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Pet Microchips

pet microchips,pet move,pet relocation,pet shipping service,pet transportation service November 11, 2015

Hands down, microchipping is one of the best ways to protect your pet.

A microchip is inserted by your veterinarian using a sterile, preloaded applicator. There’s no anesthesia. Even better, the only maintenance is registering the chip and keeping your address up to date by logging onto an online database using your private password.


When you microchip your pet, ask for an International Standards Organization (ISO-compatible) chip. If you relocate your pet outside the U.S., an ISO microchip or tattooing is required. Air Animal strongly recommends ISO chips for all pet relocations—even those inside the U.S.—as an extra layer of protection for your precious pet.

Once inserted, owners must complete the registration with the chip manufacturer listing service. Pet microchips are not GPS tracking devices. They are permanent IDs that can’t fall off or be removed. When cats are microchipped the return-to-owner rate is 20 times higher, according to a study reported by HomeAgain.com.

Dr. Walter Woolf, Air Animal founder and president, explained why microchips are important. “Air Animal was scheduled to move a black Labrador to Australia. The boarding kennel brought the dog to the vet for the second round of blood work before the move. The vet called us and told us the dog didn’t have a microchip. We asked the kennel to bring the other black lab they boarded to the vet for examination. The kennel had mistakenly switched the dogs.”

How they work
Microchips use RFID technology. Scanning the chip reveals your pet’s unique ID number and the chip maker. When the number is called into the chip maker, the microchip service contacts the owners. That is why it’s vital to keep your contact information up-to-date with the microchip service. Collars and tags, especially rabies tags, are still important. Pet tracing using the rabies tag numbers is possible but not after hours or on weekends when veterinary offices or animal control offices are closed. Chip services are open 24 hours, every day of the year.

“We are believers. That is why we provide microchips for every corporate pet transport and our private pet shipping clients at no charge,” Woolf added.


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Air Animal featured in Lufthansa’s Planet Magazine

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When Lufthansa launched its premium pet moving service one year ago, Air Animal was one of four internationally respected pet shippers selected to participate in the pilot. We were thrilled when Lufthansa’s Planet editor called this summer to interview Air Animal’s founder, Dr. Walter Woolf.

“Our vision is reuniting pets with their relocating pet parents. When we use Lufthansa’s Live/td Premium, the pets get to stretch their legs in Lufthansa’s pet transit lounge in Frankfurt. Lufthansa’s staff takes a photo of the pet and sends it to Air Animal. We send it on to our client. Seeing that photo enroute really reassures and delights our clients,” Woolf said.

Read the story online
Dr. Walter Woolf, Air Animal and
Rita Boregas, Lufthansa sales and handling manager


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Air Animal joins PAIMA

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Air Animal Pet Movers was introduced as one of 15 new members of Pan American International Movers Association at the organization's 2015 San Diego conference. 


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Tampa Pet Mover IDs International Corporate Officers

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Air Animal Inc., an international pet mover based in Tampa, FL, announced new international leadership posts responding to double-digit revenue and business growth during the last three fiscal years.

Walter Woolf, VMD, Air Animal’s founder, continues leading the pet transportation service. Andrea Woolf Parker, accounts payable manager and former board president for the Southeastern Regional Relocation Council, has been named executive vice president. Ron Parker, formerly a business line manager for Manheim, has joined the company as vice president of financial affairs. Linda Fries Woolf continues as corporate secretary.

“I started the company in 1977 after helping several airlines in Tampa move pets. The experience opened my eyes to the growing need for a pet transportation service focused exclusively on the complex requirements for moving pets domestically and abroad. That’s when I turned my part-time consulting into a new pet moving service line for my veterinary practice,” Woolf said.

In fiscal 2015 Air Animal will move 3,000 pets to new homes throughout the U.S. and worldwide with pet relocation partners all over the globe. A privately held corporation, Air Animal expects to exceed its 20 percent growth target this year. Nearly 60 percent of Air Animal’s business comes through relationships with corporate relocation companies.

Air Animal’s team insists on pet transportation perfection. The company is an International Air Transportation Association air cargo agency endorsed and appointed by more than 225 airlines. Air Animal created safe and enjoyable relocation experiences for pets and their owners by developing humane animal shipping policies used today by many of the world’s major airlines. Air Animal helped set the standards for the growing pet moving industry by becoming one of six founders of the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association in 1979.

“Moving pets is not a low cost endeavor because the flights, rules, regulations and arrangements are often complex,” Woolf said. “Pet parents and corporate relocation executives know our reputation and pay well for the expertise we offer.”

Air Animal’s extensive network rescued a corporate client’s beloved Yorkie from Libya after the executive pet owner evacuated following the Arab Spring uprising. “I don’t usually meet our pet parents today, let alone transport a pet. When Chivu arrived in Tampa, he traveled with me in cabin to Cancun, Mexico. I’ve never seen so many happy tears when his family met me at baggage claim,” he said.

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Florida rain deluges cause mosquito-borne animal diseases, too

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Florida media are warning about the issues of standing water and the prevalence of mosquitoes in the soggy Tampa Bay area. Dr. Walter Woolf, Tampa veterinarian and managing director of Air Animal Pet Movers, has watched this annual summertime story appear for 55 years with some dismay.

“The news warnings only rarely address the mosquito-bite danger for animals—especially our dogs and horses,” he said.

The massive mosquito hatches caused by standing rain water are a significant risk for animals. Pet dogs, an occasional cat, rabbits, foxes, coyotes, raccoons may become infected with Diofilaria immitis from mosquito bites. In dogs, this organism causes heartworm disease which is totally preventable today. Owners who are not giving heartworm medicine to their dogs should see their veterinarians immediately and ask for a heartworm exam and blood test. Then, they should regularly use the heartworm treatment recommended.

“Pet owners who do not prevent heartworm often excuse their behavior saying, ‘my pet never goes outside.’ That’s pretty hard to believe here in Florida,” said Woolf. “What they really mean is their dog does not live outdoors. Any animal can be bitten by an infected mosquito at any time.”

The mosquito hatch may also spread Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis (EEE), also known as Sleeping Sickness, in horses. This naturally occurring bird virus spills over into the horse population during heavy rains when mosquitoes bite infected birds and then bite horses. EEE is prevented by vaccinating horses every year—similar to the flu vaccination program for people. Many horse owners include yearly vaccinations for EEE in their yearly Equine Wellness programs.

“Whatever the species--human, canine, equine--the mosquito does not discriminate what it bites for its blood meal...the only food of the adult mosquito,” Woolf said.



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Luxury Pet Lounge to Open in NYC

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New, luxury pet lounges: big news for pet parents. 

Check out this MSN.com article about the ARK, a $48 million luxury lounge being built at JFK airport in New York City. Air Animal’s pet move specialists are looking forward to offering this amenity to our clients and their pet parents both inbound and outbound from the U.S.
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