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Driving with a Dog to the United States from Canada

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Mandy
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Chocolate Labrador
From: Calgary, Canada
To: Charlotte, North Carolina

 

Hello,
Please could you confirm that the only documentation we require to move our dog from Canada to the USA to live is a valid rabies vaccination?

We will be driving from Calgary to North Carolina and will be taking our dog with us, so she will not be flying.

Many thanks,
Mandy
 

Hi Mandy,

Great question. Transporting a dog into the United States via car may not require quite as much attention to detail as flying would, but you're right, you will need to have some basic paperwork on hand. Here is more information about importing pets to the US via the USDA.

As we've discussed before, crossing the Canada/US border with a pet is an experience that can vary from person to person (some border agents will ask for more information than others), but you should definitely have proof from your vet that your dog is up-to-date on her rabies vaccine.

Further, here are a few general tips for safe road travel with a dog. We recommend microchips even though they're not required, and it's a good idea to carry extra supplies, water bowls, a comfortable travel crate, etc. (you probably know all of this, but it might not hurt to revisit the list before you hit the road).

Please let us know if you have any more questions, Mandy. Thanks for reaching out, and have a great trip to North Carolina!

Dog Travel to Bali: Is It Possible?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Gilbert
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Mongrel
From: Singapore
To: Bali

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I have been told it may not be possible to move our two dogs to Bali. Is this advice still current?

Thanks,

Gilbert
 

Hi Gilbert,

According to the latest information we're aware of, only pets coming from certain rabies-free countries (that short list does not include Singapore) may be imported to Bali. The country has struggled with a high incidence of rabies over the years (largely to do its population of stray dogs), so in order to curb this problem Bali has enacted stricter import rules.

To double check or to find out about any possible upcoming changes, we recommend contacting the Bali Ministry of Agriculture or Department of Veterinary Services directly.

Sorry we couldn't offer more positive news! If you end up planning a pet move to a different country and think you'd like some assistance, please contact us to speak to a Specialist.

One Call, All Answers: "Great Advice!"

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Karen
Pet: Dog
From: MIA, United States
To: LIM, Peru

[Editor's Note: Though not everyone who calls us ends up being a customer, we try to provide as much advice and direction as we can. Thanks to Karen for sending along this kind note!]

The PetRelocation representative I spoke to had extremely helpful advice based on a wealth of experience. I was really impressed by the fact that he offered me various alternatives based on what was best for my pet rather than just trying to push their services and products.

This to me means they're a good trustworthy company I would definitely recommend to others. Thank you!

Is There a Quarantine for Dogs Traveling to Germany?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Connie
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Small dog
Pet Breed: Yorkie
From: Atlanta, GA, USA
To: Germany

 

Dear PetRelocation,

Is there a quarantine period for dogs traveling from the USA to Germany?

Thanks,

Connie

 

Hi Connie,

Thanks for the question! The short answer is "no," there is no quarantine for dogs going from the United States to Germany. Please take a look at the overview of pet import requirements for Germany for an idea of what to expect.

Essentially you'll need to have your dog microchipped (if not already), up-to-date on the rabies vaccine, and you'll need an International Health Certificate. In terms of the actual flight process, we recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline (we often use Lufthansa and KLM for pets going to Europe) and the travel crate must be airline-approved.

Please contact us for a quote if you think you'd like some help arranging your move, and feel free to peruse our blog for more pet travel tips and stories.

Hopefully this helps to get you started, Connie. Good luck with everything!

Transporting Pets to Australia

Monday, September 29, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Gurpreet
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Labrador
From: India
To: Australia

 

Dear PetRelocation,

Can you please explain whole process and expected amount. I know India is non approved country and process is little bit hard, but still we are willing to move our dog.

Thanks,

Gurpreet

 

Hi Gurpreet,

Thanks for your inquiry! Moving your dog to Australia will require several steps and will not be cheap, but that doesn't mean it's impossible.

To start, you'll want to research an approved country that makes sense for you to move to, as your dog will need to go there as an intermediate step. The best source for you to rely on is the Australia Government Department of Agriculture website, which provides an overview of the approved countries as well as the timeline and vaccinations required. Here is where the site specifically discusses how to move to Australia from a non-approved country.

Essentially, you don't need to remain in the Category 3 (intermediary) country for the whole pre-export process, but you do need to have all vaccinations, exams and tests done there and your dog must be exported directly from there.

It depends on where you end up going, but generally speaking international moves cost at least $2,500 USD and maybe significantly more (your dog's weight/size is also a factor, as this affects the airline cargo fee). Note that, due to an increase in quarantine costs, moving pets to Australia has become significantly more expensive recently. You can find out more about the quarantine costs, etc., here.

We'd be happy to discuss our door-to-door services with you if you're interested in hearing about them, and if you'd like to find an agent on your own who may be able to help, we recommend searching through IPATA.org.

Hopefully this helps to shed some light on the steps required! Please let us know if you have more questions or if you think we can help in any way.

Good luck!

Pet News: Cat-Friendly Living and Dog-Friendly Working

Friday, September 26, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

How to make pets comfortable in their golden years.

Bringing your dog to work? Make sure they are well-behaved and well-trained first.

LOL: Dog reactions to everyday situations.

KLM has a new dog on staff!

Moving with a cat? How to find a cat-friendly rental.

How to be a responsible dog owner.

Dealing with a flea problem? Here are a few DIY, all-natural flea prevention tips.

 

reba!

Have a very relaxing weekend!

Pet Shipping to Colorado

Thursday, September 25, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Nathan
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: 2 cats
Pet Breed: Mix
From: Poland
To: CO, USA

 

Hi PetRelocation,

Could you please tell me if there are any vaccinations required for my cats' trip to the United States? I understand that they need a healthy pet certificate 10 days prior to the fight, but what else might happen in this case? Also, would they have to be put in any kind of kennel for observation upon arrival?

I would greatly appreciate any and all information you could give me on this!

Thanks,

Nathan
 

Hi Nathan,

Thanks for your inquiry!

Here are the pet import requirements for the United States. There is no quarantine upon arrival, and you're right, you do need to have an International Health Certificate issued by your vet showing the airline your cats are healthy and fit to fly. We also recommend that they be up to date on their rabies vaccine.

If your cats aren't used to traveling, we suggest reading over these cat crate-training tips as well as these frequently asked pet travel questions. You'll also want to contact a vet as you get settled in your new home to make sure you're following Colorado cat regulations correctly regarding vaccines, etc.

If you think you'd like to hire some assistance for your move, please contact us for a free quote. We provide door-to-door services around the world and would be happy to discuss your move options with you.

Hope this helps, and good luck with your travels!

After Your Pet's Move: DIY Flea Prevention Tips [Home Depot Guest Post]

Thursday, September 25, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Our friends at Home Depot have some great ideas when it comes to battling flea problems in an earth-conscious and pet-friendly way. Here are a few tips for tackling a pesky problem often faced by newly relocated pet owners.

cleaning supplies

All-Natural DIY Flea Remedies & Prevention

By Melissa Massello

It's peak flea season all around the United States right now, but with just a few hours and these easy steps you can rid your indoors of these tiny terrors forever. Whether you're already in a new home or just arrived to discover fleas in your yard, these steps will help get them out (and keep them out) of your new house.

Stick with this super simple – and totally organic – regimen, and you and your pets will live harmoniously at home without itching, scratching, or icky flea-borne diseases like typhus. Yuck!

What you'll need:
•    Vacuum
•    Washer/Dryer
•    Course salt (about 12 ounces)
•    Empty spray bottle
•    Distilled white vinegar or witch hazel
•    Lavender, lemon & eucalyptus essential oils
•    Natural clove-based flea & tick shampoo
•    Vet-prescribed flea & tick medicine, monthly dose

First, wash all your linens and textiles: Sheets, comforters, couch covers, dog beds/blankets, dog toys, etc. If it's a textile, your dog comes in contact with it, and it fits in the machine, wash it on the hottest setting it can take.

sea salt & vacuum

Vacuum, salt, vacuum, repeat: the rugs, the couch, your mattress (especially if your dog sleeps on your bed). Vacuum first, then cover in salt and let sit for at least a few hours (overnight is ideal). Vacuum again. For dog beds and couches with covers, you can sprinkle salt in between the cushion and the cover for even more lasting protection. After that, repeat every other day until the fleas are gone, and make sure to vacuum regularly after that to keep pests at bay.

Dog bath. Use an all-natural clove-based shampoo, paying special attention to around the tail/back end, in between the paws, neck scruff and all around the ears. Let the shampoo sit at least a few minutes before rinsing. Make sure to give your pets a bath weekly and regularly check for fleas/ticks to avoid (another) infestation.

Flea and tick medicine. There is absolutely no replacement for the effectiveness of vet-prescribed flea & tick preventatives. Think of your pet like a flea-killing magnet. You actually want any remnant fleas to gravitate toward your pet, so that they'll be killed once they're 'onboard.' Make sure to apply the prescribed preventative monthly (after a flea bath and thorough drying). Flea and tick medicines start working to kill pests about six hours after applied. Keep your pets out of the pool, lake, ocean, bathtub, and mud puddles for at least 24 hours after applying.

diy flea spray

Make a DIY flea spray. Not only is this blend of essential oils super offensive to fleas and ticks (and therefore super effective), but it smells great, too. The aromatherapy mix of lemon, eucalyptus and lavender has a calming effect on both people and pets – just what you'll need after all the steps above! – and will make you want to spray with it regularly.

Spritz linens & textiles daily. Give your bed/pillows, pet beds, couches and rugs a spritz with this spray blend daily after treating the house and pets to keep fleas from returning and laying eggs. Keep a bottle handy and then bottle up a big batch to give as housewarming or holiday gifts for all your pet-loving friends in the future!

DIYer Melissa Massello provides advice on pets, home cleaning and floorcare appliances for Home Depot. Melissa enjoys sharing her tips with homeowners, especially on how to keep our pets in good health. Home Depot's selection of vacuums and other floorcare products can be found on the company's website.

Photos courtesy of Shoestringmag.com

Incredible Experiences: An Update from Hannah in South Africa

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Last year we helped a beautiful dog named Hannah move with her family from Texas to South Africa (read all about her trip here). This week they sent us an update! Here's what Hannah's owner wrote:

It was about one year ago we were preparing to send this girl to South Africa. Here she is after her run in the Karoo today.

Thanks again for your excellent service in getting my girls together!

 

hannah in south africa

Hannah

 

Read more about other pets we've moved, and please contact us if you have any questions about how to relocate your pets safely.

Traveling Internationally with Service Dogs

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

We recently received a question via email asking how to bring a service dog to Australia, and thought it would be a good opportunity to go over a few basic rules and best practices for traveling internationally with an assistance animal.

  • Traveling with service dogs means following different airline procedures for the most part, as airlines often allow pets in the cabin in these instances. Here are the instructions for traveling with a service animal via United and via Lufthansa, for example.
  • Here is an overview of the rules for service dogs for Australia; owners must fill out an application to be approved before they can complete the import steps. Usually pets entering Australia must undergo a 10-day quarantine in an approved quarantine facility, but service dogs can fulfill the quarantine at home with their owners.
  • Be prepared to show official paperwork proving your support animal is legitimate (this will likely be a letter from your medical doctor or mental health professional).
  • Typically service animals need to fit on the floor in front of the passenger chair (and can't sit on the seat), and they travel free of charge.
  • Space can be limited in the cabin, so contact the airline well in advance to tell them you'll be traveling with a service animal.
  • Even though airlines probably won't require that service animals adhere to usual animal rules (traveling in the cargo area, etc.), countries still will. Find out what vaccinations and paperwork will be required for import and allow a few weeks to prepare.
  • Note that carriage can be denied if an animal is loud or acting in a way that disturbs other passengers -- properly trained service animals shouldn't be a problem, but people who bring a noisy Chihuahua along as an emotional support animal may not be accepted to fly.
  • In addition to verifying country import rules, whenever you're planning to travel by air with a service animal it's a good idea to contact the airline directly to find out about the procedures (information isn't always available online and it can sometimes change).

service dog

Photo Credit: www.servicedogproducts.com

 

Need some help? Please contact us to speak to a Specialist!

Rabies Vaccine Requirements for International Pet Travel

Monday, September 22, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Paola
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Cross Breed
From: Tanzania
To: USA

Hello,

My dog (2 and a half years old) has been vaccinated against rabies three times, two of them in October and November of 2012 and the third one was in August of 2013. Now we will be flying from Tanzania to the USA in October, and I'm not sure if she needs to be re-vaccinated.

Thanks in advance for your help!
Paola

 

Hi Paola,

To bring your dog into the United States, she will need to have a rabies vaccine that is not expired and it must be administered at least 30 days before departure. If the vaccine you received in August last year was a 1-year vaccine, it sounds like she needs to get another one (if it was a 3-year vaccine then you are okay). Our advice is to double check with your vet to see if your dog's rabies status is up-to-date.

You can look over the pet import requirements for the United States and take a look at these pet travel tips, as well. By researching a few basics and paying attention to important details, you can help your dog have a smooth relocation.

If you think you'd like some assistance and want to find out more about our door-to-door services, please fill out our free quote form and a Specialist will be in touch to discuss your options with you.

Thanks for your question, and good luck with everything!

Incredible Experiences: Pippa and Cassie's Relocation to the UK

Monday, September 22, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

We love receiving post-move updates from our clients! Here's a good one we had to share:

Hi Anna and Maegan,

I just wanted to thank you once again for bringing our two dogs from Indiana, USA to Norfolk, UK. It really took the stress out of moving back home.

The girls are thoroughly enjoying their new big garden and have been to the seaside for the first time and even been off leash!!

 

pippa and cassie

Beach Time with Pippa & Cassie

 

Pippa Cassie

Running Free!

 

 

Need help moving your pets? Please contact us to speak to a Specialist about your options.

Pet News Round-Up: Birds, Puppies & Travel Updates

Friday, September 19, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Hundreds of endangered and exotic birds live in one California woman's backyard.

Bella's trip to Scotland!

From Baywoof: Deciphering Dietary Options for Dogs.

From Dogster: An interview with Seth Casteel about his Underwater Puppies book.

Tips for traveling to the UK with an EU pet passport.

Do you like cute pet pictures? Follow us on Facebook to see lots of 'em.

 

merlin

Have a happy weekend!

Double Check EU Pet Travel Rules for the UK and Ireland

Thursday, September 18, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

International pet travel is all about the details, and we just learned of a new one that may affect pet travelers going to the UK or Ireland.

If you have an EU pet passport and are traveling into the UK or Ireland, the rabies vaccination must have been done by a veterinarian inside the EU for it to be accepted. In the past some EU passport holders have been allowed entry from the United States, Canada, and other third countries, but now those travelers will need to have (in addition to the pet passport) the EU Journal Annex II certificate issued and endorsed no more than 10 days before arrival.

Further, remember that any new vaccinations obtained outside the EU should not be noted on the passport, but rather on a separate certificate. You can read about this in more depth here.

Essentially the EU has begun to enforce EU regulations more strictly, and having the EU passport alone only permits travel between EU countries (no more bending the rules).

If you have questions about this requirement or pet travel in general, please contact us and one of our Specialists will clarify things and/or talk about how we may be able to help with a solution for your upcoming move.

 

posey

Posey followed the rules and made it to the UK.

 

 

Planning Safe Cat Air Travel

Thursday, September 18, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Maureen
Number of Pets: 5
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Domestic
From: Bourne, MA
To: Seattle, WA

 

Hi PetRelocation,

I am planning to move to Bainbridge Island, WA. I am trying to find a safe way to relocate my five cats. When you relocate cats, are they transported in a cargo area of a plane? I would also like to find our how this process works and an estimate of the price. Are there any veterinary people that travel with the pets? One of my cats has asthma.

Thank you,
Maureen
 

Hi Maureen,

Thanks for your question, we'd be happy to share some tips and advice with you. To start, take a look at the domestic pet travel requirements for the United States.

Typically, when moving a long distance with this many cats, we would book a flight in the cargo area on a pet-friendly airline such as United. Though cargo travel initially sounds scary to many pet owners, when handled by an experienced and dedicated airline it is a safe choice. Pets are the last to be loaded onto the aircraft and the first to be removed, and during flight they are in a pressure and temperature-controlled area.

In terms of costs, airline rates are calculated based on the weight and amount of space your cats and their crates take up, and vet fees should also be factored in for the visits/paperwork referenced above. If you decide to hire help with transportation to the airport, etc., the overall cost will increase.

You can help your cats prepare for the flight by working to crate-train them in the weeks before you move, and it's always a good idea to discuss any health-related questions you have with your vet. We have helped pets with various health issues move before -- it may require special planning and care, and we'd be happy to discuss your options with you.

If you would like to hear from one of our Specialists about our door-to-door services, please fill out our free quote form. Hope this helps to get you started, and please let us know if we can be of further assistance. Good luck!

Pet Shipping Questions: Approved Routes to New Zealand

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: "Dog Mover, Hopefully"
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Cocker Spaniel
From: Thailand
To: New Zealand

Is it a good idea to move a Cocker Spaniel from Thailand to New Zealand? If so, then can you please tell me all about the process?

Thanks,

DMH

 

Hi DMH,

It may not be impossible to move your dog to New Zealand, but it's certainly going to take some time and effort. The primary reason for this is that pets can't move directly from Thailand to New Zealand. You'll need to move to another country first (here's a list of 'Category 3' countries that probably make up your best options), and then follow the New Zealand pet import requirements from there.

If you think you need some help sorting all of this out and are interested in finding out about the services PetRelocation offers, please fill out our free quote form or give our office a call.

We've helped other pet owners navigate situations like this, and we'd be happy to help you find a solution. Thanks for reaching out, and we hope to hear from you again!
 

Poodle Travel to the United States

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Rose
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Toy Poodle
From: Manila, Philippines
To: United States

 

Hi PetRelocation,

What are the requirements to bring my dog to United States? This is my kids' pet -- we bought our dog when they started studying here, but now they prefer to study in America. What should I do first? My flight is next week; please advise.

Thanks, hoping for your help.

Sincerely,
Rose
 

Hi Rose,

Thanks for getting in touch with us. The United States is one of the easier countries to tackle when it comes to importing a dog or other pet. The requirements are pretty standard and straightforward: your dog will need to have an up-to-date rabies vaccine and an International Health Certificate. Take a look at the US pet import rules for more details.

Beyond that you'll also need to secure an airline-approved travel crate, book a flight on a pet-friendly airline (we often use KLM, United and Lufthansa, for example), and you'll want to help your dog to be as prepared as possible through crate training, proper hydration and exercise before the flight. Here are a few ways to prepare your dog for air travel.

If you think you'd like some assistance with the move and want to learn more about our door-to-door services, please contact us. We also suggest you take a look at some real life pet travel stories on our blog -- they're fun to read and will give you a better idea of what to expect.

Thanks again for reaching out, and good luck with everything!

Dog Travel to Dubai

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Umit
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Cane Corso
From: Denmark
To: Dubai, UAE

Hi,

We are a family who is moving to Dubai for minimum of a period of years and would like to import our 5-year-old dog. The dog has been with us since he was a puppy (3 months old), he is neutered, has all necessary vaccines and is well socialized.

Can you please advise what the regulations and costs are to make sure he has a smooth relocation to Dubai? We don't have a residence visa yet, but we expect to have it around January 2015.

Pleased to hear your answers and thanks in advance.
-Umit

 

Hi Umit,

Sure, we'd be happy to provide some information. Please start by taking a look at the pet import requirements for the UAE. Your dog will need to be microchipped (if not already), vaccinated against rabies, and the correct permits/health documents must be attained.

We recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline and buying an airline-approved travel crate based on your dog's measurements.

If you think you'd like some assistance and want to find out about our door-to-door services, please fill out our free quote form. First-time pet travelers often find it helpful to look over these frequently asked pet travel questions -- relocating with a pet can be an overwhelming undertaking and it's normal to feel uncertain at first.

Finally, here is some information about living with pets in the UAE. The conditions will likely be pretty different than what you're used to in Denmark, and we advise all of our clients to acquaint themselves with the customs, cultural differences, etc. before they move with a pet.

Hope this helps -- please let us know if we can be of further service. Either way, good luck and enjoy your time in Dubai!

Incredible Experiences: Bella's Trip to Bonnie Scotland

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Brittany
Pet's Name: Bella
From: Florida, USA
To: Scotland, UK
 

What a trip this was! Not only for myself, but for Bella as well.

This wasn't my first time traveling to Scotland, but it was for Bella -- therefore I was extremely nervous. From the start to the finish of the whole process Maegan was excellent! Answering my 100 questions was a task but she had no problem at all and made me feel better about everything. I also had the pleasure of being introduced to another member of the team, Vanessa, who was a big help as well. Our many conversations over the phone kept me as calm as I could be.

Needless to say I was a wreck when Bella was traveling, but she made it just fine! She was so happy to see me when she got to Scotland and I was relieved to have her back in my arms.

Thanks, PetRelo!

 



 

Will Tomorrow's Lufthansa Strike Affect Pet Travel?

Monday, September 15, 2014 by Pet Friendly Airlines

Update: The planned pilots' strike for 9/16 has been cancelled. Lufthansa flights should be operating smoothly tomorrow.

Lufthansa pilots are planning an eight hour strike on Tuesday, Sept. 16, however the airline has announced that no cancellations are anticipated and pet flights will still take place. Some intercontinental flights will run earlier or later than originally scheduled, but Lufthansa aims to keep delays and irregularities to a minimum.

The strike is set to run from 2 a.m. to 10 a.m. CST, and long-haul flights departing from Frankfurt (Lufthansa's primary hub), will be affected.

Pets flying internationally are often routed through Frankfurt, where they can take advantage of Lufthansa's Animal Lounge. Whenever a delay occurs (due to a strike, weather or other reason), the staff on hand is trained and ready to take good care of pets until they are cleared to move forward to their next destination.

If you or your pet will be flying with Lufthansa tomorrow be sure to check the current schedule carefully, and please contact us if you have any questions.

 

Photo Credit: Reuters/Joe Skipper