A Global Guide to Pet Relocation Costs 2023 | MoveHub (2023)

Pet shipping costs vary widely and depend on a number of factors including the size and species of your pet, and where you’re shipping it to and from. As a rough estimate, it should cost anywhere between and to ship your pet to another country.

The list of costs involved in relocating your pet to a new country is pretty long, but if your pet means the world to you then it will all be worth it. This guide breaks down exactly how much you should expect to pay to ship your four-legged friend overseas.

If you’ve got a furry friend (i.e. a pet) that needs taking abroad, the world of international pet relocation can seem pretty muddling.

That’s why we’ve partnered with Starwood Pet Travel, who are experts in the field. With their global door-to-door service and almost forty years of experience, Starwood will take genuinely good care of your pet. Simply fill in this quick form and receive a free quote today.

On this page

01 | Pet shipping costs
02 | Pet vaccinations and medical costs
03 | Pet health certificate costs
04 | How much does it cost to fly a pet?
05 | Pet travel crate costs
06 | How much does it cost to clear customs?
07 | Pet regulations by country
08 | Next steps
09 | FAQs

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Pet shipping costs

Speaking very generally, you’ll find that the typical cost of moving a cat abroad is usually between and , while dogs can cost anywhere between and .

The table below shows you the cost of shipping your pet from the UK to popular locations around the world. Over in the USA, companies such as Pet Relocation generally charge between $2,500 to $3,000 for moving one small pet internationally.

How much does it cost to ship a dog from the UK?

Type of animalAustraliaUSASouth Africa
Small dog

1,900 ()

900 ()

1,400 ()

Large dog

3,000 ()

1,500 ()

2,500 ()

How much does it cost to ship a cat from the UK?

Type of animalAustraliaUSASouth Africa

1,500 ()

755 ()

995 ()

For a more accurate idea of pet relocation costs, we recommend you get a specific quote for you and your pet.

That’s why we’ve teamed up with Starwood, who have been shipping pets all over the world for nearly forty years. Just pop your details into this quick form and they'll get back to you.

Pet vaccinations and medical costs

Ah, the vet: your pet’s favourite place! To ensure that your pet is allowed to fly, you need to take it to the vet for a proper health assessment. Domestic animals are welcome in most countries but not if they’re bringing diseases with them.

The health checks your pet needs is different for each country, but in general, your pet will need to be micro-chipped and have a rabies vaccination. A microchip will cost around , while a rabies vaccination will cost about to , depending on if it’s a one-year dose or a three-year dose.

Here is the typical cost of microchips and rabies vaccinations in the UK, USA and Australia. Prices will vary depending on the type of animal you have and the clinic you visit.

Microchip and rabies vaccination cost

Rabies vaccine (one year)£15$20A$28
Rabies vaccine (three year)£40$55A$76

Some countries also require additional vaccinations for specific diseases with very long names (such as Leishmaniosis), but we’ll go into them in more detail later. Make sure your pet has all the necessary health checks before it travels, or it could end up in quarantine when it touches down in its new country.

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Pet health certificate costs

Once your pet has passed a health assessment, it will get a certificate! This piece of paper will officially declare your pet fit for travel, having had all the vaccinations and tests relevant to the country you’re moving to. As long as the certificate is dated within ten days of travel, it’ll get your pet to where it needs to be.

The cost of a health certificate ranges widely depending on what medical tests your pet has needed. For example, in the US, a health exam and certificate for your cat or dog normally costs around $600(including vaccine fees).

EU pet passport costs

This is instead of a pet health certificate. Reserved exclusively for dogs, cats and ferrets, the pet passport is a shiny blue booklet that is used if you’re travelling between any two countries in the EU (plus a number of other approved countries like Switzerland and Norway). As long as your pet's been micro-chipped and its rabies vaccinations are up to date, the passport will be valid for your pet's whole lifetime.

The typical cost of a pet passport in the UK is normally around the mark, although dogs also require tapeworm treatment, which can increase the price.

Brexit and pet passports

When the UK was an EU member, Brits were able to take their pets from the UK to the EU (and back again) without them having to go into quarantine, provided that certain conditions – such as having a pet passport and getting them microchipped – were met.

As of 1 January 2021, however, pet passports are no longer valid for pets owned by UK nationals. This was confirmed by the European Commission after the EU-UK deal was announced. But fear not, you’ll still be able to take your pet on your travels to the EU – you’ll just need to follow a different procedure.

The EU has agreed that Great Britain will be given “part two listed” status. This allows pets to travel within EU borders, providing the owner obtains an animal health certificate (AHC), which confirms that your pet is microchipped and vaccinated against rabies.

You’ll need to get a new certificate each time you travel with your pet, and you must get it within 10 days of the date you leave the UK. The document is valid for four months and can be used for a single trip into the EU, further travel within the EU, and for re-entry to the UK.

It’s early days with the EU-UK deal, so if you’re still a bit unsure about the rules on travelling from the UK to the EU with a pet, head over to the UK Government website where you can learn about the ins and outs of the procedure in a little bit more detail.

How much does it cost to fly a pet?

In most circumstances, ‘flying with your pet’ doesn’t mean sitting next to each other and enjoying the lovely views. Unless it’s an assistance dog (or your pet is small enough to fit in a travel crate under the seat in front of you), most pets have to go down in the hold while you stay seated in the cabin.

Some airlines check in pets as checked baggage while others classify them as cargo. Either way, your animal will go in a special livestock hold that is pressurised and temperature controlled. Don’t worry, pets aren’t shoved in the same section as the suitcases.

You can fly a pet to a different country for as little as , but the overall cost generally ranges from for a small cat or dog, to for a larger pet.

It all depends on the size and weight of your pet, and where you're travelling to and from.

All the world's airlines have been super helpful and decided that they should each have an entirely different set of rules for pet transport. Once you know where you're going, you need to work out which airline offers the best pet relocation service for your needs and then speak to them directly. The table below shows you a few examples of how the regulations can differ between airlines.

Airline pet transport costs

AirlineRegulationCost (approximate)
American AirlinesPets allowed to fly on flights under 12 hours long

95 ()

per animal in the cabin to

150 ()

per animal in the hold
DeltaPets allowed to fly on flights under 12 hours long

95 ()


150 ()

per animal in the cabin
EasyJetPets aren’t allowed to fly apart from assistance dogs on selected flights-
EmiratesPets allowed to fly on flights under 17 hours longUp to

600 ()

per animal in the hold
LufthansaPets allowed to fly on all flights

50 ()

per small animal in the cabin and up to

350 ()

per animal in the hold

If you’ve got a furry friend (i.e. a pet) that needs taking abroad, the world of international pet relocation can seem pretty muddling.

That’s why we’ve partnered with Starwood Pet Travel, who are experts in the field. With their global door-to-door service and almost forty years of experience, Starwood will take genuinely good care of your pet. Simply fill in this quick form and receive a free quote today.

Pet travel crate costs

Each animal needs to go inside its own travel crate. The bigger your animal, the more you’ve got to spend on a suitable box to put them in.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) have imposed some restrictions on the size of the travel crate you can get for your pet. At the very least, the crate must give the animal enough space to turn around while standing and to lie down in a ‘natural position’. The full list of requirements can be found on the IATA website.

You can buy an extra small travel crate for about , but the very large crates can cost well over .

Starwood recommends this travel crate to its customers, which costs between and .

Airlines often allow you to rent an IATA-approved travel crate for the journey, which can save on costs.

How much does it cost to clear customs?

Everyone has to go through customs at the airport and animals are no exception. Along with a passport check, most countries give newly arrived pets a veterinary exam. They will ask you about your reasons for relocation and you’ll have to present various documents before you can be reunited with your pet. Fees for customs clearance can range from a mere to over , depending on import tariffs, veterinary inspection prices and other taxes.

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Pet regulations by country

You’ve probably noticed by now that pet relocation is pretty difficult to generalise about. Apart from the EU, no two countries have the same set of regulations, so we thought it would be helpful to be a bit more specific. We’ve focused on some of our most popular expat destinations and listed the key requirements for your pet.

You can expect to pay anywhere from to per pet.

Click on the links to find out more about the pet relocation regulations in the following countries:

01 | Australia
02 | Canada
03 | France
04 | Germany
05 | New Zealand
06 | UK
07 | USA

Moving a pet to Australia

Aussie regulations are strict, to say the least. For a country that has been badly damaged by many invasive species from Europe and Asia, it’s no surprise they’re so careful today.

Our key bit of advice when it comes to moving your pet to Australia is to give yourself time – a lot of it. Dogs and cats are currently the only species of animal allowed into Australia.


It’s the rabies vaccine that really takes time. Dogs and cats must have a rabies vaccine at least seven months before they move to Australia, and they also need a Rabies Neutralising Antibody Titre Test (RNATT) to check that it’s worked. But here’s the big one: your dog or cat will not be allowed to enter Australia until 180 days after the RNATT. So you’re looking at over one year of preparation before your pet can actually enter Australia.

Your pet also needs micro-chipping (before the rabies vaccine) and checking for ticks. The list gets even longer if you want to bring your dog; they need treating against Brucellosis, Leishmaniosis, Ehrlicia canis, Leptospirosis, nematodes and cestodes. Don’t worry, you don’t have to pronounce them – just treat your dog against them. We've heard that moving to Australia often causes dog owners to decide they want a cat instead.

Animal import permit

A disease-free animal still needs permission to enter the country. This is where the Australian import permit comes in. Get everything correct and the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) should approve your request and issue your pet with a permit. This costs per animal.


Finally, your pet needs to get through quarantine. The minimum legal stay is 10 days, but you can normally expect it to last at least 30 days. Australia’s only quarantine service is in Mickleham, Melbourne so you must fly your pet into Melbourne Airport. There’s a long list of different fees for the quarantine:

  • entry per animal
  • A daily rate of per animal
  • document clearance per animal
  • per 15 minutes of veterinary examination per animal
  • post-entry quarantine (PEQ) charge

The typical 30 days in Australian quarantine for one animal will probably cost you at least . Add this to the permit costs and you’re looking at around , overall.

Moving a pet to Canada

Canadians are more than happy to let domestic animals into their country. Just make sure you prepare your pet so it can meet the requirements at the border.


Like the USA, Canada has its own list of countries it considers to be rabies free, and the same rules apply regarding rabies vaccinations (see above). The UK, Australia and most of Europe are considered rabies free by Canada. Microchips are not required but they are recommended.


Canada doesn’t like to keep pets from their owners, so quarantine isn’t really a thing here. However, if your pet is showing obvious signs of illness or disease then it will be quarantined.

Moving a pet to France

If you want to bring your chien, chat or any other animal to France then the regulations are pretty easy to follow. They’re also extremely similar to the rules in Germany, as both countries are in the EU. If you’re coming from any other EU member state then you can use a pet passport, but if not then you’ll need a standard animal health certificate.


It doesn’t matter what species of animal you’re bringing; it must be at least 12 weeks old before it can travel. All animals need a rabies vaccination and it has to be applied at least 21 days before the travel date. If your pet is coming from a country with a high incidence of rabies than you’ll need to plan things a bit more in advance, as it will need a Blood Titer Test one month after being vaccinated and then have to wait a further three months before it can fly. Once again, all pets need microchipping before the rabies vaccination takes place. Treating your animal against things like ticks, tapeworms and heartworm are recommended but not compulsory.


Just like in Germany, your pet will avoid quarantine if it meets all the requirements. Any signs of serious disease, though, and the animal will be whisked away until they’ve sorted it out (at your expense).

Moving a pet to Germany

Germany, the land of the hundesteuer! This means ‘dog tax’, and you’ve got to pay it if you own a dog in Deutschland. You can avoid the tax if you have an assistance dog, a rescue dog (you are exempt for one year) or by simply owning a cat.


Your pet needs a rabies vaccination to come to Germany. It must take place no less than 30 days (and no more than one year) before the travel date. A microchip is also mandatory and this has to happen before your pet gets vaccinated. There is a handful of diseases that all EU countries suggest you should vaccinate your dog or cat against, but you can do what you want with these suggestions. We think it’s pretty wise to follow them and your pet will probably agree. As with the UK, the five-day and five-pet rules also apply (see above).


The Germans are very reasonable over there; your pet does not need to be quarantined if it meets all the requirements and shows no signs of disease.

Moving a pet to New Zealand

Ironically, New Zealand has strict regulations for every country in the world except Australia. Other than cats and dogs, the only permitted species of animal are rabbits from Australia, guinea pigs from Australia and chinchillas from Great Britain. Yes, we think it’s weird too.


After being microchipped, you need to vaccinate your pet against rabies. This must be done at least six months (and no longer than twelve months) before the travel date. Your pet must have a rabies blood test (RNATT) at least three months before it travels, and it also needs treating against internal parasites and ticks. Once again, there’s a pretty long list of diseases that your dog needs testing for, and it’s the same as Australia’s (e.g. Leptospirosis and Brucellosis).

Animal import permit

Unless your pet is a cat or a dog, it will need an import permit to enter New Zealand. The permit costs , irrespective of which country your pet is from.


Every new animal that arrives in New Zealand is inspected in order to determine whether it needs to be placed in quarantine. You have to pay for the inspection of your pet, with fees ranging from for animals from EU countriesand for animals from non-EU countries. Even if your pet passes the inspection, it needs to go into quarantine for at least ten days, but if it fails then it could be taken away for much longer.

A failed inspection also means you’ll have to pay for your animal to be ‘monitored’, and hourly fees range from to depending on whether your animal is from the EU or not. There are quarantine facilities in Christchurch and Auckland, so you must fly your pet into one of these airports. You also need to ensure you have notified an official veterinarian in New Zealand about the arrival of your pet at least 72 hours beforehand.

Moving a pet to the UK

The UK loves its animals. If the Queen kept five corgis in Buckingham Palace, then you should be allowed to bring your pets with you. Thankfully, there’s a proper system in place and there won’t be any problems if you do everything right.


The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) allows animals (dogs, cats and rabbits) to enter the UK without needing to spend any time in quarantine, as long as your pet’s coming from a country that’s a member of the scheme. The listed countries include all EU nations and many countries across the world, such as the United States, Australia and Japan.

All pets need a rabies vaccination, a microchip, a rabies antibody blood test, tick treatment and tapeworm treatment. It’s a long and expensive list but you’ll face longer and more expensive things if you don’t follow it properly.

Remember: your pet needs micro-chipping before the rabies vaccine, and the vaccine needs to happen at least 21 days before you travel to the UK. The EU also has a ‘five day rule’, which means that you must travel to your new country within five days of your pet’s travel date. If you leave it any longer then your pet will be viewed as a commercial import and you’ll have to pay all sorts of import permit fees.

The maximum number of pets you can bring at any one time into the UK is five. If you want to bring more than five then you simply have too many pets.


If you’re coming from a country in the PETS and you’ve done everything right then your pet won’t be placed in quarantine. Pets that fail inspection will be placed in quarantine for 21 days, while pets that come from non-PETS nations will need to go into quarantine for four to six months. The costs will come out of your own pocket; it’s about per month for catsand per month for dogs.

Moving a pet to the USA

Compared to Australia and New Zealand, most pet regulations around the world are generally less strict (hooray). If you want to bring your pet to America, here’s what you need to know.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) require that all animals be ‘healthy’ before they enter the US. Most animals need vaccinating against rabies before they travel to America, but the CDC actually have some fairly relaxed rules when it comes to dogs.

If your mutt is coming from a ‘rabies free’ country and it has lived there for at least six months, it doesn’t need a valid rabies vaccination certificate. You just need to get a certificate signed by a vet confirming that your pet’s home country has been rabies free for at least half a year prior to travel. The list of nations that the CDC considers to be ‘rabies-free’ is generously long, and you can read it on the CDC website. Microchips and rabies blood tests are also not required. Unsurprisingly, things are even easier for cats; it doesn’t matter where they’re from, they don’t need a valid rabies vaccine.

However, we should mention that all pets are subject to thorough inspections upon arrival in the States, and they might be turned away if they bear any evidence of disease. So, if you want to be cautious we recommend giving your pet all the treatments before it travels.


Quarantine is generally avoided by most pets coming into the States – except birds. They need to spend a minimum of 30 days in quarantine after they have arrived.

If you’ve got a furry friend (i.e. a pet) that needs taking abroad, the world of international pet relocation can seem pretty muddling.

That’s why we’ve partnered with Starwood Pet Travel, who are experts in the field. With their global door-to-door service and almost forty years of experience, Starwood will take genuinely good care of your pet. Simply fill in this quick form and receive a free quote today.

Pet relocation costs: Next steps

It can cost anywhere from to over to ship your pet to a new country. There are lots of different costs to be aware of when planning your move with your furry friend, including:

  • Vaccinations and micro-chipping
  • A pet health certificate or pet passport
  • Airline checked baggage or cargo fees
  • Buying or renting a travel crate
  • Customs charges
  • Quarantine fees
  • An animal import permit

At MoveHub, we strongly recommend that you use a proper pet relocation company. They come at a price, of course, but they will make the whole process a lot easier. That long list of things you’ve got to deal with will suddenly become a whole lot shorter. They’ll tell you exactly what your pet needs and then help you get it.

Remember: animals know when you’re stressed and then they get stressed. Check out our breakdown of the top ten pet relocation companies.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

How much does it cost to ship a dog?

The cost of shipping a dog can vary widely, and it depends on a number of factors such as the size, weight and breed of your dog, and where it is travelling to and from.. As a rough estimate, it can cost anywhere between £1,000 and £4,000 to ship a dog.

How much does it cost to ship a cat?

It’s often cheaper to transport a cat than a dog. As a rough estimate, it costs around £500 to £1,500 to ship a cat abroad. Prices do vary depending on a range of factors, such as the size, weight and breed of your cat, and where it is travelling to and from.

What is the cheapest airline to fly with a dog?

While budget airlines like EasyJet and Ryanair don’t allow pet travel, airlines such as Delta and Lufthansa are among the cheapest airlines to fly with a dog. These airlines charge around £50 to £350 to transport your dog. Prices vary depending on lots of factors, such as the size and weight of your dog, and whether it’s in the cabin or the hold.

Can pets fly alone?

In short, yes. If you're not traveling on the same flight as your pet, it will be classed as air cargo and will be put in a specialised livestock hold. Your pet will need to be kept in a travel crate for the entirety of the flight. Once your pet has landed, you’ll be able to pick it up from the cargo facility of the airline it flew with.


A Global Guide to Pet Relocation Costs 2023 | MoveHub? ›

If you hire a pet shipper, you can expect to pay anywhere between $1000 to $6000 depending on the pet shipper and destination.

How much does it cost to move your pet to another country? ›

If you hire a pet shipper, you can expect to pay anywhere between $1000 to $6000 depending on the pet shipper and destination.

What is the cheapest way to transport a dog across the country? ›

The cheapest way to transport a pet is with you in your own vehicle. However, if this is not an option, using a pet shipper's ground transportation services tends to be cheaper than its air transportation options.

How much does it cost to bring a dog from Mexico to the US? ›

Is there an entry fee when taking dogs to the US? Luckily, there is no fee to pay when entering the US from Mexico.

How does international pet relocation work? ›

Pet relocation companies boast the ability to serve the entire world. The practice itself is fairly straightforward; a relocation agency typically picks up your pet at your home, checks the pet in at the departure airport, clears the pet through customs on arrival, and delivers the pet to their owner's new home.

Why is pet relocation so expensive? ›

Customs Clearance

Once your pet arrives, it must be cleared through customs, which may include additional fees for brokers, taxes, tariffs, and other country requirements. Fees can range from $40-$500. You can contact your airline to find out how much customs will cost for your animal.

How do I move my pet from US to Europe? ›

Your pet must have a working microchip (also called a “transponder”) before getting its rabies vaccination for travel to the EU, and your veterinarian must always scan the microchip before giving your pet a rabies vaccination.

Can you bring a 50 pound dog on a plane? ›

The short answer here is no, you cannot fly with your large dog in the cabin during your flight. Most airlines have a requirement that to travel in the cabin, dogs must be able to fit inside a carrier that is stored underneath a plane seat.

What airline will ship dogs? ›

Shipping Your Pet with Delta Cargo

Our specialized shipping service Delta Cargo provides safe, reliable, year-round transportation, with service to address the needs of all pets that are shipped without their owners. Review the following before booking: A separate booking from their flight itinerary is required.

How much is it to ship a dog on a plane? ›

a domestic flight in the US for a medium-sized dog to travel in cargo can cost between $500 USD – $1,000 USD.

What do I need to take my dog to Mexico by car 2023? ›

Although Mexico does not require a health certificate to enter with your dog, it is always a good idea to have following documentation with you: An up-to-date rabies certificate. Some border crossing stations are asking for proof of a rabies vaccine. Vaccination record of vaccines and due dates.

Can you send a dog on a plane by itself? ›

Pets may be shipped as cargo if unaccompanied, and many airline cargo departments employ specialists in the movement of animals. Animals must always be shipped in pressurized holds. Some airlines allow the kennel to be carried in the passenger cabin as carry-on luggage if it fits under the seat.

How do I transport my dog from USA to Mexico? ›

Pets entering Mexico must comply with certain requirements. Specifically: Rabies vaccination is mandatory; the vaccine must be less than one year old. While microchips are not mandatory, PetRelocation strongly recommends microchipping any pets traveling internationally for identification and safety purposes.

What is the best way to transport a dog overseas? ›

There are three ways you can ship your pet via the airlines:
  1. Your pet can travel on the plane with you (either in-cabin, as accompanied baggage, or as cargo). Your pet will be charged accordingly. ...
  2. You can book your pet on a separate flight. ...
  3. You can have your pet shipped through a licensed commercial shipper.

How do I take my pet internationally? ›

Most countries require pets to arrive with a health certificate (also called an international health certificate, a veterinary health certificate, a veterinary certificate, or an export certificate). You must verify the country requirements each time you plan to travel with your pet.

Is it hard to bring pets overseas? ›

When you relocate with your pet to a different country, you will need to furnish a record of your pet's vaccinations. Rabies and other core vaccinations such as DHLPP are mandatory for dogs during international travel. If you are moving your pet cat, he or she will need rabies and FVRCP vaccines.

Why is flying with pets so expensive? ›

The simple answer is airlines charge cargo rates for pets and other animals. There are no discounts. Period. No matter how much we pet lovers want to believe our pets are people, the travel and transportation industry classifies them as cargo.

Is moving stressful for pets? ›

Moving can be so hard. And moving with your pet may sound especially challenging. Animals get comfortable in their “home base,” and wouldn't choose to move. It's easy for pets to become stressed, anxious or fearful about leaving a place they've grown to love.

Is shipping a pet expensive? ›

Most trips cost between $0.50 and $1.60 per mile, but the size and type of pet can change cost estimates. Shorter trips tend to cost more than cross country pet transport costs based on cost per mile.

How much does it cost to bring a dog from U.S. to Europe? ›

You'll be required to pay a pet fee at the airport upon check-in. For US domestic flights the fee is usually around $125 each way, but including stopovers. Internationally, if your pet travels in the cabin or kennel in cargo is about $200, BUT only if you fly directly to a country of your destination.

What countries allow dogs without quarantine? ›

Myth #1: Every country requires pet quarantine upon arrival.

While strict rabies-free countries like Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore have quarantine requirements, many places in North America, South America, the EU, and much of Europe and Asia do not.

How do I take my dog to France 2023? ›

You will need to book in for an Animal Health Certificate (AHC) appointment with an Official Veterinarian (a vet that has done the extra course required to issue pet travel documents). This appointment needs to be within 10 days of your travel date, and at least 21 days after your dog's rabies vaccination date.

Can a 70 pound dog fly on a plane? ›

You can check your dog at baggage so long as it weighs 100 pounds or less. Any more, and it will need to go into cargo. The fees range from under $130 for domestic flights and under $320 for international.

What airline allows a 40lb dog in the cabin? ›

Spirit Airlines

The dog's weight combined with the carriers must be 40 pounds (18.14 kg) or less. The dog must be harmless, inoffensive, odorless, and remain the carrier for the flight duration. To ensure comfort, Spirit Airlines accepts a maximum of six pet containers on the aircraft during all domestic flights.

Can I fly with my 70 lb dog? ›

Flying with Large Dogs

For most airlines, pets weighing 17 pounds or more qualify as large and must travel in the hold. After the flight, owners must also pick up their pet from the airline's cargo facility, which is located in the airport but not in the terminals.

Is it safe to fly with a dog in cargo? ›

Be aware of the dangers of flying your pet in a cargo hold

While most animals flown in the cargo area of airplanes are fine, you should be aware that some animals are killed, injured or lost on commercial flights each year. Excessively hot or cold temperatures, poor ventilation and rough handling are often to blame.

Does FedEx fly pets? ›

Service Details: FedEx Charters

FedEx Charters specializes in general cargo; hard-to-move cargo; and animals, including zoo animals, horses and cattle. Individualized security options and temperature-sensitive cargo environments are also available.

How stressful is flying for dogs? ›

Flying is an incredibly stressful experience for all dogs, but it can be especially upsetting for elderly dogs, as well as pups with health or behavioral challenges.

Can I buy a seat for my large dog on an airplane? ›

You can't buy an extra seat for your dog. Traveling with a dog this way, essentially as carry-on luggage, usually incurs a lower fee than if it travels in the belly of the plane. And by the way, a pet in its carrier counts as your carry-on bag.

How much does it cost to fly a dog in cargo hold? ›

Example Estimate: Flying one small dog (like a Chihuahua) domestically via cargo with a pet-friendly airline, will likely cost between $275 USD to $300 USD. Larger dogs' airfreight (like a Great Dane) can go up to around $1000 USD for a domestic move, especially if you have a custom kennel.

Can I buy a plane ticket for my large dog? ›

For dogs heavier than 25 pounds, the owner must purchase an additional seat. There is a maximum of two pets per passenger. For a single passenger with more than one pet, an additional seat must be purchased for the second pet, regardless of the pet's weight.

Can dogs drink the water in Mexico? ›

Unless the water from the tap is safe for you to drink, it should not be considered safe for your pet. If you are drinking exclusively bottled or purified water, that is what you should be giving your dog or cat as well.

Can I drive into Mexico with my dog? ›

Effective March 1, 2023, new documentation requirements will go into effect for all dogs imported from high-risk rabies countries that have been vaccinated for rabies in a foreign country. Learn more on CDC.gov. Effective 12/16/2019: A health certificate for dogs and cats is no longer needed to enter Mexico.

Can you cross a dog from Mexico to the US walking? ›

YES: See Step 2. NO: Dog can enter at any port of entry with a 6-month travel history statement and healthy appearance. Dogs that have NOT been in a high-risk country in the past 6 months are NOT required by CDC to present a rabies vaccination certificate.

What is it like for pets in cargo? ›

That said, there are many reasons for you to be hesitant to place your pet in the cargo hold of a plane, ranging from ongoing health issues to their personality type. Flying in the cargo can be a harrowing experience for any animal. It's loud; it's turbulent; and it's full of bizarre sites, sounds, and smells.

How does flying with a dog in cargo work? ›

Pets are placed in a climate-controlled, pressurized compartment below the aircraft cabin and kept separate from luggage and other cargo. Although your pet will usually be on the same flight as you, airlines reserve the right to ship your pet via a different flight or route.

What size dog can fly in cabin? ›

While there are no weight or breed limitations for pets, they must travel in either a hard-sided or soft-sided carrier. This carrier must fit under the seat in front of you or you cannot fly with your pet. There can only be one pet per carrier, and they must be able to stand up and turn around while inside.

Does my dog need a microchip to travel to Mexico? ›

Mexico does not require that your pet be identified with a pet microchip, but it is recommended that you microchip your pet and register your contact information prior to traveling as a means of identification should your pet be lost or separated from you.

Can I take my dog to Mexico and bring him back? ›

You are permitted to import two pets (cats, dogs, or a cat and dog) into Mexico. This limit is per person, so if you are a couple, you can import up to 4 pets. Note that if you import more than 3 pets, you will need to pay additional fees.

How do I transport a large dog to Mexico? ›

For a travel in the hold, your pet need to be in an IATA (International Air Transport Association) approved cage. Your animal must also be able to turn around, lie down and stand up in the cage to allow him to travel in good conditions. The entry to the plane can be refused if the cage is not big enough.

Is it hard to move pets to another country? ›

The good news is that bringing them with you to a foreign country is totally doable—it just requires some research and prep work. Each country has its own requirements when it comes to paperwork and vaccinations, not to mention the size of your pet will determine the best way for them to get there (more on that later).

Can I bring my pet from a different country? ›

Animals entering the U.S. may be subject to regulation by USDA APHIS as all well as other federal agencies. Depending on your destination state, your pet may need to also meet additional health requirements. It is the pet owner's responsibility to meet all federal and state requirements.

How much does it cost to fly a dog to another country? ›

The cost can run from $50.00 to $500.00 so check with your airline's reservation or cargo department. Pets up to approximately 75 pounds can travel as checked baggage when accompanied by a passenger.

How to safely move pets across country? ›

The following steps will help you soothe your animal as well as prepare them for the cross country move.
  1. Kennel Train (If Necessary) ...
  2. Pack Your Dog's Items in a Separate Container. ...
  3. Check the Legislation in Your New Town. ...
  4. Get Your Storage Unit Early. ...
  5. Separate Your Dog and Inform the Movers. ...
  6. Get a Sitter (If Possible)
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