Help Me Move My Pet

Pet Travel Question: Transporting Dogs to France

Monday, April 23, 2012 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Heather
From: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
To: Provence, France
Pet: Riley, Dog, Golden Doodle

Are there alternatives to traveling by air with my dog to France? If not, do any airlines exist which would allow me to bring my 65 pound dog on board with me rather than stow her in the luggage compartment? I am moving to do my doctorate in France. My golden doodle is very sensitive and gets anxious easily. For this reason, I am wondering whether it is possible to travel with her on board with me or via ship? I've heard horror stories about air travel and would prefer to forego this opportunity than to put her through anything that would be traumatic for her.


Hi Heather,
Thanks for your question! Pet travel can definitely be stressful, especially when you're starting out and don't know much about the process. We move pets safely all the time, however, and would be happy to shed some light on how things work.
A dog of your size will not be able to fly in the cabin with you, but when you choose a pet-friendly airline, flying your pet in the cargo area is a safe option. We often fly pets this way and, though it seems surprising from a human perspective, dogs probably prefer the less chaotic atmosphere of the temperature-controlled, pressure-controlled cargo area.
Hopefully this information helps to put your mind at ease, and we're happy to talk to you about your move if you have more questions or if you'd like a free quote (you can contact us here).  Good luck with everything!


Pet Travel Question: Moving a Cat To The United States

Friday, April 20, 2012 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Gloria
From: Manila, Philippines
To: Topeka, Kansas, USA
Pet: Domestic Short Hair Cat

Question: What are the requirements for moving my cat from the Philippines to the US? For long flights, is it better for the cat to be in the cabin with me or in baggage? Also, there are sometimes no direct flights to the US. Do I need papers/requirements for every stopover country?

Hi Gloria,
These are great questions! First, take a look at the pet import requirements for the US. Compared to other countries, this isn't as tough a place to bring your pets, actually.
You'll need to check with the airline regarding pet policies, and we definitely recommend choosing a pet-friendly carrier with established pet safety policies (we often use United, KLM, and Lufthansa, for example). Pet owners often worry about flying their pets in the cargo area, but when handled correctly it's a safe method of transport that we here at PetRelocation.com are comfortable with. You can find more information about cabin and cargo pet flights on our blog.
If you end up transiting through one or more different airports, you will not need to meet the import requirements for those countries.
Please contact us if you have any more questions, and good luck with your trip!


Pet Travel Question: Importing A Dog to England

Friday, April 20, 2012 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Joanne
From: Tunisia
To: England
Pet: Belgium Shepherd

What documents do I need to travel from Tunisia to England? Will my dog need to go into quarantine?
Hi Joanne,
Thanks for your question. The UK recently relaxed their pet import rules, so there is no longer a quarantine. Take a look at the full requirements here and please contact us if you have any more questions about your upcoming pet move. Good luck!


Pet Travel News Links: Political Pets, Spring Pet Tips & More

Friday, April 20, 2012 by Caitlin Moore


Happy Friday, everyone! Take a look at the pet news of the week to see if you missed anything...


Twenty politicians with their pets.

Wasn't expecting to type these words today: the secret lives of avalanche rescue cats.

This rescue pup ran a marathon with his owner.

Things modern pet owners do: turn to the internet to help find lost dogs.

Airline updates are important to keep track of: summer pet travel embargoes.

A few tips for how to prepare your pets for spring.

Did you know that United has expanded to include an IAD/Manchester flight that will even accommodate pets?


Pet Travel Question: Moving Dogs to Portugal

Friday, April 20, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Finn
Number of Pets: Two
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Mixed, small dogs
From: Brasil
To: Portugal


What are the required documents I'll need? Will there be a quarantine for the dogs in Portugal?


Hi Finn,

Thanks for submitting a question to us. Here are the pet import requirements for Portugal. There is no quarantine at this time, but you'll need to satisfy a few guidelines.

Please contact us if you have any more questions, and feel free to fill out our free quote form. Good luck and happy traveling!


Pet Travel News: Summer Airline Embargoes

Thursday, April 19, 2012 by Caitlin Moore


It's not quite summer yet, but it's never a bad idea to be aware of news like this if you have a pet move in your future.

As temperatures rise many airlines change their flight policies for pets, so we'll do our best to keep you informed as these alterations are announced.

As of now, here's what we know about summer pet embargoes:


Airline Airports Dates Restrictions
British Airways PHX 3/22 - 10/22 No Pets
  DFW, IAH, DEN 6/1 - 9/15 No Pets
Continental/United PHX Summer Months No pets between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
  All Airports 5/15 - 9/15 No Boston Terriers or French or American Bulldogs unless they're under 6 months old


Keep in touch, and feel free to contact PetRelocation.com at any time with your pet travel questions.




Pet Travel Question: Shipping Pets to Thailand

Thursday, April 19, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Cecilia
Number of Pets: 5
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: One British Short Hair, One Persian, Three Domestic Short Hair
From: Hong Kong
To: Bangkok, Thailand


Is there a quarantine for Thailand? Can my pets travel on the same aircraft as me?




Hello Cecelia,


Here are the pet import requirements for Thailand (and you can also find more info here). If all requirements are met there shouldn't be a quarantine.

As far as air travel, we recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline and in that case it's not necessary to travel on the same flight. You may end up hiring someone to help with your cats' passage, but just know that it's typical for pet owners to take separate flights.

Please contact us if you'd like a free quote or if you have any more questions. We'd be happy to assist you with your upcoming pet move!


Pet Travel Question: Pet Flights to Manchester

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Denise
From: Orlando, Florida
To: Manchester, England
Pet: Hershey (Three-year-old Chihuahua/Dachshund Mix)

Which airlines have direct flights to Manchester, England? Which airlines are trustworthy and are familiar with pet travel? Hershey, has been vaccinated , microchipped, and has had a complete medical 'overhaul' by the vet!
Hi Denise,
Great question! We do have a few particular airlines that we prefer to travel with based on their pet-friendly policies, and it just so happens that, beginning on May 1, United will be adding a flight from Dulles to Manchester that accommodates pets as well.
Hopefully this will work for you... Please take a look at all the UK pet import requirements and give us a call (or contact us for a free quote) if you have any more questions.
Good luck, and thanks for checking in!


Pet Travel News Update: United Expands Pet Shipments to Manchester

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 by Caitlin Moore


We've been following the news and developments accompanying the United/Continental Airline merger, and over the past few weeks United has been following a path of general expansion.

Beginning on May 1, Manchester will become the 15th transatlantic destination served from the hub of Dulles International Airport (IAD). Also on May 1, Doha will become the fourth Middle East destination served by United Airlines.

In terms of pet travel, Manchester will be open to pet shipments immediately and Doha is expected to be animal-accessible at a later date.

We'll keep you updated with all the latest pet transportation news, so keep in touch!


(via TripAdvisor.com)

News: Updated Pet Travel Foreign Service Regulations

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 by Caitlin Moore


Here's some pet travel news that may be relevant to members of the Foreign Service. When Foreign Service travelers cannot check their pets as accompanied baggage, they'll now be able to take advantage of government rates of a non-contract airline that accepts pets as checked baggage. This exemption is effective immediately and applies to all airlines participating in the City Pair Program (CPP).

Recent news regarding the United/Continental merger has left many parties, including Foreign Service Officers, feeling worried about complications and increased costs. It seems that none of these new rules are set in stone, however, and adjustments continue to be announced.

Check the American Foreign Service Association pet page on their website for more information, and keep following us for more updates as they're implemented.


Pet Travel Question: Ferrets and Cats to Canada

Monday, April 16, 2012 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Ewan
From: Melbourne, Australia
To: Vancouver, BC
Pets: Chimaira (ferret, 3yrs),  Kublai (ferret, 2yrs), Pirate (ferret, 3.5yrs), Nightwish (cat, domestic longhair)

Just to make things complicated we want to bring most of our pets with us when we move to Canada in about 18 months (planning way way ahead). Are you able to tell me how much this is likely to cost us? Also, it is my understanding that while cats are fairly easy to import, ferrets need an import certificate - is this correct? If we use a pet travel service do they organise the import permits? Could the ferrets all travel in one container to lower the associated costs and to limit stress on them? They are all friendly with each other apart from the occasional overzealous play fight. We love them :)
Hi Ewan,
Thanks for contacting us with your question. Of course you want to bring your pets with you when you move... totally understandable! These are the pet import requirements for Canada -- specifically here's what the official website says about cats and ferrets.
As far as costs, it will depend on a few factors. If you decide to hire some help (you can fill out our free quote form to see about that, for example), it will be more than if you handle it yourself, but there will still be vet visits, paperwork, plane tickets, etc. to take care of. Generally multiple pets are not allowed to travel in the same crate, but you can contact the airline to find out about any specific policies they may have.
Please don't hesitate to call us if you'd like to speak to a Pet Relocation Specialist. Hope this helps get you off to a good start, and good luck with everything!


Pet Move Customer Story: Sascha & Nicole's Cat Move to Australia

Monday, April 16, 2012 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Jennifer
Pets' Names: Sascha and Nicole
From: Houston
To: Perth, Australia

When my husband got notice his job was moving us to Australia, I was both excited and worried. I wasn't sure how our girls, Sascha and Nicole, would make the move. I didn't even know where to start!

I had a friend recommend PetRelocation.com, and after a brief introduction, they got to work on our case right away. Scotty and Ashley helped us through every step of the process to make sure our girls had a smooth transition. It was good to know that while we were trying to get ourselves moved, the girls were in good hands for their move. On the travel day, the gentleman that came to pick them up, Roman, was very professional and gentle. It was comforting to see them being well taken care of, and we got updates on every leg of their journey.

We just visited the girls in quarantine and they look well. We can't wait to bring them home in two weeks! Thank you again to all the folks that helped us get our girls here safely!

Pet Travel News Links: Luxury Pet Travel, Vaccine Developments and Pet Business News

Friday, April 13, 2012 by Caitlin Moore


Here are a few pet travel news links for you. Happy Friday, pet lovers!


Pet travelers flying with Alaska Airlines should be pleasantly surprised at this news.

Pet business news: Rover.com has raised $3.4 million with the goal of being the Airbnb for dogs.

National Pet Day + The New York International Auto Show = Pet safety tips and fun for everyone.

A kennel cough vaccine for dogs can now be administered orally.

The Mighty Texas Dog Walk was a great success!

Foreign Service officers aren't too happy about United's new pet policies.

A loose bat on an airplane inspired officials to track down passengers due to rabies fears.

More luxury hotels are going pet-friendly these days.



Karma wishes everyone a happy weekend



New Alaska Airlines Pre-Flight Program Makes Pet Shipping Easier

Thursday, April 12, 2012 by Caitlin Moore


Alaska Airlines has announced a new partnership with Banfield Pet Hospital that will help travelers navigate the pet transport process more easily. Banfield, which has more than 800 facilities in over 40 states, will now give Alaska Airlines customers a free office visit, a travel consultation, and a $10 discount on the required health certificate.

Alaska Airlines flies pets in both the cargo and the cabin areas of the plane, and in the statement they issued Monday, professes a commitment to pet care and safety. Starting on May 1, they will be implementing new kennel standards for pets traveling in the cargo hold, and through June 9 will offer a 10% discount on PetStreak Animal Express shipments (the service for shipping pets via freight when the owners are not on the same flight).  Visit this website to find out how to redeem these offers.

This partnership shows that travel service providers are truly taking notice of the fact that more people are traveling with pets these days. It's a trend that's on the rise, so smart businesses will likely continue to innovate and expand in order to safely accommodate the needs that go along with shipping pets.

We can't wait to see who steps up next, and we'll certainly keep you informed as life becomes even more streamlined for pet travelers.

On that note, have you taken our pet travel survey yet? We're checking in with as many pet owners as possible so that we can get an idea of current and future trends. Let your voice be heard by taking the survey, too!


Pet Travel Update: First Oral Bordetella Vaccine Approved For Dogs

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 by Caitlin Moore


Countries vary when it comes to pet import requirements and vaccines, but many do require vaccinations against Bordetella, or kennel cough.

This is interesting news, then: there's a new product on the market that allows the vaccine to be administered orally. Bronchi-Shield ORAL has recently been approved by the USDA and is the first vaccine of its kind.

Check out their website for more information, and if this is an issue that interests you then be sure to ask your vet about Bronchi-Shield ORAL at your next appointment. Pet travel is tricky sometimes, so anything that might make the process easier is welcome news!


Pet Travel Question: Moving Pets to New York City

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Maria D
Number of Pets: Three
Pet Type: (One dog and two cats)
From: Dubai, UAE
To: NY, US



We are planning to relocate to NYC with our dog and two cats in due course. All the pets are up-to-date with their vaccinations.

Could you talk us through the process so that we are 100% prepared when the time comes?

Thanking you in advance,


Hi Maria,

Thanks for reaching out to us.... We'd be happy to direct you with a few links and documents, and if you're interested in our door-to-door services you can also fill out our free quote form if you'd like.

Here are the pet import requirements for the United States as well as some information about pet travel crates and a few helpful resources. We also can't overemphasize the importance of choosing a pet-friendly airline and trustworthy customs agents/drivers who may be helping you along the way.

Hopefully this gets you off to a great start. Please contact us if you have any more questions, and good luck with your trip!

Guest Blog: Pet Air Travel Tips From CheapOair

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 by Caitlin Moore

We do our best to keep you informed regarding the best pet travel tips and the newest trends, but it never hurts to check in with others in the field to see what they have to say. Today we're featuring a guest post from our friends at CheapOair, an online travel company that keeps your budget in mind.


Air travel with pets requires lots of research to make the trip hassle-free. If you’re traveling for the first time with your pet on a flight, you need to put some extra effort not only to make the reservation and get the documents completed, but also to train your pet physically and psychologically. Here are a few tips that might help you in making your pet travel unperturbed.

Air Travel Policies for Pets 

The first and the foremost thing when planning to travel with your pet is to check the airline policies. Pet air travel policies vary from one airline to the next depending upon in-flight and cargo space and other factors. Therefore, it’s important to check with the airline for the latest pet flight regulations regarding carrier sizes, health documents, and other things required for pet travel. For example, as per the latest travel updates, AirTran Airways no longer accepts birds for travel on any flight.

Cargo or Cabin

It is crucial to select what is the best mode of travel for your pet. No doubt, pets too large to fit in cabin carriers have no other option than to fly in the cargo area, but certain snub nosed breeds and pets with medical issues should not fly in cargo. That doesn't mean it's unsafe to fly in the cargo area, though. It's advised that you choose a pet-friendly airline with safe pet practices as you plan your trip, and also discuss your options with your vet and a pet travel specialist before you fly.

Say No to Sedatives

Sedating animals before flights is prohibited. Sedation may affect the pet’s abilities to regulate his/her body temperature, your pet may become confused or even aggressive once the tranquilizer begins to wear off, and most airlines do not allow pets to fly if they’ve been sedated.

Overall, the best way to make pet air travel cozy and comfortable is to enlist the help of a pet relocation service provider.  They take care of each and every aspect related to pet relocation, including completion of documentation, vaccinations, and flight arrangements.

Author Bio:
Rachna works for CheapOair, an online travel company that is committed to provide cheap airline tickets along with hotel reservations and car rental services.


Pet Move of the Month: Neely's Move to The UK

Monday, April 9, 2012 by PetRelocation.com Customer

NeelyThe prospect of moving can be both exciting and overwhelming -- that's according to Stacy, the owner of our featured Pet Move of the Month. That seems to be how most of our customers feel about pet moves, which is why PetRelocation.com is happy to step in and help move treasured dogs like Neely when the family is called overseas (it was for military reasons in this case).

Military moves can be especially daunting, but Neely made the trip just fine and is doing well in her new place. Read on to find out the whole story (you can also check our blog for even more info about this pet move). Congrats, Neely! We're so glad we could help you in your journey across the pond!


Is this the first time you’ve ever moved a pet?
Yes it was.

What were some of your concerns going into the move?
The two major concerns that I had when it came to Neely’s move were her safety and the possibility of her needing to be quarantined.

Why did you decide to use PetRelocation.com to help out with your move?
I decided to hire your services because it took the work out of trying to figure everything out. Also, after reading all the great testimonials I knew Neely would be in great hands and would arrive home safely.

Did anything surprise you about the international pet moving process?
It wasn't that I found anything surprising, but I would say that some of the steps that were required in order for Neely to travel were a bit confusing at times. We were traveling to the UK during a time where a majority of the rules were changing rather quickly, thus making it difficult to keep up. That is why I am SO glad that we had the people at PetRelocation.com there to help us. With all the things that you have to remember to do in order to prepare for moving, it was a relief to know that I didn’t have to worry about keeping track of all the rule changes and requirements for Neely's travels.

How is Neely adjusting to the new location?
Neely is loving England! On her first day here she just slept the day away in an attempt to recover from doggy jet lag. It has taken her about a week or so to settle in and adapt to all the new sights and smells, but now its like she’s been here forever!

What is life like in the UK? Is it a pet-friendly place to be?
The town where we are living at in the UK is in the Lakes District and is very pet friendly. Many of the dogs here are very socialized and are often off leash. Some of the pubs and stores even allow pets in, just as long as they are well behaved. There are plenty of footpaths where we can go on walks and there is a very nice park in our area as well. On weekends we often go out for long hikes, which Neely loves!

When we first arrived here I had set up a vet appointment for Neely to make sure that there were no other vaccines that she needed, especially because there is so much livestock around where we are. I also wanted to make sure that her current heartworm prevention and flea and tick treatments were appropriate for the region. The vet we took her to was extremely helpful and thorough. We had copies of Neely’s vaccination records from the states which definitely helped the vet figure out what she had already been vaccinated for and what she needed boosters for in the future.

There are plenty of small locally owned pet shops in our town as well as some chain pet stores in some of the larger towns (which are not that far away) for pet food, toys, etc. One thing I would advise pet owners to do before moving is to make sure that the local pet stores carry the brand of food that your pet is currently eating. When we came over here we found out that the brand of dog food that Neely was currently eating was not supplied here at the local or chain pet stores. As a result, we had to switch her food over to something else, which was kind of a pain because Neely is a fussy eater. The only un-pet friendly thing we found about the UK was trying to find a rental property that allowed pets.

What advice do you have for people who might be planning a move?
The advice that I would give for anyone who might be planning a move is to prepare as far in advanced as possible, educated yourself on the process, and ask TONS of questions. This will greatly help in reducing the amount of stress that is involved with moving because you won’t find yourself running around trying to do things at the last minute. Also, make sure you have copies of your pet’s full vaccination record as well as any records in regards to illnesses or procedures that he or she may have had.

And just out of curiosity, where does the name “Neely” come from?
Neely was a rescue dog that my mom had found for me through Petfinder.com. When I had adopted her that was the name that she had came with. I was thinking about changing it when I brought her home, but she already new her name at that point. However, she does have a nickname of “Bean” that I call her very frequently. She earned that nickname because she was only a tiny eight pound pup when I got her.




Pet Travel News Links: Travel Tips, PCSing and Pet Gear

Friday, April 6, 2012 by Caitlin Moore

It's never too late for a few pet news links... Have a great weekend everyone!


What are you doing this weekend? We're going to the Mighty Texas Dog Race!

PCSing with your pets.

Dog distractions. Be careful driving with your pet!

The latest, coolest pet gear.

What's cuter than a pet with a new toy?

Preparing for pet travel -- how to crate train a cat.

ICYMI: our 5 quick tips for Easter pet travel.



Keeta shows us how a proper weekend should be enjoyed

Pet Travel Preparation: How to Crate Train Your Cat

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 by Caitlin Moore

Planning a relocation that includes your pets adds a fair amount of prep work to the equation. Not only do you have to research pet import requirements, schedule vet visits, and buy an airline-approved travel crate, you'll need to help your furry friend feel comfortable spending time in the crate as best you can.

Some pet owners are lucky to have dogs or cats that tolerate or even like stepping into their home-away-from-home, but others have a challenge at hand. Based on general personality traits it seems easier to help dogs gradually accept crates and learn to treat them as a safe and cozy place, but we all know that cats can be a different story.

Before you throw up your hands in defeat imagining a lot of hissing, scratching, and yowling from your one-of-a-kind kitty, take a look at the following tips and give crate-training a try. Your cat will probably never love the experience, but with time and patience applied to the situation, you can at least remove some of the discomfort.

Familiarity - It's a problem if cats only associate travel crates with being jostled around in the car and then taken into the vet's office to be poked and prodded. Try leaving the crate out in a room where the cat often goes so that the sight of it becomes less of an event and just a part of everyday life instead.

Treats - Always leave the door open and place toys inside the crate to pique feline curiosity. When the cat goes near it or inside it, offer praise and maybe a yummy snack. Soon your little skeptics will begin to put two and two together and will look to you for a handout each time they step inside.

Time - Don't expect change to happen overnight. It might take weeks to see any progress, but with steady exposure and positive reinforcement, even the most stubborn kitty will show signs of progress.

Practice - Once your cat no longer freaks out at the sight of the crate and begins treating it like just another box to crawl inside of, it'll be time for some practice runs. Take a car ride around the block to start, and then try some longer drives so that when moving day arrives, that longer journey won't be such a shock.

Talk to your vet if you have any particular concerns about cat travel, and don't hesitate to ask your Pet Relocation Specialist for their own tips and advice, as well. We have lots of experience moving pets of all breed, size, and temperament, so don't be shy!


Travel crate? Yeah, I'll think about it.