Flat-faced dogs and cats now get special attention from airlines. Brachycephalic pets are considered special cases because air travel puts them at higher risk than dogs and cats with normal, longer muzzles.
Alitalia – Italy’s official airline – is one of the smaller international carriers that transports pets as well as humans. So you might be considering this airline if you and your four-legged family member will be moving to Italy, or you’re considering a vacation there, or you’re already in Italy and planning a trip to somewhere else.
You can find everything you need to know about the airline’s pet travel rules on the Alitalia website, but we’ve pulled together the essentials for you here.
No matter what kind of pet you have or where you’re moving overseas, the will be paperwork. Probably lots of it. Foreign countries naturally want to be sure your pet is healthy – not bringing pests or disease that could infect local populations of pets or wildlife. So, you need paperwork to confirm your cat is, indeed, a good candidate for immigration. However, things are more complex for flat-faced cats and dogs.
Although there are some similarities, every airline has a different set of rules regarding pet travel. If you are moving to Singapore with your family pet and are considering using Singapore Airlines, you will want to investigate their specific requirements for dogs and cats.
Below, we explain the basic information every pet parent needs to know. However, every pet’s journey is unique (as is your pet himself), so it’s important to understand all the variables that could impact your dear one’s travel plans. Our Starwood Animal Transport experts can assist with that, of course. You can also find additional details here, on the Singapore Airlines website.
Oh, those adorable flat-faced pets. From tiny tykes such as Shih Tzus and pugs to boxers and mastiffs, we find our canines’ wrinkly faces, big eyes, and funny snorty sounds to be entirely endearing. And let’s not forget flat-faced felines – from stately Persians to Scottish Folds, their snub noses have captured our hearts, too. Sadly, however, those flattened faces can cause serious health problems.
Moving to a foreign country means a trip for the entire family, and that includes the four-legged members. Your kitty doesn’t know it yet, but she’s about to become an international traveler. So, in addition to planning the human side of your move, you will have to map out her journey, too. The key to a smooth feline move is advance planning, so start as early as possible.
Planning a relocation overseas with your pet sounds exciting – and it will be, once you get there. But the process of moving pets from one country to another is complex and time-consuming. You can look for information online. Unfortunately, it’s easy to find plenty that is out of date or just plain wrong. That can be intensely frustrating because it is nearly impossible to discern good from bad information.
In 2014, Sheila and Stuart Mitchell had an opportunity to move to Abu Dhabi from their longtime home in Buckinghamshire, England. The couple’s family consisted of five rescue dogs. Of course they wanted their beloved canines to join them in the move to Abu Dhabi. But should they?