India bans dogs imported for breeding or commercial purposes

St Bernard DogIndia will no longer permit dogs to be imported for commercial or breeding purposes. The change in law by the Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) was brought on by appeals by animal rights organizations noting the number of breeds surrendered due to their inability to adapt to the high temperatures of the country.

Pet owners can enter the country with their dogs with a transfer of residency without DGFT licensing. Dogs can also be imported for purposes of research or security. All dogs need a Notice of No Objection which must be applied for in India by the owner, an agent or a representative of the owner.

More details on entering India

Puppy Scams – Don’t be a victim!

Don't be a Puppy Scam VictimThinking of buying a puppy or kitten? Cruising on the internet and see an adorable picture of a puppy for sale? Don’t fall for the hardship stories and the cute pictures. Pet scammers have made millions off of good people who want to add a pet to their family and thought it would be easy to transport it, sometimes hundreds of miles across many countries.

Here are some tips to look out for when dealing with people on the internet who say they will deliver you a pet:

  • Hardship stories about how they can no longer care for the puppy or kitten
  • Poor use of English
  • Inability to contact the seller by phone.
  • Changes of email address.
  • Requests for personal information.
  • Seller offers the pet for free; you simply have to pay a nominal charge for shipping
  • Tells you that you will need pet insurance to transport your pet (not necessary nor available in most countries).
  • Saying that you cannot pick up the animal; it must be delivered, and they can arrange to deliver it to your door. (This would require the use of an agent which would add to the cost.)
  • Seller is not familiar with import regulations for your country.
  • Seller sends you a detailed and colorful form with all sorts of details and company logos on it.

Here are some things that you can do to ensure you are working with a legitimate person:

  • Ask for the seller’s website if they claim to be a breeder.
  • Do some internet research and see if others have posted experiences with the person you are dealing with.
  • Ask to see a picture of the puppy or kitten with its Mother and the rest of the litter. Demand to see the veterinary certificate and contact the veterinarian to confirm they have cared for the puppy or kitten.
  • Tell the seller that you would like to pick up the puppy or kitten (even if you cannot do this, if  the response to your request is not positive, beware)
  • Ask to meet whomever is delivering the puppy or kitten in a public place so that you can examine the puppy or kitten before paying for it. Do not give out your home address.
  • If the seller mentions a shipping company, verify with that shipping company that they have a reservation to transport your puppy or kitten.
  • Know that puppies and kittens must be vaccinated to enter any country in the world and they cannot be vaccinated for rabies prior to 3 months of age and must wait for 21-30 days minimum to enter the country.
  • Ask if the seller accepts credit cards. Remember that, if you wire money, you have to recourse to recover it. Never pay in advance if at all possible.
  • Know the requirements for pets to enter your country. Ask the seller for details about all the forms they will need to fill out so that your puppy can enter your country. The US does not even allow puppies intended for re-homing to enter the country before 6 months of age.

Find your country’s pet import regulations and know that it is very risky to fly puppies and kittens in the cargo hold of an airplane. They need to develop their respiratory systems to fly safely. The older they are, the better the chances they will arrive safely.

Try rescue foundations in your country before buying a pet from another country. The love you will receive will be just as rewarding if not more so than the risk you will be taking by sending money for a pet that may never come.

Holiday traveling with a pet – tips for easy trips

Pet Travel with your dog or catMillions of pet owners will take to the road and sky during this holiday season. Your vacation will be so much more meaningful if your pet accompanies you. If you have a cat, start when it is young, otherwise it will most likely not enjoy traveling. As for dogs, most all enjoy a good adventure as long as they are by your side.

Consider your pet’s personality. If it is not accustomed to being away from home, aggressive, skiddish, very nervous or has medical needs that require frequent attention, consider having a friend or family member care for it at home.

Here is a simple list of things you need to remember to do if you are traveling with a pet:

  • Puppies, kittens and senior pets need a visit to the vet to be sure they are fit to travel.
  • Bring your pet’s health records along. Could come in handy in an emergency.
  • Get your pet acclimated to its crate or carrier months ahead of travel time.
  • If flying, book the flight on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday as these are lighter travel days.
  • Know your airline’s pet policy and don’t try to get around it. You may have to eat the price of your ticket when you are not allowed to board.
  • Bring harness or crate to assure your dog or cat is safe in the car. Use pet pads for accidents.
  • Feed your pet lightly the day of travel and no sooner than 4 hours ahead of time. Keep them hydrated during the trip.
  • Never leave them unattended, either in the car or at the airport.
  • Leave early and take your time. When in the car, stop frequently for walks. When heading to the airport, get to the ticket counter early in case the check-in lines are long.
  • If you are traveling internationally, know your destination country’s pet import rules.
  • Bring supplies – leashes, treats, pick-up bags, medicines, dog or cat food.
  • Contact a pet friendly hotel should you need one and talk to them about their pet policies.
  • Bring pet towels for easy clean up.

Once arriving at your destination, enjoy a long walk and a good meal. Be sure and let your pet get accustomed to its new surroundings before you leave them for any reason.

Delta Airlines to end checked baggage service for pets

Delta Airlines LogoDelta Airlines has announced that, as of March 1, 2016, it will no longer offer checked baggage service for live animals. (not including service, emotional support or animals traveling with military personnel on active transfer orders) Additionally, all pets traveling internationally as air cargo will need to be booked through a licensed pet transporter.

This is a blow to many pet owners who use Delta for traveling with their pets. When traveling with Delta within the US, pet owners will now be faced with added inconvenience and expense as they will need to transport pets who cannot travel in the cabin as air cargo. This will entail dropping off and picking up at Delta cargo facilities as opposed to baggage claim.

Additionally, when pets fly as air cargo, they are subject to the demands on the cargo hold, so they may not fly on the same flight as their owners. And they cannot be booked prior than 14 days before the departure date.

Schedule changes can be very inconvenient when families are traveling and the assistance of a pet transporter will be needed for assistance with pets arriving outside of their owner’s schedules as well as for international flights.

Pets will still be permitted to fly in the cabin under Delta’s airline pet policies.

Can you imagine what your dog and cat think of Halloween?

Keep your pet safe at HalloweenAs our dogs and cats understand us and their world through behavior, voice inflection, routine and the usual surroundings they are accustomed to, can you imagine how confusing and perhaps unsettling Halloween must be for them? Before the zombies, princesses and super heroes start knocking, take a minute to formulate a plan to keep your pet safe during the merriment.

Here are some tips to help you:

  • Confine your pet. Especially if it is not accustomed to small children or it will make a dash for the open door, crate it or designate a special room for it during trick or treat time.
  • No doorbells. Put a sign on your door not to use the doorbell; to knock instead. Better yet, sit outside if weather permits and greet your ghooly visitors before they get to your door.
  • Watch out for candles. Inquisitive pups and kitties can nose around your carved pumpkin and stick their nose into hot candle wax through those wide eyes you carved.
  • Be careful with costumes. Unless your pet is accustomed to dressing up, watch them if they are dressed up. Costumes can get hot and restrictive. Do not use any rubber bands to hold material down. They can quickly work their way into your pet’s skin and cause infections. Your pet can also ingest them which would most likely cause some stomach upset.
  • No candy, please. If you must give your pet a treat on this festive occasion, make it a little dog biscuit. Chocolate and sugar can make them sick and who wants to clean up the mess?
  • Identify them. Make sure your pet’s collar and tag always stays on this night. Having them microchipped and registering your information is the best thing to ensure you will be found if your pet gets lost.

Have fun on All Hallows Eve and take a few precautions to keep all the goblins safe and happy.

Delta launches GPS On-Demand Service for Traveling Pets

Great news for pet owners who want to track their pet’s travels if they can’t travel with them. Delta Airlines has announced the launch of its GPS On-Demand Service for pets who travel as air cargo. The service works through a device attached to the crate and is available at the following international airports: ATL (Atlanta), CVG  (Cincinnati), DTW (Detroit), LAX (Los Angeles), LGA (New York – La Guardia), MCI (Kansas City), MEM (Memphis), MSP (Minneapolis St Paul), SEA (Seattle), SFO (San Francisco), SLC (Salt Lake City), STL (St Louis), and TPA (Tampa). Flights must be destined to select locations (see below).

The device offers the following features: temperature monitoring, light detection, humidity readings and real-time location tracking.Data is recorded before,during and after flight.  Information is transmitted every 15 minutes, except when the flight is in the air and can be accessed through a device id accessible at deltacargo.com. Cost is $50.00 one way.

This tracking will be extremely beneficial for pet owners wanting to see where their pet is every step of the way. Contact Delta Cargo for additional details.

Your pet must be traveling to one of these locations: ABQ (Albuquerque), ALB (Albany), ANC (Anchorage), ATL (Atlanta), AUS (Austin), AZO (Kalamazoo), BDL (Hartford), BHM (Birmingham), BNA (Nashville), BOI (Boise), BOS (Boston), BWI (Baltimore), BZN (Bozeman), CAE (Columbia), CHS (Charleston), CLE (Cleveland), CLT (Charlotte), CMH (Columbus), COS (Colorado Springs), CVG (Cincinnati), DAB (Daytona Beach), DAY (Dayton), DCA (Washington Reagan), DEN (Denver), DFW (Dallas Fort Worth), DSM (Des Moines), DTW  (Detroit), ELP (El Paso), EWR (Newark), FLL (Fort Lauderdale), GEG Spokane), GRR (Grand Rapids), GSO (Greensboro/High Point), GSP (Greenville Spartanburg), HNL (Honolulu), HOU (Houston Hobby), HSV (Huntsville), IAD (Washington Dulles), IAH (Houston George Bush), IND (Indianapolis), JAN (Jackson), JAX (Jacksonville), JFK (New York), KOA (Kona), LAS (Las Vegas), LAX (Los Angeles), LEX (Lexington), LGA (New York – La Guardia), LIH (Kauai Island), LIT (Little Rock), MCI (Kansas City), MCO (Orlando), MEM (Memphis), MIA (Miami), MKE (Milwaukee), MLB Melbourne), MOB (Mobile), MSP (Minneapolis St Paul), MSY (New Orleans), OAK (Oakland), OGG (Maui), OKC (Oklahoma City), OMA (Omaha), ONT (Ontario, California), ORD (Chicago), ORF (Norfolk),  PBI (West Palm Beach), PDX (Portland), PHL Philadelphia), PHX (Phoenix), PIT (Pittsburg), PNS (Pensacola), PVD Providence), RDU (Raleigh Durham), RIC (Richmond), ROC (Rochester), RSW (Fort Myers), SAN (San Diego), SAT (San Antonio), SAV (Savannah), SDF (Louisville), SEA (Seattle), SFO (San Francisco), SJC (San Jose), SLC (Salt Lake City), SMF (Sacramento) , SNA (Santa Ana), SRQ Sarasota), STL (St Louis), SYR (Syracuse), TLH (Tallahassee), TPA (Tampa),  TUS (Tucson), TYS (Knoxville).

Why is it important to follow the rules when importing a pet to a foreign country?

Pet Travel with a PetRecent news about Hollywood star Johnny Depp smuggling his pet Yorkies into Australia has highlighted the need to follow the rules when you import a pet to any country. The consequences could be dire; your pet will be returned to the originating country at your cost or quarantined at your cost or, as the Australian Ministry of Agriculture threatened, euthanized on the spot.

Despite the fact that Mr. Depp ignored the regulations, his actions remind us all that there are no exceptions to the rules, even for the rich and famous. Rabies is a dangerous disease which still kills over 50,000 people per year worldwide and governments are extremely sensitive to allowing any animal that is known to carry rabies in its borders without proper verification that vaccinations have been administered and your pet has protection against this horrible disease.

Despite the fact that Australia has some of the strictest pet import regulations in the world, not conforming to any country’s regulations could reap dire consequences for your pet. If you are traveling internationally with your pet, you need to educate yourself as to the rules of your destination country and prepare in advance.

You can find regulations for most every country in the world by clicking on the Pet Passport or Services tab on any of our webpages. Let us help you make your trip safe for your pet.

New Year Resolutions for Pet Owners

Happy New Year PetHard to believe that 2015 is here and it’s time for looking forward to a great year. For pet owners, we offer a few thoughts on great resolutions for the new year:

  • Identify your pet – if you haven’t already, microchip your pet and register your contact information online in a microchip database. More than 80% of lost pets without microchips are never reunited with their owners. Keeping your pet safe is a primary responsibility of a pet owner, and it is a quick and easy process done at your vet.
  • Have your pet spayed or neutered – don’t put this off much after 6 months of age if you can help it. If money is tight, keep your eyes out for city or county spay/neuter promotions in your community.
  • Opt to adopt – there are hundreds of wonderful pets waiting to be adopted at pet rescue shelters all over the country. Many of them rescue pure breeds, although there may be a wait.
  • Consider donating to a local pet rescue – these organizations depend on private donations, and the need for food and supplies is great.
  • Stay in shape – as we all need exercise, so do our pets. Overweight dogs and cats will develop problems as they age. Feed them good food and watch the portions. Enjoy exercising together!
  • Pay attention – take the time for strokes and hugs and tell them how great they are. Oddly enough, they understand.

Have a healthy and happy New Year.