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Moving Pets to South Africa

Thursday, November 20, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Chip
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Labrador/Pit Bull mix
From: Chicago, USA
To: Cape Town, South Africa

Hi PetRelocation,

What is the easiest way to transport my dog to Cape Town? We are moving in early January for at least a year to Cape Town and would hate to leave our dog here. Also, I am disabled and our dog is a service dog, but only 7 months old (will be 9 months at travel date).

Thanks!
Chip
 

Hi Chip,

Thank you for submitting a question to us. We've helped several pets move to South Africa and typically use KLM for their flights, as they area a pet-friendly airline. For an idea of the preparations that will be necessary, take a look at the pet import requirements for South Africa, which you'll need to follow carefully.

Next, here are a few pet travel tips to get you started. Generally speaking, we advise that you start the pet travel process early, talk to your vet about any health concerns you may have, and work on crate-training your dog. If your dog is a certified service animal and you'd like her/him to fly in the cabin with you, contact the airline you'll be flying with to discuss the procedures (here are KLM's animal travel guidelines, for example). We recently discussed typical scenarios for service dog travel on our blog if you'd like to take a look.

If this sounds overwhelming and you think you'd like some help with your move, please fill out our online consultation form. We'd be happy to further assist you, just let us know.

Either way, good luck and have a safe trip!

Cat Travel to the UK from an Unlisted Country

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Evren
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Long-haired House Cat
From: Turkey / Istanbul
To: UK / London

Hi,

I have read many things but the pet travel process is still confusing. Hope you can help me.

I will be moving to London to live long term. My cat is 7 years old. I am not an EU citizen or resident of the UK yet. Am I allowed to bring my cat anyway, and will there be any quarantine for my cat as I am coming from Turkey?

How long will the transport take in total? My cat is about 7 kg; how much will this cost? Also, he is not so friendly to strangers. Is this a problem?

Thank you so much.

Regards,

Evren
 

Hi Evren,

Thanks for contacting us with your question. Moving pets to the UK certainly requires careful preparation, so it's a good idea to research carefully and start the process early.

You'll find all the official information about import requirements on the gov.uk site. Turkey is an "unlisted country" so the rules are a bit different -- your cat will need a microchip, rabies vaccination, blood test, official veterinary certificate and you must use an authorized carrier and an approved route. Three months must pass from the day the blood sample is taken to the day of departure.

Good news: if you meet all of these requirements, your cat will not need to undergo a quarantine.

The length of the trip will depend on a few factors (namely the route and airline you choose). Note that we highly recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline -- we often use Lufthasa, KLM and British Airways. These airlines have pet-oriented policies in place and will have trained staff members used to dealing with all kinds of pets with all kinds of temperaments. To promote as smooth a trip as possible, you can attach a note to your cat's travel crate stating he is wary of strangers in order to give the handlers some warning during a comfort stop.

If you have any questions about this process and think you'd like to hire some help, please fill out our consultation form online. Our costs for moving a small pet internationally generally start at up to $3500 USD, but your expenses will vary based on a few different variables.

Hopefully this helps, Evren. Let us know if we can be of further service, and good luck with your trip!

Incredible Experiences: "The Big Kahuna"

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Neilla
Pet's Name: Kahuna
From: New Jersey, United States
To: Hawaii, United States
 

We weren't sure when we moved to Hawaii if we were going to be able to find a place that would be good for our 93 lb Labradoodle named Kahuna. We had heard that a lot of vets in Hawaii were filled up and wouldn't take new clients, and we also read that it was hard to find a house to rent that would take pets.

So in terms of finding a vet for him, on the Big Island of Hawaii it is very remote and we needed one that could not just take him but could also attend to his very special medical requirement of having Addison's Disease, which means he needs a shot once a month and he needs a pill every day.

 

kahuna

 

Also, we planned on renting at first and we needed to find a place that would take a rather large dog. So we left Kahuna in foster care in New Jersey until we could make sure we could provide a place for him. Fortunately for us, everything did work out and we were able to contact our foster family with the news that we would be starting the process of getting Kahuna shipped out here. Now the hard part began.

I personally quickly became very flustered and stressed thinking I might make a mistake on the paperwork that might in some way keep Kahuna from reaching us in a timely and efficient manner. Especially with his medical issues, high stress situations can be hard for an animal with this condition, which only gets harder because he is such a large animal.

Kahuna actually needed crate extensions on his XL crate, which his foster mom gladly helped attach in New Jersey. I was also relieved beyond measure to find PetRelocation; they coordinated everything from the crate extensions to the vets, the airfare to the forms and instructions about how to receive your pet. It was flawless.

Kahuna's plane went from NJ to CA to Honolulu to the Big Island of Hawaii. I received updates all along the way, and Kahuna had someone meeting him at each stop to make sure he was okay. I felt so safe having Kahuna's care in Sarah and Penney's hands. They took care of EVERYTHING! It was by far one of the greatest experiences I've had as a customer.


 

Kahuna is now in Hawaii and has adjusted really well. He does miss the snow but he is enjoying the fresh water streams.

I highly recommend PetRelocation to anyone who wants to have peace of mind. They take as much care as you would yourself in transporting your pet on your behalf.

Summer Pet Travel: It's Not Too Early to Start Planning

Thursday, November 13, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Linda
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Beagle and a English Cocker Spaniel
From: London, UK
To: Scottsdale, Arizona

 

Dear PetRelocation,

We may be relocating around June or July in 2015. Will my dogs be able to fly to Arizona during those months?

Thanks,

Linda

 

Hi Linda,

Thanks for your question! Summer pet travel is definitely an important topic, and it's crucial to educate yourself about the conditions and caveats well in advance.

Since this trip is still several months away and most airlines adjust their summer pet policies at least a little bit from year to year, it's too early to give you a definitive answer. That being said, we can point you in the right direction and tell you where to find the information you need.

Here are some details about summer airline embargoes from last summer, which will give you an idea of what to expect. Since your dogs are not snub-nosed breeds you probably won't face quite as many restrictions, however in the past British Airways (the airline you might be leaning towards using) has implemented flight restrictions for PHX during the summer. Many pet owners end up sending their pets earlier or later than originally planned in order to avoid embargoes like this and keep their pets safe. It may not fit your schedule ideally, but it's an option you may need to consider.

United is another one of our preferred airline carriers for pets all year round because they have solid pet-friendly policies. Even if it's hot, temperature shouldn't be a huge factor because pets are transported to the plane in an air-conditioned vehicle, given plenty of water, etc. Since pet safety is a priority, though, occasional embargoes are enacted.

We recommend checking in with the airlines directly to find out if they have any tips or predictions for you about this summer, and you can always keep an eye on pet travel blogs (like ours!) as your departure draws nearer so that you receive any updates that may be available.

Finally here, are a few safety tips for pets traveling in the summer as well as a link to our consultation page, which you can fill out if you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services.

Good luck with everything!

Bird Travel: How to Transport a Cockatoo

Thursday, November 13, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Pearl
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Bird
Pet Breed: Cockatoo
From: Minneapolis, MN
To: Los Angeles, CA

 

Hi PetRelocation,

Do you transport Cockatoos?

Thanks,

Pearl

 

Hi Pearl,

Yes, we do! We move several birds each year and have helped Cockatoos move safely to places all around the world. In fact, here's a recent picture of one named Andy who is going from Miami to Peru.

For your information, here are a few tips and facts about how to move a bird. It can be a little more complicated than moving a cat or a dog so we recommend starting the process early. Bird relocations within the United States aren't as complex as international moves, but there are definitely a few key details to attend to, including arranging air travel and acquiring a safe and airline-approved travel container for your Cockatoo.

One of our domestic bird specialists would be happy to discuss your options with you if you'd like to find out more about our services. Feel free to call our office at 1-877-PET-MOVE or fill out our online consultation form at your convenience.

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

Video: What is Pet-Friendly Air Travel?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

If you know anything about PetRelocation, you know that we take safety very seriously and only work with pet-friendly airlines when arranging our clients' trips.

What exactly does "pet-friendly" mean, though? Essentially, it means they have a staff trained to handle pets, they use climate-controlled vehicles, and they operate with a smooth set of procedures that keep a pet's health and safety in mind at all times.

For an example, take a look at the video below. This will show you how British Airways (an airline we work with often) handles their cargo pet travel arrangements.

Have questions about pet-friendly travel or PetRelocation's door-to-door transportation services? Please contact us.

"Is This a Bird Scam?"

Friday, November 7, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: R
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Bird
Pet Breed: Macaw
From: USA
To: Puerto Rico

 

Hello,

I met a lady online who is willing to sell me her pet parrot. She asked me to wire her some money so she could send the parrot to Puerto Rico through a pet transport agency. The thing is that I don't know if what we're doing is legal, if we're taking the right steps or if she needs to get some permits first.

If you could help me with these issues I would appreciate it a lot.

Thanks,

R

 

Hello,

Thanks for contacting us. We can say with near certainty that this is a scam, and in fact there is no bird. This woman is trying to steal money from you (asking you to wire the money is a big red flag). You should cut off contact with her and certainly don't send her a payment.

Transporting birds internationally is a very complex process that requires quite a bit of paperwork and careful preparation. Most instances you'll find online of people selling a bird and asking the seller to pay a transportation fee are not legitimate. If you do want to add a bird to your life, proceed carefully and only deal locally.

Please read more about bird scams here and let us know if you have any questions. Pet scams are unfortunately pretty common (just take a look at this puppy scam blog post and the hundreds of comments it has gathered over the years), so it's important to educate yourself and watch out for warning signs.

Good luck!

Cat Travel to the Philippines

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Brian
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: British Blue
From: Dubai
To: Philippines

 

Dear PetRelocation,

What is the procedure in transporting my cat to Philippines?

Thanks,

Brian

 

Hi Brian,

Please take a look at an overview of the pet import requirements for the Philippines. You'll need a Vet Health Certificate and proof of updated rabies vaccine, among other things, so we recommend allowing a few weeks of preparation time.

You can also refer to the USDA website for more about moving your cat to the Philippines (even though you're not coming from the United States, this site often has contact details for official government offices). For general information please take a look at our blog for pet travel advice and crate-training tips.

Finally, if you're interested in hiring some assistance with your move, please contact us to learn more about our door-to-door services.

Thanks for submitting a question to us, and good luck with everything!


 

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!
 

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!


 

Here's an Example of a Classic Puppy Scam

Friday, October 24, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Eevon
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Chow Chow
From: Thailand
To: Malaysia

Hi,

Recently I come across a website/forum. I met someone who's willing to give up a 2-month-old baby Chow Chow for adoption for only RM750. He is kind enough to ship the puppy from BKK to KL.

I was thinking it is too good to be true, so I just want to check with you: how much is the cost to ship a Chow Chow to Malaysia? Just want to check if this is genuine.

Eevon
 

 

Hi Eevon,

Don't do it -- this is a scam.

The scenario you've described above has all the classic warning signs of a puppy scam. Usually the person has a very cute dog, and they've offered to give it you for "free" but all you need to do is pay (low) transportation costs. They'll probably ask you to wire the money via Western Union.

In reality, there is no dog. This person just has a picture of one they found on the internet and they have no intention of sending anything. They will likely hike up the price at some point or ask you to send more money because there is a problem with the crate or an unforeseen "airport fee"; they will continue to bother you as they try to get you to send more money, but again, there is no pet and they are just trying to steal from you.

We recommend cutting off contact with this person and reading more about puppy scams and how to avoid them. Unfortunately it's hard to track or punish puppy scammers, but you can post their details in the comments section of the previously mentioned post -- maybe it will help someone else to avoid this person.

Please contact us if you have further questions, and good luck with everything. If you're looking to add a new pet to your family, we suggest only dealing locally and perhaps adopting from your local shelter!

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
 

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!

PetRelocation Included on the 2014 Inner City 100 List

Friday, October 17, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

icic logoPetRelocation has once again been included on the Inner City 100 list of fastest growing United States businesses. The Inner City 100 program recognizes successful inner city businesses and their CEOs as role models for entrepreneurship, innovative business practices and job creation in America’s urban communities.

PetRelocation is ranked #5 in the Transportation and Logistics category this year and #64 overall.

From ICIC:

"For the first time in the list’s 16-year history, the Inner City 100 consists of 10 fast-growing businesses from 10 industry categories: Construction; Manufacturing; Professional Services; Food and Beverage; Retail; Media and Communications; Software and Information Technology; Transportation and Logistics; Healthcare and Biotechnology; and Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation."

"The rankings for each company were announced at the Inner City 100 Awards on Thursday, October 16, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Preceding the Awards celebration, winners attended a two-day small business Symposium designed exclusively for urban firms featuring business management case studies presented by Harvard Business School professors and peer-to-peer learning sessions led by CEOs of fast-growing firms. Keynote speakers included Harvard Business School Professor and ICIC Founder and Chairman, Michael E. Porter; Honest Tea Founder and CEO, Seth Goldman; Rapid7 President and CEO, Corey Thomas; Communispace Chairman, Diane Hessan; and Launch Co-Founder and CEO, Ben Fischman."  

"The 2014 Inner City 100 winners represent a wide span of geography, hailing from 53 cities and 23 states. The winners grew at an average compound annual growth rate of 39 percent and an average gross growth rate of 336 percent between 2009 and 2013. Collectively, the top 100 inner city businesses employ 8,276 people and have created 5,119 new jobs between 2009 and 2013. Not only are the winners powerful job creators in their communities, they also help develop their employees – 73% provide business skills training and 69% provide professional development training to all full-time employees."

“It’s important to recognize businesses like company name that are truly driving economic growth and job creation and America’s urban cores,” said Matt Camp, President, ICIC. 'We believe that inner cities hold unique competitive advantages for business and the success of these firms underscores that market opportunity.'"

Take a look at the full list of winners at Fortune.com, and please join us in congratulating our fellow awardees!

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

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!


 

Driving with a Dog to the United States from Canada

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Mandy
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Chocolate Labrador
From: Calgary, Canada
To: Charlotte, North Carolina

 

Hello,
Please could you confirm that the only documentation we require to move our dog from Canada to the USA to live is a valid rabies vaccination?

We will be driving from Calgary to North Carolina and will be taking our dog with us, so she will not be flying.

Many thanks,
Mandy
 

Hi Mandy,

Great question. Transporting a dog into the United States via car may not require quite as much attention to detail as flying would, but you're right, you will need to have some basic paperwork on hand. Here is more information about importing pets to the US via the USDA.

As we've discussed before, crossing the Canada/US border with a pet is an experience that can vary from person to person (some border agents will ask for more information than others), but you should definitely have proof from your vet that your dog is up-to-date on her rabies vaccine.

Further, here are a few general tips for safe road travel with a dog. We recommend microchips even though they're not required, and it's a good idea to carry extra supplies, water bowls, a comfortable travel crate, etc. (you probably know all of this, but it might not hurt to revisit the list before you hit the road).

Please let us know if you have any more questions, Mandy. Thanks for reaching out, and have a great trip to North Carolina!