Pet Travel Question: Taking a Trip to New York?

Name: Leah
From: Tel Aviv
To: New York
Pet: Bella (Dog, Viszla, age one)

What do I need to do and how much will it cost to take her to the US and back for a month? What papers and quarantine are required? Will it hurt her to fly such a long distance, and does she get sedated? Can they go on the same plane as me? I'll probably be flying with El-Al, nonstop. She is especially sensitive to cold.
 
Thanks,
Leah
 

 
Hi Leah,
 
Thanks for your question! Here are the pet relocation requirements for New York (United States). Bringing Bella back into Israel will mean meeting these import requirements. Honestly we usually advise against bringing your pet along on long-distance trips when it will just be a vacation rather than a permanent or long-term move. You'll find that the costs of the endeavor, not to mention the time it will take to prepare and the stress it will place on your dog, may not be worth it for a quick trip. (The decision is up to you, of course.)
 
In terms of sedation, this is not recommended (actually you will probably not be allowed to fly if an airline thinks you have sedated your pet). We do recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline with established safety policies (thus her sensitivity to cold shouldn't be an issue because responsible airlines do not leave dogs on the tarmac).
 
Please contact us if you have any more questions, we'd be happy to be of further assistance!

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