How to Control the Costs of a Pet Move

puppyFour Ways to Make Pet Transport Cheaper

In the past we've discussed how moving pets isn't exactly cheap. Once you break down the process it's easy to see how the costs of moving your most precious cargo can add up, but a pet move shouldn't have to amount to a completely overwhelming expense.

For the budget-conscious traveler, here are a few ways to keep the costs associated with a pet move under control.

Handle the airport transportation yourself

Perhaps you've hired a relocation company to help you with your move, but check to see if you can be the one to transport your pet to and from the airport. It's not always possible to arrange this (some countries require a broker to clear customs) but absorbing some of the costs where you can (think gas money, time spent in traffic, etc.) will make this expenditure a little easier to bear.

Buy a used travel crate

Travel crates are important (they must be the proper size for your pet and also airline-approved), but most people never need them again once a move is complete. This means there are plenty of perfectly good shipping containers floating around out there, so check eBay or craigslist to find pre-owned pet crates and you can probably end up saving a few bucks.

Plan vet visits carefully and keep them to a minimum

You'll need to visit the vet at least once to secure the proper health documents, but make sure you're aware of what you need so that you can be efficient and avoid multiple visits, which could definitely inflate your budget unnecessarily due to veterinarian fees.

Crowdsource your questions

You're not the first person to undertake a pet move; someone out there has done it before, and it's likely they'd be glad to share their knowledge. Social media can be used for fun and a whole lot more, so don't be shy about using these handy tools to pick up tips where you can.

Throwing a question out onto Twitter or finding a great message board and posting a question could be the key to saving yourself time and money. Check out the PetRelocation Facebook page to get started

Contact PetRelocation if you have any questions about planning your upcoming pet move!


Editor's Note: This post was originally published in October 2011 and has been updated with new information.


PetRelocation Team





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By Ghazi almanaya on April 19, 2018 at 10:11 am

Hi my name ghazi i need to move my dog as soon as possible this month from Florida Miami to kuwait ineed the coast of shipping my dog labrador age 1.5 y weight 58lb

By Kenzie K MacDonald on February 28, 2018 at 6:30 pm

Hi,My name is Kenzie MacDonald. I am inquiring about my dog Pepper. She is a 9 year old Portuguese water dog. I am planning on moving to Melbourne, Australia in October 2018 for 6 months. I have been looking into our stay. I am wondering how much financially the quarantine would be, and for how long. I saw on most sites it says 10 days. I am wondering what that consists of. If they are receiving medication, testing etc. I saw that they are able to go outside and play. I am wondering if they are socialized with people, and or dogs through the process.Thank you, Kenzie

By Christina at PetRelocation on March 1, 2018 at 11:37 am

Hi Kenzie! The cost to quarantine a dog in Australia is usually around 150USD per day. You can read more about Mickleham Pet Quarantine facility here!

By Crystal Maclean on October 22, 2017 at 9:03 am

I did not see any relocation requirement for Papau New Guinea in you information. I did fill out an online form for a quote and look forward to hearing from you.Crystal Maclean

By on October 23, 2017 at 9:30 am

Hello Crystal, thanks for reaching out!

Papua New Guinea's requirements depend on the routing your pet takes to get there so it is not as well-defined as other countries.

With that, one of our consultants will be happy to walk you through the requirements, our service options, and costs for your pet's upcoming move.

We look forward to speaking with you!

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