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International Pet Travel Requires Microchip

October 23rd, 2008 by Jordan

For those who have ignored all advice from friends and foes and still insist on traveling with pets internationally (despite the extra $100 airline fee, risk of injury or death in checked cabin, and overall struggle with finding pet friendly places to stay) you will need to get your dog or cat a microchip.  A microchip is a small device that is injected under your pets skin/fur that has a unique identification number.  Upon entry, they will match that chip number to your required vaccination cards.  If you lose your pet, the microchip is not a gps device, so it doesn’t help locate your pet in that manner.  If a pet shelter has the sense to look for a microchip (which can only be read by a certain scanning device) and posts that information where you can view it, that’s the only way it would help.  A microchip is required for the European Union and most other well traveled destinations.  And by the way the UK does not allow pets at all.

If you really need some companionship, in the form of a furry animal, a possibility is to purchase one while you are abroad.  I’ve been asked on more than one occasion if I want to buy a dog.  Part of me feels sorry for the dog because you know it’s not being treated well, but I’d feel even worse if I had to part ways with the dog in a few weeks.

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Fly With Your Pet Friendly Air Carrier

October 23rd, 2008 by Jordan

I had to post this when I found it (and after I stopped laughing). is the first class pet and pet family airline. Apparently they have not yet had their inaugural flight, but looks to be good to go for early next year. As you can imagine, the prices aren’t cheap. But if you read the stats about Continental Airlines, you may look more favorable upon this airline with your pets.

Now here’s the thing…I know people love their pets and many consider pets as a member of the family. But are there enough wealthy pet owners out there to justify an airline? I mean commercial major air carriers are struggling right now…Southwest I heard even reported a loss for the first time in a long time. And they transport everyone everywhere. So now the argument turns to “Oh, well…Companion Air is just a specialty airline.” Of course they are, but what’s the difference between this airline and renting out a small twin engine from your local pasture pilot? (all in all…I just wouldn’t get along with the passengers on these planes…I feel we would clash)

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Good Content Site for Dog Travel Info

October 23rd, 2008 by Jordan

Notice we say “Good CONTENT Site.”  Not “Well Designed Site.”  This overcrowded design is pretty typical of early sites with a lot of good information (they have to monetize it with ads and they want as much text on the home page as possible for good search engine ranking, and it ends up looking like crap. So if you can get around the eye sore that it is, does actually have good content for those traveling with pets.

Traveling with pets isn’t easy, but it is possible.  Here’s what you will need to do before going anywhere.  Check with your specific airline to see their rules and regulations, and check with your hotels/hostels to see theirs.  Everywhere is different, so it is important to get specific information for each party.

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Stylish Dog Travel Products

October 22nd, 2008 by Jordan has some very cool designs for pet travel products.  Matching dog bowl and food bag!  The bowl packs down to save room in your pack, and the food bag rolls up to save space as well.  Very well designed you know?

$16.95 for the Planet Dog Weekender Travel Feedbag (Pink)

$12.95 for the Planet Dog Travel Food & Water Bowl

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Teafco Pet Carrier and Supplies

October 21st, 2008 by Jordan

If you are interested in the best designed pet carrier bag on the market…this is it.  In addition to pet carriers, has some really nice pet products.  Many bag sizes are available, even for big dogs, which you will find it difficult when looking for a large dog pet carrier.  And they aren’t overpriced like you might think they would be…it’s a value.  Amazon link: Teafco Argo Pet Small Peek-A-Boo Carrier

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Pet Carrier on Wheels

October 21st, 2008 by Jordan

You are getting a full day blog of pet carriers.  I wanted to show some of the more trendy carriers, and hit some price points as well.  I’m realizing that a “cheap” pet carrier is around $60.  This one above on wheels, which also doubles as a backpack, goes for $56.99 on Amazon.  DOG CAT PET AIRLINE APPROVED ROLL Along Wheel Away Carrier

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Traveler Backpack-o-Pet

October 21st, 2008 by Jordan

From comes the Traveler Backpack-o-Pet. You better be a serious traveler who brings your pet everywhere…it’s the only way to justify the price tag. $225 for small pets and $255 for large. Designed to supposedly fit in overhead cabins on flights, the stylish pack has 3 different colors to choose from. I’ve never seen anybody with these. I’ve seen a recent increase in pet carriers on wheels, but not in the form of a backpack like this.

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Pet Travel Carrier by Sleepypod

October 20th, 2008 by Jordan sells high end pet travel carriers. They are pretty much for small dogs and cats only. The top is designed to be removed so your pet can use it as a bed when not on the go. I particularly like the way they strap in to a seat using the seat belt…you’ll have to check out their site for that picture. They go for around $165 plus any expensive accessories you want to get with it.

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October 20th, 2008 by Jordan

For this week’s Pet Week, I’ve been scouring the Internet looking for quality content sites…and I have to admit…it’s kind of weak. Most sites look like they’ve been abandoned for years with old designs and the “new” articles dating back to 2004. Not good. But I did find a couple of good sites. One is They track airline industry pet information and even report on the number of pet losses, pet injuries, and pet deaths. Kind of morbid for a Monday morning, but their findings showed one very interesting figure. Apparently (and I do not pretend to know this is fact) Continental airlines is a horrible pet carrier. In 2007, says Continental Airlines lost 3 pets (good for 2nd place behind Delta who lost 5), 1 injury (which isn’t bad across the board), but had 12 deaths (more than double that of Alaska Airlines who came in 2nd worse with 6 pet deaths in 2007). I’m curious to know if those stats are accurate or if the site owner had a bad experience with Continental and is dishing out ultimate revenge….but I kind of believe their information to be true. Continental claimed the worst record in 2005 and 2006 as well.

Of all the sites I’ve browsed so far, this one seems to be the most up to date and had some of the best information. Tomorrow’s post won’t be so depressing….I hope.

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