Help Me Move My Pet

Exotic Pet Relocations: Saving the Bolivian Circus Lions

Friday, June 11, 2010 by Rachel Farris

While most of the time, the "pet" in "PetRelocation.com" is a dog or a cat we're moving, every so often we get to handle some pretty exotic pet relocations.  Once we moved fifty poisonous dart frogs from Switzerland to Texas and another time we handled the pet travel arrangements for one very spoiled Siamese fighting fish!  We're currently working on helping with a pet relocation of two wolf-hybrids from Oregon to the St. Francis Wolf Sanctuary in Montgomery, Texas.
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Cat Travel Lovers: Recall of Iams canned cat food in North America

Thursday, June 10, 2010 by Rachel Farris

Iams cat food recallThis post is for the cat travel fans of ours.  Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) has issued a voluntary recall of specific lots of its Iams canned cat food in North America.

Diagnostic testing indicated that the product may contain insufficient levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1), which is essential for cats. Cats that were fed these canned products as their only food are at greater risk for developing signs of thiamine deficiency.

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Summer temperature restrictions for Phoenix pet flights

Monday, June 7, 2010 by Rachel Farris

Temperature restrictions for summer pet flightsIf you're planning on flying out of Phoenix with pets this summer, you're going to run into some scheduling difficulties.

Most airlines that carry pets place temperatures restrictions (or embargoes) on pets going into and out of many airports during the summer.  The best airline for summer pet travel is Continental, as they allow pets to travel year-round in climate-controlled comfort.

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Top Five Pet Friendly Destinations to Travel to with Pets on KLM Cargo

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 by Rachel Farris

We move pets all the time using KLM and have outlined some pet friendly perks of the top destinations accessible on KLM Cargo flights. 

1.  Amsterdam, Netherlands

In addition to hosting the AF-KL Cargo Animal Hotel at its main airport, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the city of Amsterdam offers pet lovers plenty of pet friendly options.

The Ibis Amsterdam City Stopera hotel is ideally located in the city centre a few minutes from the Stopera Opera House Dam Square Rembrandtplein and Waterlooplein....

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How to Book a Flight on KLM Airlines for Your Pet

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 by Rachel Farris

Booking your pet's flight correctly is one of the most important parts of your trip.  After all, how else will your pet get to where you're going?  Below is a step-by-step guide to booking a flight on KLM Airlines for your pet.

Accompanied Pets

Please Note:

If you are traveling with your pet to Australia, Hong Kong, Ireland, the United Arab Emirates, Kenya, South Africa or the United Kingdom, please skip this section and proceed to Unaccompanied Pets.

1)  First you will need to determine whether...

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Pet Airline Air France-KLM

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 by Rachel Farris

KLM Pet Flights

Over ninety years ago, KLM's "Variation Live Pets" pet cargo program was started with safety, comfort and pet hygiene being their main focus when transporting a wide variety of pets. After joining forces with Air France in 2004, pets now have the ability to travel on one of Europe's most popular airlines, boasting the largest number of international passenger-miles flown in both 2008 and 2007.

Based in Amsterdam, AF-KL Cargo offers an exclusive Animal Hotel for pets transiting through Amsterdam,...

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Pet Travel In Cabin: Five Things to Remember

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 by Rachel Farris

If you've got a pint-sized dog or cat, chances are you'll want to travel with him at some point in the cabin of the plane.  While it may sound like fun, traveling with a pet can be a lot of work if you aren't prepared.  Here are some tips for in cabin pet travel with a pet.

1.  Practice perfect "Pettiquette. TM

If you're planning on traveling with a pet, you're not just representing yourself-but every pet loving person who wants to travel with their pet!  Looking for a rundown of rules of...

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Three Free Pet Friendly Resources from JetBlue

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 by Rachel Farris

JetBlue JetPaws Pet Travel GuideSince its inception, pet friendly airline JetBlue Airways has allowed pets to fly in the cabin with their owners.  However, in December of 2008, JetBlue began offering their JetPaws Pet Program, which offers pet owners not only a convenient way to travel with their pet as well as pet travel products and information.  Here are three free resources JetBlue offers travelers with pets:

1) The JetPaws Travel Guide

If you're looking for "the what's, where's, when's and how's" of "jetting" with your pet,...

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Pet Friendly Airline JetBlue Airways

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 by Rachel Farris

Pet friendly airline JetBlue Known as a convenient, low-fare service, tails started wagging in the year 2000 when JetBlue began flying customers-and their pets-in comfort and style around the US.  JetBlue's JetPaws Pet Programonly carries four-legged "pawsengers" in the aircraft cabin, said Corporate Communications Manager Alison Croyle.  "When we ordered our aircraft," Croyle said, "We decided not to take the optional aft cargo heat option; for the A320 fleet, and on our newest fleet type, the EMBRAER 190, we decided not...

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How to: Book a Flight on Lufthansa for Your Pet

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 by Rachel Farris

Airline pet shipping by LufthansaIf you plan on traveling with your pets, Lufthansa Airlines allows pets either in the cabin or in the cargo hold of its passenger aircraft, depending on the pet's weight and size.  Your pet can also travel unaccompanied via Lufthansa Cargo.  Here's how to book a pet flight on Lufthansa.

Accompanied Pets

1)  First you will need to determine whether your species of pet can travel in cabin.  Lufthansa only allows dogs and cats in the passenger cabin of their aircraft.  If you have a dog or cat, go to...

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Pet Friendly Airline Lufthansa German Airlines

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 by Rachel Farris

No matter where you travel with pets, chances are at some point you're going to consider flying your pet.  One of the most common questions we get is "What airline should I use?"  While many myths about airplanes and pets still exist, there are several pet-friendly airline options for people who need to fly with their pets.

Starting this week, we'll feature a pet-friendly airline each week that we've determined to have the best pet policies in place.  Called the PetRelocation Pet Friendly...

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Delta Announces Summer Pet Transport Program

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 by Rachel Farris

Delta Summer Pet Transport ProgramLately we've been talking quite a bit about pet airlines like the Continental pet shipping program and KLM Cargo's program which offers safe pet flights to and from Europe.
While we don't use Delta airlines because we don't consider them to be entirely pet friendly (see "Help PetRelocation Find Paco"), they have announced their summer pet transport program for 2010 and we thought we'd share it with pet owners who might be considering flying using Delta. 

From Delta:

Benefits of the Summer Live...

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"How much to ship a puppy?" Puppy scams cost pet lovers thousands.

Friday, May 7, 2010 by Rachel Farris

You've gone online to search for a puppy and stumbled across a free Yorkie puppy named "Romeo."  Or maybe an adorable English bull dog puppy with droopy eyes, or a free Pomeranian puppy named "Candy."  It might even be a free Persian or Siberian kitten.  The owners of the puppy aren't asking for any money -- except for the shipping costs. 

Sometimes there's a sad story that goes along with the puppies.  The puppy's owner will tell you that their daughter died, and it was her puppy, or that they...

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Pet friendly airlines reminder: Military dog missing after flight on regular airline

Thursday, April 22, 2010 by Rachel Farris

A military police dog has gone missing after a flight from Norway, WTOP reported:

A Norwegian military dog is missing on the grounds of Dulles International Airport.  "The airline called me to the gate and told me my dog had escaped," Gunn Anita Fossli, a platoon commander for the Norwegian Armed Forces Military Police, tells WTOP.  The 20-month-old Doberman was crated, but somehow ended up outside of the travel box and on the tarmac of an Iberian Airlines flight Wednesday night.

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The APHIS Vet Health Certificate (Form 7001) for International Pet Transport

Thursday, April 22, 2010 by Rachel Farris

Update: You can now download the APHIS Vet Health Certificate (Form 7001) here.

If you're moving internationally, you're most likely going to need a Vet Health Certificate, also known as the USDA APHIS Form 7001.  We get asked about this form often and it is actually our most-searched item once people arrive on our website.


The 7001, as we call it, is issued by USDA-accredited veterinarians and then must be endorsed by their state's USDA Veterinary Services office.  The state Veterinary Services...

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How to Ship Dogs to Saudi Arabia

Monday, April 19, 2010 by Rachel Farris

Kona, a dog we shipped to Saudi Arabia recently!Note: Check with your Pet Relocation Consultant to find out about the most current rules for importing pets to Saudi Arabia.

We recently had several comments asking how to bring dogs to Saudi Arabia, particularly because people wanted to know how to classify their dogs as guard or service dogs, since dogs must be called guard dogs to enter Saudi Arabia, regardless of breed.

The following is a general overview for how to ship pets to Saudi Arabia:

Obtain a Veterinary Health Certificate with...

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Pet friendly travel to Europe and UK affected by volcanic ash

Friday, April 16, 2010 by Rachel Farris

Pet friendly travel to Europe and UK affected by volcanic ashAfter a massive volcano eruption in Iceland, pet friendly travel to Europe and the UK has been affected due to volcanic ash dangers.  We have been monitoring all of our pet friendly airlines to make sure that arrangements are being made for pets in transit or due to depart.

The latest updates include:

UK Pet Travel

Heathrow and all UK airports will remain closed for most inbound and outbound traffic until 19:00 Friday night.

However, not all outbound UK flights are cancelled.  Glasgow Airport had a...

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Pet travel news: "More owners smuggling" pets on planes

Thursday, April 15, 2010 by Rachel Farris

As in-cabin pet travel fees rise, pet owners are finding themselves resorting to smuggling to keep costs down. A recent report from Christopher Elliott at the Seattle Times found that more pet owners have been caught sneaking their pets on planes as a way to avoid pet airline fees.

"When I asked why I had to pay a fee in order to stuff my dog under the seat in front of me, I was told it was their policy," [Boggs] said. "I concluded that it's really just a ploy to charge another fee."  A lot of...

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Pet Travel and the First Ever BlogPaws - Next Year, Take Your Pet!

Monday, April 12, 2010 by Rachel Farris

Pet travel to BlogPaws 2010The first ever social media conference for pet lovers, called BlogPaws, was held over the wekeend in Ohio.  While we weren't able to make the pet travel trip, we kept up with the tweets and attendees through Twitter and their blog posts.  There were some great posts to come out of it, including the Daily Dog Scoop's video recap and a nice overview by Doggies and Stuff.  Doreen, who writes the Doggies and Stuff blog, said the best takeaway she got was "to connect with other pet bloggers and...

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Pet Travel Center Q&A: Moving Pets to Iraq

Saturday, April 10, 2010 by Rachel Farris

This week we answered a question for Pet Travel Center's Ask the Pet Relocation Expert about moving pets to Iraq.

The questioner wrote:

My husband is getting a job in Iraq as a contractor for the Department of Defense. We have a shitzu-poodle mix, under 10 pounds, and we would like to take her with us. Is that possible? I am not sure if the contractor, Midwest, has different rules for dogs or if they follow the general guidelines for the host country. -- Amy S.

Moving pets to Iraq can be fairly...

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