Traveling with pets anyone??

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Traveling with pets anyone??
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Mon, 03-05-2012 - 10:30pm

Here is a good website with lots of information about traveling with pets, pet friendly hotels, where to eat with a pet, pet passports, pet shots for travel, and lots more. Have you ever traveled with your pets? I know Suzan (twig10) has.

I personally have only gone on one car trip in the US with my dog, 10 pound shih tzu, and would never do that again!! I couldn't eat where I wanted to eat, it was too hot to leave her in the car, had to stop often and let her potty, worried about if she was going to disturb anyone, and on and on. We're retired and enjoy traveling without kids or furkids to be responsible for. We leave Shelby at the vet's for boarding where she gets lots of TLC. The vet & his wife are long time personal friends of mine and they take very good care of Shelby.

That's just me, though, as my pet is my pet, she's not my child. I know there are many people who can't stand to be away from their pets for even a day though. For those pet lovers, there are many good tips on this website to make travel for yourselves and your pets comfortable and fun.....

http://www.pettravel.com/

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Tue, 03-06-2012 - 12:13pm

We have, but only when moving house.

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Tue, 03-06-2012 - 1:36pm

Goodness, Carol, that was mind boggling to read!!! What huge undertakings you went through with moving your pets!! I only had to move my current pet, a dog, from one house to another just 10 minutes away. Easy!! I've never had to move any other pets that I can recall. When moving around the world as you have, though, you have no choice but to do what you've had to do. So glad you found good help to make it all happen!! How sad that your kitties had to endure 6 months of quarantine!! Sure sounds like overkill to me!! That had to have been very hard for both you and your cats!! Well, at least now after all of that experience, you have the information you'll need to get it done as smoothly as possible!!

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Wed, 03-07-2012 - 2:44pm

The quarantine is a British thing (and it may happen in places elsewhere who have seen how much money can be made by having licensed kennels to board pets - because these kennels seem to be the lobby that keeps the quarantine active - now there are pet passports which allow Brits and commonwealth members to move pets about the EU

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Fri, 03-09-2012 - 2:58pm
Well yes we brought Coffee back from Turkey to Germany with us. It took 90 days after her final rabies shot as Germany and EU require the "titerung" test which proves that the vaccine worked and that they do not have rabies. Germany is considered rabies free , even all the fox do not carry rabies. Anyway, we were not aware of the 90 days delay (120 and someplaces 180 day wait) , so we were travelling back and forth during that time (3 of us at different tiimes to be with her). In the end I was the one who stayed the additional month and then brought her back on the plane (yes in cargo and Carol in the newer lighter carrier which is in the hallway of my basement still) In Germany we can bring out pets anywhere except clinics, hospitals, churches, and some palaces, in parks on leash unless you are in designated pet off leash areas. Restaurants welcome dogs and department stores etc. Easy to travel around with a pet. We never ever leave her with anyone as there is ds, dil, me and dh to take turns going and coming on vacations . The only time we had to leave her in a kennel was in Turkey and we had an emergency during the Iceland volcano erruption but her very nice vet offered to take her with him at his boarding place . She was there for 4 days and we took turns calling 3 times a day to find out how she was doing. 'WE all still feel guilty about that 4 days. Anyway, we survived . Sorry our Coffee is more like a child to all of us .... 2 weekends ago my dh was driving past the puppet theater and said " do you think Coffee would like the puppet show?" No comment, and you think I'm bad. LOL
When we take her to Italy , she has to wear a muzzle. She loves car travel, as long as she's with us she's fine. She has her passport with all her vaccines up to date just in case we have to travel with her. The only thing is that here in Germany they do the rabies booster every 3 years Turkey requires it to be done every year.... anyway...... oh and there are different shots for different things,, Turkey needs many other shots for ugly parasites , we don't have them in Germany ... (no street dogs vs lots of street dogs etc... )
Thank you for the tips.

Carol, I feel your pain,,, UK is NOT one of the places that I would consider travelling thru with a pet.... (if I have a choice ).... way to complicated!