Pet Travel: Why Should You Choose a Professional Transporter to Help Move Your Pet?

Pet Transporters - when to hire a professional?

There are many thing to consider when transporting your pet, especially when your pet is traveling internationally. Paperwork, possible quarantine, vaccinations and airline requirements are just a few factors. Also, your pet’s safety and the overall costs involved are important. Many countries require that specific steps to be taken prior to the pet transport which can be time consuming and very confusing.

Before you decide whether to hire a professional pet transporter, consider these advantages:

  • Knowledge of the country requirements to import a pet.
  • Experience with finding the safest and most efficient flights and routing for your pet.
  • Provision of delivery and door-to-door service if needed.
  • Preparation of all paperwork including import permits.
  • The transition of pets to different airlines or airports.
  • The provision of kenneling services.
  • Assistance with clearing customs.

With many resources available such as the internet, we are in the age of “DIY” (do it yourself) but there are times when hiring a professional with experience in transporting animals makes good sense. Below is a list of factors to consider before you make your decision.

Pet Safety:

Without being properly prepared for travel, your pet can be stranded in a foreign country, held in quarantine, returned to its original location or put down. All of these actions are at the expense of the owner and the costs can be significant, not to mention the anguish and upset to both the pet and owner.

Time is Money:

Regardless if you are relocating for work, pleasure or military purposes, you most likely have a million things to do.  Can you imagine the stress of preparing to move your family and belongings while preparing for a new place? Just consider the added stress in preparing your pet for transportl as well. For most travelers, this is just not a possibility. A pet transport company can handle all of the legwork for you while you can concentrate on other priorities.

Expertise in Special Circumstances:

Do you have a large breed of dog? How about an older animal, exotic animal or a brachycephalic (snub-nosed) breed? These types of animals can present more challenges. One quick search on the internet can get your head spinning trying to find the best possible way to transport your pet. Instead of being misguided by false information, leave these special circumstances to the pros.

 Don’t Believe Everything You Read:

The internet is a great resource, but can also provide conflicting and incorrect information. Picture preparing all of your documents for an international transport and when you arrive at the airport counter they tell you that your paperwork is expired, incorrect or just plain wrong. This is a nightmare that can be avoided by hiring the services of a professional. Also, keep in mind that most documents must be completed and endorsed within a certain time frame. Don’t be a victim of incorrect information.

If you decide that a pet transporter can assist in moving your pet, you can get a free quote here: www.pettraveltransport.com .


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Pet Travel: Why Should You Choose a Professional Transporter to Help Move Your Pet? — 10 Comments

  1. Julia – we understand that the USDA State offices which will be endorsing the Annex II Certificate for the UK are still open, but operating on limited staff. If your trip is imminent, then you should try to contact your State USDA office to see if they will set an appointment for you. However, it may be a problem if you have your airline reservations and within the 10 day time limit. If you don’t have your State USDA office information, let me know what state you reside in.
    Susan

  2. I WANT TO TAKE MY PERSIAN CAT TO UK WHERE MY BRITISH HUSBAND WANTS TO RETIRE.
    HOWEVER, THEY DONT JUST REQUIRE A LICENCED VETRINARIAN CERTIFICATE WHICH SHOULD SUFFICE. THEY ALSO REQUIRE A USDA/VET CERICATION AND STAMP. (THE BUREACRATS ALL HAVE THEIR GREEDY HANDS IN THIS PETS LEGISLATION) STRANGELY, THE USDA OFFICE/WEBSITE IS SHUTDOWN DUE TO LACK OF FEDERAL FUNDS. SO WHAT CAN I DO?

  3. For all of you who love your pets, do not fall prey to sweet talking sales people with these pet relocation companies. They will promise you the world meanwhile they are as incompetent as they come. We used petrelocation.com out of Austin, Tx and it was the worst mistake we ever made. They did not communicate with us, send pictures and daily updates. When they brought our dogs to the house from the airport, one of them was on the verge of death from dehydration. The water bottle was empty to the kennel and the drive from the airport to the house was about 1 1/2 hour drive. Not to mention, the “pet specialist” as they like to call themselves, showed up with the music blaring with the windows rolled up. We all know how sensitive dogs ears are and they had been on a 21 hour flight. We were livid! All i can say is avoid this company or suffer the consequences!

  4. Hi Caitlin – generally, the rule is that if you only change planes and not airlines during a layover, you do not enter a country and do not need to adhere to its requirements. If your kitties are traveling as checked baggage or cargo, there is a limited amount of time the airlines will hold them. I can understand the airline’s comment if they are asking you to claim your pets during your layover. If this is the case, then I would look for a route with a shorter layover if there is one.
    Susan

  5. Does anyone know of a pet transport agency that is reasonably priced going from the US to Chisinau, Moldova?

    We are trying to go through the airlines, but I was told that if we fly with Turkish Airlines from Houston to Istanbul to Chisinau, our two cats will need blood work costing $300/each in Istanbul.

    Can someone help me clarify what I should do? I’ve never traveled with pets before and I don’t want to give them up because it’s too expensive to take them over…

  6. Hi Valentina – we would suggest that you find a pet transporter in Mexico at IPATA.org. There is a link to allow you to select a pet transporter in Mexico who is familiar with import requirements.
    Susan

  7. Hello,
    Im searching for a pet transport service who can take my cat of 4 months old to Guadalajara or Mexico D.F. from Santa Cruz -Bolivia
    Can you help me?
    Thank you very much!

  8. To enter India, you will need a No Objection Certificate from the Quarantine Center in India. Your cat must be vaccinated against rabies, Corona virus and Feline Leukemia at least 30 days prior to entry. Your kitty will need a veterinary certificate issued shortly prior to travel by a licensed veterinarian. You can find complete instructions and all forms required for taking your pet to India here and they can be emailed to you: http://www.pettravelstore.com/pet-passport-india/
    Let me know if you have additional queations.
    Susan

  9. hello
    i am going to india frm dubai ,want to take my 4 months old cat with me
    will u plz tell me how to take him safely

  10. We now offer an new service, 1-5 persons (family/friends) can travel by road with their pets and luggage door to door within UK and to or from Europe and Scandinavia. Airport and port arrivals.

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