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!
We write these blogs in the hopes it helps families make informed decisions when planning overseas travel. If you liked this blog, please do give us a like below! And if you know anyone with pets who is thinking about travelling abroad in the near future, please do give us a share on social, it really helps! :)
Moving pets to the UK from NZ takes a little more coordination than a quick trip across the ditch to Australia. We fly pets to UK from New Zealand on a daily basis. Our team of international pet transport consultants have a few tips to help you move your pet to the United Kingdom successfully.
If you want to travel on the same plane as your pet, contact a pet transport consultant in NZ before you start booking your flights overseas. You need to ensure you both arrive during the Veterinary Border Control hours at your destination airport.
.Before flying, your pets must undergo an examination by the Official Ministry of Primary Industries Veterinarian of NZ. Here they must obtain an MPI Health Export Certificate and a separate Animal Welfare Export Certificate. As the only Pet Transport service located at Auckland airport, moving pets to the UK is really easy with us. MPI is also based at Auckland airport and MPI Certification is simply completed on the day we fly your pet to the UK.
This is part of a series on taking pets to the UK, we hope you like it - if you do, please click like below! Have you got a specific question you would like answered, drop it in the comments below! if you have friends thinking about moving to the UK with pets, we'd love if you would consider sharing this post!
At Pet Transport NZ, one international pet shipping client we are the most proud to have serviced for years, is the Blind Foundation; specifically, the Guide Dogs chapter. One of our senior interntaional pet travel consultants, Michael, received an award for his help in bringing a US born dog, Eudora (below right), into New Zealand this year! The Blind Foundation provide amazing services to the community and we love moving their dogs overseas.
Earlier this year we orchestrated the move of Eudora the German Shepherd from America to NZ and back again. Eudora is a world famous Guide Dog we helped fly all the way from New York to New Zealand. She shares her special skills at work by helping other Guide Dogs learn by example from an awesome assistance dog.. Even more exciting, once here, Eudora had her first successful puppy – and we couldn’t be more proud!
New Zealand offers world-renown Guide Dog training facilities in South Auckland and when we get the call that more pups need to move so they can start their lives helping others – we jump in to action! We love working with these very clever dogs and feel happy knowing we have helped new guide dogs find international fur-ever homes all over the world!
We are the only pet transporter in New Zealand that can organise return trips and import pets from overseas into NZ. It is tricky though, so it pays to get in touch early and start planning your pet travel from overseas now! We look forward to hearing from you soon. If you liked this post or think a friend might, please give us a like below!
At Pet Transport NZ, we will often work with our clients, whether they be cats, dogs or humans over a period of months to get you and your pets ready for international travel. The cage fitting, the crate-training, the vaccinations is just part of the preparation work for moving overseas with pets. During this prep time we get to know you and your travelling pets personalities, likes, dislikes and behavioural issues if there are any. We love helping your international pet transport experience be a positive one!
When you invite us to help you and your pets to travel overseas from New Zealand the job doesn't end for us when your pet gets on the plane. We know your journey in a foreign land only really starts when you collect your pet at your end destination. For all the pet travel consultants, logistics coordinators and admin staff, we want to hear about your new life together. Our payoff is knowing we helped keep a fur-loving family together and played a small part in showing you a new corner of the world.
The best part is when you write to us after you land to tell us about your reunion. We love hearing how your cats, dogs, kittens or puppies flying experience was and how you found them at the other end as that is the only part of the journey we are never present for. This is exactly how we want it to be for you and your pets: exciting, happy, loving cuddle times. Thank you so much to Marley the lovely Fox Terrier and her wonderful humans for letting us be part of your relocation to Stockholm, Sweden. We are grateful to all our clients and their pets for choosing us to help with your move abroad!
When we hit 10,000 followers on instagram and 11,000 fans on facebook (both @pettransportnz) we wanted to say thank you to all of you. Thanks for following our pet travels, joining our international pet courier journeys and sharing your experiences with us. We love the little online community that has formed around the pets who travel overseas with us. We hope you understand why we so passionate about our job and doing it right because for us, it's all about the pets!
WINNERS - PLEASE COMMENT YOUR CONTACT DETAILS BELOW AND WE WILL BE IN TOUCH TO ARRANGE DELIVERY AFTER THE LONG WEEKEND!!! WELL DONE TO ALL WHO ENTERED!!!!
Special mention to Ayla Crawford and Anika Horn, you were both equal points runner up and we have a selection of all natural NZ doggy farm treats for all your pawfect pooches!
So many cute cats! So many darling dogs! So many wonderful humans trying to win things for their precious pets! In truth, you are all winning at life so we just had to find some extra prizes for you all...
CATS SPOT PRIZES
Blue Cat Collar, 3 x Pack of Cat Toy Bliss Balls, Glamour Puss Slicker Brush + Organic Cat Treats
Rachel Crimins and Liam Fagan
DOGS SPOT PRIZES
Blue Lead, Blue doggy poop bags, 1 x toy duck, Farm Treats
TRAVEL CRATE WINNERS: we literally couldn't choose! There were just too many adorable cats and dogs and puppies and kittens and the back stories and community involvement was too much to go unrewarded! So these gorgeous creatures have all won a travel crate each!
Winner of a PP20 – Ann Harris
Winner of a SG821 – Cassie Gibbons
Winner of a PP40 – Jen Keir
Winner of a PP40 – Lisa Buttunz Taylor
But there was one cheeky grin that had us all in agreeance... drum roll please! THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER OF A PP60 - Leah Jellyman and "Koda" Congratulations to everyone who participated in the competition and well done to all the lucky pets who won! We were astounded by all the entries and we can't wait to run another competition again soon!
WINNERS - PLEASE COMMENT YOUR CONTACT DETAILS BELOW AND WE WILL BE IN TOUCH TO ARRANGE DELIVERY AFTER THE LONG WEEKEND!!! THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ENTERED!!!!
Pet Transport NZ was pretty chuffed to hear our little bloggy woggy won an award! Ok, full disclosure we thought it was spam so we ignored it for ages but they were really persistent and eventually we checked our email to read the pet transport blog had been placed in the top 100 Feedreader Blogs.
We would like to thank everyone who has read, liked and shared our blog. We hope you find our tips useful and our journeys interesting. Biggest round of applause goes to the beautiful pets themselves who brighten our blog with their antics. We look forward to more international adventures with you!
The importance of planning international pet travel in advance, can not be stressed enough. The one who suffers most from lack of adequate travel planning is your pet. And your pocket! Future planning any overseas adventures with pets allows you time to crate train, vaccinate your pets and budget your pets' transport into the other costs of moving overseas. Your pet courier will break it down for you.
Your pets need time to be vaccinated and tested. If flying long haul, especially to Europe, they will likely need rabies vaccinations. Rabies vaccines take 30 days to develop antibodies in the bloodstream in cats and dogs. Then you must allow time to receive their test results which come from labs in England. All flying pets must be in tiptop health at departure or they will not be rejected by MPI.
Pets flying internationally from New Zealand need time to get comfortable with their IATA approved travel crate. Even if they are crate-trained or have flown overseas before, warm them up for the journey. Crate training is best done in a low pressure environment that is not time sensitive. Prevent any anxiety about cratetraining to a specific date by allowing a buffer of months not weeks.. You want to avoid any anxious associations with your crate and travel prospects entirely.
Whilst pet transport is often more affordable than most people think, it is an unknown quantity until you request a quote. Unlike flying humans, where booking fees are standard regardless of how tall or heavy you are, booking flights for pets is not the same. The volumetric weight charge is unique to each animal; how much space they occupy in the cargo hold and how much they weigh. Once you know how much the your pet's travel tickets will cost, you can plan when and how to pay accordingly..
Planning in advance allows you time to prepare your pets and budget your travel with a nice time cushion, just in case vaccination goes curly or crate training takes a little longer than anticipated. Most importantly, it ensures both humans and pets have a pawsitively awsome travel experience together! Contact one of our knowledgable pet transport consultants to get your pet travel plan underway!
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Because Asia is one of our most popular pet transport destinations, we have a dedicated multi-lingual Asian Travel Consultant whom we affectionately call Mr. Asia. Mr. Asia's real name is Michael Yong and he fluently speaks, Mandarin, Cantonese, Taiwanese, Malay, and can converse confidently in most other Asian languages within the ASEAN region. This means he easily communicate with Asian airlines, Asian customs, Asian vets and Asian government officials throughout Asia on your behalf. Nothing gets lost in translation! Which makes booking your pet's travel to Asia a breeze.
One of our most senior consultants, another advantage of working with Mr Asia to get your precious pets from New Zealand to Asia, is his long standing relationships with most of the Asian airlines. He helped establish many of the viable routes available to pets travelling the NZ to Asia routes which helped open up the region to pet transporters from down under. In a nut shell, you get mates rates and discounts that other international pet couriers can not provide.
The biggest and best advantage in using Mr. Asia is Michael's long-standing friendships with Asian customs brokers, airport officials, landing agents and government vets. His ability to ensure your pets wellbeing and safety in transit is built on years and years of experience and trust building on the ground. You can't replicate his in-depth understanding of local processes or first name knowledge of all the head honchos throughout the Asian Pacific and UAE region. Both in NZ and Asia, Michael is regarded as the go-to-guy for all things pet transport related.
Whether you move your dog to Japan, cat to Taipei, kittens to Vietnam, puppies to Vietnam, litter to Thailand, farm dogs to Malaysia or show cats to China, there really is only one man for the job. Michael is supported by our team of logistics, admin, customs brokers and landing agents both here in New Zealand and on the ground in Asia to make sure your pet has happy and safe transport experience. If you are from Asia and returning home with your pet, you can discuss your need in your native tongue - just remember to ask for Mr. Yong! He is waiting for your call on 09 256 0999
When you fly your pet overseas from New Zealand with us, we professionally fit your pet with the correct sized IATA compliant cage or custom-build your travel crate to spec. If you are unable to come to our stock rooms at Auckland Airport with your cats or dogs, we can explain travel cage sizing over the phone and will send IATA measuring diagrams guide you with instructions by email. This week on Facebook and Instagram we started sharing our top 5 tips for travel crate training success with a little help from Rosie the Border Collie.
Step 1: Park your professionally sized & fitted #IATA approved #travelcrates in your living room. You want your pets to be really comfortable with their new #crate in your home before you start introducing play inside. No drama, no stress. Just let the crate become part of the living room furniture. A little curiosity, sniffing around or pawing at the door indicates they are ready to proceed to the next step
Step 2: Start introducing play in and around the crate to get your pet comfortable with the crate. Don't be shy with the treats or praise! Use them to reward exploring behind the door and staying inside with the door open. No need to push your pets to go in and stay in but reluctant pets maybe encouraged by placing a favourite toy or blanket inside, or some dirty clothes from your laundry basket. Familiar comforts and rewards are key here!
Step 3: Closing the door is almost the final stage. By now, your pet's travel #crate is fun and cozy place they sit or sleep in by choice. Your #pet needs to be #calm and comfortable inside the cage when the door closes. This will be their "home away from home" whilst #travelling. If they seem distressed, open the door immediately and let them out - you do not want their #travelcrate to ever be a scary place. If things start to come unstuck at this stage, don't hesitate to give us a call on 09 256 0999
Step 4: This final stage is really only necessary for pets flying long haul, however it never hurts to see your pet's crate training all the way through to completion. If your pet is quite happy inside their travel cage with the door closed, start making it part of your evening routine with bedtime inside the crate with the door closed. You can even start this early in the piece with the door open and don't hesitate to move the crate to your bedroom if that is where they usually sleep. You want your pet to make their crate their home, their safe space and a personal retreat in the same way they will identity their pet bed or favourite chair in the house as theirs.
Smelly socks, used nighties, freshly worn gym gear and underwear are among pets favourite smells and do let them use these items to mark their crate with your smells. You can always remove them later when they are chill with the crate. Heaps of our clients hold onto the crate even after travel and use it as an indoor kennel or pet bed - yep, eventually cats and dogs really grow to love their lovely travel crates! Continued use of the crate well after your international journey will only smooth the way for further adventures together in future.
If you would like an IATA measurement guide, further information about our drug-free crate-training program or need help at any stage of the game, don't hesitate to contact us. We want every pet to fly safe, calm and happy. There are no stupid questions and we love helping travellers with pets - do get in touch with one of our consultants! Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments below!
Pet Transport has had a sudden rush of cats flying long haul from New Zealand! These travelling cats all moved to Europe, with the exception of Betty the ragdoll who flew to Vancouver in Canada. All stunning breeds and mixes, bengal, ragdoll and persian cats made an appearance in the last week!
This photo tells a thousand words about international pet transport. No MPI vet wants to fail a travelling pet on their final pre-flight certification! Poor Luna was feeling a bit nervous in the MPI office the lovely Dr. Phillipa picked her up and gave her cuddles during her whole appointment! Luna's travel cat companion Hugo (below) was totally cool and calm about moving to London from Auckland.
Harley is a silver traveller! This senior ragdoll was 15 years young on the day of his departure for Manchester. He took it all in his stride. As did Hugo and Luna who were perfect travellers on the day. These two kiwi cats look picture perfect below settling into their new English home
Do you have a cat's tale to tell about moving overseas? We'd love to hear about your plans to explore the world together! Get in touch with one of our pet transport consultants today to discuss your relocation dreams. They can help you budget, crate train your pets and what you need to do to prepare for the big move. If you never heard of flying cats before, talk to us - we see them every day!