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Offline BBsMom

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« on: October 22, 2008, 11:13:24 pm »
 I'm very pleased to have found this forum.  I need some advice.  We are currently in Germany with the Army but will be pcsing to NC in Dec. or Jan. and will have to ship our babies on the airlines.  BB is a 1 year old mastiff and Shawnee is 3 year old rottie/spitz mix.  We thought she was big until we got BB, lol.  Please I need advice and suggestions for getting these guys back to the states.
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Re: Hello....
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2008, 12:05:31 am »
I would check with the army base there and see what is required and even the airline you will be sending them on. I'm sure they can give you some answers are what all is required. Perhaps there is a breeder there in Germany who has sent dogs to the states and could advise you too. Start working with your dogs now to get comfortable being in a crate so they will feel safe in there.Good luck.
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« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2008, 04:40:46 am »
Usually there is a "quarentine"  period for animal going from one country to another.  You also need a vet check up (tell them that you are going back to the states and they will give them all the shots they need and the note that you are to give the people at the airport).  You will also need a transport certified crate.  Every country has different laws but because you are with the military they may have different standards.  Check with your base office and they should be able to tell you the details.  Good luck and welcome back!!! :)


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« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2008, 06:28:24 am »
We traveled with our pets a lot when I was younger, Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines. There did not used to be any quarantine in the US, but were in other countries. Check with the airlines, you will probably just need a current health certificate and crates the airline approves of. If they are not on the same plane as you someone needs to meet them at the other end. Some people will get from their vet a mild tranquilizer to keep them calm. We did the first time with our cocker spaniel and were happy she seemed fine and later found the pill lying in the bottom of her crate, so never bothered after that. We have flown dogs and a cat and never had any problems. Good Luck


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« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2008, 06:52:58 am »
We don't quarentine here in the U.S. (cause we already have rabies here, which is the big bug-a-boo with dogs).

This is the skinny from U.S. Customs and Border Protection:

Dogs must also be free of evidence of diseases that could be communicable to humans. Puppies must be confined at a place of the owner’s choosing, which can be a private residence, until they are three months old and then they must be vaccinated against rabies. The puppy will then have to stay in confinement for another 30 days following the vaccination.

Dogs older than three months must get a rabies vaccination at least 30 days before they come to the United States and must be accompanied by a valid rabies vaccination certificate if coming from a country that is not rabies-free. This certificate should identify the dog, show the date of vaccination, the date it expires (there are one-year and three-year vaccinations), and be signed by a licensed veterinarian. If the certificate does not have an expiration date, CBP will accept it as long as the dog was vaccinated 12 months or less before coming to the United States. Dogs coming from rabies free countries do not have to be vaccinated.

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Re: Hello....
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2008, 01:32:12 pm »
The only places in the US that I know of that quarantine animals coming from the mainlands or overseas is Hawaii and Guam(military family here too).
Health records and all vaccinations should be done and in order. An airline approved travel crate(I would attatch one of those water bottle things on it if you can).
When you call PSD to arrange your move(if you havent already) tell them you are shipping pets and they should give you a check list with all the documents that you need.
I would put a blanket from home in the crates.  Do you know how long the flight back will be?  If you have any stops and long layovers where you are able to get them out and walk them?
Best of luck on the trip.  Let us know how it all goes.
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