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Australia Bans Dog Imports from Singapore

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(June 7, 2018) -- Australia temporarily banned dog imports from Singapore because of a canine influenza outbreak in that island nation. Island nations generally don't have rabies in their animal populations and they work hard to assure animal diseases are not imported through their borders.

Air Animal recommends vaccinating all dogs traveling or interacting with other dogs in parks or daycare/boarding facilities. Canine influenza is very contagious. Usually dog flu symptoms are mild to moderate but, just like human flu, dog flu can kill your pet.

Learn more.



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(May 15, 2018)—Hawaiian Airlines is not accepting pets flying to Phoenix, Sacramento, Las Vegas or San Jose until after October 15. The airline change protects pets from the heat in these destinations.

Many airlines halt pet moves during the hottest months of the year to keep pets safe. Generally, pet moves may be restricted April through October in the Northern Hemisphere and October through March in the Southern Hemisphere.

United Suspends Pet Moves

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(Mar. 20, 2018)--United Airlines today stopped taking new reservations for its PetSafe Air Cargo service. United will honor all existing reservations and will assist passengers who wish to cancel their bookings. The suspension does not affect pets booked to fly in cabin.

According to United’s PetSafe website, the airline is conducting a “systematic review” of the program and making improvements. They expect to complete the review by May 1, 2018.

Air Animal and its experienced pet movers stand ready to assist pet owners selecting alternate pet transportation options. Ask us for a quote.

Air Animal Recommends Canine Flu Vaccine Before Travel

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(March 15, 2018) – The Ides of March are not being kind to pet owners relocating or traveling to New Zealand with their dogs. The island country’s import protocol takes 4 to 7-months. This week, New Zealand began refusing dogs unless the import documents prove Fluffy has been vaccinated for canine influenza.

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Air Animal urges all pet owners to vaccinate their dogs against canine influenza before travel of any kind.

"Dog flu is easily prevented by visiting your veterinarian for two doses of the canine flu vaccine,” said Dr. Walter Woolf, VMD, Air Animal's veterinarian founder. “The first vaccination provides partial immunity. The second vaccination given about two weeks later is a booster which gives stronger protection."

According to Woolf, New Zealand and other countries now requiring dog flu vaccination usually accept a recent booster shot if the documents show full previous immunization and the booster administration date.

There are two types of canine influenza vaccines. Ask your veterinarian which she recommends.
• Zoetis – Vanguard CIV H3N2/H3N8 – 2 vaccinations, 3 weeks apart. Considered fully vaccinated 7 days after the second shot.
• Merck – Nobivac CIV H3N2/H3N8 – 2 vaccinations, 2 weeks apart.  Considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the second shot.

Flu in dogs is potentially dangerous and a very communicable respiratory disease. Dogs that come down with the flu develop fevers and coughs that last one to three weeks. You may notice decreased appetite, lethargy and a greenish discharge from the nose and eyes. Some dogs develop higher fevers and pneumonia. Severe flu cases can cause death.

If you’re traveling with your dog--especially to an overseas destination--this ounce of prevention really is better than a pound of cure.

Copa Airlines embargoes pets and live animals

December 3, 2017

Pets and live animals cannot travel with Copa Airlines Cargo from Dec. 13 through Dec. 26, 2017.

Air Animal posts information about pet embargoes such as these as a client service. We wish you  safe and happy holidays and a bright new year.

Indefinite British Airways Cargo Embargo TPA to LGW

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(April 14, 2017) British Airways has stopped all cargo shipments from Tampa International Airport to London Gatwick Airport indefinitely. 

This change affects all pet moves from Tampa to London. Air Animal will post updates to our alerts when TPA to LGW air cargo service resumes. In the meantime, Air Animal clients will use our Orlando office and fly on one of two daily flights direct from Orlando International Airport (MCO) to Gatwick.

After reading about the stoppage online, Air Animal founder, Dr. Walter Woolf said, "All hiccups can be managed with enough creativity and experience. That's why Pet Moving Made Easy is our motto."

If you are planning a pet move from west central Florida to the UK, please plan ahead and book early.

New pet scam-don't be fooled!

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The holidays are back. Unfortunately so are the fraudsters selling specialty pets online. There is a new twist this year. The imposters are asking for payment in gift cards, Western Union or Money Gram. Don't fall for it. You won't receive a pet.

You cannot buy an English bull dog or pug anywhere for $300 and that Labrador retriever needing rescue doesn't really exist. Learn more and protect yourself against cyber crime.

Imposters & Imitators-Don't Be Fooled!

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