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Importing into your country: For those outside of the Irish and British Isles, Altiquin willingly assists in importing our bloodlines into your country. It is not as complicated nor expensive as you think. We export to the nations listed below.
Costs: Since the terror attack of September 11, airlines have radically increased the price of shipping a dog unaccompanied via cargo. To avoid unnecessary costs, we recommend transporting a dog as airline excess baggage, accompanied by a passenger. That passenger can be you or us, depending upon our schedule and commitments at the time. If you pay our expenses, we may be able to bring your dog to you. Ask us. We are not always free to travel and be away, but sometimes we are.
The international excess baggage fee for a dog traveling in an airline-approved dog kennel, payable directly to the airline at check-in, is approximately US $300.
Just be aware of the Pet Embargo that exists at DELTA from May 15 thru Sept 15 when traveling with a pet as 'excess baggage'. Due to warm temperatures, pets cannot be 'excess baggage' during these dates (although they can travel during these dates with or without a person as live animal cargo in climate-controlled sections of the aircraft).
To Get Started: Just call the reservations dept of the airline of your choice. Tell them you want to travel WITH your pet as excess baggage. To avoid any additional animal cargo expenses, you must fly all segments of your journey with your pet with the same airline company. It is when different airline companies are involved in getting you & your dog from here back to your home that extra cargo charges apply.
Information You Need to Book Your Pet on Your Ticket: You need to reserve the space in the aircraft for your pet BEFORE your departure date. Do not simply arrive at the airport with your pet and expect your check-in to be smooth and your pet to accompany you. When you phone in advance, the airline reservations will ask for the name, breed, date of birth, the dimensions of the dog box, and the weight of dog & carrier combined. Keep in mind that not all dog boxes are airline-approved. To avoid problems with the airline carriers, we source and sell on dog travel boxes as an additional service.
Pups and some spaniels usually travel in boxes that are 36" x 24" x 26" (86 Linear Inches) with a crate weight of 23 lbs, and, Volumentric Weight of approximately 65 KILOS. It is the Volumetric Weight that will determine Airline Cargo Charges.
Labrador Retrievers, big Spaniels, and Irish Setters travel in boxes that are 40" x 27" x 30" (97 Linear Inches) with a crate weight of 27 lbs.
Weather: Temperatures on the ground and in the air determine whether an airline will accept live animals in their hold. According to DELTA (USA), pets CAN TRAVEL with a passenger as excess baggage between September 16 thru May 14. (This is Delta's policy. Check other airlines. Each one has their own policy.) However, pets should never be accepted if the temperature at any time during the journey is forecasted to reach or exceed 85 Degrees Fahrenheit (29 Degrees Celsius), or, to drop to or below 45 Degrees Fahrenheit (7.22 Degrees Celsius). EXCEPTION: Delta (USA) WILL ACCEPT animals as checked baggage at temperatures below 45 Degrees Fahrenheit (7.22 Degrees Celsius), but not lower than 20 Degrees Fahrenheit (6.66 Degrees Celsius), IF the accompanying passenger has a *Temperature Acclimation Statement* signed by the attending veterinarian. This Temperature Acclimation Statement must be dated no more than 10 days prior to the departure. In addition, this Acclimation Statement must state that, to the best of the vet's knowledge, the traveling animal is acclimated to air temperatures lower than 45 Degrees Fahrenheit (7.22 Degrees Celsius) but not lower than a minimum temp to be specified on the statement by the veterinarian based on generally accepted temperature standards for the breed, age, and condition of the animal. The passenger must retain this Temp Acclimation Statement after the animal has been checked in.
Warning: Most airlines reserve the right to refuse live animals as checked baggage IF the health of the animal is in question, and/or, the health of the animal may be jeopardised by extreme conditions. Remember, this humane policy is in the best interests of the animal, and ultimately, the new owner. ALTIQUIN DOGS always has each dog examined thoroughly by a conscientious and experienced veterinarian before travel and usually has ample opportunity to observe kennel habits before exporting a dog. NO dog or pup travels without first receiving a clean bill of health, the relevent vet treatments, and a microchip, all confirmed on an Official Health Certificate.
EU PET PASSPORTS: Please note that applications in the Republic of Ireland for EU Pet Passports are processed in order of receipt. However, if you need the Pet Passport urgently, you must indicate the date of travel on the application form and every effort will be made to accommodate you. In any event, you must allow for at least 10 working days notice (i.e., 2 weeks). ALSO, all pet passports are issued by registered post directly to the Veterinary Practitioner in Ireland who exams the animal and signs the application form.
Link to EU Pet Passport Application Form in Ireland: www.agriculture.gov.ie/index.jsp?file=pets/application_form.xml
The above application form is available in two different formats at the Department of Agriculture & Food (in Ireland): (1) MS Word file...163 Kb, and (2) PDF file...140 Kb.
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Country-Specific Online Help: We are in the process of collecting and arranging on-line help below in the form of Internet links relative to importing a live animal into your country. Please share with us any information you may have for your country.
into Boston, MASS, USA:
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