Shipping Puppies

How to get puppies to their new homes:

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS 📝
  • health certificate (2 copies)
    • completed by vet within 10 days of travel stating that puppy is healthy and fit to travel
    • includes shipper’s name & address
    • tag numbers, tattoos, or microchip number of animal
    • age of animal
    • veterinarian signature & date of signing
  • ownership papers
  • authorization papers if puppy has non-owner escort
  • travel feeding/watering instructions
  • etc?
PUPPY SHIPPED AS CARGO (✈/🚐)
  • begin crate training of puppies to be shipped 2-3 weeks prior
    • use crate designed for airline travel; this is different than a wire crate
    • size – puppy must have enough space to stand, run around normally while standing up and lie down in natural position
    • video – “how to acclimate your pet to a crate for travel” 
    • time in crate for training?
  • microchipping puppies to be shipped is highly recommended
  • preparing crate for shipping:
    • airline approved crate with two dishes (one for food, one for water)
    • documentation taped to crate (what items?)
      • health certificate
      • food/water instructions for travel
      • statement of food/water offered prior to travel (within 4hrs of travel)
    • a bag of food taped to the top (in event of long delay) along with feeding and watering instructions
    • absorbent material on the bottom floor of the kennel (blankets, towels, or beds);
    • include a blanket or t-shirt with your scent to comfort puppy
    • leash and collar
  • reservations
    • a separate booking of the flight is required (even if its human is traveling on same flight)
    • some carriers will not accept bookings until 14-days prior to departure; others up to 30 days prior
  • day of shipping:
    • puppy must be at least 8 weeks old
    • feed/water puppy within 4 hours of check-in
      • affidavit – airlines typically will ask you to complete live animal checklist which includes confirmation that your pet has been offered food and water within 4 hours of check-in
    • exercise puppy before leaving for the airport
    • NO tranquilizers – use of pet tranquilizers at high altitudes is unpredictable and not recommended by the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association)
    • multiple puppies in single kennel – 2 puppies typically may share a kennel if each puppy is less than 20 lbs and less than 6 mos old as long as they are comparable in size and temperament and can move about freely
PUPPY TRAVELING AS CARRY-ON ✈

Puppies can sometimes fly in the cabin when flying within the United States. Typically a one-way fee is charged. 

  • crate training prior to flight?
  • pet carrier size
    • small, ventilated, must fit under the seat in front of you
    • pet carriers in cabin count as your one carry-on item
    • carriers/kennels must be leak-proof
    • carry-on kennel dimensions are determined by your flight
  • medication?
  • microchipping puppies to be shipped is highly recommended
  • travel items
    • wee pads?
    • snacks?
    • water?
    • documentation?
  • travel day
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PUPPY TRAVELING AS CAR PASSENGER 🚗
  • training?
  • travel day:
    • feeding?
    • water?
    • documentation?
SHIPPING IN EUROPE ✈

Rules between Countries and between airlines can vary greatly. Do your research! 

  • Each airline tends to have own set of rules.
  • Countries can have different regulations.
  • Rabies vaccination is imperative in most EU countries; thus puppy would need to be at least 15wks old before travel.
  • Shiloh puppies tend to be too heavy to qualify for in-cabin travel.

Regulations can often change. It’s best to research fresh every time you need to look at shipping throughout Europe. International Animal Transportation & Pet Relocation (contact info below) may be a good resource.

Shipping:

✈️ Air Cargo:

COVID Notes:

  • Alaska Air shipping live cargo (update as of 1/9/2021)
  • American Airlines shipping live cargo (update as of 1/9/2021)
  • Delta continues live animal embargo (update as of 1/9/2021)

Safety is a top concern when shipping puppies as cargo. Pet air travel is safe when you’ve taken all the necessary precautions. Choose a pet friendly airline whose cargo area is pressure and temperature controlled and who has solid, established pet safe policies in place.

Weather: To keep your pet safe, most airlines observe seasonal restrictions on pet travel. For your pet’s safety, pets don’t ship during extreme weather. This typically includes if the temperature exceeds 85˚F (29˚C) or if the temperature falls below 40˚F (4˚C) while the animal is on the ground at any point in the routing.

🚐 Ground:

  • International Animal Transportation & Pet Relocation
    www.globalanimaltransport.com
    Michael Foley
    breeder experience “highly recommended, great communication every step of the way”

note: This information on this page is to be used as a general guideline and may not be updated to meet current requirements or recommendations. Before shipping a puppy, be sure to contact the proper authorities for the latest requirements.