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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,

Vagner

 

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!



 

"Welcome home, Hannah!"

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Emily
Pet's Name: Hannah
From: Texas
To: South Africa
 

When I moved to South Africa, I knew the most difficult part of the move would be leaving behind my companion of six years, Hannah. I mean, how do you explain to a dog the concept of continents and that you'll see her again someday? Don't get me wrong, this dog is smart enough to eat half of a pizza off the counter and leave the other half for me, but I'm not sure she can grasp global geography. What a teary goodbye...

As we researched options for shipping our dog to our new home, my husband got in contact with PetRelocation and a move specialist, who helped answer our questions about the shipping process. Over our months of decision-making, we had an excellent customer service experience with PetRelocation. That, combined with their years of expertise and great reviews, put us at ease with choosing to use their services. We are so glad we did!!

Our move specialist, Mandy, was so friendly and helpful in helping get Hannah ready for her big journey. I'm not sure how many other pets Mandy was helping move at the same time, but she sure made us feel like we were her only clients.

I trusted that PetRelocation would get Hannah safely to us, but what I didn't expect was that she would ENJOY her trip so much! After 72 hours of traveling and seeing only strangers, our little girl was in great spirits and great condition.

Hannah has now traded chasing squirrels for chasing tortoises and funny, big bugs. She loves her new home. We are so grateful to finally have her with us!

We recommend PetRelocation without hesitation!





 


Cat Travel from the United States to Hong Kong

Monday, September 30, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Peggy
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Ragdoll
From: Seattle, WA
To: Hong Kong

I am planning to send my cats from Seattle to Hong Kong in Dec. I am now in Hong Kong, but I can be back in the States in Dec. Some of the airlines (like EVA) do not accept animals. However, I have looked up Delta, which has a "SHIP YOUR PET IN CARGO" service.

Does the owner have to drop the pets off and pick them up or it can be a different person? How much would it be? They both already have their rabies vaccines. What else I should do? Do you cover all those services? If so, how much would you charge for that?

Thanks,

Peggy

 

Hi Peggy,

Thanks for your questions. Traveling with pets internationally is a process with many moving parts, but with a good amount of planning and attention to detail it's possible to arrange all kinds of complicated relocations. Begin by taking a look at the pet import requirements for Hong Kong. You write that your cats have their rabies vaccines, but be aware that there are several steps you need to follow and you must do so in a particular order. "Start early" is the best advice we give to pet travelers!

Most of the pets we move fly in the cargo area of the plane on a separate flight from their owner. You need someone to check the pets in for their flight and then meet them on arrival and take them through customs, but it's not necessary to actually fly with them. If you hire us to assist you, we would have our agents take care of these tasks. We would also work to choose a pet friendly airline (one with established pet policies and a good safety record).

The cost of a pet moves depends on a few factors, but with a few more details we'll be able to give you an estimate. Please fill out our free quote form if you'd like to find out more about our services.

Thanks again for reaching out, and good luck with your upcoming move!



 

"How do I Bring my Parrot to Europe?"

Thursday, September 26, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Ella
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Bird
Pet Breed: Green-Cheeked Conure Parrot
From: United States
To: Europe

Hello! I am going to be moving to Europe in about a year or so to be an au pair. So far I could be ending up in either the UK, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, The Netherlands, or Norway. (It all depends on where I find a suitable family that is willing to have me and my beloved parrot.)

Since I will be gone for at least a year, although I may very well never return to the United States, I really need to take my Green-cheeked Conure (named Apocalypse) with me. I have no idea where to start, though... Could you give me some step-by-step advice? I know I need a form from CITES, a permit from the US Fish & Wildlife, but WHICH forms?

How soon do they have to be filled out before I move? How long are they valid? And what are the dangers of shipping a parrot? What about quarantining? If he dies I would be absolutely devastated. Also, how much, as an estimate, would it cost to fly a small parrot to Europe from Seattle, Washington?

Anything you could tell me would be helpful, thank you so much!

-Ella

 

Hi Ella,

We certainly understand why you have questions about bird travel -- it's a little bit complicated. Hopefully we can help you with some information!

First, starting early is definitely a good idea, as it can take six to seven months to obtain the correct paperwork for a bird move. We've helped several birds move to places all over the world, and find that it's really never too early to get started.

Please take a look at this post from our blog that explains the steps for planning a bird move. Not only do you need to secure the correct paperwork for Apocalypse, you need to have the right travel crate, as well. See the picture below (that's Cocoa) for an idea of what that crate will look like.

Since you haven't decided where you're moving you can't be completely sure about the import process yet, but as you seem to be leaning towards going to the EU, the requirements shouldn't be too different from one to the other. Here's a resource that might help to guide you.

This should get you started, Ella, but please contact us if you'd like further assistance or a quote for your move. You can also read more about various bird moves on our blog: Meet Washington and Jefferson (who moved to France) and Sparrow, an African Grey who moved to the UK (we didn't handle Sparrow's move, but her owners gave us some great info).

Thanks for checking in with us, and good luck with your upcoming adventures!

 


 

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 that I can bring him with us on our move? I really don't want to leave him behind, please help me figure out how to bring Fester with us!
 
All advice and suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and consideration.
 
Cheers,
Laureen
 
 
Hi Laureen,
 
Thanks for your question. Bird travel is indeed more tricky than moving a dog or a cat in most cases, but the good news is that we've moved many birds and would be happy to offer some guidance.
 
Here's some information about how to ship a bird. Since you're not sure where you're going yet it will be hard to prepare exactly, but it's still a smart idea to research a few things and look into securing the right travel crate for Fester.
 
If you have questions about determining your bird's CITES status and are interested in our transportation services, please contact us for a free quote. Finally, take a look at some of the birds we've moved in the past. Here is Cocoa, who moved to Italy, and here are Washington and Jefferson, who moved to France.
 
Thanks again for contacting us, and good luck with everything!
 
 
 
 
Bird travel can be tricky.
 

 
 

 

Bird Move Spotlight: Cocoa's Trip to Milan

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 by PetRelocation.com Customer

If you follow us on Facebook, you've probably seen a couple of pictures of Cocoa, a beautiful Goffin Cockatoo who we recently moved from Vermont to Milan. Goffin Cockatoos are lively, intelligent birds and are also classified as a CITES species -- meaning they are protected internationally, which often makes them difficult to move from one country to another.

Moving birds in itself is no easy task because they need specialized travel crates and plenty of time to get used to them before the day of departure, and CITES species require extra steps in terms of paperwork and preparation. PetRelocation Specialists Tyler and Maegan handled Cocoa's move and worked very hard to make sure everything was in order, and after months of planning, this lovely bird made it safely to her destination and is now settling in to her new home.

Here's what her owner told us shortly after Cocoa's arrival:

"Here is a picture of Cocoa taking ownership of the terrazzo that overlooks some garages and doves' nests. She's doing very well. Thank you to everyone who helped, and to you guys at PetRelocation. It's startling to see her here but she's thriving, we're happier, and it was in retrospect the best decision we could have made."

As tricky as it is to move a bird, it's always nice to see that pet owners end up being happy that they undertook the challenge (here's another great bird relocation story from the blog).

Take a look at more pictures of sweet Cocoa below, and please contact PetRelocation if you have questions about how to ship a bird.

 

 

 

A very special crate

 

 

 

Cocoa on the Terrazzo in Milan

 

"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

Hi,

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

Thanks,

Sandra

 

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 required in order to export your dogs from Thailand. Check out this page for more information about the process of exporting pets from Thailand.

Relocating a pet internationally can seem confusing, and many people choose to hire a pet shipping service to help navigate the rules and requirements of countries and airlines. If you think you might like help moving your dogs to Spain, fill out our quote form for a free price estimate and to be in contact with a pet transport specialist. And if you have any more questions about pet travel, feel free to contact us.

Thanks again for your question and good luck with your move!

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

Hi,

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? Once my dog is in South Korea does she have to be in quarantine in South Korea?

Does my dog have to be in South Korea for a certain amount of time before she is allowed back into Australia? How long does she have to be in quarantine for when it's time to move back to Australia? I've heard six months but I'm not exactly sure? And is all of that quarantine time spent in Australia? Is quarantine expensive? How much is it per day? Would really appreciate if you could help me out.

Kind regards,
Troy

 

Hi Troy,

Check out the pet import requirements for South Korea. Because your dog is coming from Australia, a rabies-free country, she should only need a microchip and an International Health Certificate which states that she is healthy enough to fly and which has been issued within 10 days of her travel. Assuming that your dog meets these requirements, she shouldn't have to stay in quarantine in South Korea.

Fifteen days is short notice as far as pet shipping goes, but the above mentioned health inspection and microchipping can probably be completed in one day, so it might be possible for your dog to fly back to Korea with you on September 10th. In order to fly, you will also need an airline-approved travel crate that is one size larger than your dog's size would normally require (as bulldogs are prone to breathing difficulties) and you will need to make travel arrangements for your dog with your airline.

To prepare for your eventual return to Australia, take a look at the national pet import requirements. You'll see that there is a 210-day timeline for planning a pet move to Australia, including a 180-day quarantine period which begins on the day your dog's blood is drawn for the rabies titre test. The first 150 days of quarantine may be served at home in South Korea, while the final 30 days must be served in an approved Australian quarantine facility (here's the list of quarantine fees). Check out the Australian government's guide to moving pets to Australia from South Korea for more information.

If you think you might like assistance with either move, fill out our free quote form to be in contact with a pet transport specialist. And if you have any more questions, feel free to contact us. Thanks for your questions and good luck with your move(s)!

"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

Hello,

How can I transport my pet Boxers overseas?

Thanks,

Romel

 

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 need to be sent to your local USDA office for approval.

Additionally, each of your dogs will need an airline-approved travel crate. Because Boxers are snub-nosed (brachycephalic) dogs, they need crates that are one size larger than normally required by their size. Use our guide to picking the right size crate to determine what size your dogs would normally require, then purchase crates which are one size larger.

Finally, to ensure the safest possible pet air travel, be sure to book your flight to the US with a pet-friendly airline (we often recommend United). Pet-friendly airlines have policies in place which are specifically aimed at keeping pets safe and comfortable during travel.

If you think you might like assistance moving your dogs, fill out our free quote form to be in contact with one of our pet shipping specialists. And if you have any more questions about pet transport, feel free to contact us. Thanks for your question and good luck with your move!
 

"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.

Hi,

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,

Kevin

 

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 microchipped before traveling.

Large dogs require large crates, and you will want to make sure that you buy the correct size airline-approved travel crate for your Chow in order to ensure his comfort and safety during travel. Check out our guide to picking the right size crate to help you make your selection.

If your pet requires a very large crate (model #700 or larger), not all aircraft may be able to carry your dog. To confirm if an airline is capable of shipping your dog, contact your chosen airline directly and ask if they have aircraft that are equipped to transport extra large travel crates. You may have to book with an airline that uses larger planes in order to get your dog to the US.

If you have any more questions about pet transport, feel free to contact us. Thanks again for your questions and good luck with your move!
 

"Can My Large Dog Fly In-Cabin?"

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Jennifer
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Soft coated Wheaton/Golden retriever mix
From: US
To: Japan-Tokyo

Hi,

Desperately trying to find a way my dog can ride in the cabin of a plane to relocate to Japan. She is 40 pounds so "too large" by all standards I can find but hoping someone can give me an alternative (service dog, therapy dog, specific airline?). We are too scared for her to fly under the plane in cargo.

Thanks,

Jennifer

 

Hi Jennifer,


This is a common question as many pet owners are not aware of the conditions within airplane cargo holds and are afraid of shipping their pets that way. A 40-pound dog is indeed too large to travel in-cabin on most (if not all) airlines and will have to ride as cargo.

Apart from very small pets, only trained and certified service or support dogs with legitimate documentation are sometimes allowed to accompany their owners in-cabin. If your dog is not a certified assistance dog and you are simply trying to find a way around following pet air travel regulations, you will not be allowed to fly your pet in-cabin. Falsely labeling a pet as a service animal is harmful to the validity of true service animals (and the reputation of owners) if the mislabeled dog misbehaves.

That being said, flying a pet as cargo is very safe and may in fact be more comfortable for your dog. Check out this post where we address questions about flying pets as cargo and another where we disprove myths about shipping pets as cargo. You'll learn that cargo holds are pressurized and climate-controlled, and aren't that different from the conditions in which human passengers fly in the cabin. Assuming you book with a pet-friendly airline (such as United) and that your dog's crate is airline-approved and appropriately-sized, your pet should ride safely and comfortably as cargo on his trip to Japan.

If you have any more questions about pet travel to Japan, be sure to contact us. Thanks for your question and good luck with your move!

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

Hello,

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 your help :)
Amelia

 

Hi Amelia,

Thanks for your questions. South Korea is not currently considered a rabies-free country, which means that your dog will have to meet all of Indonesia's pet import requirements in order to be allowed into the country. As you'll notice, this includes several health certifications, an import permit, and endorsements of all documents by South Korea's equivalent of the USDA (the Ministry of Agriculture). Additionally, your dog will be subject to a mandatory 7 - 14 day quarantine upon arrival in Jakarta.

For more information about what it's like to move a dog to Jakarta, check out the story of Izzy, a dog we helped move from Alaska to Jakarta last year. If you think you'd like assistance navigating the process of pet transport, fill out our free quote form to be in contact with a pet shipping specialist. And if you have any more questions about pet travel, be sure to contact us. Thanks again for your questions and good luck with your move!

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

Hello,

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. He is healthy, vaccinated, fixed and microchipped.

If we wait until one of us is headed back to Namibia...it could be six months =(
 

Thanks,

Danae

 

Hi Danae,

Thanks for your question. Your dog can indeed accompany your friend to the United States, assuming your friend is willing to do a bit of work to get your dog the necessary health certifications in Namibia. Check out the US pet import requirements and you'll notice that your dog will need proof of a current Rabies vaccination, an International Health Certificate issued within 10 days of travel, and proof that he has been inspected for screwworm within five days of his flight. Your friend should be able to get all of these health certifications from your dog's vet in Namibia.

Pet shipping can be a complicated process, especially when the person coordinating the move (the owner) is not with the pet. If you think you would like some assistance moving your dog to the US, fill out our free quote form to be in contact with a pet relocation specialist. Additionally, if you have any more questions about pet transport, feel free to contact us. Thanks again for your question and good luck bringing your dog home!

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

Hi,

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!!!

Sandra

 

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). According to the USDA, the US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service currently has no health requirements for the importation of ferrets.

That being said, it is probably best to play it safe and meet the US pet import requirements when bringing your ferret to Portland. These requirements are relatively simple, and all you'll need is proof of a current Rabies vaccination and an International Health Certificate issued by your vet within 10 days of travel. Additionally, we always recommend that owners have their pets microchipped before traveling.

You should be sure to contact your chosen airline directly to make sure they accept ferrets and to confirm whether your pet will be traveling in-cabin or as cargo. You will also need an airline-approved crate for your ferret to be sure that he will travel safely and comfortably.

Moving a pet (especially one that isn't a cat or dog) can be confusing, so if you think you'd like the assistance of a pet shipping specialist, fill out our free quote form. And if you have any more questions about pet transport, be sure to contact us. Thanks for your question and good luck with your move!

"Can I Bring my Cocker Spaniel from India to the United States?"

Thursday, August 22, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Ritika
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Cocker Spaniel
From: Mumbai, India
To: California, US

I have a 2-year-old Cocker Spaniel. He is plumpy (he weighs about 27 kg) and he has a leg problem but can run and walk. I am shifting from Mumbai to the USA (California) and there is no one to take care of my dog here, so I was wanting to take him with me. I just want to know: what are the necessary documents, and do we need a letter from the mayor in that location? Please let me know as soon a possible.

Thanks,

Ritika

 

Hi Ritika,

Thanks for your question. Moving pets to the United States is generally pretty straightforward (here are the pet import requirements for the US), and in terms of your dog's leg issue, it will be up to your vet to decide whether or not he's fit to fly. It's always wise to speak to a vet about matters like this, and he or she will be the one to issue the health certificate required by the airline so it's especially important in this case.

Beyond that, India can be tricky when it comes to exporting pets, so you'll want to start researching the steps as soon as possible and possibly consider hiring professional help. We'd be happy to offer a quote for our services or you can check out IPATA.org for more pet shipping options.

Hopefully this helps you get started with your move, Ritika. Good luck with everything!



 

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

Hello,

What are the requirements for moving our dog overseas?

Thanks,

Kathy

 

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 health certificate issued by your vet within 10 days of your dog's flight. The trickiest part about the Philippines' import requirements is the fact that you'll need to get these documents endorsed by the USDA. Check here to find the location of your local branch of the USDA.

In addition to meeting these national import requirements, your airline will likely require you to purchase an airline-approved travel crate for your dog if you don't already own one. This is to ensure your dog's comfort and safety on the long flight to the Philippines.

If you'd like to learn more about our door-to-door pet transport services, fill out our free quote form. And if you have any more questions about moving your dog, feel free to contact us. Good luck with your move!

Pet Travel Question: Moving a Bulldog Puppy to the US

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Carole
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: English Bulldog
From: Ukraine
To: New York City, US

Hi,

I am traveling to the Ukraine in September 2013 and want to bring home a puppy that I am buying there. What exactly are the requirements for going through US Customs with him when I arrive in NYC? What documents do I need to provide to customs from the breeder I buy him from? Also does the puppy have to be quarantined for any period of time or will I be able to bring him straight home?

Thank you very much,

Carole

 

Hi Carole,

Thanks for your questions. Check out the US pet import requirements. Normally, importing a dog to the US requires proof of Rabies vaccination and an International Health Certificate issued by a vet. If your puppy will be younger than three months old at the time of travel, he will be too young to receive a Rabies vaccination and you will need to agree to confine your puppy at home until he is old enough to be vaccinated. More information and a downloadable PDF of the confinement agreement are available on this page of the CDC website.

You'll notice that the US doesn't require any documentation from the breeder. Additionally, there is currently no quarantine period for pets traveling to states other than Hawaii, so you should be able to take your puppy home with you upon arrival.

Be sure to confirm that your airline will accommodate your pet shipping needs. Several airlines have restrictions on flying bulldogs, especially during warmer months. Additionally, because bulldogs are prone to respiratory problems, you will want to make sure that your puppy's crate is one size larger than normally required.

If you have any more pet transport questions, feel free to contact us. Happy travels!
 

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

Hi,

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!

Lauren

 

Hi Lauren,

Pet air travel can seem daunting, but when properly planned, flying can actually prove simpler than a cross-country road trip. For domestic US flights, we usually recommend United Airlines. United has a program called PetSafe which employs specially-trained pet-handling professionals and policies which have been specifically designed to ensure the safety of pets flying as cargo.

Flying between November and February shouldn't be a problem, but your dog's breed makes air travel a bit more complicated. Because Boxers are a brachycephalic (short-snouted) breed, they are prone to respiratory problems and extra precautions should be taken to ensure their safety. For example, your dog will need a crate that is one size larger than what would normally be required by his size. Check out United's pet restrictions page for their policies, or for more general guidelines on pet travel safety, check out this post on how to minimize the risks of pet air travel.

If you'd like to learn about our door-to-door pet shipping services, fill our quote form for a free price estimate. Additionally, if you have any more questions about pet transport, feel free to contact us. Thanks for your questions and good luck with your trip!

Pet Move Customer Story: Wyatt Travels South of the Border

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Claire
Pet's Name: Wyatt
From: Detroit, Michigan, United States
To: Mexico City, Mexico
 

I had shipped my boy, Wyatt, to my parent's house in metro Detroit while we were preparing for our move from Brussels to Mexico City. We weren't able to ship him direct because we were planning an extended stay in the US.

I then searched for pet relocation companies on the Internet... I found many, called a few, and was so happy with my initial phone call with Jon that I stopped searching. He made me at ease with the process, as Wyatt is older, and really listened to my concerns. As this wasn't Wyatt's first rodeo, I knew what to ask, and was happy with the answers I received.

Jon and Daniel made Wyatt's move as smooth as possible. Daniel was so easy to work with, and kept me updated during Wyatt's entire trip.

Wyatt is now at home in Mexico City getting adjusted to his new life. I was extremely happy with the entire process and would definitely recommend PetRelocation's services to others and use them again in the future.

Thanks for taking care of my furry friend...
Claire
 




Pet Travel Question: Moving a Dog to the UAE

Monday, August 5, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Christine
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Dachshund
From: Switzerland
To: UAE

Hello,

Would my dog, (assuming all the papers and vaccines were in order) have to be quarantined in the UAE when I arrive with him? If so, for how long? Is there an age limit in terms of how young the dog can be?

Thank you,

Christine

 

Hi Christine,

Thanks for your questions. Take a look at the import requirements for the United Arab Emirates. You'll notice that there is no quarantine required for pets entering the UAE, assuming they meet all of the import requirements and have proper documentation. This page on the Abu Dhabi government website states that pets must be at least four months old in order to enter the UAE. For more information on what to expect when moving to the UAE with pets, check out this post on Expat Arrivals.

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