Help Me Move My Pet

International Travel with a Shih Tzu

Friday, April 11, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Lydia
From: Seattle, WA
To: Shanghai, China
Pet: Lucy
Dear PetRelocation,
My husband and I will be relocating to either Shanghai, China or Amsterdam, and I was wondering if I would be able to take my one-year-old Shih Tzu with me to fly overseas. Which airlines are most friendly to fly? Would they allow her to fly? She's healthy!
Hi Lydia,
Thanks for submitting a question to us, we'd be happy to offer some advice.
Every country is different when it comes to import requirements for pets, so take a look at the specific rules for China and for the Netherlands. China may require a quarantine depending on your port of entry, and the Netherlands does not have a quarantine if you meet all the requirements.
As far as airlines, it's important to choose a pet friendly carrier (we often use United, KLM and Lufthansa, for example). It will also help to make sure that your dog is comfortable spending time in her travel crate, as this will make the trip less stressful for her (and for you).
If you have questions about any of this, please give our office a call or fill out our free quote form. We arrange door-to-door pet moves and would be happy to discuss costs and logistics if you're interested in hiring some assistance.
Either way, good luck with everything and travel safely!

Cat Move Story: "Finally Resting in Their New Home!"

Thursday, April 10, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Christine
Pets' Names: Toulah, Sheba and Tahra
From: Los Angeles, CA
To: London, UK

My recent move to the UK was made possible due to the dedication, professionalism and exceptional service that PetRelocation provided.

Although I had planned my trip many months earlier, I had an unexpected family emergency that precipitated my departure out of the US within a few hours. This, of course, gave me no time to make arrangements for my cats, household effects, etc., and so it was an extremely stressful time for me leaving the county without my beloved cats, Tahra, Sheba and Toulah.



Thankfully, this is where PetRelocation showed their “big guns.” Once I was able to gather my thoughts, I called Keith and told him my dilemma. I also discussed with him my anxiousness about not being there to take my cats for their final vet check prior to departure, as they were very nervous cats and I thought someone strange taking them would unsettle them more. No worries, he says, we’ll take care of everything, just tell me what day you want them to travel, and I’ll take care of everything else.

As promised, within a day or so, Keith had flights booked and made arrangements to have my cats picked up early in the morning (7:30 a.m.) for their vet visit and then boarded at a kennel during the day until it was time for them to be transported to LAX for the 8:30 p.m. flight. I must say, it all worked liked clockwork, and I was constantly being updated on the progress of my cats via text messages up until their departure. Of course, I was still a little worried about how they would fare with this extended travel time, as the early pickup time had now increased their travel time from around 17 hours to roughly 25 hours.



On my way to Heathrow to pick up my precious cargo, I was, to say the least, very nervous. As I arrived at the pet reception area at Heathrow, I was scared to even ask how my cats had fared on the long journey. I thought, so long as I don’t ask, I won’t be the beholder of bad news. However, I had nothing to worry about, as I received a call from Keith telling me that everything was fine with my cats and all their paperwork was processed and they were ready to come out any minute. I thought, How did he know that? Amazing. It was then that I knew everything was “just fine,” and I started to relax.

On finally seeing my cats, they were in fantastic shape, alert and content in their travel carriers. I could not believe how comfortable and relaxed they all were after such a grueling journey.

I just want to thank everyone at PetRelocation, especially Keith and also Scotty, who no longer works there, for their amazing knowledge in helping me through the maze of transporting pets to the UK. These guys were unbelievably patient with me, as I ask a lot of questions and need constant reassuring, but there were never too many questions for them.



If anyone wants to transport their pet to another country, I highly recommend PetRelocation. I would not use any other company for my precious cargo. Just an amazing company with amazing people...

Christine, UK

Pet Client Story: Twiggie's First International Move

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Kelsie
Pet's Name: Twiggie
From: Chicago, IL, USA
To: Bangalore, India

Twiggie is now a world traveler, and PetRelocation made his trip possible with as little worry as possible.

Chicago to Bangalore is a 22-hour flight that includes a five-hour layover in Germany. We had to arrive in India first, then Twiggie arrived a few days later. PetRelocation has a cat boarder they use in these situations. The boarder was fantastic and very caring and they sent pictures and updates.

PetRelocation provided a detailed itinerary and stuck to it. We were provided updates on Twiggie during his flight, and PetRelocation answered all questions quickly and their answers were complete. They provided information before I could ask. They pay great attention to detail.

For India, Twiggie had to see the vet 10 days prior to fly out so documents could be submitted to India. PetRelocation was in constant contact with the vet to ensure the required information was provided and the forms completed correctly. We also sent special food with Twiggie for him to have at the boarders and for the flight. He was given the food correctly. The receiving company in Bangalore was also great with communication, and we started hearing from them the day before Twiggie arrived with periodic updates.

Twiggie arrived ready to see us and ready to get out of the carrier. The carrier was big enough for him to stand up and move a little. He has not displayed any negative effects from this move. He is his normal self. Twiggie is a Maine Coon (long haired cat).

We will be using PetRelocation for the trip home. I can not say enough good things about PetRelocation. They sincerely cared about Twiggie and us.



Questions about Flying with a Nervous Dog

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Shayna
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Large Dog
Pet Breed: Staffordshire Terrier
From: California
To: Honolulu, HI


Dear PetRelocation,

What airlines would you recommend to transport a large dog with separation anxiety issues? Also, what options do I have to calm down a nervous dog that I won't be able to fly with?




Hi Shayna,

Great questions. Not every pet is naturally travel-ready, but there are things you can do to help prepare him or her for a flight.

First, you'll want to secure the right-sized airline-approved travel crate (you may need to order a custom crate) and start helping your dog get used to it. If pets can see the crate as a safe and comfortable place, then their overall stress level will be much lower on the day of travel. This could take several weeks to accomplish, but it will be well worth the effort. You can find out more about crates and crate-training here.

Note that we do not recommend sedation -- in fact most airlines will not fly a pet who has been sedated. Suppressing a pet's natural ability to regulate their temperature and move freely within their crate could be dangerous, so as an alternative for anxious dogs we recommend the above-mentioned crate training along with plenty of pre-flight exercise. A tired pet makes for a better traveler.

As far as airlines, we recommend a pet-friendly carrier such as United, who we often use for our pet clients. When traveling with a large dog, it's important to check with the airline when you make your reservation to make sure your dog can get on a plane able to accommodate the crate.

Finally, since you're moving to Hawaii you'll want to research their import rules. The Hawaii pet import process is a little more complicated than it is for other states, so you'll need to do some advance prep work.

Please let us know if you have questions about any of this. We'd be happy to assist with your move if you're interested -- just fill out our free quote form if you'd like to know more.

Thanks for the question, and good luck with everything!


Safety Concerns about Cat Air Travel

Thursday, February 13, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Melinda
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Domestic
From: Moreno Valley, CA
To: Austin, Texas


Dear PetRelocation,

I have two male cats I am trying to move to Texas, and I am very stressed and nervous about how to get them there safely. If they're on a plane, are they in a good compartment where there is proper air conditioning and air flow?




Hi Melinda,

Your concerns are very understandable... At first glance it does seem a little scary to think about putting your cats on a plane and trusting that everything will go smoothly. The good news is that there are several steps to take to help make sure things do go as well as possible!

First, it's extremely important to choose a pet friendly airline. Not all carriers operate with the same sensitivity towards pets, and in our business we use a select few carriers to help move our pet clients. For your domestic flight, United will be your best choice, as their PetSafe program is tailored to make pet flights safe and comfortable.

In the right hands, your cats will be the last ones loaded onto the plane and the first ones removed, and during the flight they'll be in a temperature and pressure-controlled cargo area. Please take a look at our blog to find the answers to a few frequently asked pet travel questions, and if you're interested in finding out more about flying in general, you can read about how to minimize the risks of pet travel.

If you have further questions about your cats' relocation (note that they need to be up to date on their rabies vaccines and have vet health certificates, as well), please contact us at your convenience.

Hope this helps, and good luck with everything!

Planning Ahead for Safe Summer Pet Travel

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Suzie
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Golden Retriever


Dear PetRelocation,

I'm concerned about moving my 3-year-old Golden Retriever from Canada to Qatar in April 2014.

I understand that it starts to get very hot around this time in Qatar. Is this something i need to think about before I put Gibson on a plane? At what point do i say, "it's too hot for him to travel"? What is the cut off temperature?




Hi Suzie,

That's a good question. Temperatures definitely affect pet travel and it's important to plan ahead so as to keep pets safe and work around embargoes. When using a pet friendly airline, hot and cold temperatures don't come into play quite as much because, with carriers who have established pet policies, pets are exposed to outside conditions as minimally as possible.

That being said, many airlines operate using summer embargoes so as to avoid risk altogether. These policies change from year to year, so it would be a good idea to check with the airline you're thinking about using to find out how they alter their schedule during the summer. Here is more information about pet safety during summer travel for your information.

If you're interested in speaking to a PetRelocation specialist about your options (we have dedicated Asia/Middle East team members who have moved many pets to Qatar), please fill out our free quote form or give our office a call. You can also look over the pet import requirements for the Qatar here. Correction: A previous version stated "UAE" rather than "Qatar." We've updated the link to the Qatar requirements here. Thanks to our friend Jane for the correction!

Good luck with everything, and we hope to hear from you soon. 

Cat Travel Across the United States

Monday, January 20, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Jane
From: Tampa FL
To: Seattle WA
Pet: Archie is an American shorthair cat; 4 years old; 9 lbs. He is spayed and healthy.

Dear PetRelocation,
My daughter drove to Washington, and we need to send her cat to her. What is the best way to send Archie by air? What are IATA requirements for a carrier etc.? My concerns are the cat's welfare and cost.

I can drive to various airports, including Tampa, Orlando or Sarasota/Bradenton. I want a non-stop flight, if possible.

My daughter lives in Bremerton, WA - a large US Navy town. Since you list "Military moves," is it possible to deliver the cat to the Bremerton area?
Hi Jane,
Thanks for your questions, we'd be happy to offer some advice. First, in order to fly your daughter's cat will need to show proof of an updated rabies vaccine and you'll also need to obtain a health certificate from the vet stating the cat is healthy and fit to fly (this is required by the airline). Here is more information about domestic pet travel rules.
The crate does need to be airline approved, and you can find more information about that here.
We recommend flying with United Airlines, as they have an established PetSafe program. You can read over a few popular pet travel topics if you have any general questions about how to plan a safe journey for your cat. If you decide to sign up for our services (you can receive a quote by filling out this form) we would arrange for an agent to deliver the cat to your daughter's house from the airport.
If you have any further questions you're welcome to contact us. Hope this information helps to get you started!



Bulldog Travel: Returning to the United States

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Melissa
Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: 1 Dog, 2 cats
Pet Breed: English Bulldog, 2 domestic short haired cats
From: Jakarta, Indonesia
To: Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Dear PetRelocation,

We used your services to ship our bulldog and two cats to Jakarta, Indonesia (in May 2010) from Anchorage, Alaska. We were extremely pleased with the service you provided at that time.

I am considering returning to Anchorage with the pets in a few months while my husband completes his assignment. How difficult will it be to get our bulldog out of Indonesia and back to Alaska? Which airlines are willing to ship bulldogs?

Thank you,


Hi Melissa,

It's great to hear from you again! We'd be happy to discuss your upcoming return to the United States with you.

The import requirements for the United States are a bit simpler than those for Indonesia, so you shouldn't have to worry about as much prep time and paperwork for your return. The US does require proof of an up to date rabies vaccine and an international health certificate.

As far as airlines, PetRelocation has a preferred list of carriers we use, and with a few more details one of our specialists will be able to outline a move plan for you. As you know, flying with bulldogs and other snub-nosed breeds requires some extra care and attention to detail, and the time of year can come into play.

We're happy to talk to you about your options, so feel free to give our office a call or fill out our free quote form whenever you're ready.

Thanks for your message, and we look forward to hearing from you soon!


Air Travel with a Pug

Thursday, December 19, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Felipe
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pug
From: Stockholm, Sweden
To: San Francisco, CA, USA


I'm considering the possibility of relocating to San Francisco, CA in 2014, but one of my main concerns right now is that I have a pug and I would never leave him behind.

From my previous research I found out that it can be really problematic to take dogs with flat noses in airplanes, specially in such a long journey.

Have you guys ever done such a thing? Is it possible to do it with no risk? How can it be done?

Thank you very much!



Hi Felipe,

Thanks for your questions! Traveling with snub-nosed pets isn't necessarily impossible, but it does require extra care and attention to detail. We've helped many pugs and other brachycephalic breeds relocate and would be happy to offer some advice.

Please start by reading over these frequently asked pet travel questions as well as a few tips for flying with a snub-nosed dog. You will need to do some airline research if you decide to go forward, as many carriers have restrictions when it comes to flying certain breeds and flying pets during times of extreme temperature.

It's very important to choose a pet friendly airline, and you'll also need to have a travel crate that's large enough to allow plenty of good airflow. Of course, it helps to talk about all of this with your vet, as well.

We would be happy to further discuss your options with you, Felipe. Please feel free to fill out our quote form or give our office a call to learn more about how to move your pug safely. You're also welcome to peruse our blog for stories about snub-nosed breeds who have traveled all over the world (you can start with Coco, Simba and Virgo's story.)

Thanks again, and good luck with everything!


Importing a Cat to the United States

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Wolfgang
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
From: South Africa
To: USA, Michigan

Dear PetRelocation,

Besides the health certificate to be issued by a vet within 10 days prior to relocation, is there any other procedure/document required for my cat to make this trip?




Hi Wolfgang,

Thank you for contacting us. It sounds like you're on the right track -- and in addition to the health certificate you need to make sure you can show proof that your cat is up to date with the rabies vaccine. Take a look at the cat import rules for the United States here.

You also need to have an airline-approved travel crate and work to help your cat get used to spending time inside of it if she's not already. Here are a few cat crate training tips.

Additionally, we recommend taking care to choose an airline with established pet policies (we often use carriers like KLM, Lufthansa and United, for example). Check with the airline you end up using to find out about their most current pet preferences.

The United States is one of the easier places to bring a pet, but it's normal to still have questions at this point. Just let us know if we can be of further assistance, and good luck with the trip.

Pet Travel through Europe

Friday, November 29, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Inga
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Cocker Spaniel
From: Norway
To: Poland


Dear PetRelocation,

I am adopting a dog that I know from Norway and I want to take her down to Poland (Poznan) where I study. What exactly does she need to have in order for me to fly her down with me for Christmas? Is it okay if she starts her rabies shots now? How does it work with the rabies progress and the rest?




Hi Inga,

Thanks for the question! To start, take a look at the pet import requirements for Poland. You'll need to have your dog microchipped if she's not already and also make sure she is up to date on all her vaccines. As for rabies, she needs to be vaccinated within the last year and a minimum of four weeks before departure.

We recommend choosing your airline carefully -- we often use KLM and Lufthansa for European flights. Not all airlines have established pet policies, so it's a good idea to check with carriers ahead of time to find out what their procedures are.

Let us know if you'd like some help with your pet travels, Inga. Hope you have a great trip, and good luck with your studies!


Dog Travel from the Dominican Republic to Florida

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Linda
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pomeranian
From: Dominican Republic
To: Florida


Dear PetRelocation,

Archie, our three-year-old dog, flew from the UK to the Dominican Republic in May 2013 with his pet passport and all paperwork was okay.

Now, in April or May 2014, he will fly to Florida. I understand the rabies injection 30 days before and the certificate of good health, but I have other questions:

1. Does he need treatment for screwworm beforehand?
2. He is microchipped with a long number in his passport. I do not have any details on what make of chip that was used. I will try to get this information from my UK vet, but if I can't, how important is this?

If you have any other advice in regards to flying him into Florida I would be grateful. I am hoping to have him in a pet carrier at our feet for the flight.

Thank you,



Hi Linda,

Thanks for the questions, we'd be happy to help. As you review the pet import requirements for the United States, you'll see that in addition to the rabies vaccine and  health certificate, dogs coming from the Dominican Republic also need to show they are free of screwworm. This simply means that the health certificate must state that Archie has been found to be free of screwworm by the vet within five days of departure.

As for the microchip, we do recommend that traveling pets be microchipped but this not actually a requirement for entry into the United States. Please contact the airline you'll be using to find out about their policies regarding pet travel in the cabin and feel free to review these frequently asked pet travel questions to help illuminate the overall process.

Please contact us if you have more questions and think you'd like some assistance with your move. Good luck with everything -- hope you and Archie have a great trip!

Pug Travel Questions

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Vagner
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pug
From: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
To: Stockholm, Sweden

Dear PetRelocation,

Hi! I got so happy to know that there is a company like this to help pet owners... I would like to know if it would be possible to safely transport my 4-year-old pug to Sweden.

All the documentation is fine, but I am so scared about the 11 hour flight from Brazil to Europe. (Especially when I think that there will be one connecting flight in Europe.) Please, I need to know the truth about the future of my dearest dog.

Thank you very much in advance,



Hi Vagner,

Thanks for your question. Your concerns are understandable, but most pet owners find that their fears begin to disappear the more you learn about the pet travel process. Even traveling with snub-nosed breeds can be managed safely with the right preparations.

Before you do anything else, we advise sitting down for an honest talk with your vet about your dog's health. He or she may advise that you help your pet lose a little weight and work to help your dog grow accustomed to the travel crate. This cuts down on the chances that your pug will feel overly stressed during the flight and experience the breathing difficulties these breeds are known for.

Another important thing to do is choose a pet friendly airline. Some carriers have better pet policies than others (we often use KLM, United and Lufthansa, who all have experience shipping pets safely). This also gives you options like taking advantage of Lufthansa's animal lounge in Frankfurt, a facility that allows pets to have a break in the middle of their journey.

Finally, for pugs we recommend choosing a travel crate that's plenty large enough (maybe even one size bigger than you really need) to ensure that there is plenty of breathing room. For pet travel in general, it's important to start out well-hydrated, too.

Hopefully this helps to answer a few of your questions about going to Sweden with your dog, but if you're still wondering about anything and would like assistance, please fill out our free quote form. Thanks for contacting us, and good luck with everything!


Preparing for a Dog Move to Tanzania

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Trudy
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Bernese Mountain dog
From: Serbia
To: Tanzania

Dear PetRelocation,

What are the procedures for moving our dog to Tanzania? We always had pets but always made sure they stayed comfy/back. Our dog now won't take it if we left her behind. What can we do to make it most comfortable for her?




Hi Trudy,

Thanks for your question. Moving to a faraway place like Tanzania will definitely bring up some questions, so it's a good idea to get started early. Here is a link with more info about moving pets to Tanzania that will help get you started.

To help your dog have a comfortable trip, make sure she is at a healthy weight, exercises regularly, and is comfortable with her travel crate. Many people buy the crate several weeks before the trip and leave it out in the family room so that the pet can view it as a safe and comfortable place to spend time. Right before she flies, make sure she is well-hydrated.

It's also very important to choose a pet friendly airline. In the past we have used KLM to move pets to Tanzania (that's a picture of Bill below, who went to Tanzania with his family last summer). KLM has established pet policies and a good record of safety, as do United and Lufthansa, carriers we choose regularly, as well.

Hopefully this helps, Trudy. Please contact us if you think you'd like some help with your move, and good luck with everything!


"Barnacle Bill" moved to Tanzania with his family.



Petmate Advisory Forum Recap

Friday, October 18, 2013 by Rachel Farris

Pop quiz: What has four sides, flies, and is more well-traveled than many of the most experienced jet-setters out there?

I'm guessing that unless you travel with pets every day, your first thought wasn't a pet travel crate! Thousands of pets are driven and flown every day around the world in a variety of travel crates. The air travel crate PetRelocation trusts for its furry fliers is the Petmate SkyKennel, one of the safest, durable, and spacious pet travel crates on the market.

What's even better is that Petmate, which makes a variety of pet products, manufactures its crates, including the SkyKennel, right up the road from the PetRelocation offices in Arlington, Texas. Last week I had the opportunity to visit Petmate as a panelist at the first annual Petmate Advisory Forum to talk about how Petmate could begin to make their products safer, healthier, and more innovative for pets and their families for home, travel, and play.

The forum consisted of representatives from several other innovative organizations, including Jim Hanophy from Operation Kindness, one of the oldest and largest nonprofit no-kill animal welfare organizations in the country, David Haworth, DVM from the Morris Animal Foundation, the largest nonprofit foundation dedicated to funding research studies to protect, treat and cure animals, and Bob Vetere from the American Pet Products Association, the largest trade association for pet products in the world. Also attending the forum was a canine behavior specialist, a pet industry analyst, a veterinarian, a pet services boutique owner, and a pet travel writer.

We met at Petmate's headquarters, which is based in Arlington just outside of Dallas and houses around 100 employees. Their headquarters are just down the road from Petmate's massive manufacturing plant, which employs several hundred people and where the bulk of Petmate's carriers and plastic-based products are manufactured. Petmate also has a resin compounder plant which creates most of the resin used in their pet products. So not only is Petmate a US-based company employing hundreds of people, but over half of the products sold by Petmate each year are manufactured right here in Texas! Most importantly, Petmate is an organization ofPetmate pet travel advisory forum pet lovers - evident in their employees' creative use of pet products in their workspaces (have you ever seen any other office with an umbrella holder filled with ChuckIts?) and an office hamster known as MC Hamster (who even has his own twitter account). Even Petmate's conference rooms are named after popular pet breeds.

Panelists also had the opportunity to go on a tour of the manufacturing plant, which was a fascinating experience. Just like one might not fully appreciate a work of art unless they watched the investment of time and material by the artist, it was fascinating and quite an honor to see the pride and love the Petmate employees have in creating their products. PetRelocation is proud to partner with Petmate and after seeing how well their products are made, I found myself even prouder.

Petmate Advisory ForumThe primary focus of the forum was answering the key question of "How do pet industry leaders meet the health, safety, and comfort needs of pets and their parents who love them?" I can't tell you exactly what was discussed - after all, I wouldn't want to ruin the surprise you may have when you come across their latest innovative product at the pet store! - but I can tell you that with a variety of perspectives around the table (including one curious Boxer puppy), the forum made for an amazing and important discussion. Petmate is clearly invested in improving and innovating upon their products, and as a pet lover first and pet industry employee second, I can't wait to see what Petmate comes up with next.


Traveling to the United States with Cats (Lots of Them)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Nancy
Number of Pets: 8
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Domestic Short Hair
From: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
To: Arizona, USA


Dear PetRelocation,

I will be returning to the USA after many years of working in Saudi Arabia and the UAE. I moved five cats from Saudi to the UAE and came back to Saudi with eight!! (I am not a cat hoarder.....yet!), so I will have eight cats to bring with me to the USA.

I have a home in Arizona and they will continue to live with me. I am aware of the vaccination requirements; my cats will have those all done before traveling and they have been microchipped, too. I have the airline travel crates for them also.

Would you be able to tell me what the best airlines to send my cats on from Saudi Arabia to the USA? I have heard that in the past that KLM was one of the best airlines, but I do not know if that's true now. I am very worried about them all making the trip safely (as all pet owners do). They made it from the UAE on the short flight to Saudi Arabia and did very well, but this trip will be different and much longer.

I would appreciate any advice you can give and resources, too.

Thank you,



Hi Nancy,

Your questions and concerns are completely understandable, and we'd be happy to shed some light on the process of moving your cats home with you. It sounds like you're aware of the import rules, but here's a link to the US pet import requirements just in case.

In terms of airlines, we do still recommend KLM due to their pet friendly policies and good record of safety. Others we often use include Lufthansa and United. When you know when you'll be traveling, it would be a good idea to give the airline a call to talk about their most up-to-date preferences regarding pet travel and see what they suggest about traveling with so many cats (it's unlikely they'll all be on the same flight, but that's nothing to worry about).

Talk to your vet for suggestions about how to prepare your cats for travel, and note that sedation is not recommended or allowed. We do recommend helping to acclimate cats to their crates by leaving the carriers out in a room where the kitties like to spend time; placing toys and treats inside the crates helps, too. Here's a link that goes into more detail about how to crate train cats.

If you think you'd like some help arranging your move, please fill out our free quote form. We'd be happy to offer an estimate of our services.

Hopefully this helps ease your mind a little! Just let us know if you have more questions and feel free to peruse our blog and Facebook for more pet travel tips and stories. Good luck!

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 be wise to contact the airline you're using to see what they say about  transporting guinea pigs. You'll probably still need a vet health certificate stating your pet is fit to fly, and you'll need to have your guinea pig securely confined to a travel carrier that allows plenty of good airflow and meets the standards of the airline.

We've moved several guinea pigs in our day! See the picture below for an idea of what to expect. (Remember that it's important to for them to stay hydrated before a flight.)

Hope this has been helpful. If you have any more questions, please contact us. Good luck!


"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 out what you'll need to do.

Here are the pet import requirements for the Dominican Republic according to the USDA. It sounds like you're aware of the rabies vaccine rules, etc., and no, there is currently no quarantine.

As for the travel details, you'll want to book a flight with a pet friendly airline and check with them to find out their latest preferences and regulations when it comes to bringing pets on board. We often use carriers like United, KLM and Lufthansa due to their established pet policies and safety procedures.

You'll also need to secure the correct travel crates for your pets. Check out our website for more information about choosing the right travel crates.

Hope this helps! Please contact us if you'd like a free quote for our services, and good luck with everything.

"How do I Bring My Cat to the United States from Venezuela?"

Thursday, August 29, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Marina
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
From: Caracas, Venezuela, South America
To: San Jose, California

Hello, I am taking my son's cat "Mellowsita" to him. He moved to San Jose, California from Caracas, Venezuela.

The are no direct flights that way so I need to take an International Flight from Caracas to Atlanta where I go through customs and from there take a national Flight to San Jose. What do I need to do in order to have Mellowsita successfully relocated?

Thank you in advance for any orientation you could give me. Have an excellent day!!




Hi Marina,

It's common to feel overwhelmed at the prospect of moving a cat internationally, but the good news is that it's safely done all the time. We've moved lots of cats to places all over the world!

First, start by taking a look at the pet import requirements for the United States. They're not actually very strict, but you'll need to take care of a rabies vaccine update if necessary and you need to secure an international health certificate within 10 days of departure. Microchips aren't required, but we do recommend them.

Now it will be important to choose a pet friendly airline for Mellowsita's travels. We often use carriers like United, KLM and Lufthansa because they operate with established pet policies and work to make the experience safe and streamlined. If your son's cat is not used to traveling, you may want to look over these tips for crate-training a cat.

Hopefully this gets you off to a great start. Please contact us if you're interested in our door-to-door services (many people find that they don't have the time to plan a move themselves), and good luck with Mellowsita's move!

"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 later and were all in order. He has an up-to-date booster against DHPP and an up-to-date kennel cough vaccine. He is also given Advanatge Multi-55 on a monthly basis.

Can you confirm to me that these are all the requirements that he needs to access Louisiana State?

I have also read that all dogs/cats in Louisiana are to be spayed or neutered. Does this just apply to animals that are being rehomed from adoption centres or in general? Our dog is un-neutered. He is always on a leash or in the house so there has never been an issue prior to this. Can you confirm how we stand in this situation?

Also, can you recommend any good carriers to organise his transport over to Louisiana from St. Johns Airport in Newfoundland.

Hoping to hear from you soon.




Hi Julie,

Thanks for your questions. It sounds like you're a savvy traveler and take great care of your dog!

First, here are the pet import requirements for the United States. Compared to the other places you've been, these are probably easier rules to follow -- the only things your dog really needs are an updated rabies vaccine (which you seem to have) and an international health certificate, which should be issued by your vet within 10 days of departure.

It looks like Louisiana has a spay/neuter law for pets from "releasing agencies" (shelters). According to our research it's not a statewide law for all dogs, but as you get settled in and locate a vet in your new town, it would be wise to double check with him or her about any local regulations you should be aware of.

Finally, if you're interested in door-to-door transportation services, please fill out our free quote form. We specialize in getting pets safely from one place to another and would love to speak to you more about your move. Thanks again, and good luck with everything!