Moving with pets? FAQ

UTS International is an expert in moving your personal belongings around the world. In case you like to relocate your pet(s) with you, we advise you to contact specialists to assist you.

Select an experienced pet shipper who helps you during the stressful undertaking of relocating your pet(s).

Services should include:

  • handling the paperwork
  • booking the flights
  • organizing the boarding
  • arranging the home pick-up & delivery
  • taking care of the entire import or export process

Useful website

Is it safe for pets to fly?
Air travel is as safe for pets as it is for people. All pets have flown as excess baggage or as cargo fly in the cargo hold of the plane. This area is heated, cooled, and pressurized. It is the same air you are breathing when you fly in the cabin.

Should I travel on the same flight as my pet?
Whether you travel together or whether your pet travels alone, your pet will travel in the same aircraft cargo compartment.

Should my pet be tranquilized or sedated for the trip?
Specialists strongly recommend against tranquilizing your pet because sedatives suppress the respiratory system of the animal and often cause disorientation. AVMA, the American Veterinary Medical Association, has explained the risks of sedation. It is possible that your pet is the rare exception to the non-sedation rule. Please read the AVMA recommendations and contact your pet shipper to discuss your pet’s needs.

Will my pet get food and water during the journey?
The pet shipper will give your pet a drink of water at the airport before departure, but there are no full bowls or bottles, or cubes of ice in the crate. It is the experience that water invariably spills during transit, often leaving pets wet and uncomfortable. Your pet is likely to be thirsty after the flight (just as you might be), so please provide a drink as soon as you can safely take the pet out of the crate. Food is not provided during the flight because it can be a choking hazard. 

May I send personal belongings with my pet?
Yes. You can attach small personal items (a serving-size bag of food, a leash, and a collar) to the top of the crate, but please don’t send anything valuable since these items can become detached during shipping. Comfort items or items with a familiar smell such as a blanket or towel can go inside the crate, on top of the absorbent material. Many pets like to have a favorite toy with them, but do not include large bones or other heavy objects that could be hazardous in the event of turbulence.

What if my pet needs to urinate during the flight?
Your pet shipper provides absorbent material and places it along the bottom of the crate to absorb any in-flight accidents.

What can I do to prepare my pet for the flight?
The best thing you can do to acclimate your pet for his upcoming international move is to make sure he is comfortable with his crate. Start by putting treats in the crate and then progress to leaving your pet in the crate for short periods of time while you are out. This will help avoid separation anxiety and ensure a comfortable move.

Any other travel tips?
If you bring a leash, you can walk your pet before and after the voyage.


Do you have a question?

Leave your details and we will contact you within 24 hours.

    Prefer direct contact?

    mon-fri 9:00 – 17:00