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Planning Cat Travel to Hawaii

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Elizabeth
Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Domestic Short Hair
From: New York
To: Hawaii

Hello,
Can you please tell me the requirements for moving my three cats from New York to Hawaii?

Thanks very much,
Elizabeth

 

Hi Elizabeth,

Thanks for your question, we'd be happy to help. Moving pets to Hawaii does require extra work compared to going to any other US state, so you'll want to go over everything carefully in advance to make sure your cats' move is a smooth one.

Here's a link to the official state of Hawaii website including frequently asked questions about pet entry and quarantine. If you carry out the steps correctly regarding timing of the rabies vaccines, etc., you should be able to avoid quarantine with the 5-day-or-less program.

In addition to following this information, you'll also want to book your cats' flight on a pet friendly airline and help them to feel as comfortable as possible in their travel crates. Here are some cat crate-training tips in case you want to know more.

If you think you'd like some assistance with your move, feel free to contact us. We've helped several cats move to Hawaii safely (including Mahalo) and would be happy to help you, too.

Either way, good luck with everything and enjoy Hawaii!

 

Where to Start When You're Nervous About Pet Travel

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Lori
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Yorkshire Terriers
From: South Africa
To: Canada

 

Dear PetRelocation,

My Husband and I are in the process of trying to move to Canada, but our dogs are our first priority and we will not move without them.

Our Yorkshire Terriers are 9 months old and they weigh 2.5kg and 3.5kg, respectively. We would like to know the process of relocating them to Canada, i.e how do they travel, what about food and water, do they need to stay in quarantine when they arrive, do they travel the same time that we travel, or is their a waiting period before they can travel?

They are both microchipped and their vaccinations are up to date.

Kind Regards,

Lori

 

Hi Lori,

Thanks for your question -- we completely understand what it's like to feel that dogs are part of the family!

Take a look at the pet import requirements for Canada to see what you'll need to do to prepare. In addition to getting the paperwork ready (health certificates, etc.) it's important to book their flights on a pet friendly airline and make sure you have the correct size/style travel crates for them. You don't need to travel on the same flight as them, but you will need to have someone who is able to check them in and clear customs on the other side.

As for your other questions, it may help to read over these frequently asked pet travel questions and these pre-flight preparation tips. Pet travel can be overwhelming at first, but the more you can educate yourself, the more empowered you will begin to feel.

If you think you'd like to hire some professional assistance, we'd be happy to discuss our services with you. Feel free to give our office a call or fill out our free quote form.

Hopefully this helps to get you started! Good luck with everything, and let us know if we can be of further assistance.

Air Travel with a Shiba Inu

Monday, April 14, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Myrna
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Shiba Inu
From: Los Angeles, CA
To: San Juan, PR

 

Dear PetRelocation,

What age is the best for my dog to travel? I'm really scared that something will happen to him since this is a long trip!

Thanks,

Myrna

 

Hi Myrna,

We recommend that pets be at least 16 weeks old before they travel, and when it comes to older dog(e)s, the decision should be made on a case by case basis with the help of advice from a vet. Here's more about flying with older pets.

In general, the risks associated with pet travel can be kept to a minimum when the right choices are made. Make sure your Shiba Inu is at a healthy weight and exercises regularly, be sure he is well-hydrated before the flight, and definitely choose a pet friendly airline that will make his comfort and safety a high priority. Crate-training is also a key part of making sure the trip goes well.

Please take a look at these frequently asked pet travel questions if you'd like to learn more, and feel free to contact us if you'd like further professional assistance.

Thanks for reaching out, and we wish you the best of luck in your travels!

 

Pet News Round-Up: Are Pets Being Treated More Like Humans?

Friday, April 11, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

How to have a stress-free pet boarding experience.

General travel: All about Abu Dhabi.

Toby's mom draws a comic about his cat adventures, which now include his international move to London.

Author David Grimm discusses how pets are blurring the lines of personhood.

More general travel: Airlines received fewer complaints last year (but misplaced more bags).

What Dogster loves about positive dog training methods.

Read the story of three cats who moved to the UK.

Finally, meet Sam and Gretchen, the Weimaranars we featured as our Pet Move of the Month!

 

Happy Friday, pet lovers!

 

International Travel with a Shih Tzu

Friday, April 11, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

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

Summer Pet Travel: 2014 Airline Embargo Information

Thursday, April 10, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

puku the bulldogIt's that time again... As summer approaches many people start to plan their relocations, and it's important to be aware of temperature-based airline embargoes that may affect travel arrangements for pets.

Read on for an initial list of embargoes from major airlines. We'll be sure to keep you updated as changes are made and more restrictions are announced, so keep in touch if you have a pet move on the horizon.

United

  • ALWAYS: No English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs or their mixes unless under 6 months or under 20 lbs
  • May 15th – September 15th: No Pugs, Boston Terriers, French/American Bulldogs unless under 6 months old
  • September 16th – May 14th: Snub-nosed breeds are accepted if forecast temperature is 85 degrees or lower during departure/arrival times

KLM

ALWAYS: No English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, or Pugs

British Airways

  • March 22nd – October 22nd: No pets in or out of PHX
  • June 1st – September 15th: No pets in or out of DFW, IAH, DEN or AUS
  • April 21st – October 21st: No pets in or out of LAS
  • ALWAYS: No Bulldogs, Pugs, or Pekinese, other snubs are acceptable if kennel is one size larger

Lufthansa

  • ALWAYS: No pets in or out of DTW if the temperature exceeds 80 degrees. Also, no Boston Terriers, Boxers, Brussels Griffin, Bulldogs (all breeds except American), Chow Chows, English Toy Spaniels, Japanese Chin, Pekinese, Pug (all breeds), or Shih Tzus unless under 80 degrees  
  • SUMMER: No pet imports into IAH (exports okay)

Delta

ALWAYS: 85 degrees maximum for all warm-blooded animals, except snub-nosed breeds. 75 degrees maximum for all snub-nosed breeds (Pit Bull, Staffordshire, Boston Terrier, Boxer, Brussels Griffin, Bulldog (all breeds), Chow Chow, English Toy Spaniel, Lhasa Apso, Japanese Boxer, Japanese Spaniel (Japanese Chin), Mastiff (all breeds), Pekinese, Pug (all breeds), Shar Pei, Shih-Tzu, Tibetan Spaniel, Burmese (cat), Exotic (cat), Himalayan (cat), and Persian (cat)

Air Canada

ALWAYS: Consult here and here to find out about the most current restrictions

Worried about summer embargoes getting in the way of your pet's move? Please contact us and we'll help you figure out the best and safest way to get your pet to your new home.

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

Thursday, April 10, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

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

Christine, UK

Planning Cat Travel to Italy

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Ray
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Russian Blue & Long Hair Tabby
From: Joshua, TX
To: Arona, Italy

 

Dear PetRelocation,

Can you provide me details for transporting my two cats? How does the process work to bring them to Italy?

Thanks,

Ray

 

Hi Ray,

Thank you for your question. You can start by taking a look at the pet import requirements for Italy to get an idea of what to expect. To summarize, going to an EU country means you'll need microchips, vaccines and the correct documentation for your cats.

We also recommend choosing a pet friendly airline, and your cats will need airline-approved travel crates that they're hopefully okay with spending time in (if you need some crate-training tips please take a look at our blog). It's important to start arranging your travel details a few weeks before your planned departure date.

Please let us know if you have further questions, and if you'd like to find out more about the door-to-door services we offer, you're welcome to fill out our quote form.

We look forward to hearing from you and wish you lots of luck with your move!
 

Pet Move Update: Toby has Landed in the UK!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Here's an update about Toby, the cat we told you about a few days ago who is featured in his mom's comics. His move is complete and he's doing well!

Thank you guys again for all your help -- everything went great, and Toby is now a world traveler (talk about the REAL Adventures of Toby, ha ha).

Have attached a few pics -- the first one is of him when we first arrived (“No pics, Mom,” he says) and the second one is a pic of him enjoying watching the birds and cars go by in my friend’s flat yesterday.

Thanks again for everything!

Brooke & Toby

 

 

Cat Travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Monday, April 7, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Stephanie
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Short-haired domestic
From: Houston, TX, USA
To: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Hello,

We are planning a relocation around June 1, 2014, and we're interested in preliminary information about any critical steps we need to take to make the pet relocation happen (i.e. paperwork, vaccinations, etc.) and the timelines we must adhere to. Also, what can we anticipate the cost of relocation for two cats? Please advise.....

Thank you!
Stephanie

 

Hi Stephanie,

Thank you for reaching out to us. We have helped several pets move to and from Kuala Lumpur and would be happy to assist.

First, take a look at the pet import rules for Malaysia. As you can see, there are several steps that will need to be carried out carefully and in the correct order. Your cats will need to be microchipped if they're not already, that will need to be followed by rabies vaccines, and you'll need import permits (among other things). It's important to start the process as soon as you can.

It may also help to read a few of our customer stories for an idea of what it's really like: Here's the story of Archie's move to Kuala Lumpur and the story of Lucky and Ginger's trip, as well.

Please let us know what you think after digesting some of this information, and we'd be happy to tell you more about our services if you think you'd like some help. In general, the cost for us to move one small pet internationally begins at around $3000 USD, but we'd be happy to give you a more precise quote for your cats' move after hearing a few more details.

Either way, thanks again for contacting us and good luck with everything. We hope to hear from you soon!
 

Researching Dog Travel to India

Monday, April 7, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Dr. A.
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pomeranian
From: Hartford, Connecticut, USA
To: New Delhi, India

 

Dear PetRelocation,

My daughter, who is working in Hartford, CT, wants to send her pet dog permanently to India. Is this possible? How would it work?

Thanks,

Dr. A.

 

Hi Dr. A,

Thanks for your question. Moving pets to India requires quite a bit of careful paperwork and preparation, as the country made changes to their policy last year and now operate with strict rules meant to target animal breeders. Please take a look at this overview of India pet import requirements for an idea of what to expect.

We also recommend double checking with the Ministry of Agriculture to find out about the most current policies, as they could change at any time. As always, we recommend choosing a pet friendly airline and discussing specific procedures and policies with them, as well.

Many people decide to hire pet travel experts to assist with relocations like this, especially if you'd like the dog to fly unaccompanied. If you'd like to find out more about the door-to-door services we offer, please fill out our free quote form or give our office a call. You're also welcome to visit IPATA.org to locate local agents who may assist you.

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

 

 

Pet News Round-Up: Travel Advice & Community Pet Programs

Friday, April 4, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

A program called Pets are Like Family helps low-income families keep their pets.

Tips for how to retire abroad with a pet.

This traveling kangaroo helps to educate kids about nature.

A look at what it's like to be a dog walker for wealthy clients.

A list of pet friendly destinations in Europe.

From Texas Monthly: inmates at two women's prisons train service dogs for veterans.

 

Have a fantastic weekend!

 

Breaking Down (and Understanding) Pet Travel Costs

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Robin
From: Melbourne, Australia
To: Vancouver, Canada
Pet: My baby is called Leo, he is a Spoodle and will be 6 years old in October
 
 
Dear PetRelocation,
 
I am very nervous, as I am not sure how my dog will cope with such a long flight. I am also getting very expensive quotes from companies in Australia, however my friends are paying a lot less for transporting their Spoodle from London to Vancouver.
 
Could you please tell me if you could assist? What will be the costs involved? I am already in Canada. Lastly, is it safe for him to travel, and are there any requirements that I need to be aware of for Canada?
 
My main concerns are that pricing seems to be high and I'm worried about Leo's well-being in the hold. Also, once I go back to Australia, will it be easier for him to go back? He is a very healthy and a bubbly dog -- all he wants is attention.
 
Thanks,
Robin
 
Hi Robin,
 
Thanks for contacting us with your questions -- hope we can help!
 
First, take a look at the pet import requirements for Canada. There is no quarantine, but you'll need to make sure your dog's paperwork is in order. If you ever decide to bring him back to Australia, you'll need to meet a much stricter set of rules and there will be a 10-day quarantine (based on current requirements). You can find more information from Australia's official website.
 
Second, many people do feel nervous about flying their pet in the cargo area, but if you choose a pet friendly airline and learn about how things work, you'll hopefully become more comfortable with the idea. We fly pets in the cargo area of a few select airlines all the time. Again, with pet friendly airlines it's very safe (here's a more in-depth explanation of how it works).
 
It's also smart to talk to your vet about how diet and exercise are important to your pet travel preparations, and you'll need to work to help Leo get used to his travel crate (if he's not already). This cuts down on his overall stress level and will make the flight safer and smoother for him.
 
Choosing a door-to-door service provider to handle your move won't be cheap, but arranging all the moving parts does require quite a bit of time and expertise. If you'd like a quote from us to see how we compare to the other providers you've talked to, please fill out our free online quote form. Typically an international move for one small pet begins at around $2500 USD (but the actual cost will depend on a few more factors). Here's a post from our blog discussing the costs of pet travel
 
Hopefully this helps to get you started. If you have further questions just let us know, and either way, good luck with everything!
 
 

Relocating a Dog Across the United States

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Susan
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Cocker Spaniel mix
From: Tomah, WI
To: Phoenix, AZ

 

Dear PetRelocation,

My aunt is no longer able to care for her dog and I have offered to take her, but am not sure of the best way to get her here. Any ideas would be helpful.

Thanks,

Susan

 

Hi Susan,

Thanks for your question. It sounds like you're wondering about the logistics of pet travel and are probably hoping you'll be able to send the dog without a human escort. The good news is that this is definitely possible.

We help pets move every day, most of them unaccompanied. You can arrange a flight on a pet friendly airline for the dog (we recommend United) and either have a friend or family member or a hired agent check her in and then you (or someone you enlist) pick her up on the other end.

We arrange door-to-door pet moves and would be happy to assist with this process. We'd help oversee the necessary paperwork (which primarily includes proof of a rabies vaccine and a vet health certificate), help you make sure you have the correct airline-approved travel crate, and help you with any other questions you have.

Please fill out our free quote form or give our office a call if you're interested in finding out more, or if you decide you'd like to handle the move yourself, hopefully you can use our blog and website as helpful resources.

Hope this helps, Susan. Please contact us if you have any further questions, and good luck with everything!
 

Planning Your Pet Travel Timeline

Friday, April 4, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Trudi
Number of Pets: 4
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Two medium Poodles and one Schnauzer/Yorkie mix
From: Austin, TX, USA
To: London, UK

 

Hello,

How long is the whole process re: the rabies injection? If we start the process going, what is the earliest time we can have them ready for travel?

Thanks,

Trudi

 

Hi Trudi,

Great question. According to the official UK pet import rules, your dogs should first be microchipped, then given the rabies shot, then at least 21 days must pass before they can travel. You'll also need to have official vet health certificates for each dog.

Hope this helps! If you have any further questions about choosing an airline, picking out the right travel crates, or anything else, please peruse our blog for information and feel free to contact us at your convenience.

Thanks for reaching out, and good luck with everything!

Pet Move of the Month: Sam and Gretchen's Move to Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

sam and gretchenThis month's featured pet move puts the spotlight on two Weimaraners, Sam and Gretchen, who moved from Texas to Saudi Arabia when the family relocated due to a work transfer.

It was the first big pet move for them, and so they decided to enlist our help to assist with a smooth transition.

Read on to find out more about dog life in Dammam, and join us in wishing these sweet pups all the best in their new home!

What were some of your initial concerns?

Our initial concerns were around the safety of our dogs from the time they left our house in Texas to Saudi Arabia. We wondered if they would be able to handle a trip that long, would they get hungry, scared, lost or stolen, etc.??

What surprised you about the pet travel process to Saudi Arabia?

From our perspective it was a pretty easy process. We would caution people to be very patient with the Saudi side of things. It moves kind of slow over here, so things might not get done until the very last minute. Just be ready!

 

 

How did Sam and Gretchen handle the transition?

They actually handled the whole transition much better than we expected. They did really good on the flight over from Houston, TX, even though I was a nervous mom!

The other big issue we thought would be challenging is the fact that we really don’t have much grassy areas in our compound and no dog parks. Our dogs were used to a very large, fenced-in yard and lots of freedom to run whenever they wanted. Now they are on a leash at all times, go for walks every day, and are just fine with that. We really think they just love that we are all living together again!

 

 

Is Saudi Arabia a pet friendly place to be?

I think in general Saudis prefer cats to dogs. On our compound most of the people are Americans and Europeans except for the compound maintenance and security staff. We have big dogs, and everyone is pretty much afraid of them. Most people are really intrigued by our dogs, probably due to their size, but once they get comfortable with seeing the dogs around they are better.

We have not had them off our compound yet except to go to the vet/boarding facility. In our area, it is hard to locate vets, boarding, pet stores and supplies. All of this is about an hour away from us.   

What advice do you have for people who might be planning a pet move?

Trust PetRelocation staff to handle everything, they all did an outstanding job for us! We had the dogs picked up at our home, driven an hour to the airport, flown from Houston to Amsterdam and on to Dammam KSA, then delivered to our home about an hour from the airport.

Our dogs came out of their crates just as happy, healthy and safe as they could be. PetRelocation and KLM really did a great job handling our dogs. We have already recommend them to others and we would certainly use them again.

 

 

What made you decide to hire PetRelocation to assist you?

We liked the way the staff talked to us -- like our dogs were their dogs. And we have to say that not only did they talk that way, they performed that way too. They answered all our questions and made us feel more comfortable about our dogs' long journey.

 

Thanks to Sam and Gretchen's owners for taking the time to answer our questions! As always, please contact PetRelocation if you're looking for some assistance with an upcoming pet move.

Beagle Travel to the United States

Monday, March 31, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Terri
From: Frankfurt, Germany
To: San Francisco, California
Pets: 3 beagles ages 4, 7, 11

Dear PetRelocation,
 
Last year I moved from California to Germany with my 3 beagles. I had all necessary documentation, microchips, etc. I am now returning to California. Since moving to Germany, I got a pet passports for my beagles. What do I need in order to take them back to California without any problems? They will travel in the cargo area of the airplane.
 
Thanks,
Terri
 
Hi Terri,
 
Thank you for your question. Importing dogs to the United States is relatively straightforward -- you'll need proof that they are up to date on the rabies vaccine and also a health certificate is required stating they are healthy and fit to fly. You can find an overview of the requirements here.
 
Since you've traveled before you're probably pretty informed, but please let us know if you have any questions about travel crates, airline procedures, or anything else.
 
Thanks again, and good luck with everything!
 
 

"How Old Should a Puppy be Before Traveling Internationally?"

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Ruth
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog (puppy -- 5 weeks old)
Pet Breed: Puddle
From: Dominican Republic
To: New York, USA

Hello,

What documents will I need to bring my dog into the United States? Also I was told that puppies need to be at least three months old to enter the state, is that so? And can a local veterinarian prepare the health docs for the puppy?

Thank you,

Ruth

 

Hi Ruth,

Thanks, those are great questions. The United States has relatively easy pet import rules -- essentially you need proof that the rabies vaccine is up to date and you need a vet health certificate telling the airline that your dog is healthy and fit to fly. Yes, a local vet can help you with this.

In terms of age, our company recommends that dogs be at least 16 weeks old before they fly. At this point your puppy will be better able to withstand the travel experience, so for safety's sake we suggest you wait at least that long.

If you have any more questions about choosing an airline, selecting a travel crate, or anything else related to travel, please peruse our website, give us a call or fill out our free quote form if you think you might like to learn about our door-to-door services.

Thanks again for reaching out, and good luck!
 

Choosing the Right Airline for Pet Travel

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Amy
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Spaniel/Lab/Aussie mix
From: Austin, TX
To: San Francisco, CA

 

Hello,

I'm getting married in San Francisco in October and want to take our dog with us. She's 25 pounds but too big to fit under the seat. Are there only certain airlines that will fly her, and at certain temperatures?

Thanks,

Amy

 

Hi Amy,

Thanks for your question, and congratulations on your upcoming marriage!

Choosing the right airline is definitely one of the most important parts of pet travel. We often fly with United due to their PetSafe program, which includes a set of procedures that places an emphasis on pet cargo safety.

Many airlines do operate with weather-adjusted schedules, but by October summer embargoes have usually been lifted. Also, United is less affected by temperature because they work to keep pets in temperature-controlled environments year-round. You'll want to double check everything before you go with the airline directly, but it's likely you won't need to worry about temperature (especially because you don't have a snub-nosed breed, who often do face special restrictions in warm weather).

Take a look at our blog if you have any general questions about pet travel, and be sure to look over the requirements for flying pets in the United States (you'll essentially just need proof of rabies vaccine and a vet health certificate).

If you have any further questions, please let us know. Either way, good luck with everything!
 

Retiring Abroad? Plan for Your Pets, Too

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Recently we came across this helpful article about how to prepare for a post-retirement move abroad. More and more people are choosing to relocate to another country after they've stopped working, and doing so requires quite a bit of planning and money-saving.

The BBC points out that it's important to research housing and medical costs in the new location and to allow plenty of time to map out all the details. They also say to "consider your family," -- important advice for sure -- but we think they left out something pretty big. To the list they've made, we would add pets, who are family members, too.

Pets are becoming a bigger and bigger part of people's lives worldwide, and people in their 50s, 60s and beyond are some of the most dedicated pet owners out there. When children have moved out and when free time becomes more available, it just makes sense that people turn to pet companionship in their lives and in their travels.

So what should a pet owner do if they decide to retire abroad? We have a few tips.

Start planning early

We say this a lot, but it's always a good idea. Some countries (such as Australia) have quarantine requirements for pets, and no matter where you go you'll need to make sure paperwork is in order, vaccines are updated and flight reservations are made. You may not know what you don't know, so give yourself plenty of time.

Keep pets in mind as you consider the major (and minor) details

We're not saying "let your pet rule your life," but just remember that each detail will affect them, too. The city to which you move (are pet amenities available there?), what house or apartment you choose (are pets allowed?), what the weather is like (will your furry friend be comfortable there?) -- these are all a part of the big picture. If you're bringing a pet along, think carefully as you make arrangements so that they will be able to find reasonable happiness, too.

 

 

Calculate the costs

The BBC article reminds potential expats that moving abroad can be more expensive than you might initially suspect, and this is especially true when you add the cost of pet travel. More expensive than just an airline ticket, relocating a pet requires vet visits, paperwork, customs fees and maybe quarantine costs and pet agent fees, as well. Also, once you're there you could face marked up prices on your favorite pet food, medical care, etc. Figure out how much you'll need to save beforehand to make your move realistic.

The common theme to all of this is 'do your research before you make a move.' Obviously it's a big deal to move to a new country, and if you've chosen to make a pet an important part of your life (as so many of us have), their needs must be a factor in the ultimate decision. 

 

 

And on a lighter note, we can tell you from experience that pets are often pretty great at settling into completely new places. As long as you're there with them, they have the most important thing they need.

Enjoy your retirement adventures abroad, and if you have any questions about how to move your pet with you or need advice about a particular destination, please contact PetRelocation.