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Dog Flu Spreading in U.S.

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Dogs do get the flu and it's contagious, too. 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 get sicker and develop  higher fevers and pneumonia. Severe flu cases can cause death. Preventing the flu is a much better option.


"Plan ahead, plan ahead, plan ahead," said Dr. Walter Woolf, Air Animal's veterinarian founder. "Dog flu is easily prevented by visiting your veterinarian for the canine flu vaccine. Because most dogs have not been vaccinated for flu, I strongly advise asking your veterinarian about administering two vaccinations. The first vaccination provides partial immunity. The second vaccination given 15 days later is a booster which gives stronger protection,"

Be certain to vaccinate your dog for flu before relocating or traveling from an area with confirmed canine influenza to another state or country where there are no reported cases of the disease. Dog flu is now being reported in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois and Florida among other areas.

Mitzi moved to Hungary last month. Dog flu vaccination definitely recommended. 





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Air Animal featured on FOX News

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Dr. Walter Woolf, Air Animal's founder and veterinarian, was featured on FOX News with consumer reporter Sorboni Banerjee this week. His warning about online puppy scams: Don't fall in love with a picture, work with a reputable breeder.


Thanks for helping us get the word out, Sorboni. http://www.fox13news.com/consumer/252530701-story


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Britain Changes TOR Rules

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(April 14, 2017) The British government has announced major changes to the Transfer of Residence (TOR) protocols for people permanently moving to the UK.


Transfer of Residence documents for Britain includes all household goods imported by the new residents. TOR now requires that pets be on the list. The change also requires 30 days' notice before arrival.

British customs officials have warned that pet entry inspection and clearance will take longer--possibly up to 10 hours. If you are planning to move to the UK, please plan ahead and speak to one of our UK pet move specialists at least two months before you relocate. Jax did. He moved from Portland, OR to London in January.


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Australia's post-entry quarantine in short supply. Book early!

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The new Australian post-entry quarantine facility at Mickleham recently opened online booking for the required pet & animal import quarantine. 


A notice from Mickleham, Australia warns space is booked out nearly six months. Book early and be warned several steps must be completed before you can make a reservation. If you or a client of yours is planning a move to Australia,  reserve post-entry quarantine online. Better yet, give us a call and we'll take on all the details. Max moved to Sydney with Air Animal.


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The Routine Pet Move: Are You Kidding?

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Air Animal Pet Movers and its founding veterinarian, Dr. Walter Woolf, are award-winning leaders for animal welfare, health and safety in the industry.

He will share his list of 2017 pet relocation trends and tips along with a few entertaining and cautionary tales about corporate moves and DIY pet moves on a webinar through the Worldwide Employee Relocation Council, Feb. 9, 2017, 11 a.m. EST.

The webinar will be especially helpful for HR staff charged with nationwide and worldwide transferee relocations as well as relocation specialists.

Register today for this free webinar.


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Holiday pet gifts-don't buy online!

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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. If you fall for it, you won't receive a pet.

"To buy a pet, talk with the actual breeder. Get to know them. Visit with the breeder. Ask questions. Ask for a minimum of three satisfied customer phone numbers and call them. A cyber pet seller will never share the name of the breeder or a telephone contact number." Learn more and protect yourself against cyber crime.

Imposters & Imitators-Don't Be Fooled!


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UK Unexpectedly Changes DEFRA Pet Import Rules

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(Tampa, FL—Oct. 28, 2016) – Britain’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs clamped down on pet importation today without notifying other country animal export regulators. DEFRA quarantined six dogs entering Britain from the U.S. through Heathrow.

“We were assisting with one of those moves,” said Walter M. Woolf, veterinarian founder of Air Animal Pet Movers. “This is a very sudden, surprising, and unusual move by DEFRA. We went to bat for our client with DEFRA authorities and will continue assisting her through this unexpected event.”

If pets do not meet the entry requirements, DEFRA requires a 21-day quarantine, a second rabies vaccination, kennel cough vaccination and a repeat internal parasite treatment. Air Animal is picking-up the tab in this particular case. We will also help all Air Animal clients adapt their move preparations to reduce the potential for unnecessary quarantine.

There was no requirement to supply history of two certified rabies vaccinations before today’s quarantine order. Now there is. Based on instructions we received from DEFRA, Air Animal will assure its clients relocating to the United Kingdom follow these steps in this order:
  1. Microchip the pet for identification purposes with a 15-digit ISO chip
  2. Certify a current rabies vaccination. If your pet enters the UK with a current 3-year rabies vaccination which is more than one year old, then additional documentation will be required. Please inquire for details.
  3. At least 21 days after the most recent rabies vaccination, book an appointment with their veterinarian to issue an international pet health certificate. The veterinary appointment for the international health certificate must be within 10 days of flight arrival in the UK.
  4. The next step is USDA export endorsement.
  5. Dogs must be treated for internal parasites within 24-120 hours before flight arrival.
  6. There are no requirements for treating dogs, cats or ferrets for external parasites.
  7. To protect pets during the upcoming winter months, Air Animal strongly recommends dogs receive a kennel cough vaccine or have an up-to-date vaccine recorded in the pet’s health record or Pet Passport.

“We’re making the kennel cough vaccine recommendation in the unlikely event pets are quarantined during this winter-time UK rule change,” Woolf added.

The European Union often follows DEFRA and aligns their pet import rules. That practice may change with the UK pulling out of the EU under BREXIT. Air Animal will closely monitor the situation and post updates here on the developing situation.
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South Korea changes pet import regs

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Air Animal Pet Movers®, with offices in Tampa and Orlando, Florida recently learned South Korea has changed some of its pet importation regulations. Dr. Woolf updated our South Korea resources page this week. <MORE>

Many pet owners and relocation specialists find our website resources very helpful when planning to move a pet. Please keep in mind that there are many specifically timed criteria that must be met before moving a pet into another country. Air Animal specializes in Pet Moving Made Easy®. Give us a call before doing it yourself.
Dunka moved from Calgary,Alberta Canada to Raleigh, NC

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