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U.S. Department of Transportation Expands Airline Reporting Requirements

Thursday, July 17, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, more airlines will be required to report incidents involving the loss, injury or death of an animal during transport. This expansion of the current rule is meant to "provide consumers with a fuller picture of an airline's safety record," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

Currently just 14 airlines have to adhere to reporting rules, but the expansion will mean that 27 carriers will now be responsible for filing annual reports detailing specific incidents as well as the number of animals carried. The definition of "animal" includes dogs and cats and also covers commercial shipments.

So what are the implications of this? As we told nbcnews.com, greater transparency is a good thing, and hopefully this will inspire every airline to do better when it comes to transporting pets. There are a handful of pet-friendly options out there now (we feel confident flying with a select few carriers, suck as KLM, Lufthansa and United), but it would be heartening and better for everyone to see greater attention paid to pet safety across the board.

Remember, pet travel is actually pretty safe overall, but there is certainly room for improvement. The pet travel industry continues to grow, and it's well past time for airlines offering pet travel options to truly commit to making their services as safe as possible. Greater accountability will help with this, and this new DOT rule is a step in the right direction.

If you'd like to know more, the Department of Transportation issues a monthly Air Travel Consumer Report and makes it publicly available on its website. If you're thinking about moving with a pet and have questions about it, please contact us.

 

pet in cargo

Cargo pet travel. (Photo Credit: Sandy Robins)

 

 

Dog Travel from Australia to Canada

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Keiran
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: American Blue Staffy
From: Sydney, Australia
To: Banff, Alberta

Hey there,

I'm moving from Sydney, Australia to Banff, Alberta on the 15th of October 2014. I would love to take my American Blue Staffy over to live with me. I was just wondering what I need to do to get him over there and also would like to know how much it will cost?

Any help would be appreciated.

Kind Regards,
Keiran
 

Hi Keiran,

Sure, we'd be happy to offer some information.

First, take a look at the pet import requirements for Canada. Via the official government website, you'll see that you'll need a rabies vaccination certificate or a vet health certificate. Be sure to look over these details carefully to avoid any problems or delays.

In terms of additional pet travel information and tips, you're welcome to take a look at our blog. We recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline and finding out what their particular requirements are, helping your dog to be well-acclimated to his travel crate, and discussing any health-related questions with your vet.

One further thing to note: some airlines (including Air Canada) require that American Staffordshire Terriers and other "strong breeds" travel in reinforced crates, so you'll want to double check with the airline you're planning to use to find out if they impose this rule.

Hopefully this helps to get you started! If you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services, please fill out our free quote form. Generally our international moves begin at around $2500 USD, but with more details will be able to give you a more precise estimate.

Thanks for reaching out, and good luck!

Dog Travel to Puerto Rico

Monday, July 14, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Pia
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Doberman
From: New York, USA
To: Puerto Rico

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I'm going to be staying in my new home in Puerto Rico for 2-3 months over the winter and need to take my dog because it's too long for me to be separated from her. She is a rescue dog and she has been through a lot of abuse before I took her into my home, so I don't want to put her through such a long separation. Besides, I'm going to be living there permanently sometime soon and I need her to get used to her new home.

After doing a lot of research on the Internet I'm finding out that it's a lot more difficult as I thought. What if any advice do you have for me??

I always fly JetBlue because that is one of the best and cheapest airlines to Aquadilla, PR but they are not very pet friendly when it comes to my size dogs!

I would appreciate any good advice and thank you for your time!

Regards,
Pia

 

Hi Pia,

Thanks for your question, we'd be happy to offer some information. Pet travel can definitely seem overwhelming at first glance, but after spending some time learning more about the process it's common to start feeling a little more at ease.

Here are a few links that will help to get you started:

 

In terms of airlines, it's very important to choose a pet-friendly carrier. We often use United, for example, because they have an established PetSafe program.

Please know that it can be demanding and expensive to travel long distances with pets, and many pet owners decide that, while a permanent relocation warrants bringing their furry family members along, shorter trips or vacations often don't. Often it's in the pet's best interest to leave them with a trusted sitter rather than put them through the travel process repeatedly, but that's something that's up to you, of course. Feel free to discuss the issue with your vet as you work towards making a decision.

Hopefully this information points you in the right direction, Pia. If you're interested in finding our more about the door-to-door services we offer, please fill out our free quote form.

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


 

Pet News Round-Up: Money Saving Tips and Travel News

Friday, July 11, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Money saving pet travel tips.

These police dogs are trained to sniff out hard drives.

Meet Wednesday, the cat featured as our Pet Move of the Month.

This cat video is adorable.

Twelve dog-friendly beaches.

New reporting rules address pet safety on planes.

 

monty

Happy Friday!

 

Preparing Pets to Relocate to Australia

Monday, July 7, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Tyler
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Labrador, Shar-pei
From: United States
To: Australia

 

Dear PetRelocation,

My wife and I are planning on moving to Australia this fall and want to take our two dogs with us on the trip. We recently lived in Korea for a year with the two dogs (the dogs are from USA originally) so they have had the rabies blood work (summer 2013), microchip, and all of that good stuff. Are we going to have any major problems moving them to Australia with us?

Thanks,

Tyler

 

Hi Tyler,

Thanks for your question. Moving pets to Australia is a process that takes several weeks and it requires carrying out a series of steps very carefully. It sounds like you may be in good shape (especially because your dogs are used to traveling in general), but you'll want to visit the official Australia Government website and use the information and planning tools they provide to make sure everything is in order to meet your desired departure date. Take a look here.

Also, in case you weren't aware, Australia recently increased the costs associated with importing pets. Here is more information about the new price structure.

Aside from that we can offer the standard advice: choose a pet-friendly airline, make sure you have the correctly-sized travel crates (and if they've been in storage make sure they are still in good shape), and help your pets to be as healthy and hydrated as possible before the trip. If you think you'd like to hire some assistance, you're welcome to contact us for a free quote for our door-to-door services.

Hope this helps, Tyler. Let us know if you have further questions, and good luck!

French Bulldog Travel Tips

Thursday, July 10, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Diane
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: French bulldog
From: USA
To: South Africa

Hi,

I was wondering... my dog is up to date with all shots and is healthy. I need to go to South Africa for a month -- will my dog be quarantined when entering South Africa? When we come back to the USA will he be quarantined?

Thanks,

Diane
 

Hi Diane,

There is currently no quarantine requirement for pets entering either of these two countries. You will need to follow each country's entry guidelines, however; here are the pet import requirements for South Africa and here are the pet import requirements for the United States.

When taking a short back-and-forth trip like this, it's important to do your research carefully and help prepare your dog as much as possible. Find out exactly what the airline requires, procure the right travel crate, and plan out all the details regarding health paperwork and vaccines.

Be aware that French Bulldogs are sensitive travelers due to their higher susceptibility to breathing issues caused by stress and high altitudes, so you'll want to talk to your vet about any concerns you have and take every precaution possible to avoid any issues. You can read more about traveling with snub-nosed breeds on our blog. In general we suggest choosing roomy travel crates for snub-nosed pets and helping them to be be as healthy and hydrated beforehand as possible. Be aware that many airlines do not fly snub-nosed breeds.

To be honest, many people who initially plan to bring a pet on an international vacation (especially one who faces particular challenges) soon realize that the financial costs and time demands make it much less simple than they initially thought, and it actually makes more sense to leave the pet at home with a trusted friend or pet sitter. This is a decision to make after speaking to your vet and doing some research about the process.

Hopefully this gives you a few things to think about, Diane. Please let us know if you have any further questions, and good luck with whatever you decide!

 

Are There Breed Restrictions for Dogs Traveling to the United States?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Henry
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Rottweiler
From: Venezuela
To: Miami, FL

Hi,

I would like to know if i need any specific paperwork to bring my Rottweilers into the United States. Also I just need the screwworm proof, rabies vaccination, and a veterinary certificate, right?

Thanks,

Henry

 

Hi Henry,

Thanks for your question, it sounds like you're on the right track. In addition to the items you mentioned, you will not need any kind of breed-specific paperwork. The United States does not make distinctions between breeds when it comes to importing pets, and in general it's one of the more straightforward countries when it comes to pet travel.

Flying with large dogs may require you to seek out custom crates -- here is more information about pet travel crates as well as the answers to a few basic pet travel questions. We recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline and researching their policies well in advance so as to avoid any surprises.

Hope this helps! Please let us know if you think you'd like to enlist some help with your relocation, and either way good luck with everything.
 

Pet News Round-Up: Pet Travel Developments and Fitness Tips

Friday, July 4, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Spotting dogs in Tokyo, Japan. (You will love this blog.)

Tips for keeping pets in good shape.

Luxury pet travel options.

A petition has been launched to let dogs ride the Eurostar.

Fourth of July pet safety tips.

Pet boarding facilities around the world.

 

callie the red lab

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Pet Travel Spotlight: Boarding Facilities in Zurich

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

We recently helped a client move their dog to Zurich, Switzerland, and because the owners were arriving after their pet, it was necessary to find a boarding facility to use during the transition period (this happens a lot with international moves).

Zurich happens to have some of the nicest facilities we've seen, and our agent there snapped a few pictures to share. Take a look at this top-notch kennel -- it seems like a place any dog would love to stay.


zurich boarding facility

Master Suite

 

zurich boarding facility - play yard

Play Yard

 

zurich boarding facility

Home Sweet (Temporary) Home

 

Have questions about arranging an international pet relocation? Contact us for assistance.

How to Start the International Pet Travel Process

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Ashley
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Lab Mix
From: San Diego, CA.
To: Sicily, Italy

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I am so lost about where to even begin to plan travel for my four-legged baby. Any help you can provide would be wonderful!

Thanks,

Ashley

 

Hi Ashley,

Thanks for contacting us with your question! We'd be happy to offer some assistance -- most people begin the pet travel process feeling pretty anxious but the more information you have, the easier it becomes to put together a safe trip.

To start, here are the pet import requirements for Italy. You can also check the USDA website for additional details. Your dog will need to be microchipped and then receive the basic vaccines as listed. You'll also want to choose a pet-friendly airline, help your dog grow accustomed to the travel crate, and possibly hire an agent or pet relocation professional to help you.

For your reference, here are a few frequently asked pet travel questions and answers. Hopefully this will help to get you started, and if you have more questions or would like to find out more about our services, you're welcome to contact us.

Good luck with the trip!!
 

Pet Shipping: Questions About Eating and Drinking During Flight

Monday, June 30, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Jennifer
From: Bangkok, Thailand
To: LAX, USA
Pet: Mixed breed, 9 years old, 40 pounds.

Dear PetRelocation,
 
You moved my dog when we left for Bangkok. We were very happy with the services with PetRelo. Now, he is moving back to the US. My question is, is he supposed to have food in his food tray while on his flight? (The mover told me to fill the food tray with food, and I disagree with that.) How many hours ahead of time should he be eating or not eating? They also said to fill up a water bottle with water... Is this right?
 
Thanks,
Jennifer
 
Hi Jennifer,
 
It's great to hear from you again! To answer your question, no, food should not be available to pets during flight and we recommend feeding them at least 2-3 hours before they travel to give their food time to settle and help prevent any stomach discomfort.
 
If you're stopping for an extended/overnight layover you can feed your dog during that time. It is important to provide water, however (cups should be attached to the inside of the crate as you can see in the picture below). Hydration is crucial -- read more about pet hydration during travel.
 
Hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any more questions, and if you think you'd like to enlist our help once again, we'd be happy to talk. Good luck with your move!
 

 
 

Pet News Round-Up: Soccer Pups and Travel Stories

Friday, June 27, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

The dogs of the 2014 Wold Cup.

Get your fix: this week's Incredible Experiences.

Need a good summer read? Here are ten great books featuring dogs.

Five exceptionally pet-friendly hotels.

More apartments are keeping pets in mind as they try to appeal to new tenants.

Cute video alert: a cheetah cub and a puppy become friends.

 

guinea pig

Have a good weekend!

 

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.

america dog

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!