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You Already Know, but Still: Independence Day Pet Safety Tips

Thursday, July 3, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Most pet owners know the drill: dogs and cats are not big fans of fireworks or hot weather, and holiday festivities tend to invite numerous dangers (illicit foods, fire hazards, escape possibilities, etc.).

Just in case you need a reminder, though, here's a quick rundown of what to do and what not to do as this American holiday weekend gets going.

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DO: Establish a safe place for your pet, be it a room with a door or a kennel he or she likes to spend time in. When the house fills up with people and fireworks start going off outside, your pet may want nothing more than a little peace and quiet.

DON'T: Leave your pet outside unattended. It may be normal for your dog or cat to stay outdoors when you're not around, but getting spooked by loud firecrackers and running away is a very common behavior this time of year.

DO: Keep your pet on as regular a routine as possible. Keep walking and feeding them on the same schedule and be sure to fit in plenty of anxiety-suppressing exercise.

DON'T: Allow pets to roam through parties, picnics and barbecues where potentially dangerous food and alcohol are in reach. Most dogs love to scavenge for scraps, and it doesn't take much (a cup of beer, a chocolate cookie) to make them sick.

DO: Make sure pets are wearing collars with up-to-date ID tags. History tells us that hundreds of pets do end up escaping over the Fourth of July holiday, so it's smart to be prepared just in case.

DON'T: Assume your pets are interested in the same Independence Day experience as you are. Just like during travel, it's easy to forget that pets aren't humans and their needs are different. You like fireworks, they don't. You like lively parties and spicy foods, but your pets could do without. Don't worry about how much fun they should be having, just focus on keeping them safe and content.

Do you have any additional tips to add? Feel free to share, and have a great and safe Fourth of July, American pet lovers!

 

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Vail Daily, Shane Macomber

Pet News Round-Up: Dogs at Work & Baby Goats

Friday, June 20, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Happy Take Your Dog to Work Day!

A video update about Frosty, the baby goat with the tiny wheelchair.

Slideshow: Dogs on the Queen Mary 2.

Examining summer pet travel.

Everything you need to know about canine atopy (dog allergies).

Don't believe everything you read on Facebook, especially regarding dogs and ice water.

Catch up with our featured Pet Move of the Month.

 

 

Enjoy your weekend!


 

Pet Travel to Australia from Canada

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Angela
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Labradoodle
From: Canada
To: Sydney, Australia

Dear PetRelocation,

What are the rules for bringing dogs to Australia, and how old would the dog need to be before he/she can be imported to Sydney from Canada?

Thanks,

Angela

 

Hi Angela,

Thank you for the question. Moving pets to Australia is a process that takes several months (at least 190 days to be exact), and you will want to research the rules very carefully to make sure you're adequately prepared. For your reference, here are the pet import requirements for Australia.

Be aware that there is a 10-day quarantine for pets arriving into Australia, and the costs associated with with the process have recently increased. You can find out more about these governmental decisions here, and to help plan your trip, we recommend using the drop-down tool on the official Australia Department of Agriculture website.

In terms of age, your dog must be old enough to receive the rabies vaccines necessary at the beginning of the process, and from there he/she will be ready to travel internationally when it's time (in general, we recommend that dogs be at least 16 weeks old before undertaking a serious trip).

If you think you'd like some assistance with your pet move (we've helped many dogs move to Australia, including Kobe and Chicharito), please contact us for more details about our door-to-door services or fill out our free quote form.

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

 

 

International Air Travel with Older Dogs

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Anoek
From: New York, NY
To: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Pets: Trusty, mini-poodle, 15 pounds, 15 years old; Roamer, mini-poodle, 16 pounds, 9 years old

Hi PetRelocation,
 
What do I need to know to move my pets to the Netherlands? Also, one of my dogs is pretty old and I have concerns about his health. Any information you can provide would be appreciated.
 
Thanks,
Anoek
 
 
Hi Anoek,

Thank you for submitting a question to us! We'd be happy to offer some advice.
 
To begin, take a look at the pet import requirements for the Netherlands. Your dogs will need microchips and basic vaccines as well as a vet health certificate filled out by an accredited veterinarian.
 
We also suggest choosing a pet friendly airline (we often use Lufthansa, KLM and United for our clients' pet moves), and if your dogs don't spend much time in a travel crate, help them become acclimated to their airline-approved crate in the weeks before you move. For your reference, here are a few frequently asked pet travel questions (and answers) that should shed light on the entire process.
 
In regards to your dog's age, please review this information containing tips for flying with older dogs. It would be a good idea to discuss your concerns with a vet, of course, and there are other things to do and think about before your relocation. Be aware that we have flown many elderly dogs safely, but it's a decision you'll want to think carefully about and prepare for as best you can.
 
We hope this helps! Please contact us if you have more questions and think you'd like to hire some assistance with your move. Either way, good luck with everything.
 

Australia's Multi-Step Pet Import Process

Monday, June 16, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kristen
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Mini Schnauzer
From: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA
To: Brisbane, Australia

Dear PetRelocation,

We are moving to Australia in three months. We are getting our dog the RNATT test this week, but from reading the information it looks like we will not be able to move him to Australia for six months after that. Is this correct? Will he need to stay in the USA three months longer than we will? What services would you provide to assist with this?

Thanks,

Kristen

 

Hi Kristen,

Thanks for your question, we are happy to assist with some guidance.

It sounds like you've already discovered and started following the pet import requirements for Australia, but for reference here they are again. And yes, you're correct that 180 days must pass after the RNATT is given before your dog can travel to Australia and fulfill the remaining 10-day quarantine.

It often happens that pet owners need to travel ahead of their pets, and if you decide to do that you'll just need to make plans to have him boarded or have him stay with a friend or family member until it's time for him to follow you. Our door-to-door services include transportation to the airport, and we are also happy to assist with locating a boarding facility if necessary and we can help to advise you and/or your dog's caretaker regarding the remaining vet requirements, etc.

Here is more information about moving pets to Australia (note that you'll be affected by the increase in quarantine fees that was recently announced). Please contact us if you have more questions or think you'd like some assistance, and either way, good luck with everything!

Dog Travel to South Africa

Thursday, June 19, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Linda
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Poodle and Mix
From: Texas, United States
To: Johannesburg, South Africa

 

Hi PetRelocation,

What is involved in moving my pets with me to Johannesburg from Texas?

Thanks,

Linda

 

Hi Linda,

Thank you for your message -- international pet travel can certainly be challenging to figure out and we'd be happy to offer you some guidance.

Take a look at the pet import requirements for South Africa for an idea of what you'll need to do. Also, here is a link to the USDA website with information about the health certificate and vaccine requirements.

In terms of general pet travel procedures, you'll want to book a flight on a pet friendly airline and make sure your dogs are as acclimated to their travel crates as possible. Here are a few frequently asked pet travel questions and answers for further information about what to do to prepare your dogs for a move.

Hope this helps to get you started! If you're feeling overwhelmed and think you'd like some help, feel free to contact us to talk more about our services and the estimated costs for a move like yours. Good luck with everything.
 

Pet News Round-Up: Grumpy Cat & Dog Noses

Friday, June 13, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Fascinating: What the Dog Nose Knows.

This poll says 18% of Americans have Skyped with their pet. (Have you?)

General travel: Virgin Atlantic will save lots of money with this nifty new meal tray.

Follow along with Renzo's travel diary (that's one lucky Boston Terrier).

Grumpy Cat will star in a Lifetime TV movie this Christmas.

Read a few of the latest #IncredibleExperiences from our blog.

 

Have a happy weekend!

 

Dog Travel to China: Quarantine Questions

Thursday, June 12, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Mark
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Border Collie
From: Not Moving but from USA
To: China


Hello,

I have been asked about coming to China at the end of August with one of my dogs who is actually a service dog for me, but I am going to do a Frisbee dog demonstration and help organize a competition. I have traveled numerous times to Europe and South America and I have no problems. I have done a lot of searches and get different answers --  yes there is a quarantine or no there is not a quarantine... Can you offer any guidance?

Thank you so very much for any help,

Mark
 

Hi Mark,

Thanks for checking in with us. Being an experienced pet traveler is great -- you'll face fewer surprises overall. China is a special case, though, as quarantine rules depend on the port of entry. We highly recommend working with a professional pet transporter of some kind to help you arrange the logistics and ensure that you can avoid any hold-ups.

You're welcome to give us a call or fill out our quote form, and if you want to research all your options you can search for agents via IPATA.org. There is also a service provider called Globy Pet Relocation that works out of China -- they're worth checking out, as well. For your reference, here are the pet import requirements for China.

If you decide to go to China, returning to the United States is a relatively straightforward process. Generally you'll want to double check with the airline to make sure you're doing all that they ask. Typically pets need a vet health certificate for the airline, and if your dog is traveling as a service animal different rules may be in place.

As you can see, traveling to China with a pet requires balancing a lot of variables, but we'd be happy to speak to you about your options if you have more questions. Good luck, and let us know if we can help!

 

Dog Travel Quarantine Questions

Monday, June 23, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Michael
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Siberian Husky puppy
From: Missouri
To: Upstate New York

 

Dear PetRelocation,

Does a dog have to be quarantined if we're going from Missouri to New York?

Thanks,

Michael

 

Hi Michael,

No, there is no quarantine necessary for a dog traveling within the United States (or to the United States from another country, for that matter). Some countries, like Australia, do require a quarantine. If you ever have questions about which countries do and which countries don't, you can check our country specific information page, the USDA animal export regulations, or the Ministry of Agriculture for the country in question.

In the meantime, here is some information that may come in handy for you:

 

Hope this helps! Please contact us if you think you'd like some help arranging your move. Good luck.
 

Globetrotting with Pets in Tow

Thursday, June 12, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sienna
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Terrier mix, German Shepherd mix
From: USA
To: Australia/Japan/Hong Kong

 

Dear PetRelocation,

We are just considering a move next year that would involve living in Australia, Japan, and Hong Kong for 3 months each. Would it even be possible to bring our dogs with us or are the quarantine procedures such that it would be too difficult?

Thank you in advance!

Sienna

 

Hi Sienna,

Thanks for contacting us with your question!

Honestly, these are not the easiest countries when it comes to importing pets and going from one to the next with two dogs would be a pretty big challenge. To undertake this you'd have to spend quite a bit of time researching the details, gathering the right paperwork and making sure you have all logistics (flights, quarantines, rabies vaccines, etc.) carefully scheduled.

For example, Australia requires about 190 days of preparation to bring pets into the country, including 10 days of quarantine upon arrival. Japan and Hong Kong are also somewhat strict when it comes to importing pets, and no matter what order you're wanting to arrange these visits you'd need to find veterinarians in each place to help you obtain the necessary documents/vaccines. Your dogs would also need to be comfortable spending time in their travel crates, and you'd need to be able to spend quite a bit of money on these trips, as the cost of flights and import documents, etc. can quickly add up.

You'd also want to take into account the travel experience for your dogs -- this will be taxing for them, and often pet owners decide it may not be worth the time, stress and expense to vacation with pets (as opposed to bringing them along for a permanent relocation, which most find a much easier decision to make). When handled correctly pet travel is very safe, but in regards to taking relatively short trips, the reality may be that it's better to leave your dogs with a trusted pet sitter.

For your reference, here is more information about bringing pets to Hong Kong, bringing pets to Japan and bringing pets to Australia. Please take a look at what each country entails and let us know if you have more questions.

Hopefully this information will help you make a decision! We also recommend talking to your vet, of course.

Good luck, and please let us know if there is anything else PetRelocation can do to assist you as you move forward.
 

Dog Travel from Africa to Australia

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Shari
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Fox Terrier
From: Senegal
To: Australia

 

Dear PetRelocation,

Can this move be done? If so, how? We are looking at a role in Dakar but only prepared to consider if we have an exit strategy for our pooch. Also, if emergency evacuation was required, ( i.e. cannot provide time as would be required to return to Australia), is there a movement option?

Thanks,

Shari

 

Hi Shari,

Unfortunately it's not possible to move a dog directly to Australia from Senegal. Australia is strict about import rules because of its rabies-free status and Senegal is considered a "non-approved" country, so you'd have to bring your dog to an approved nation for a few weeks before going on to Australia. You can find an outline of the import procedure here.

Essentially if you're looking to create an evacuation plan, it would have to be to a country that allows direct pet importation from Senegal.

Please let us know if you have any more questions about moving your dog to Australia or to any other countries. You can also take a look at our country-specific pet import page to find a general idea of what to expect for each place and/or check with the Ministry of Agriculture for any country to which you're thinking of relocating.

Hope this helps, and good luck with everything.


 

Pet News Round-Up: Travel Tips & Choosing a Family Pet

Friday, June 6, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

This is why some states don't allow hedgehogs as pets.

Research summer pet travel embargoes before you go so something like this doesn't happen to you!

The Dogster Editor's dog Moxie was hurt after falling from a window, but she's doing better -- watch her progress here.

Thinking of adding a puppy to the family? Here's how to prepare.

Dog breeds you've (maybe) never heard of.

Will New York City's ferret ban be lifted?

 

Don't worry, it's Friday

 

Pet Move of the Month: Louis, Alfie and Halo's Move to England

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

AlfieA few weeks ago we helped three dogs, Alfie, Halo and Louis, make their way from Austin, TX to Hastings, England. They were ready for a change of pace and scenery (Austin summers are pretty brutal), and their owners worked carefully with us to make sure their pups would make it safely and smoothly across the pond.

Read on for more details about this three-dog move, and thanks to their owners for sharing the story!

What brought about your move to the UK?

We were concerned at the rate Austin was growing and fell out of love with the city. In the end I really missed being in nature and felt a bit guilty that because of the heat we were really restricted about what we could do with the dogs.

 

Have you ever moved a pet internationally before this?

We looked at moving to Uruguay two years ago and went through PetRelocation then. They were amazing from the moment we made the phone call, but our move to Uruguay fell apart and happily we decided to move to the UK. I know from living there before that they are very strict with customs and laws regarding dogs, so I knew I needed help to make sure everything was in order. One mistake can cost you quarantine time and I really did not want that, so I knew from my last experience with PetRelocation that they could get the job done and I wouldn't have to stress myself stupid.

What were some of your initial concerns?

My biggest concerns were that the dogs might die during the trip. When you look on the internet there are a lot of stories about mistakes made -- dogs dehydrating, etc. Other concerns were the expense of getting them from A to B, the paperwork being in order (as I am hopeless with paperwork), knowing the order in which the treatments are given to the dogs... The list went on.

 

 

Did anything surprise you about the pet travel process?

I wasn't surprised by the process. I really was glad that the UK relaxed their laws so we could have the opportunity to bring our guys.

How did your dogs handle the transition?

The dogs have their nose to the ground from the moment we leave the house. The weather is in the 60s and they are allowed off lead in the valleys and on the beach. They really seem to be so joyous when we walk. There is much more freedom on walks with designated off and on leash spots. There are rolling hills, sea views and cold breezes. They are so tired at night, they put themselves to bed around six. Dogs are allowed everywhere in Hastings: pubs, restaurants and coffee shops, inside and out. They're with us all day and have socialized really well. I love that I am always with them.

Is Hastings a pet-friendly place to be?

There are bespoke pet shops here, handmade jackets and hats and vets on every corner, and lots of charity shops to support vets for pets. There are dog shows in the parks in the summertime for the locals, and you will see if you come here that most people have dogs.

 

 

What advice do you have for pet owners planning a move?

If you are planning a move the preparation is stressful, and you really need to research what you need and in what order. My advice is that you use a relocating company so that you can focus on getting everything else in order. But find a good one and see whether or not you like the people you are going to use.

PetRelocation for me was exceptional. Every person I dealt with gave exceptional service, and more importantly, they are good people who were able to put me at ease through all of my freak-outs.

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Excellent story! Have questions about moving pets? Please contact us.

How to Choose the Right Pet Travel Crate

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Catherine
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Mix, Terrier/Hound
From: United States
To: Ireland

Hi PetRelocation,

My dog is about 35lbs, roughly 32" long and 24" tall. She's really not a very large dog but I'd rather get her a crate that is too big than too small. Should I get the large size crate or would that be too big? Is it bad to have too big of a crate?

Thanks so much!
Catherine
 

Hi Catherine,

That's a great question that touches on some important pet travel issues. The answer is, it's better to err on the side of caution and go with the larger crate. The more airflow and space your dog has, the safer and more comfortable the trip will likely be.

In terms of your dog's safety you can't really have a crate that's "too big," but please note that cargo rates are based on weight (this is the primary reason it costs more for large dogs to travel), and also not all airplanes are equipped to handle the largest crates. Be sure to check with the airline you'll be using to find out everything you need to know before you book your flight.

Here's a little more information about pet travel crates, including measuring tips. Please let us know if you have any more questions or if you think you'd like some help with your move, and good luck with everything!

 

Measure carefully to choose the right travel crate!

Dog Travel to Australia: How Long Is the Quarantine?

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Renee
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Mixed (Lab/Sharpei)
From: Canada
To: Australia

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I read on your site that 180 days of the 190 quarantine can be completed in the country of origin. Forgive me as I have never moved an animal before, but does that mean she has to go into a quarantine station here for 180 days?? I won't be able to have her at home with me?

Thanks,

Renee

 

Hi Renee,

Thanks for reaching out, we'd be happy to provide some information. While the process to move a dog to Australia does take 190 days when it's all said and done, your dog will only need to stay in a quarantine facility for 10 days, and that occurs at the very end, after she has arrived in Australia. She will be home with you the entire time you're still in Canada.

While you're still in Canada, you'll be preparing your dog for the move by completing various vaccines (which need to be done in a particular order and at particular times), and you'll also want to work on crate-training if necessary. Check the Australia Government website for more information about what steps you'll need to complete.

Hopefully this helps, Renee! We've moved many dogs and cats to Australia and would be happy to talk to you and/or help arrange your move. Just let us know if you're interested in finding out more, and good luck with everything!
 

Pet Travel and Microchips

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sylvain
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: French Toy Puddle
From: France
To: Boston, MA

Hello,

My dog is currently tattooed (as an identifier). Some other dogs have a microchip to identify them. What is the recommendation to identify dogs in Massachusetts? Is a chip mandatory or is an ear tattoo okay?

Thank you,

Sylvain
 

Hi Sylvain,

Thank you for your question! Technically you do not need to have a microchip to import your dog to the United States or meet Massachusetts laws. Here are the requirements; essentially, to travel to the US, you need a vet health certificate and proof of an updated rabies vaccine.

That being said, we often recommend that dogs and cats receive microchips for safety's sake. In the event of a separation (though hopefully that never happens), microchips holding updated information make it more likely that a reunion will occur. Also, if you ever want to to go back to France (or to another country with stricter requirements for pet import), you will need to have your dog microchipped.

Here is more information about microchips from our blog in case you have further questions about them.

Hopefully this has been helpful, Sylvain. Good luck with everything, and please let us know if you require further assistance.

Pet News Round-Up: Travel Trends & A New Pet Adoption Tool

Friday, May 30, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Relocation related: will your cat's identity change if you move to a different place?

Due to an increase in quarantine fees, moving a pet to Australia just became significantly more expensive.

Have you heard of BarkBuddy? It's like Tinder for choosing a dog.

Brands are targeting owners who like to cook their own pet food.

Still though, many pets are overweight.

It's been busy around here! Read about a few of our recent pet moves, a.k.a. #IncredibleExperiences.

 

Happy Friday, Y'all

 

Q&A: Pet Travel to Peru

Thursday, May 29, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Eileen
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Golden Retriever
From: United States
To: Lima, Peru

 

Hi PetRelocation,

I am considering taking my dog with me to Peru for a year or so. Does Peru require quarantine?

Thanks,

Eileen

 

Hi Eileen,

Thanks for your question! There is currently no quarantine required for pets traveling into Peru from the United States. Please take a look at this overview of the import requirements via the USDA for more specific information about what you'll need to do.

In addition to securing a health certificate and proof of an updated rabies vaccines (you'll find more details in the above links), you'll also want to book a flight with a pet friendly airline and make sure you have an airline-approved travel crate. When you return to the United States, you'll need to follow these pet import requirements in order to be accepted back into the country (these are pretty comparable rules and there is no quarantine here, either).

Hopefully this helps to start you on your way, Eileen. Please let us know if you're interested in finding out about our door-to-door services, and either way, good luck with everything.

 

Puppy Travel Possibilities in the EU

Monday, June 23, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Pavel
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Catahoula
From: Slovakia (EU)
To: Spain (EU)

Please, can you tell me what vaccinations are required and what is the minimum age to transport a puppy to Spain? Our puppy will be 10 weeks old.

Thanks,
Pavel

 

Hi Pavel,

We recommend waiting until your dog is at least 16 weeks old before you travel such a distance, as this ensures he/she can receive all the correct vaccinations and handle the trip in a healthy way. We also recommend choosing a pet friendly airline and helping your dog to be as comfortable in the travel crate as possible before departure.

Here is a link discussing pet travel requirements within the EU -- essentially you need to have a valid EU pet passport to travel within the EU.

Hopefully this helps! Please let us know if you're interested in finding out more about our services, and good luck with everything.

Pit Bull Travel From the United States

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kurt
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pit Bull
From: Scottsdale, Arizona USA
To: Barcelona, Spain

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I cannot find any rules for pets coming from the United States, only the UK and Euro zone. I need some direction about where to look.

Thanks,

Kurt

 

Hi Kurt,

Thanks for reaching out to us. The best source of information for finding pet import requirements from the United States would be the USDA. Here is a link with an overview on how to bring pets to Spain from the US.

Please look over these requirements and let us know if you'd like some help organizing your move. In addition to showing proof that your dog has been microchipped before the rabies vaccine was administered, you'll also want to book the flight with a pet friendly airline and follow their procedures regarding crate size/style, etc.

Traveling with a pit bull sometimes presents extra challenges due to breed restrictions you may encounter, so it's worth checking out the most current rules in Spain to make sure you're in compliance. The Ministry of Agriculture, local vets and shelters are sources we often suggest, as they tend to have the most up-to-date information.

Hopefully this helps to get you started. Please let us know if you require further assistance, and good luck with your relocation.