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  1. Hello Ann – the self-warming dog pad is indeed safe and we have carried this product for many years without any negative comments from our customers. The pad generates heat from your pet’s own body temperature, sort of like a down blanket. This being said, we would caution against using any type of pad if your dog has tendencies to chew or tear things apart when under stress.

  2. Please tell me if a self-warming dog pad is safe or not for a one ye old cavachon to fly in crate in pet freight cargo?

  3. As we stay in a dog-friendly hostel beautifully-named The Flying Dog, we enjoy daily walks in the vibrant Miraflores district and the nearby Parque Kennedy which hosts the Virgen Milagrosa Church and the Municipal Palace. On an afternoon, we take a long stroll following the coastline to Barranco, a laid back district with many restaurants and caf?s that welcome pets. The best spot to watch the sunset on the endless Pacific Ocean!

  4. Anthony – United, American and Delta all fly your route through ORD (Chicago), so you can save some money if you transport your Basset from there. We cannot quote costs; you will need to contact the cargo department of these airlines with your dog’s weight and the measurement of its crate. (United may be a slight bit less expensive.) If your Basset needs a crate, you can find IATA-compliant pet crates here: Your Basset will also need a health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian within 10 days of flying.

  5. I need to get my bassithound from peoria il to los Angeles. Do you have a clue what that might cost me

  6. Aigerim – you can find requirements to import your dog to the Republic of the Congo here: We would note that the Congo is classified as a high-rabies country and there may be things you need to do before leaving your country. With regard to your airlines, it depends on your route; however, we would say that you need to stay on the same airline for the entire trip if at all possible. We do not have offices in Africa, so we cannot comment on facilities available to pets in the Congo. You can likely find info on the Internet about that.

  7. Hi,

    we’re moving to pointe noire with a dog within the next couple of months. Does anyone have any information about moving to PN with a dog?
    1. What is the best airline to move the pet to PN?
    2. What vaccinations are required?
    3. Is there any places where you can walk your dog?
    4. Is it easy to find a dogsitter in case we leave for vacation?

  8. I have travelled with my dog basically around Spain. But the funny thing is that I found him (about to die) on a road in Mykonos when I was on holiday. I felt in love with him. And that was 10 yeards ago 🙂

  9. Alkistis – unfortunately, Norwegian does not transport pets on transatlantic flights. It is best to stay on the same airline for the entire flight, if possible. Lufthansa flies to ATH through FRA. That would be an example of a good option.

  10. Hi, my dog will be traveling from Los Angeles to Athens, Greece. I have booked my flight but it’s a connection flight (first one is Los Angeles-FCO in Italy with Norwegian airlines and the second one is FCO-ATH in Greece with Alitalia).
    Would that be in issue? Do I have to check with both airlines?

  11. Antonios – the 3 airlines that fly your route most efficiently are Tarom, Turkish Airlines and Aegean Airlines. You will need to contact their reservations department directly to make sure that ESAs are accepted on your specific route. We believe that Turkish Airlines will accept your ESA. We are not associated with any commercial airline; you need to contact them directly.

  12. Hi , I have a french bulldog and and emotional support dog letter from my doctor ,do you accept it from Lebanon to Romania ?
    I?m Romanian leaving in Lebanon I?m scare from the airplane and the dog is part of my therapy …
    Thank you

  13. Petra – likely, the best solution is to have each cat fly in a separate crate. The reason for this is because they will be under a fair amount of stress when traveling and, if one cat is freaking out, it will also affect the other cat and, heaven forbid, they fight in the crate. It does not sound like they are acclimated to a pet crate or carrier and this will make things more difficult for them. Get the crates as soon as you can and try to introduce it to them. We have IATA-compliant pet crates here: There is a link on this page for measuring your cat for the crate as cats can vary in size. If the cats are flying as accompanied checked baggage, a visual inspection of the pet in the crate will suffice. You also may be able to fly the other (non-skidish) cat in the cabin if you think it can be calm enough. Again, is the cat accustomed to being in a carrier? Is it laid back in personality? Those are personality traits that would lend themselves to a more pleasant trip.

  14. Hi, because of an family emergency we have to relocate two cats from Birmingham, Al, to Germany. We are not sure how to organize this. We have two problems preventing us taking them with us in the cabin.
    – only one person is flying in from Germany to pick them up. As far as I know, only one pet is allowed per passenger, correct?
    – we don’t know the cats and one cat is very skittish. I don’t think we can take them out of the crate at the security check, not even in a private room.

    That said, what would be the best solution? Having two crates or one really big one. The cats are usually very good together. If they travel in the cargo hold, they don’t need to be taken out of their crate, correct? What size of crate would be suitable?

  15. Kim – no EU country will recognize and rabies vaccinations done before the microchip is implanted. Your kitty will need to be re-vaccinated after the microchip is implanted and wait for 21 ays before traveling. EU countries are strict about the order.

  16. Hi we live in spain and plan to take our kitten with us to Italy.
    She has had all vaccinations including rabies. However we are about to do the chip and passport.
    Will this be a problem after the rabies vaccine was given a month ago.It says on the site should be done first?

  17. I would love to join your community! We tour Europe almost permanently with 4 cavapoos and have recently adopted a Romanian Stray!

    The advice on Pet Travel has been invaluable.

    We blog about our adventures on

  18. Ari – it depends on both your route and your airline. Some airlines do not transport live animals during the summer. Others will ban certain airports for the summer. Some airlines will issue temporary bans depending on the weather. You should consult your airlines for their summer policies.

  19. Hello, my pet is traveling to canada, in sept 20, so that would be a good day for flight based on air cargo temprature policy? cause it was mentioned that between may to sept any pet is not allowded to fly, so im wondering sep 20 is cold enough for fly? cause its not over 29?c

  20. Tish – EU legislation states that cats, dogs and ferrets must wait for 21 days after rabies vaccination before entering the EU, so, they can enter the EU on the 22nd day or later after rabies vaccination. If your cat does not conform to these regulations, it is unlikely that your government veterinarian will approved the EU health certificate and, even if they do, your airlines will likely not accept your cat knowing that it may be returned. Enforcement is always difficult to predict and we cannot advise not fully conforming to regulations when importing a pet to a foreign country.

  21. I’m traveling to Germany from the US with an adult cat. Can I depart 20 days after the rabies booster – arriving in Germany on the 21st Day? They already have an ISO Microchip; so just need to get rabies booster.

  22. Claire – no airline will accept a live animal in the cargo hold when the temperatures exceed 85 degrees anywhere along the route (origination airport, layover or destination). This is for the safety of your pet. Try to find flights at night when temperatures are not so excessive.

  23. Do Singapore airlines allow cocker spaniels on there flights as cargo? due to relocate to Brunei in summer and trying to figure out a way to bring our beloved pet dog with us

  24. Andre – as long as you are flying in and out of Istanbul on Turkish Airlines, you will stay in the secure area of the airport until you board the next flight. Do not clear customs or documentation will be required.

  25. Hi, I am travelling with my French Bulldog on June using Turkish airlines. He will be 5 months by then, so still at the 8kg max rule.

    My question is: I have 4hrs transit in Istanbul’s airport, can I stay with my dog in the transit area until the next flight?

    Thank you

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