Zealand expert Linda S. at PetRelocation. 


Bella and Thorne in Australia


Our two boxers both were adopted from Boxer Rescue Ontario, and each came with their own set of sad circumstances and baggage. Bella...

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Dog Travel to Shanghai: Luca and Polo's Relocation

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Dog Travel Story: Luca and Polo's Move to ShanghaiIncredible Experiences: Luca and Polo's China Move Story

I was very nervous to move our 8-year old Lhasa Apso (Polo) and our 3-year old Mixed Terrier (Luca) to Shanghai, China.

The PetRelocation team put every nervous thought to rest as we began the process of moving our beloved dogs. From our preparation vet visits to every step of our dogs' journey, the PetRelocation team kept us informed and made the mind-boggling process worry-free.

Our dogs did fabulously on the journey to Shanghai! We...

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Dog Travel Advice: How to Move Pets to South Africa

Monday, October 17, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

I have a few questions :)

1. We were toying with the idea of renting a car and driving to NYC where we could catch a direct flight to Johannesburg to avoid multiple flights for the pets, but worry that three days on road trip and THEN a flight may be just as terrifying for them. What do you think? Which is easier on a pets psyche?

2. If we went with you as our movers, would we be on the same flights as our pets? If so, do we get to see them during layovers?

3. Do the dogs get a...

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Should I Sedate My Cat for Air Travel?

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Should I Sedate My Cat for Air Travel? Hello PetRelocation,

I'm taking my cat on the plane but am super concerned about having to take him out at security. He can be aggressive when anxious. My vet prescribed 10mg Acepromazine for my 15.5 Ibs cat but I feel reluctant giving it. What are your suggestions? Sedative or not?




Hi Anke,

This is an important question. Owners sometimes wrongly assume that their pet's travel will be less stressful if they are sedated. However, sedating a pet when flying is dangerous and is one of the...

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Pet Travel Question: Moving Birds to India

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

I bought one green parrot here in Dubai and want to take this parrot to my home in India. What documents are required and which airlines can I choose from?
Someone told me that I need to prepare a document like a passport for my parrot, so please advise me about all the details so I can take my parrot home.


Hello Flavy,

Thanks for contacting us with your question. Unfortunately, birds cannot be imported to India at this time due to the threat of Avian Flu. Sorry to...
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Pet Travel Question: Moving a Dog from India to the US

Monday, October 10, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions


I have a list of documents required for my dog's move from India to the United States. I have a kennel club registered dog. Does my dog need to be neutered? What if I do not wish to neuter? We have all the records of his rabies vaccination and other vaccinations and can obtain the required certificates from his vet. What are the quarantine laws in the United States?

Thank you,



Hi Neha,

Thanks for your questions. Pet transport to the United States is relatively simple, and you can see the...

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6 Tips for Safe and Easy Fall Pet Travel

Thursday, October 6, 2016 by Pet Travel News

5 Tips for Safe and Easy Fall Pet TravelSmart Tips for 6 Fall Pet Travel Scenarios

Being a dedicated pet owner means being ready for anything.

No matter what the next few months hold for you, take a minute to look over our favorite travel tips for fall to help make sure your whole family stays safe and happy throughout this busy season.

International Pet Travel

As we've discussed in the past, November through January can be tricky times to arrange pet shipping due to high traveler volume and government office closures during the holidays.


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Cat Travel to the United Kingdom: Sonic's Move Story

Thursday, October 6, 2016 by PetRelocation.com Customer

sonic the hedgehogIncredible Experiences: "Quick, easy and a happy cat at the end!"

We were very nervous about transporting Sonic.

He and my husband were attached at the hip, and Sonic already would be upset when we would go on vacations.

But, this all happened so quickly and Sonic adapted so well -- it made the most stressful few days of our lives less stressful.

I'm so happy to have had Katy's help through this. She kept us up-to-date so that nothing was missed along the way.

Thank you,



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Are AVID Microchips ISO Compatible for International Pet Air Travel?

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Avid Microchips and International Air Travel Avid Microchips and International Pet Air Travel 

We have been receiving a lot of questions recently about microchips, specifically AVID brand chips and whether or not they are ISO compatible.

We'd love to address these very important questions, but first, let's review what a microchip is and why it's typically required for any animal traveling internationally.

What is a Microchip and Why Does My Pet Need One?

The microchip is a tiny computer chip which has an identification number programmed into...

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Can Two Pets Travel in One Crate When Flying?

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Can two pets fly together in one crate?Your pets are best friends. They go everywhere together: they shop at the pet store, comfort each other at the vet's office, and more often than not they even share a bed.

Many pet owners love seeing their pets share this bond, and when it comes time to travel, take comfort in knowing that their pets will be making the big trip together.

But how close is too close when it comes to comfort and safety? This question comes to us from our Facebook page (have you liked us on Facebook? Take a look if...

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Behind the Scenes at the Air France-KLM Animal Hotel

Monday, October 3, 2016 by Pet Friendly Airlines

KLM Cargo Animal HotelAir France KLM Animal Hotel in Amsterdam

PetRelocation has a few preferred airlines when it comes to planning safe moves for our clients' pets, and one of them is KLM -- read on to see why.

Imagine a place at the airport where you could retreat to your private, air-conditioned room, take a nice walk in a grassy park, and grab a bite to eat while you relax and wait for your next flight to take off.  

No more loud terminals, uncomfortable waiting area chairs, or worrying about final boarding calls --...

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Cat Travel Story: Louie and Tilly's Move to the United Kingdom

Monday, October 3, 2016 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Incredible Experiences: A Successful Move to London!

My husband and I moved from Chicago to London and we brought our two cats with us. PetRelocation was recommended to us from a coworker.

They were highly recommended and they didn't disappoint! They gave us a clear timeline of when we needed to have our carriers, when to take our two cats to the vet, and when and where we would drop them off at the airport.

Our relocation coordinator made sure that we had all of the necessary paperwork in order...

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Pet Travel Q&A: Shipping a Dog to Puerto Rico

Saturday, October 1, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

What pet requirements are needed to send my puppy to Puerto Rico and how much will it cost?




Hi Rafelina,

Thanks for the question! To start, take a look at the pet import requirements for Puerto Rico.

As you can see, because Puerto Rico is a US commonwealth, pet shipping from the continental United States is not considered international and you will only need domestic health certificates and proof of current vaccinations.

Be aware that we recommend waiting until a dog...

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Malaysia Pet Travel: Kuala Lumpur Animal Quarantine Station

Friday, September 30, 2016 by Pet Travel News

dog visitation at kuala lumpur quarantine stationPet Travel to Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur Quarantine Station

We've helped many clients with the relocation of their family pet to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and are often asked about the Quarantine Station and the conditions of stay for their pets. To shed some light on the experience, here are a few frequently asked questions about the Kuala Lumpur Quarantine Station.

If you're just starting out and need information about the import requirements, take a look at our Malaysia country profile page to...

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Pet Transport Advice on Transiting and Layovers

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Hello There,

I will be traveling with my dog from Chicago to Israel and will stop in Austria for two hours.

Should my dog be vaccinated for Tapeworm? Is this a requirement by the Austrian authorities? He recently got his three-year rabies shot (in April).

Thank you for your help!




Hi Yoav,

Thank you for your question!

We often field inquiries about layovers and vaccine requirements, and essentially the answer is this: unless you are switching airlines or leaving the airport, you do not...

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Pet Travel Question: What is the EU 998?

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

My vet tells me that all I need to get my dog into Germany is the International Health Certificate, European Microchip, and proof of vaccinations. However I'm reading on the internet that I also need the EU Form 998, which my vet says they know nothing about. Do I really need this 998 form??? Please help!


Hi Todd,

Thanks for contacting us with your question! Long story short: the EU 998 is no longer needed for pet travel to Europe.

Here are the Pet Import Requirements for...

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Pet Travel to New Zealand: Penelope's Exciting Journey

Monday, September 26, 2016 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Dog Travel to New Zealand: Penelope's MoveIncredible Experiences: Penelope's Adventure to New Zealand

My pet relocation consultant was Linda Smith. I honestly can't say enough great things about her and the amazing service that she provided to me and my fur baby.

When I made the decision to relocate to Auckland, New Zealand with my little Yorkshire Terrier, Penelope, she had never flown on a plane before so I was very worried about how she would fare on a 15+ hour flight. Would she be scared?

I was worried about the quarantine process and...

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