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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!


 

Breed Restriction Update from Alaska Air Cargo

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

pet streakWe often receive questions about breed restrictions for various airlines, so we thought we'd pass this update along about Alaska Air Cargo's PetStreak program.

According to their website, Alaska Air Cargo has restricted future bookings of snub-nosed dogs and cats while they conduct a safety review of possible acceptance policies.

For now, the following breeds cannot fly via Alaska Air Cargo:

Cats: Burmese, Exotic, Himalayan, Persian

Dogs: American Pit Bull, American Staffordshire, Boston Terrier, Brussels Griffin, Bull Mastiff, Bull Terrier, Chow Chow, Dutch Pug, English Bulldog, English Toy Spaniel, French Bulldog, Japanese Boxer, Japanese Spaniel, Pekinese Pug, Shih Tzu, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Terrier, Bulldog, Pug, Boxer

Note that this airline also has a few holiday flight restrictions for pet cargo travel (as will many cargo operations, so double check everything before you plan a flight near Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's). Different rules apply to pets traveling in the cabin -- go here to find out more.

Read all about Alaska Air Cargo pet travel polices here, and feel free to contact PetRelocation with your pet travel questions.

Safe travels, everyone!

 

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!
 

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.

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

Basic Questions about International Pet Travel

Thursday, October 9, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Anita
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Mixed
From: Poland
To: USA

 

Hi PetRelocation,

Are your guidelines for relocating a pet from Poland to the US up to date? If not, can you recommend the best source for determining the current regulations?

Thanks!

Anita

 

Hi Anita,

Thanks for your question. Yes, the import guidelines for the United States are currently correct. The US is pretty straightforward when it comes to bringing pets in (you essentially need an International Health Certificate, up-to-date rabies vaccine and rabies certificate).

If you ever have doubts about pet travel rules and want to double check the latest requirements, we suggesting visiting the website for (or calling) the Department of Agriculture for that country. For United States-related questions, try the USDA website.

Hopefully this helps! Feel free to peruse our blog for more information about choosing a pet-friendly airline and avoiding common pet travel pitfalls.

Good luck, and please contact us if you'd like to find out about our door-to-door pet travel services.
 

Exotic Pet Travel to the United States

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Ashley
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Sugar Glider and Hedgehog
From: Okinawa, Japan
To: The United States

 

Hi,
My husband is in the U.S. Military and we currently live in Okinawa, Japan. We are due to be back in the states here in about 8-10 months or so. We have a hedgehog and sugar glider that we purchased out here and we really want to take them back to the States with us. Is this going to be possible? We really don't want to have to sell them.

If it is possible, are there any requirements by the U.S. government to bring them back with us? I talked to the local animal quarantine office and they do not have any requirement for taking the animals out of the country.

Thanks so much for your help!
Ashley
 

Hi Ashley,

Thanks for your question, we'd be happy to offer some information.

According to the USDA website, there are no import requirements for sugar gliders. According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency, hedgehogs can only enter through designated ports (find more information here).

It's a good idea to go straight to the most relevant and official source (a government office, etc.) when researching topics related to pet travel. If you decide to bring your pets to the United States, you'll also want to check in with the airline to find out what their particular regulations are regarding these types of pets -- a health certificate of some kind will likely be required.

Finally, we also suggest talking to your vet about sugar glider and hedgehog travel to be sure you can prepare them to have as safe a journey as possible. Long flights can be taxing for any kind of pet, and pre-flight health screenings and paying close attention to hydration are both good practices to follow.

Hopefully this helps get you started, Ashley. Feel free to contact us if you'd like to find out more about the services we offer.

Happy traveling!

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!


 

Is There a Quarantine for Dogs Traveling to Germany?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Connie
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Small dog
Pet Breed: Yorkie
From: Atlanta, GA, USA
To: Germany

 

Dear PetRelocation,

Is there a quarantine period for dogs traveling from the USA to Germany?

Thanks,

Connie

 

Hi Connie,

Thanks for the question! The short answer is "no," there is no quarantine for dogs going from the United States to Germany. Please take a look at the overview of pet import requirements for Germany for an idea of what to expect.

Essentially you'll need to have your dog microchipped (if not already), up-to-date on the rabies vaccine, and you'll need an International Health Certificate. In terms of the actual flight process, we recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline (we often use Lufthansa and KLM for pets going to Europe) and the travel crate must be airline-approved.

Please contact us for a quote if you think you'd like some help arranging your move, and feel free to peruse our blog for more pet travel tips and stories.

Hopefully this helps to get you started, Connie. Good luck with everything!

Pet Shipping to Colorado

Thursday, September 25, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Nathan
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: 2 cats
Pet Breed: Mix
From: Poland
To: CO, USA

 

Hi PetRelocation,

Could you please tell me if there are any vaccinations required for my cats' trip to the United States? I understand that they need a healthy pet certificate 10 days prior to the fight, but what else might happen in this case? Also, would they have to be put in any kind of kennel for observation upon arrival?

I would greatly appreciate any and all information you could give me on this!

Thanks,

Nathan
 

Hi Nathan,

Thanks for your inquiry!

Here are the pet import requirements for the United States. There is no quarantine upon arrival, and you're right, you do need to have an International Health Certificate issued by your vet showing the airline your cats are healthy and fit to fly. We also recommend that they be up to date on their rabies vaccine.

If your cats aren't used to traveling, we suggest reading over these cat crate-training tips as well as these frequently asked pet travel questions. You'll also want to contact a vet as you get settled in your new home to make sure you're following Colorado cat regulations correctly regarding vaccines, etc.

If you think you'd like to hire some assistance for your move, please contact us for a free quote. We provide door-to-door services around the world and would be happy to discuss your move options with you.

Hope this helps, and good luck with your travels!

Traveling Internationally with Service Dogs

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

We recently received a question via email asking how to bring a service dog to Australia, and thought it would be a good opportunity to go over a few basic rules and best practices for traveling internationally with an assistance animal.

  • Traveling with service dogs means following different airline procedures for the most part, as airlines often allow pets in the cabin in these instances. Here are the instructions for traveling with a service animal via United and via Lufthansa, for example.
  • Here is an overview of the rules for service dogs for Australia; owners must fill out an application to be approved before they can complete the import steps. Usually pets entering Australia must undergo a 10-day quarantine in an approved quarantine facility, but service dogs can fulfill the quarantine at home with their owners.
  • Be prepared to show official paperwork proving your support animal is legitimate (this will likely be a letter from your medical doctor or mental health professional).
  • Typically service animals need to fit on the floor in front of the passenger chair (and can't sit on the seat), and they travel free of charge.
  • Space can be limited in the cabin, so contact the airline well in advance to tell them you'll be traveling with a service animal.
  • Even though airlines probably won't require that service animals adhere to usual animal rules (traveling in the cargo area, etc.), countries still will. Find out what vaccinations and paperwork will be required for import and allow a few weeks to prepare.
  • Note that carriage can be denied if an animal is loud or acting in a way that disturbs other passengers -- properly trained service animals shouldn't be a problem, but people who bring a noisy Chihuahua along as an emotional support animal may not be accepted to fly.
  • In addition to verifying country import rules, whenever you're planning to travel by air with a service animal it's a good idea to contact the airline directly to find out about the procedures (information isn't always available online and it can sometimes change).

service dog

Photo Credit: www.servicedogproducts.com

 

Need some help? Please contact us to speak to a Specialist!

Planning Safe Cat Air Travel

Thursday, September 18, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Maureen
Number of Pets: 5
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Domestic
From: Bourne, MA
To: Seattle, WA

 

Hi PetRelocation,

I am planning to move to Bainbridge Island, WA. I am trying to find a safe way to relocate my five cats. When you relocate cats, are they transported in a cargo area of a plane? I would also like to find our how this process works and an estimate of the price. Are there any veterinary people that travel with the pets? One of my cats has asthma.

Thank you,
Maureen
 

Hi Maureen,

Thanks for your question, we'd be happy to share some tips and advice with you. To start, take a look at the domestic pet travel requirements for the United States.

Typically, when moving a long distance with this many cats, we would book a flight in the cargo area on a pet-friendly airline such as United. Though cargo travel initially sounds scary to many pet owners, when handled by an experienced and dedicated airline it is a safe choice. Pets are the last to be loaded onto the aircraft and the first to be removed, and during flight they are in a pressure and temperature-controlled area.

In terms of costs, airline rates are calculated based on the weight and amount of space your cats and their crates take up, and vet fees should also be factored in for the visits/paperwork referenced above. If you decide to hire help with transportation to the airport, etc., the overall cost will increase.

You can help your cats prepare for the flight by working to crate-train them in the weeks before you move, and it's always a good idea to discuss any health-related questions you have with your vet. We have helped pets with various health issues move before -- it may require special planning and care, and we'd be happy to discuss your options with you.

If you would like to hear from one of our Specialists about our door-to-door services, please fill out our free quote form. Hope this helps to get you started, and please let us know if we can be of further assistance. Good luck!

Poodle Travel to the United States

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Rose
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Toy Poodle
From: Manila, Philippines
To: United States

 

Hi PetRelocation,

What are the requirements to bring my dog to United States? This is my kids' pet -- we bought our dog when they started studying here, but now they prefer to study in America. What should I do first? My flight is next week; please advise.

Thanks, hoping for your help.

Sincerely,
Rose
 

Hi Rose,

Thanks for getting in touch with us. The United States is one of the easier countries to tackle when it comes to importing a dog or other pet. The requirements are pretty standard and straightforward: your dog will need to have an up-to-date rabies vaccine and an International Health Certificate. Take a look at the US pet import rules for more details.

Beyond that you'll also need to secure an airline-approved travel crate, book a flight on a pet-friendly airline (we often use KLM, United and Lufthansa, for example), and you'll want to help your dog to be as prepared as possible through crate training, proper hydration and exercise before the flight. Here are a few ways to prepare your dog for air travel.

If you think you'd like some assistance with the move and want to learn more about our door-to-door services, please contact us. We also suggest you take a look at some real life pet travel stories on our blog -- they're fun to read and will give you a better idea of what to expect.

Thanks again for reaching out, and good luck with everything!