Pet Transport NZ is considered an essential service. Up until the borders closed and the last airlines were grounded, we were working hard for our clients in our office to find viable international pet travel solutions and domestic flights. We continue to work from home, available by phone, email and social media providing the same high level of service and quality consultation as ever before. In the last few weeks we have seen a dynamic shift in the freight forwarding and pet air travel industry. Fielding regular phone calls from airlines and the Ministry of Primary Industries, we shall remain a reliable, credible up to the minute, source of industry information for our clients.
These last few weeks have been a time of particularly high stress levels for essential travellers trying to return home from New Zealand with their beloved pets. It was our pleasure to be able to offer the calm reassurance of consistent care to both humans and furry friends in their homeward bound pet transport. Nemo was fortunate to make it on the same flight as his human was as PAX onboard. Not all were so lucky. For those who are still intending to return home after lockdown, we encourage you to keep up with our notifications and updates so you can be ready to move as soon as pet travel embargoes are lifted.
Bear and Kaydo the Boxer dogs were bound for Brisbane with another pet travel carrier who withdrew their service when lockdown started. We were fortunate to be able to find a viable travel route to Australia for these pups and their people. With airlines and borders closing by the hour it was not possible for us to offer solutions to all our clients, especially to those travelling further afield. For those intending to fly at the end of isolation we encourage you to use this time at home to prepare for your imminent travel. Our COVID19 blog series will help detail the steps you need to follow to take advantage of the first flight routes when they become accessible.
Our littlest passenger this week was Raj the Maltese dog who flew to Perth on Thursday. All of these furry fliers were incredibly lucky to travel aboard the last of the viable pet transport routes during COVID19 lockdown. As things continue to evolve both here and overseas, we encourage you to stay safe in your homes and use this time to prepare for future travel opportunities. Now is the ideal time to commence crate training and as vets are considered an essential service, you can complete your required vaccinations schedule as per usual. Don't forget to wash your dog with soapy water regularly!
We are very fortunate to have an open line of communication with both airlines and MPI. Please be aware we are experiencing a higher than usual call volume at this time. Your support and understanding is appreciated. The information we receive from the government and airline will be first filtered to our clients to enable them to make sounds transport plans and then our wider pet travel community online. If you are intending to return home with your pets, either abroad or domestically, we would be happy to help plan your pet transport. A quick call to our phone +6492560999 will redirect you to the pet travel consultant of your choice. Otherwise, we continue to be available by email, via quote request form or follow our updates on social media. We look forward to helping you and your pets return safely home, just as we have been doing for 3 generations. Be safe, be kind, be ready to travel again very soon. Best wishes, Pet Transport NZ.
Pet Transport NZ had dozens and dozens of wonderful cats and dogs enter from all over Aotearoa to win an IATA compliant travel crate. Our esteemed international pet transport consultants aka judges had to take some time to deliberate amongst themselves to choose our finalists. Points were awarded for clear demonstration of the pet's personality and of course dashing good looks. Being a photography competition, humans were also awarded points for clear photos in great lighting.
Congratulations to all our winners and a big thank you to all our wonderful pet loving community to entered for themselves or rescues and fosters they wanted to help. It was our pleasure to share our passion for safe pet transport with all of you and thank you for inviting new members into our group. Happy travelling pet fam!
Taking English Bulldogs to Ireland from New Zealand seemed impossible to Sonya. She was repeatedly refused international pet transport for her two Bulldogs, Bono (below left) and Bella (below right) by other NZ pet couriers. Bulldogs are notorious for excitable temperaments, coupled with an inability to regulate their own body temperatures and breathing like most brachycephalic breeds. Airlines and other pet transporters are reluctant to fly English Bulldogs. That's where Pet Transport NZ can help!
Using our trusted agents in the US, we gained permission from the USDA (US authorities), DAFM (Irish authorities) and NZ MPI (NZ authorities) to create a new routing for these gorgeous snubnosed dogs. Using two different airlines, and two long stopovers in LAX and Zurich, we ensured Bella and Bono had time at each transit to get out of their cages, and have some free space to chill until their next flight.
With each snubnose or brachycephalic client we take on, we make sure we meet the dogs or cats first. We need to assess their physical health and explain to owners the risks at play with flying their pets overseas. However, we stand by the motto we always held – that so long as snubnosed pets are properly cage trained, healthy and fit, and travelling in MASSIVE cages – (we think safety requires providing at least 4 x body weight in airflow), then they should travel exactly the same as all our pets: safely and comfortably!
Without making light of their special needs, flying snubnosed pets is more complex but we wholeheartedly support anyone who can't bear to leave their pets behind. If you are travelling long haul and want to take your snubnosed dog or cat, we are the only international pet transport agency who can and will make it happen. It does take patience and a bit more hard work but if you are committed to taking your pet with you, so are we. We are all about keeping furry families together!
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Most airlines and international pet couriers reject brachycephalic dogs and cats as a flight risk. For 50years we have been known as the only international pet transporters in NZ that can safely get your brachycephalic pets into the UK, Europe, Asia, USA, UAE, Africa, India, and Australia! We love your brachycephalic cats and dogs as much you do!
Airlines avoid flying snubnosed dogs and cats due to their reduced ability to regulate body temperatures and propensity for respiratory distress. In our 50years of international pet travel experience, we know snubnosed pets require greater ventilation in their travel crates to compensate for their broadhead / shortnose skull structure. We assist you with crate training to reduce anxiety induced respiratory distress.
There are other safety measures to ensure successful delivery of your brachycephalic pet to your end destination, without qarantine. We plan the most direct routes possible that offer minimal temperature and humidity changes for your snubnosed pet on brachycephalic breed friendly airline carriers. To date, the most brachycephalic friendly direct route to UK or Europe was with United Airlines who will cease operations here mid April until October 30
Whilst every airline has their own list of brachycephalic dogs and cats, which they change and update regularly. Here is a comprehensive list of brachycephalic dogs and dog breeds with brachycephalic tendencies from Air New Zealand:
Affenpincher, American Bulldog, American Cocker Spaniel, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Boston Terrier, Boxer, Brussels Griffon, Bulldog, Bullmastiff, Cane Corso, King Charles Spaniel, Chihuahua (apple headed), Chow Chow, Dogo Argentino, Dogue de Bordeaux, French Bulldog, Japanese Chin, Lhasa Apso, Neapolitan Mastiff, Newfoundland, Pekingese, Presa Canario, Pug, Shap-Pei, Shih Tzu and Tibetan Spaniel.
The Air New Zealand list of brachycephalic cats and cat breeds with brachycephalic tendencies is officially limited to Persian cats, but in practise also includes: British Shorthair cat, Burmese cat, Exotic Shorthair cat including British Blue cat, Himalayan cat, and Scottish Fold cat.
As the most brachycephalic friendly airline, United Airline will shortly cease operations in New Zealand, extra planning and attention to detail will be need to fly snubnosed breeds overseas from NZ. Different flight routes will need to be planned and prices may vary depending on your destination. It will still be possible to move your snubnosed pets internationally but it will require more time. Ask us how we can help fly your brachycephalic pets overseas today to start planning your future move now.