Dog & Pet Shipping Questions

These are some of the questions about shipping pets our customers ask us most often. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please use the box to your right to email it to us and we will get back with you quickly.

Can I move my pet myself?

Some airlines will allow you to book your own travel arrangements for your pet. Most will not. The reason most airlines require you to work with a professional pet transporter is because they do not have the staff to help you understand all of the requirements for your pet’s travel. Most countries have specific regulations and the airline will not ensure that these specific requirements are met. Because we are experts in pet travel, most airlines rely on us to ensure the documentation is done properly. This makes the check-in process for your pet easy on you and the airline. The use of a professional pet relocation service will ensure that your pet’s travel is as smooth as possible and help avoid travel delays, extended dog quarantine periods and custom clearance issues in the destination country

How long does it take to prepare for my dog's relocation?

Some countries paperwork can require as many as 210 days of preparation time ahead of your pet’s travel date. Contact Airpets America to help you understand the requirements of the country to which your pet will be traveling.

Is using a pet relocation specialist cheaper?

It may seem that a pet relocation company is the more expensive option, but in the long run we save you money by avoiding mistakes and issues that can cause additional expenses along the way.  A pet relocation agent will charge you a reasonable booking fee which includes our professional assistance throughout your pet’s relocation.

Why do I get a lower rate for pet shipping when I call the airlines?

There are many factors that go into getting an accurate pet shipping estimate.  Some airlines compute their rates according to weight of dog and crate where others compute their rates by the dimensions of the crate using volume.  Some figure rates by using all this information and the final destinations have different rates. Taxes, customs clearance, layovers, fuel and security charges are not included in airline rates.

Unfortunately the airlines don’t take time with you, the customer, to get all the information required  for an accurate pet shipping rate —  they are just giving you very basic information.

Do you use your own airplanes to fly my pet?

No. All pet relocation services use commercial airlines.  Many of the airlines have programs designed specifically for the special handling of live animals.  We use only the safest airlines with the best reputation for the safety and comfort of your pet.

Is it really safe to fly my pet?

Yes. Relocating your pet by air is safer and less stressful than a long road trip in the back of a van filled with other animals. Just as the statistics show for humans, flying is safer than driving for pets as well.  In fact, the US Department of Transportation says that two million animals travel on commercial flights each year and Air Cargo World did a recent study that showed less than .01 percent of pets that fly have an incident.

Where in the plane does my pet fly?

All pets flown as excess baggage or as live animal cargo, are in the cargo hold of the plane. This area is heated, cooled and pressurized. Your pet will breathe the same air you breathe when you fly in the cabin.

Should I give my pet a sedative to fly?

No, absolutely not. Sedatives suppress the respiratory system of the pets and often cause disorientation. Most airlines will not accept your pet if they are sedated.

What can I do to prepare my pet for travel?

Prepare your pet for his upcoming move by making sure he is comfortable with his crate. Start by putting treats in the crate and then progress to leaving your pet in the crate for short periods of time while you are out of the room. This will help your pet know that the crate is a safe place and ensure a comfortable move.

How do I determine what size and type of crate is appropriate for my pet?

What kind of pets do you ship?

Our primary focus is on shipping pets, but we have shipped livestock, zoo and performance animals. We ship dogs and cats on a daily basis. We take care of the transportation needs of dogs, cats, rabbits, rats, birds, snakes, turtles and frogs.  There is no pet we can’t help you get home.

How much does it cost to ship a dog?

There are so many factors that are involved in pricing an individual pet’s relocation that we will give you a specific estimate based on your circumstances. Domestic pet moves (within the United States) can cost as little as $700 for a small pet. International pet moves start around $1,500. Country requirements to import pets, flight availability and the size, weight and number of the pets determine the cost.

How many countries do you work with?

There are 196 countries in the world today and if the airlines fly pets there, the airport accepts live animals and there are no pet importation bans we can help you get your pet there.

Is my pet's move tax deductible?

If your move is tax deductible then most likely your pet’s move is tax deductible as part of your moving expenses.  Check with a tax professional for your individual circumstances.

How many years experience do you have shipping pets?

We have been shipping pets for 13 years. We have been a member of IPATA since 2004.

How far does your pet ground transportation go?

We can send a pet from coast to coast without ever taking to the air, although we recommend flying pets over driving for long distances. Our network of pet relocation professionals allows us unlimited flexibility in transporting your precious cargo.

What kinds of planes do you use for pet shipping?

We use only commercial airlines with excellent reputations in live animal care.  All of the planes have pressurized, heated and air conditioned cargo holds with a designated area exclusively for live animals.  Your pet breathes the same air as the passengers on the plane.

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