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Will the US Government Shutdown Affect Pet Travel?

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by Caitlin Moore

The government shutdown underway in the United States since early Tuesday morning affects about 800,000 federal employees. As many government agencies are being forced to cease operations, you may be wondering if your upcoming pet flight will be canceled or delayed.

Based on what we've learned, most agencies dealing with freight transportation will not be impacted. In terms of travel in general, most employees of the Department of Homeland Security will report for regular duty and TSA cargo...

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Guinea Pig Travel to the United States

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Jeff
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Guinea Pig
Pet Breed: Guinea Pig
From: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
To: Rancho Santa Margarita, California


Dear PetRelocation,

We purchased our guinea pig in Canada. Is there any special paperwork required to bring her into the United States?




Hi Jeff,

The United States has pretty straightforward import rules when it comes to pets; in fact, for guinea pigs, the USDA does not impose any animal health requirements (please see here).

That being said, it would...

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"What are the Pet Import Requirements for the Dominican Republic?"

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Juliann
Number of Pets: 4
Pet Type: 2 cats 2 dogs
Pet Breed: mix breeds
From: Tomball, TX
To: Dominican Republic

What is the process for moving my pets from Texas to the Dominican Republic? I have found the info on microchipping and documentation, but will they need to be quarantined? How will they be transported?




Hi Juliann,

Thanks for your question. Every country is different when it comes to pet import rules, so it's smart to start researching well in advance of your trip to find...

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Figuring Out Air Travel With Birds

Monday, September 16, 2013 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Laureen
From: Beijing, PRC China
To: Unknown at this time
Pets: Fester -- a little green male parakeet, approximately 2 years old
Dear PetRelocation,
My husband and I are anticipating being transferred to a new assignment from our current one in Beijing, China. It can possibly be most anywhere in the world including returning to our home in Denver, Colorado. Two years ago I purchased a parakeet and of course we have grown quite fond of him. What proper documentation do I need to acquire so...
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Pet News Round-Up: How to be a Better Pet Owner

Friday, September 6, 2013 by Caitlin Moore


Ten dog parenting hacks from DogVacay.

Dogs traveling from Liverpool to Belfast now have a very comfortable option.

These hotels and restaurants make a pet friendly weekend getaway possible.

Info about summer airline embargoes for pet travelers taking off over the next few weeks.

It does exist: pet friendly public transportation.

Follow us on Pinterest and Instagram for lots of cute pet pictures (like Gus, the cutie below)!



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"How Should I Prepare my Dog for our Move to Louisiana?"

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Julie
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: English Cocker Spaniel
From: Newfoundland, Canada
To: Mandeville Area, Louisiana

Hi - wondered if you can help.

I have a 6-year-old male English Cocker Spaniel. He is a family pet. He moved with us from the UK to Ontario, Canada in August 2011, and then across to Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada in April 2012.

He has a valid Rabies vaccination given on 27th April 2011, which is valid until 26th April 2014. Blood tests were carried out a month...

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"How Do I Move My Dogs from Thailand to Spain?"

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sandra
Number of Pets: Two
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Cross Breeds
From: Thailand
To: Spain


What forms do I need to complete to move my dogs to Spain?




Hi Sandra,

Thanks for your question. Take a look at the pet import requirements for Spain. There you will find the health requirements as well as the corresponding documentation your dogs will need in order to travel to Spain. Your accredited veterinarian should be able to provide all of these documents. Documentation may also be...

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How to Move a Dog from Australia to Korea (and Back)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Troy
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: British Bulldog
From: Gold Coast, Australia
To: Ulsan, South Korea


I am an Australian who works in South Korea and have decided to move my dog over with me. At the moment my dog is still in Australia. I will be in Australia in a few days and wish to bring her back with me to South Korea on Tuesday the 10th of September, 2013. That is exactly 15 days from now. What do I have to do to bring her over with me? Is that enough time to make it happen?...

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"How do I Bring my Pet Boxers Overseas?"

Monday, August 26, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Romel
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Boxer
From: New York, USA, North America
To: Ecuador, South America


How can I transport my pet Boxers overseas?




Hi Romel,

Check out the pet import requirements for Ecuador. You'll see there that your dogs will need microchips, full vaccinations, and International Health Certificates, all issued by a USDA-accredited veterinarian. The microchip implantation record, vaccine certificates, and International Health Certificate will...

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"Can Big Dogs Travel by Air?"

Friday, August 23, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kevin
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Chow Chow
From: El Salvador
To: USA, Washington, D.C.


Would I be able to fly my dog from El Salvador to the USA even if it's a bit big? If so, how??

Thank you,



Hi Kevin,

Thanks for your questions. You can indeed fly your dog to the USA, as long as you meet the United States pet import requirements. In addition to the required International Health Certificate and proof of current Rabies vaccination, we recommend that all pets be...

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Pet Travel Question: Moving a Dog from South Korea to Indonesia

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Amelia
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Miniature Poodle
From: Incheon, South Korea
To: Jakarta, Indonesia


We're moving from South Korea to Jakarta, Indonesia in a few months time. We understand the regulations differ depending whether your pet is coming from a rabies free country or not. We can't find information on what the specific requirements will be in our case? Is South Korea now considered a rabies free country? What will be the requirements for our pet?

Thank you for...

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PetRelocation Included on 2013 Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing Companies in America

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 by Caitlin Moore

For the fifth year in a row, PetRelocation has made the Inc. 500|5000 list of fastest growing private companies in America. With this achievement, we join companies like Microsoft, Timberland, Vizio, Intuit and Zappos.com, who have all been included over the years. We're pretty excited that, as we continue to learn and work hard every day, our growth can be measured alongside such successful businesses.

This year PetRelocation ranked #2509 overall, #73 in the Logistics and Transportation...

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Pet Travel Question: Can Our Friend Bring Our Dog Home from Namibia?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Danae
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Small Dog
Pet Breed: Unknown
From: Namibia, Africa
To: Oregon, USA


My husband and I have recently come to the states and decided to stay. He is a Namibian citizen, I am American. Our little doggy is currently in Namibia with friends. A friend of ours is coming to visit and we were wondering if our dog could accompany him in to the States? We have his paperwork with our friends in Namibia, and we also have certified copies of it with us here in the states....

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Pet Move Customer Story: Sydney's Big Adventure

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Laura and Ben
Pet's Name: Sydney Valentine
From: Sydney Australia
To: Austin, Texas via Houston, Texas

Well, our Australia Chapter has come to a close and we needed to find the best route for Sydney Girl to travel to her new home -- TEXAS. We asked around, and PetRelocation kept coming up in conversations. Three of our friends used this service to get their pets to Australia so I thought, "if they are good coming this way then they must be good going back!"

I looked them up on Facebook and...

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Pet Travel Question: Should I Sedate My Cat for Travel?

Monday, August 19, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Anke
Number of Pets: Three
Pet Type: Dogs, Cat
Pet Breed: Mastiff, Bloodhound, Siamese mix
From: Austin, TX
To: Denver, CO


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 15.5Ibs 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...

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Pet Travel Question: Moving a Ferret to the United States

Friday, August 16, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sandra
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Ferret
From: Copenhagen, Denmark
To: Portland, Oregon


I'm having a hard time trying to find what all needs to be done in order for me to bring my little guy back to the States with me, please help with any advice or tips you may have! For example, do I need to have him chipped?

Thanks a million!!!



Hi Sandra,

You're right to notice that there doesn't seem to be a lot of information out there about moving ferrets (but plenty about cats and dogs)....

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Pet Travel Question: Shipping a Dog to the Philippines

Friday, August 16, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kathy
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Maltese
From: Virginia, USA
To: Philippines


What are the requirements for moving our dog overseas?




Hi Kathy,

Thanks for your question. Check out the pet import requirements for the Philippines to get an idea of what documentation is necessary in order to bring a dog into the Philippines. You'll notice that it's a relatively short list, and that all your dog will need is a microchip, a rabies vaccination with certificate, and a...

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Pet Move of the Month: Milo and Joe Dirt's Move to Dublin

Thursday, August 15, 2013 by PetRelocation.com Customer

When it comes to planning a safe and successful pet move, nothing is better than working with a client who helpfully communicates with us throughout the process and even shares details about the pet-friendliness of their new city. We recently helped two great rescue cats, Joe Dirt and Milo, move with their family from California to Dublin, and their owner Charlene was kind enough to share plenty of excellent tips and observations with us about the process and about living in Dublin with cats. If...

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Pet Travel Question: Should I Take My Cats With Me to the UK?

Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Megan
Number of Pets: 5
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Mixed Breed/ American Shorthair and European Shorthair
From: Chicago, USA
To: London, UK


I am moving for an initial period of six months to London and want to bring my cats with me. I have found housing for us all (my boyfriend too) but have been confronted by many people telling me about how expensive everything is and how moving is very bad for the cats. These cats have been with us since they were young and I believe they would do better...

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Pet Travel Question: Flying a Boxer Across the US

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Lauren
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Boxer
From: Boston
To: Los Angeles


I have a 6-year-old Boxer and we are looking to fly him across country but will be returning in three months. Last time we did this we drove, but really are hoping not to! Do you have an airline you recommend using? Would you be concerned about a Boxer flying between November and February?

Thank you!



Hi Lauren,

Pet air travel can seem daunting, but when properly planned, flying can actually prove simpler...

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