Traveling Separately From a Pet in Cargo

Name: Alrea
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Shih tzu
From: Manila
To: Virginia, USA


Dear PetRelocation,

I went to college in the Philippines but now it's time for me to move back to the states. I'll be staying with my mom there and I want to bring my dog with me. Is it advisable that I send him before after or during my own flight? I have family here that could care for Jack until his travel time.




Hi Alrea,

Thanks for your question! Many people traveling internationally with pets face this same decision. It's not necessary to travel on the same flight as your dog and most of our clients find it easier to send their pets before or after. For example, since moving is often chaotic, lots of pet owners like to go before their pet so they have a chance to get the new house ready to receive their furry family member.

Either way, you'll want to take a look at the pet import requirements for the United States, secure an airline-approved travel crate, and choose a pet-friendly airline with established pet policies. Since Shih tzus are a snub-nosed breed, we recommend taking extra precautions by focusing on pre and post flight hydration and possibly choosing a travel crate that's a little larger than technically required so as to promote plenty of airflow. Airline and temperature embargoes may also come into play since Jack is a snub-nosed dog, so double check these details, as well.

If you need some guidance and think you'd like to hire some assistance with this move, feel free to fill out our online consultation form. With a few more details, one of our Specialists will be able to tell you more about your move options and provide a price estimate. You're also welcome to seek out local agents who may be able to help through

We hope this helps to get you started. Good luck and welcome back!


PetRelocation Team




United States
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