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Pet Move Customer Story: A Cat Move from Germany to Washington

Monday, June 18, 2012 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Mitzi
Pets' Names: Lars and Max
From: Munich, Germany
To: Bellevue, Washington

 

To be honest I was nervous about my pets traveling without us so I asked many questions. There was always an answer to every question and I knew from the moment the driver picked up our pets in Munich that they would be well-taken care of.

Max and Lars arrived six hours before our plane landed in the US and were taken to a local kennel. They arrived at our home a few hours after we landed and were in great spirits!

Max and Lars have adjusted nicely to life in the US. I think they have done so well because their travel experience was not stressful, due to care they received from the pet providers. If another relocation is in our future I would not hesitate to use PetRelocation.com again to transport Max and Lars. They took great care of our pets!



Pet News Links: Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, Rent-a-Dogs & Pet Travel Trends

Friday, June 15, 2012 by Caitlin Moore

Another week of pet news has come and gone -- catch up with the stories you may have missed before you head off into the weekend.

How to prepare for pet travel (mentally). Be flexible!

Flight upgrade auctions -- the future of pet travel?

SmartMoney Magazine has noticed it, too. More pets are traveling than ever before.

New pet import requirements for Korea.

Looks like the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics will include animals (horses, chickens, geese and sheep).

Rent-a-dog in Central Park? One pet owner is raising money for charity by renting out playtime with her dog.

Don't forget that June is Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month. Give a kitty a happy home!

 

TGIF

How to Mentally Prepare for Pet Travel: Be Flexible

Thursday, June 14, 2012 by Caitlin Moore

 

Pet owners getting ready for a relocation can find plenty of resources telling them how to prepare: go to the vet for vaccine updates, buy the correct travel crate, schedule the flight, etc... But there's more to it than this. Moves can be emotionally and mentally taxing, and many people find themselves feeling overwhelmed -- if only just momentarily -- at some point.

We advise starting the pet move process well in advance to avoid these moments as much as possible, but it's also wise to pause before things really get going and accept the possibility that not everything will go as planned. There might be a flight delay. You may not be accepted on the airline route of your choice. Country requirements may change at the last minute.

Scenarios like this make it easy to see why many people end up hiring help with a pet move (It's no fun to stop and deal with an unexpected problem during an already stressful time), but relo company clients and DIY-ers alike should prepare themselves for anything and also realize that hiccups are pretty normal.

 

Here's some advice for how to deal with the most common pet travel predicaments, and read on to find some first-hand advice from recent customers who found themselves learning to be flexible on the fly.

Recently we helped a client move her boxer, Loma, to Azerbaijan. Here's what she had to say about starting the process:

"When we decided to move, we didn’t have a clue that it would be such a big problem. We thought we would check him in with our luggage on the same plane as we would travel. When I started researching (I am a very thorough researcher, no surprise considering I'm a Sociologist), I realized that the reality was pretty complicated and problematic."

A combination of factors -- having a large dog, having a snub-nosed breed, and traveling to a more obscure destination -- meant that this family had bigger and more expensive obstacles ahead. It was tough going for awhile, but the Pet Relocation Specialists assigned to Loma's move were able to handle everything and get him safely to his new home.

Another recent customer, our June Pet Move of the Month, in fact, offers this advice:

"Relax. Take things one day at a time. It's very likely that someone else has shared the same experience that you are facing. ASK QUESTIONS. Being independent and attempting to figure it all out might be "your style," but allow people to help you. Research and verify what you're told, but learn from the experiences that others have already had. Patience and a sense of humor are two key items!"

This last story is especially dramatic but thankfully has a happy ending. (Actually this kind of thing happens a lot -- cats have a way of hiding at the least convenient moments!)

"When moving from Colorado to Florida in an RV, our pet, "Fluffomatic" escaped. We needed to leave to allow a return flight for a friend who was helping, and Fluffy was left behind. We were heartbroken the whole ride!"

From here the pet owners' friends were able to locate the mischievous cat, they called PetRelocation.com to arrange his flight, and now "Fluffomatic is at home with his family -- crisis resolved" (yay!).

There you have it -- like many other things in life, during a pet move there's a lot to be said for finding a good balance between precise planning and flexibility. Do your research, follow expert advice, and keep your checklist handy, but if things suddenly change, remember to take a deep breath and do your best to figure out the situation. As you can see, the same thing has probably happened to someone else, and every pet move problem has a solution.

Call PetRelocation.com if you have any questions, and here's wishing everyone the smoothest of travels!

 

 

Pet Travel Question: Exporting Pets From Mexico

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Tonje
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Mix
From: Mexico
To: Norway

Hello!
I have been living in Mexico for three years now, and throughout this time I have had a dog. I found the dog on the street a few months after my arrival, and it has been with me ever since.

Ihave taken it to the vet several times, to make sure that it stays healthy, and also to make sure that he is given all the necessary vaccines. When I go back to Norway I want to bring my dog with me. What would I have to do, and what would be the process of it all?

Thank you for the help!

-Tonje

 

Hi Tonje,

Thanks for your question! These are the pet import requirements for Norway. You'll need to have the correct health documents authorized, and we also recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline. Finally, just in case your dog isn't used to being in a travel crate, you'll want to help him feel comfortable with it by leaving it out, feeding him in it, putting toys in it, etc.

We have tips for doing all of this on our website and blog, and if you still have questions you can contact our office at  your convenience. If you'd like to hire some help in handling all of this, we can also offer you a free quote. Good luck with everything (and cheers to you for giving your rescue pup so much love and care). We hope to hear from you soon!

New Korea Pet Import Regulations Beginning Dec. 1, 2012

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 by Caitlin Moore

 

Pet travelers with plans to head to Korea in a few months should take note that the current animal import policy is set to change on Dec. 1, 2012. We reported these changes a few months ago, but now the Korea quarantine office has issued a document outlining the changes.

Take a look at the changes to the Korea import rules as well as the new flyer (here's a sneak peek below). 

Basically, the changes can be summarized as such:

(The new rules apply to all countries other than the following rabies-free countries: Japan, Taiwan, Cyprus, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, Iceland, Guam, Hawaii, Samoa, Cayman Islands, French Polynesia, Martinique, Department of Reunion, Wallis and Futuna, Albania, Dominica Republic, Macedonia, Lichtenstein, Malaysia, Switzerland)

It's also necessary to have:

-An ISO compatible Microchip.

-A rabies antibody titer test completed at an internationally approved laboratory, and the test must be done at least 30 days before departure. The result must be 0.5 IU/ml or greater.

-The above information (lab details, titer results/date, and microchip number) must be included on the international health certificate, and the validity is determined by the country of export and/or airline.

 

 

Please contact PetRelocation.com with any questions about pet travel to Korea.

 

Pet Move Customer Story: Dude's Move to England

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Denise
Pet's Name: Dude
From: Texas
To: England
 

We placed one of our puppies with the perfect forever family in England and we had a fantastic experience. Bethany, our contact person at PetRelocation.com, was wonderful. She was there every step of the way and helped to allay any fears we had. There are so many rules and regulations going into Great Britain (or I'm sure for any international travel), and they seem to change on a regular basis.

Bethany was up to date on the rules and she guided us through the maze of paperwork required for the trip. She made sure we had exactly what we needed to get our boy ready for travel. For each leg of his trip, she notified us where he was and how he was doing. I highly recommend this service and would not hesitate to use them again in the future.



Pet Airline News: No More Flying Pets In-Cabin to Mexico?

Monday, June 11, 2012 by Caitlin Moore

Here's an interesting news item that may affect pet travelers to Mexico. A few US-based airlines, citing a "new" Mexican law,  are no longer accepting pets for in-cabin travel to Mexico. Since it costs more to fly pets in the cargo area (and separates travelers from their pets), this change has not been welcomed by customers. United, US Airways and Delta seem to all be falling in line with this change, however United customers have been especially vocal.

This recent Washington Post article discusses a growing distrust between "elite-level" travelers and airlines. According to the article, many pet owners view the United decision as just a way for the airline to make more money, and they've expressed frustration with inconsistencies by starting a petition at Change.org. Apparently the directive the airlines are following dates back to 2007 and only applies to flights within Mexico, so travelers find it suspicious that it's suddenly being enforced.

If you've been keeping up, you'll recall that a similar petition began in response to United's banned breed policy, and United eventually lifted those restrictions. Will this current disagreement be settled the same way? We'll keep you updated.

Find out more about pet-friendly airlines and summer pet travel (including embargoes) on our blog, and feel free to contact PetRelocation.com with any questions you have.

 

No more cabin service?

Pet Move of the Month: Napoe's Relocation to Hong Kong

Thursday, June 7, 2012 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Though every pet move is different, most share a few familiar elements. This month's Pet Move of the Month illustrates a perfect example of what the typical pet owner experiences each step of the way: initial nervousness followed by a growing confidence that everything will be fine, and finally the happiness that comes with seeing your pet delivered safely to you.

Mandy is as dedicated a pet owner as can be, and her dog Napoleon (Napoe) is one lucky pup. Their recent move from the United States to Hong Kong was a smooth adventure, and we congratulate them for being stellar travelers.

Read more about Napoe's experience, including some valuable information about pet life in Hong Kong (people love him there!). Thanks to Mandy and Napoe, and good luck in your new home!

 

Is this the first time you’ve ever moved a pet?

Yes.  This is the first time we've ever moved our little guy. Napoe has lived in Arkansas for all 7 1/2 years of his doggy life. He is like our child.  

We've had never boarded him, never crated him, never left him with anyone other than family and close friends. The thought of him flying alone as cargo was mortifying to me. When I learned that the Hong Kong government wouldn't allow him to fly with us in the cabin, I literally had a panic attack.

A friend who had moved from our area to Hong Kong and used PetRelocation.com to help them move their dog Roger recommended you to us. From the first phone call (and I got through the call ALMOST without crying) I felt very comfortable with the care, knowledge and professionalism that every person I spoke to had. Each person seemed to genuinely want Napoleon to make a safe and successful move to Hong Kong.  
 

What were some of your concerns going into the move?

I wanted to know everything about every leg of Napoe's travel. What would he see, hear, and smell? Would there be any chance that someone might mistreat him? Would he be scared? Would he panic? Should I look into sedating him? What would happen if he needed to go to the bathroom, etc etc. I was also concerned with the fact that he is only 3.5lbs and his bladder is tiny. Could he manage a 16 hour flight without having to potty?

Each of my questions was listened to and addressed with care and compassion. I learned that dogs are den animals, and that while Napoe might initially be nervous, he would likely burrow into a blanket and fall asleep to the hum of the plane motor. I worried that he would be cold, but was assured that the place he would ride was temperature and pressure controlled.  

 

Reading about Hong Kong

 

Did anything surprise you about the international pet moving process?

Yes. The knowledge of the staff, the follow up, and the ease with which we were able to bring him over to Asia. I was thoroughly and completely impressed with how simple things were, for me and for Napoe. After my first call to PetRelocation.com,  things went smooth as silk.  

How is Napoe adjusting to life in Hong Kong?

When Napoe arrived and was let out of his crate, for about 30 seconds his ears were back and he was a little uncertain. Then, after he realized that it was me, his mom, he was so happy!!  He wiggled his tail and he was happy, playful and thrilled to see me. Napoe explored our apartment and went right to his blanket and found his favorite toy. 

He is still getting used to the fact that most of the places where he is allowed to potty are concrete. But., there are also plenty of places where he can explore. Where we are in Stanley, he is welcome at restaurants, shops and he comes with us just about everywhere we go on the South side of the Island.

Because he's out with us SO much, he sleeps almost all night and when he does wake, he goes to the balcony for a quick pee and then hops right back into bed with us. He misses his large yard at home, but he's adjusting very well to life in Hong Kong. Lots of doggy friends for him here.  

Mandy and Napoe. Napoe loves exploring Stanley in his travel bag.

 

What is life like in Hong Kong? Is it a pet-friendly place to be?

In the city, it's much like it would be in New York, London, etc., however we chose to live in Stanley, which is on the Southern peninsula of the Island. Dogaroo in Stanley Plaza is great for "dog products" like leashes and bowls and poop baggies. There's also a shop in Horizon Plaza in Ap Lei Chai which sells all things dog!

There is a vet in Stanley that's next to a groomer shop, and both are very reputable. I don't recall the name of the groomers but I believe the vet is simply Stanley Vet Center.  

I've not found a dog-friendly beach in Stanley, but I'm told that they exist. Napoe is welcome in the Taxis, and legally drivers can charge an additional $5HKD for him (less than .80 cents US). Sometimes they do, but most times they just think he's an adorable passenger and don't charge for him.  

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

Relax. Take things one day at a time. It's very likely that someone else has shared the same experience that you are facing. ASK QUESTIONS. Being independent and attempting to figure it all out might be "your style," but allow people to help you. Research and verify what you're told, but learn from the experiences that others have already had. Patience and a sense of humor are two key items!

 

Adventure time

 

Find out more about moving pets around the world by contacting PetRelocation.com.

Summer Pet Safety & Dealing with Careless Pet Owners (Based on a True Story)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 by Caitlin Moore

 

Most of us know that it's dangerous to leave a dog (or any other pet) in a parked, un-airconditioned car, but apparently not everyone out there is quite so sensible. Yesterday two girls left their puppy alone in a parked car (windows up, no water) right outside the PetRelocation.com office in downtown Austin, TX. Since the temperature was a steamy 89 degrees and the girls were clearly going to be gone for awhile (they paid for an hour on the meter), we knew we had to do something.

Long story short, after just a few minutes we called the Downtown Rangers (and then the Police were summoned as well). They released the lock and opened the car, we gave the thirsty pup some much-needed water, the girls were phoned, and they eventually returned to the scene and were reprimanded (but not ticketed) by the police.The dog was fine but we were mad. Do people really not know that it's wrong to leave your dog in such conditions?

Unfortunately careless pet owners are probably not going to read our blog, but for the record, here's how to take good care of your pets while driving around this summer, as well as some advice for what to do if you run into a situation like we did.

-Never leave your dog in a parked, un-airconditioned car for more than just a moment. If the temperature is reasonable (below 70 degrees Fahrenheit) and you do have to, park in the shade, leave the windows down and provide some water.

-If you're out running errands in the summer, don't bring your dog.

-If you're traveling with your pet during the summer and need to stop, bring pets out of the car with you or leave them inside with someone with the air conditioner still running.

-Cars heat up quickly and heatstroke can be fatal, so always use your best judgment and err on the side of caution.

That should take care of most of the problems, but if one of those less-than-stellar pet owners out there leaves their pet in a risky situation, what should you do if you come across it? We asked the police officer who helped with yesterday's predicament, and he said calling the police is the right thing to do. Every state has different laws regarding animal welfare, but much of the time police officers and animal control workers have the right to enter a car, release a lock, or even break a car window if an animal is suffering inside.

In Austin, an ordinance was passed recently (#362) that states the following: 

A person may not keep an animal in a motor vehicle or other enclosed space in which the animal's health or life is endangered by high temperature, low temperature, or inadequate ventilation.

Also:

A peace officer or animal control officer may, after attempting to locate the animal's owner, remove the animal from a vehicle or enclosed space using any reasonable means, including breaking a window or lock.  If professional services are required to remove the animal, the owner is responsible for the cost.

Again, laws may be different in your state but they probably resemble the guidelines above. Above all, if a pet's life is in danger, you have every right to contact the authorities and notify them of the situation.

Have you ever run across a dog stuck in a hot car? What did you do?

Take a look at these safe summer pet travel tips as you prepare for your summer adventures, and contact PetRelocation.com with any questions you have.

 

Don't leave precious cargo unattended!

(photo by abbynormy via Flickr)


 

Pet Travel Question: Importing Dogs and Cats to Canada

Monday, June 4, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

 

Name: Shereen
Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: 2 dogs and 1 cat
Pet Breed: Dachshunds, Siamese
From: Johannesburg, South Africa
To: Toronto, Canada

 

We would like to know what the requirements are to take our pets with us to Toronto, as my husband is being transferred by his company. We need to know the costs involved, the period of quarantine, how they will be transported etc.

Warm regards,
Shereen

 

Hello Shereen,

Thank you for contacting us, we hope we can help! These are the pet import requirements for Canada. There will not be a quarantine if you follow these rules.

When traveling internationally it's especially important to choose a pet-friendly airline with established pet safety policies in place. Take a look at our site for more info about travel crates, also, and if you'd like a quote for our door-to-door services, you can fill out our free form and a Pet Relocation Specialist will get back to you with more information.

Please contact us if you have more questions, and good luck with everything!

 

Pet Move Customer Story: Cedric & Sassy's Move to Boston

Friday, June 1, 2012 by PetRelocation.com Customer

 

Name: Lyndsey
Pets' Names: Cedric and Sassy
From: Phoenix
To: Boston
 

I'm not the actual pet owner of these two beauties, but a dear friend of their Mommy, Evelyn. I helped the three of them move across the country to start a new adventure.

Evelyn chose PetRelocation.com following a bad experience being suddenly cancelled by PetAirways. The professionalism of PetRelocation is beyond reproach, in my humble opinion. From the agent sent to pick up the kitties (and help us retrieve them from under beds, dressers and couches to get them into their travel crates), to the constant text messages relaying the progress of their travel, to the friendly delivery to their destination, everything was impeccable and thorough.

Questions were answered promptly and effectively. Evelyn, who can get very nervous when her "children" are concerned, was for the most part confident they would arrive safely and unharmed.

Thank you, Amber, for heading a phenomenal team!
Lyndsey




Pet Travel News: United Airlines, Pet Travel Statistics and Summer Travel Tips

Friday, June 1, 2012 by Caitlin Moore

 

Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend, pet lovers. But first, enjoy the top pet news of the week.

A stray dog followed a pack of cyclists 1,100 miles across China for the promise of food and companionship.

Warm weather pet travel tips -- get rid of fleas before you travel.

This veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder is choosing his dog over his home.

Here are some pet travel statistics from HomeAway.com.

It was bound to happen: pet custody battles.

The evolution of a pet shipping business.

United Airlines' pet policy changes breeding customer distrust?

Top ten dog-friendly cities. (We love that Austin is #1!)

 

Have a relaxing weekend!

 

Pet Move Spotlight: Relocating Cats to Hawaii & Tarzan's Move

Thursday, May 31, 2012 by Caitlin Moore

 

Compared to some countries, it's relatively simple to transport pets to the United States or go from one US state to another, but shipping pets to Hawaii is a little different because this island paradise is rabies-free. In addition to facing a long flight to get here, you'll also need to navigate the quarantine requirements.

Hawaii requires a 120 day quarantine for pets entering the islands, however it's possible to shorten this time by meeting the requirements of the 5-Day-or-Less Program. Pet travelers who follow all the steps correctly (see the official website) and within the proper time frame (a rabies vaccine must be done in the last year and at least 90 days before arrival, for example) are eligible for direct release at the airport (if flying into Honolulu). A fee of $224 per pet is also required.

It sounds complicated -- in fact we recently had a client who just missed completing everything on the right schedule. Her cat, Tarzan, ended up flying to meet her and spent about 20 days in Hawaii quarantine. The good news is the owner was able to visit Tarzan, and she was pretty comfortable and happy at the facility. It may be a bit inconvenient to face such circumstances, but lots of pets have handled the experience just fine.

Even the First Dog, Bo Obama, has to follow these rules (we blogged about Bo's trip to Hawaii a while back), but the White House team was on top of things and they were able to secure Bo's same-day release from the airport.

As you can see, if a move to Hawaii is in your pet's future, it would be wise to start planning well in advance. Find out more about pet imports to Hawaii, and please contact PetRelocation.com with any questions. We'd be happy to help you avoid the Hawaii quarantine and head straight for the beach!

 

Tarzan,  hanging out in Hawaii quarantine for a few days.

 

Pet Travel News Update: United Approved for Pet Flights to Edinburgh

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 by Caitlin Moore

 

Pet travelers going to Edinburgh, Scotland now have more airline options. Until now, Lufthansa has been the only airline authorized to ship pets directly to EDI under the Pet Passport Scheme, but the Edinburgh Animal Reception Centre has just announced that United is approved to do so as well.

This news further illustrates United's pet-friendliness as an airline; they also have a PetSafe program and recently reversed a decision that banned certain dog breeds from flying. It is expected that more airlines will soon be granted the same access, so stay in touch for updates.

Find out more about Edinburgh pet import regulations and the Pet Travel Scheme, and be sure to contact PetRelocation.com with any other questions.

 

Warm Weather Pet Problems: How to Control Fleas and Prepare for Summer Pet Travel

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 by Caitlin Moore

 

Warmer weather means many people are preparing for travel (our recent summer pet travel survey found that nearly half of pet owners will travel with pets in the next few weeks), so it's important to keep pets fit, healthy, and parasite-free.

It's not the most fun thing to think about but it's certainly a reality of owning a pet -- there are lots of creepy crawlies out there that can make life pretty annoying for everyone, and learning to keep fleas, ticks, and other bugs under control is just another part of the pet-owning skill set. 

Whether you're getting ready to travel or just getting ready to enjoy a fun summer, here are a few tips for how to battle fleas effectively.

-Find out when peak flea season starts in your area so that you can begin preparing before things get bad. Weather.com has a handy tool to show you what you're dealing with based on humidity and temperature.

-Talk to your vet about options for treatment and, more importantly, prevention. Many people give their pets combination drugs on a monthly basis that prevent heartworms and other parasites, including fleas, and some natural flea remedies may work for you.

-Look around the house and treat more than just your pet. Fleas live in bedding and furniture, too, so take care to wash what you can and vacuum often.

-There are many flea killers available but that doesn't mean you should use ALL of them. Foggers, shampoos, sprays and powders may interact with bad results or may exceed safety levels. Check chemical ingredients and -- once again -- talk to your vet to make sure you're not overdoing it.

-Be consistent to avoid reinfestations and don't forget to check the yard if you have outdoor pets. Shady areas are danger zones (sunlight kills fleas), so either hire a professional exterminator or do some research in order to safely keep your outside areas as parasite-free as possible.

A flea-free pet will be a much happier traveler. Please check in with your pet relocation specialist if you have any more questions about summer pet transportation!

 

Photo by lindyi via Flickr

Pet Travel Question: Importing Dogs to the Netherlands

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Hermien
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Cocker Spaniel
From: Baku, Azerdbaijan
To: Amsterdam, the Netherlands

 

Hello,

I have a question -- can you tell me what kind of papers I will need to transport my dog from Baku to Amsterdam?

Regards,
Hermien

 

Hello Hermien,

Thanks for contacting us with your question. Here are the pet import requirements for the Netherlands. You'll need to visit your vet and secure a few documents, including an International Health Certificate, and we also recommend that you fly with a pet-friendly airline and work to make sure your dog is well-accustomed to the travel crate.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any more questions about your pet relocation. Good luck!
 

Pet Travel News Links: Memorial Day Pet Travel, Green Pet Tips & Fun Pet Videos

Friday, May 25, 2012 by Caitlin Moore

 

Ready for a long weekend? Before you shut down the computer and head to the lake, catch up with all the pet travel news of the past week!

 

We released the results of our 2012 Summer Pet Travel Survey. Find out how your habits compare to everyone else's.

Concerned about the environment? Here are the top green pet tips.

Do you have weekend travel plans? Here are a few Memorial Day Pet Travel tips to help make sure things go smoothly.

The most popular airports for Memorial Day travel.

On training dogs using positive reinforcement.

Infographic alert. "Memorial Day Moving Trends" from Penske and SpareFoot.

Here's a beautiful photo study about animals and why we love them.

Look, it's a Happy Birthday Maru video!

Thomas Dolby's cat has a very special skill.

More Friday fun: five cat and dog videos.

 

TGIF.

Relocating Pets From The US to Canada: How to Drive Across The Border With a Pet

Thursday, May 24, 2012 by Caitlin Moore

 

There's more to it than just packing the car and hitting the road. Lots of people travel with pets and lately we've received several questions about a particular pet travel issue --  how to cross the Canada/US border by car. We've offered advice to a few travelers and thought we'd share the facts as we know them.

Here's what you need to have and to know to cross the Canada border with a pet:

-An original Rabies vaccine certificate.

-An International Health Certificate obtained within 10 days of departure.

-Travelers will need to call their local USDA to see about getting the health certificate endorsed. Note that USDA offices in different places may have different preferences; here in Austin they recommend having the International Health Certificate endorsed, for example, but in other places they may not follow the same procedure.

-Be aware that every border experience can be a little different. It's frustrating but true that some agents may be strict and some may let you cross with very few questions, so it's best to be well-prepared just in case.

-Finally, follow the standard tips for transporting pets by car to make sure the trip goes smoothly all around. This means packing extra supplies, bringing plenty of water, and keeping your pet securely buckled up so as not to be a distraction to the driver.

 

Please contact PetRelocation.com with any more questions about driving pets to Canada. We're happy to help!

 

Photo by meddygarnet via Flickr

 

Pet Travel Tips for Memorial Day Weekend

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 by Caitlin Moore

Many of us have a long weekend coming up, and as we just learned from the results of our 2012 Summer Pet Travel Survey, lots of us will be traveling with our pets this summer. Memorial Day may mark the first trip to the lake of the season, the first family barbeque since last year, and the first mini-vacation when you decide to bring your pet along.

If you're heading out of town this weekend or you're one of the 47% of people who will bring a dog or cat along with you as you travel this summer, here are a few pet travel tips that might come in handy.

Tags & microchips - Having up-to-date identification is always a good idea, but it's especially important when you're away from home. Make sure your contact information is correct and collars and tags are securely attached.

Pack well - Prepare for anything by bringing back-up leashes, extra food, a travel water bowl, medications, and anything else that could make life easier. You may feel like you're treating your dog like a diva with so much stuff, but actually you're just being a responsible pet owner.

Drive safely - Some pet owners are fine with their furry passengers roaming the car, but realistically we all know that it's better to buckle up. Find a comfortable travel crate or safety strap that will keep your pets safe and sound on the road.

Respect your surroundings - If you're going to a family gathering, talk to everyone about what's okay and what's not okay as far as feeding and play areas for your pet. Establishing expectations for snacks, swimming and socializing sounds like kind of a downer, but in the end it will make life easier for people and pets.

Research rules - Staying in a hotel with your pet? Find out about their fees and policies. Crossing the border? Do some reading or check with a pet travel specialist to find out more. There may be a few details to attend to, and the sooner you know the drill, the better.

Have a great and safe weekend, everyone!

 

 

Pet Travel Question: Do Rottweilers Need to be Quarantined During US Imports?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Christy
From: Hungary
To: Boston MA, United States
Pet: Rottweiler, 3 months
 
Is there a quarantine period I need to be aware of?
 
Thanks,
Christy

 
 

Hi Christy,

No, when relocating to the United States with a pet (as long as you meet all the requirements), there is no quarantine stipulation. Please take a look at this information as well as our blog, where we talk about choosing a pet-friendly airline.

Thanks for the question, please contact us if you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services, and good luck with everything!