Five Things You May Not Know About Transporting Pets
  • You receive word that you're being transferred to the East Coast office or you get that big promotion to run the new Hong Kong branch of your company. This big5 Things life change comes along with a million details to arrange, like moving household goods, finding schools for your children, and possibly learning a new language. Then there's your pet (or pets!) to consider. If you have never traveled with your pet, let alone relocated across the country or internationally before, you may not even know where to begin.

    It's important to start early!
    While some import/export requirements for live animals are time sensitive, as a rule of thumb, starting the process of moving your pets sooner is better. Start with a microchip. Does your pet have one? Next to consider is the Rabies vaccine. Is your pet current on their vaccine? Was the vaccine given at least 30 days ago, but is less than one year old? For all pet moves, these are the questions you should start with. From here, you can look at the specific requirements for the state or country you are moving to so that you can plan for the next steps.

    Kennel training is key.
    No matter how your pet is traveling, whether it is by ground or by air, they will be safest in a travel kennel. If your pet is not kennel or crate trained, you should start early to allow as much time as possible before travel. Some pets can take 1-2 months to slowly acclimate. The more comfortable your pet is with the "travel condo" the easier the trip will be for your pet. The best way to introduce a kennel is piece by piece, letting your pet take their time to adapt and rewarding them along the way.

    Pets may have to travel around the same time as you.
    During your planning, consider the requirements for your destination state and country For most families, pets travel on or around the same day, but in some cases families like to leave pets with friends or relatives and move the pets after the new home has been set up. Some countries require pet owners to travel within a certain period of their pets to demonstrate that the pet is not going to be used for commercial purposes. This requirement can sometimes result in different document requirements, so it is very important to take your pet's travel date with respect to yours into consideration.

    Contrary to popular belief, pet air travel is safer than ever.
    Due to demand and greater transparency, many airlines now place a high priority on pets' safety and comfort. With pet friendly airlines, pets travel in the belly of the plane in a special area for pets, which is climate controlled and pressurized like the cabin. Many airlines even have "Pet Hotels" just for their passengers staffed by trained live animal handlers and veterinarians. Thousands of pets travel each year, and the process has never been safer or more organized.

    You can hire someone to do all of this for you!
    We saved the best news for last: You can hire a company to take care of all the details for you. Companies like PetRelocation specialize in door-to-door relocation services for pets, which allows you to focus on the rest of your move. With our service, PetRelocation begins by reviewing vet records to ensure nothing is overlooked, provides a move timeline accordingly, ensures the right size and style travel kennel, and makes all of the transportation arrangements. When working with PetRelocation, a pet parent knows that we are with them every step of the way to ensure everything goes smoothly for their fur-kid.

    Tobi Ditmore
    tobi@petrelocation.com
    http://petrelocation.com

Five Things You May Not Know About Transporting Pets
  • You receive word that you're being transferred to the East Coast office or you get that big promotion to run the new Hong Kong branch of your company. This big5 Things life change comes along with a million details to arrange, like moving household goods, finding schools for your children, and possibly learning a new language. Then there's your pet (or pets!) to consider. If you have never traveled with your pet, let alone relocated across the country or internationally before, you may not even know where to begin.

    It's important to start early!
    While some import/export requirements for live animals are time sensitive, as a rule of thumb, starting the process of moving your pets sooner is better. Start with a microchip. Does your pet have one? Next to consider is the Rabies vaccine. Is your pet current on their vaccine? Was the vaccine given at least 30 days ago, but is less than one year old? For all pet moves, these are the questions you should start with. From here, you can look at the specific requirements for the state or country you are moving to so that you can plan for the next steps.

    Kennel training is key.
    No matter how your pet is traveling, whether it is by ground or by air, they will be safest in a travel kennel. If your pet is not kennel or crate trained, you should start early to allow as much time as possible before travel. Some pets can take 1-2 months to slowly acclimate. The more comfortable your pet is with the "travel condo" the easier the trip will be for your pet. The best way to introduce a kennel is piece by piece, letting your pet take their time to adapt and rewarding them along the way.

    Pets may have to travel around the same time as you.
    During your planning, consider the requirements for your destination state and country For most families, pets travel on or around the same day, but in some cases families like to leave pets with friends or relatives and move the pets after the new home has been set up. Some countries require pet owners to travel within a certain period of their pets to demonstrate that the pet is not going to be used for commercial purposes. This requirement can sometimes result in different document requirements, so it is very important to take your pet's travel date with respect to yours into consideration.

    Contrary to popular belief, pet air travel is safer than ever.
    Due to demand and greater transparency, many airlines now place a high priority on pets' safety and comfort. With pet friendly airlines, pets travel in the belly of the plane in a special area for pets, which is climate controlled and pressurized like the cabin. Many airlines even have "Pet Hotels" just for their passengers staffed by trained live animal handlers and veterinarians. Thousands of pets travel each year, and the process has never been safer or more organized.

    You can hire someone to do all of this for you!
    We saved the best news for last: You can hire a company to take care of all the details for you. Companies like PetRelocation specialize in door-to-door relocation services for pets, which allows you to focus on the rest of your move. With our service, PetRelocation begins by reviewing vet records to ensure nothing is overlooked, provides a move timeline accordingly, ensures the right size and style travel kennel, and makes all of the transportation arrangements. When working with PetRelocation, a pet parent knows that we are with them every step of the way to ensure everything goes smoothly for their fur-kid.

    Tobi Ditmore
    tobi@petrelocation.com
    http://petrelocation.com