What You Need To Know About Planning Your Pet’s Move
Moving everything you own can be very stressful. Moving with a pet family to consider is emotionally exhausting.
We receive plenty of calls and emails with questions concerning safe pet travel for their loved ones.
Here are a some of the most common frequently asked questions about pet relocation.
WHERE DO I BEGIN?
You will need to learn about the import rules for your pet’s destination country to make sure it’s possible to relocate your pet. Certain countries have complete species and breed bans while others don’t don’t allow pets to arrive from specific countries.
Once you have determined your country destination import rules you can then start to build a pet travel plan. This will include the veterinary visits for all health documents then applying for the country’s animal import permit. The next step is planning airline and routing options, choosing the appropriate kennel, kennel training and also whether or not you wish to do proceed on your own or hire a professional.
CAN MY PET FLY IN THE PLANE WITH ME?
It is quite common the majority of pet owners would rather keep their pets right by their side when flying. Most airline and country regulations prohibit this. Small, tiny pets can sometimes fly in the cabin next to you if you are flying within the United States. Most international pet travel requires pets to fly via manifest cargo.
In most cases your pets will need to fly via cargo. A member of our team would be happy to discuss the options in greater detail and explain how exactly manifest cargo is the safest and preferred method for pets traveling by air.
IS IT REALLY SAFE FOR PETS TO TRAVEL BY CARGO?
When it comes to planning a pet move, our most important concern is the safety and comfort of your pet. When you plan correctly and take all the necessary precautions, pet air travel is safe.
To start, this means choosing a pet friendly airline whose cargo area is pressure and temperature controlled and who has solid, established pet safe policies in place.
It’s vital to choose an pet friendly airline with reliable and well-established pet policies whose cargo area is temperature and pressure controlled.
Before travelling we highly recommend talking with your veterinary about any health conditions and perhaps helping your pet get target a healthy weight for air travel. Equally important is making sure well before the move your pet has received kennel or crate familiarity training.
WHAT IS THE COST?
Each and every pet move is unique. Pet transport estimates depend on following factors: how many pets, species, breed, pet’s weight, pet size, origin and destination city, flight kennel type, transit charges and departure date.
To determining a proper estimated cost, please speak with our friendly pet relocation consultant.
MY PET IS SENSITIVE, EMOTIONALLY CHALLENGING AND HAS UNIQUE NEEDS. CAN MY PET STILL TRAVEL?
Some pets are naturally more happy-go-lucky, relaxed and ready to travel than others. Rest assured that its not uncommon for snub-nosed breeds, mature pets, or pets with nervous temperaments to travel safely. Many parents of pets are more nervous than the pet could possibly be, remember that animals have been experiencing and managing stress longer than they have been sharing our homes. Most animals recover quite fast from air travel, except felines we give the extra hours to decompress. Then again some cats walk out of the kennel as if it was the best nap ever.
We have safely managed many sensitive pet and animal moves. To learn more about the extra travel precautions you can take when traveling with your pet, please speak to one of our pet relocation specialists.
CAN I PLAN MY PET MOVE MYSELF OR DO I HAVE TO HIRE SOMEONE?
In order to save time and reduce stress, most people prefer to hire a pet transport professional. The sound of these words together may sound silly to some. To a pet family of five relocating from Seattle to Mumbai India it might sound comforting that a professional will be handling my international travel itinerary and customs clearance documents. A simple document error could result in unnecessary quarantine or in delayed customs import clearance.
For some people planning pet relocation the task is too complicated, cumbersome and time consuming to do on their own. They become overwhelmed with the amount of paperwork involved, from import permits to health certificates to customs documents to air waybills.
We are a local pet relocation company located in Southern California, not in an office in another time zone. We work together with your veterinarian to prepare then finalize all documentation required to safely and successfully transport your pet.
We are here to help answer any of your questions. Contact us to speak with our pet travel specialist.