Find your pet relocation and shipping company


Pet Relocation can be stressful for you as a loving owner, but also a traumatic experience for your furry family member. The unfamiliar and sometimes intense experience of traveling without you can be very distressing for your pet. It is important to seek the advice of seasoned pet relocation professionals in order to avoid costly errors and oversights.

 
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Pet Relocation

A colleague recently moved his pet dog to Canada. He mentioned how difficult it was to find professional pet moving companies. Even with extensive internet search he struggled to find reputable UAE based pet moving companies. There are few, if any, directories which cover this important service.

So, we have identified the leading professional pet shipping companies in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and throughout the UAE (please note below). We hope you find this useful.

Pet Zone


Telephone: 04 321 1424
Email: info@petzoneonline.com
Location: Dubai (Al Quoz)


  • Pet Relocation
  • Vet Services
  • Grooming
  • Boarding

Snoopy Pets


Telephone: 04 321 3095
Email: info@snoopypets.com
Location: Dubai (Umm Sequim)


  • Pet Relocation
  • Vet Services
  • Grooming
  • Boarding

British Vet Clinic


Telephone: 02 665 0085
Email: info@britvet.ae
Location: Abu Dhabi / Al Ain


  • Pet Relocation
  • Vet Services
  • Grooming
  • Boarding
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DKC


Telephone: 04 211 4800
Email: relocations@dkc.ae
Location: Dubai (Mirdif / Motor City)


  • Pet Relocation
  • Vet Services
  • Grooming
  • Boarding

The Dog House


Telephone: 0505 457 8874 (Allison)
Email: info@dubaidoghouse.com
Location: Dubai


  • Pet Relocation
  • Vet Services
  • Grooming
  • Boarding

Move One


Telephone: 04 438 5300
Email: info@moveone.com
Location: Dubai / Abu Dhabi


  • Pet Relocation
  • Vet Services
  • Grooming
  • Boarding

Pets Habitat


Telephone: 04 341 8085
Email: info@petshabitat.com
Location: Dubai (Barsha)


  • Pet Relocation
  • Vet Services
  • Grooming
  • Boarding

German Vet Clinic


Telephone: 02 556 2024
Email: info@germanvet.ae
Location: Abu Dhabi (Khalifa City)


  • Pet Relocation
  • Vet Services
  • Grooming
  • Boarding

Pet Oasis


Telephone: 06 766 2397
Email: info@petsoasisuae.com
Location: UAQ / RAK


  • Pet Relocation
  • Vet Services
  • Grooming
  • Boarding
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General Guidelines

These are basic guidelines to help you through the process of shipping your pet. We have avoided providing specifics since regulations and restrictions differ from country to country. The golden rule is start the process early.

We strongly advise you to independently research in conjunction with consulting a pet moving company. IATA (International Air Trade Association) and IPATA (International Pet and Animal Transportation Association) have lots of useful, up to date, information. Links to both are listed at the bottom of this page.

To reiterate, it is essential to start the process as early as possible. You will need to look into the financial implications (shipping pets is not cheap) and also familiarise yourself with  the formalities and requirements in terms of documentation, inoculations, etc.
There are certain breeds of dogs and cats which may be restricted and in some cases prohibited by airlines. In particular dogs which may normally be muzzled and certain snub-nosed breeds. This is mainly due to the risk of potential breathing issues. Airlines tend to be very cautious – some more so than others. Examples of pets which may be restricted for air travel would be

  • Pugs
  • Bulldogs
  • Boxers
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Persian and Burmese cats
It is possible to arrange the whole process of moving a pet yourself. However, it can be quite an undertaking. Apart from ensuring all documentation, health and veterinary requirements are in place and up to date, you will need to physically transport your pet to and from airports and handle customs clearance. In hot climates, airlines will only accept pets on flights leaving very early in the morning when the temperature is coolest, so there is this to consider.

Finally, if just one of the prerequisites is not met, it’s very likely your pet will not be permitted to fly, which may prove costly and very stressful.

Using the services of an agent/per mover, alleviates much of this responsibility, so research the likely costs of both options before you make a decision.

It is very important to ensure health and vaccination records are up to date and comply with the regulations of the host and destination. Countries are increasingly implementing micro-chip regulations. Some countries require health records, such as rabies free blood tests to to be up to 6 months old, so make sure this is planned for well in advance.
IATA sets regulations on crate sizes, and these relate to the dimensions of your pet and its ability to sit, stand, lie down and importantly, turn around.

Please note the video below explaining the best way to measure your dog.

You are restricted in terms of what you can put in the crate with your pet, but usually a cushion of blanket is permitted.

Finally, its a good idea to obtain your crate early and get your pet acclimatised to it – for example encourage them to nap in the crate with the top off or door open, regularly, for a few weeks prior to travelling.

The International Pet & Animal Transport Association (IPATA) recommend against sedating your pet. Furthermore, animals that appears to be sedated, may be refused/rejected by some airlines.

Pets generally travel safely without the need to be sedated. You can help by remaining calm and relaxed in the build up to the travel date as your pet is likely to sense if you are anxious or stressed. Also allowing your pet to become comfortable with their crate is essential.

In cases where your pet is particularly nervous or anxious then discuss this in advance with your vet or pet mover. If necessary they may suggest the administration of a mild, relaxing sedative, but it is advisable to let a professional handle this.

Despite all the health checks and documentation there are still countries which have quarantine regulations. This can add significant cost to the pet move, and will not be quoted by the pet movers unless you specify it.

Again you can research this independently and make your own arrangements if you prefer.

Make sure your pet is not in quarantine too far from where you plan to reside making visits easier.

Countries like Australia, New Zealand and Singapore are strict and will certainly impose a quarantine period. Research the country you are moving to and consult your pet mover.

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Useful Pet Relocation Links

You may be interested in researching further information on shipping/moving pets. Please note some links below which we hope you find useful.

International Pet and Animal Transportation Association
www.ipata.org/

IATA – Regulations
www.iata.org/whatwedo/cargo/live-animals/pets/Pages/pets-countries-regs.aspx

Bringing your pet to the UK
www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad

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Pet Relocation and Moving from Dubai/Abu Dhabi was last modified: September 25th, 2017 by Steven Kane