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What Professional Pet Movers Know That You Don't

Published on: July 11, 2023  |  Author: Starwood Pet Travel

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Moving pets safely and comfortably requires a multitude of factors to align perfectly. This is especially true when moving internationally. Many pet owners mistakenly believe that securing their own travel arrangements is all it takes, only to discover the complexities of pet travel the hard way. That's where professional pet movers like Starwood Pet Travel come in.

We possess valuable knowledge that you may not be aware of. While it is sometimes feasible to handle your pet's relocation on your own, the lack of this knowledge can lead to a plethora of issues such as confusion, stress, frustration, and even emotional distress. Here are a few examples.

We know the complexities of pet itineraries

The flight that is most convenient for you may not be the best option for your beloved pet. If your destination requires multiple flights, the routing can become quite complex. Factors such as the time of day, layovers, and even the size of the aircraft determine whether a particular flight is suitable for your pet.

Rest assured, we have the expertise to schedule an itinerary that is both short and safe, ensuring your pet's comfort throughout the journey. Even if it means taking a different route than what you would have chosen for yourself.

We know which airlines are pet-friendly

Not all airlines that permit dogs or cats are necessarily the optimal choice for your beloved four-legged family member. We understand that your furry companion is priceless and deserves the utmost care during their travel experience. With our extensive global airline partnerships, we are knowledgeable about which ones can provide the most loving and respectful accommodations for your pet.

We know what documentation your pet will need

Navigating the requirements for moving pets across borders can be a complex and daunting task, depending on your destination. Countries have legitimate concerns about the introduction of pests or diseases through pets, making it crucial to adhere to specific health regulations. From vaccinations to tests, treatments, and certifications, each country has its own set of requirements.

Finding accurate information about these requirements can be surprisingly challenging, and the timing involved in obtaining them can be convoluted and overwhelming. With so many other aspects of your international move to handle, the thought of making a mistake and potentially leaving your beloved pet behind or sending them back home is indeed alarming.

Fortunately, professional pet movers like Starwood Pet Travel have extensive experience moving pets worldwide, allowing us to navigate the specific requirements for each country with precision. We can take care of all the necessary details, saving time and sparing you from unnecessary worry.

We know the small details that can derail your pet’s travel plans

Extreme weather conditions, such as excessively hot or cold temperatures, can pose a major obstacle to pet travel. Airlines prioritize the health and safety of animals, which is why they adhere to strict regulations in such situations. While it may be possible to predict the weather in some cases, there are instances where it becomes unpredictable. In borderline temperature conditions, airlines make day-to-day assessments to ensure the well-being of pets.

Moreover, airlines not only have restrictions on the number of animals allowed on a single flight but also impose limitations on the number of pets an individual can travel with. This can become a challenging roadblock if you have more pets than the airline permits. However, professional pet movers like Starwood can often navigate around these limitations due to their established partnerships and close working relationships with airlines. As trusted partners in pet travel, we have the expertise to find solutions and ensure a smooth journey for your furry companions.

We know that the right crate size is crucial

Pet owners often assume that their furry friends can travel in any carrier they are used to, such as the ones used for trips to the vet or confinement at home. However, when it comes to flying with pets, there are specific requirements to ensure their safety and comfort. International Air Transport Association (IATA)-approved kennels are designed to be stronger and safer than everyday pet carriers.

Size also plays a crucial role. The kennel must be neither too small nor too large. Pets should be able to stand without their heads touching the ceiling and have enough space to turn around and lie down comfortably. Pet parents who think these specifications are too strict might be surprised to find their beloved pets rejected at the airport.

Some countries require you to use a professional pet mover

Australia serves as a prime example. By requiring that incoming dogs, cats, and other pets travel under the guidance of a commercial animal transport professional, Australian authorities can rest assured that every detail is meticulously taken care of. With Australia's extensive and rigorous pet import regulations, entrusting your pet to a professional ensures a seamless journey from departure to arrival, including the necessary quarantine facility. Yes, there's quarantine, but with a seasoned expert overseeing the process, your pet's travel experience will be smooth and worry-free.

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