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Hi, I am moving to the UK at the end of APril and unfortunately the move came about too quickly for us to qualify our dog through the PETS scheme so he will have to do the quarantene in the UK on arrival. I wanted to see what other people had paid for their dogs flights. Our dog is a medium sized Cocker Spaniel and we have been quoted $1019 from BA and $1173 from Virgin. Is this pretty standard as far as the cost goes or are their cheaper alternatives? The quarnatene will cost enough so anything we can save the better!
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We are transporting our two dogs (Golden Retriever and German Shepherd) from Australia to the UK but we have to go through a pet-transport company. The quotes I've received so far are about US$5,700 which includes vet checks, crate, boarding, pick-up from my residence and others which I can't remember.

I remember reading on one of the website (I'm sure its either DEFRA or the UKBA website) that you can only use certain airlines to transport pets into the UK and also if you're certain countries, you must use a pet-transport company.

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Thanks that helps. Good luck with moving yours over :-)

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We paid $1,001 to fly our 16-pound shih tzu from DFW to LHR on British Airways.

If you want to skip the quarantine, you could start the PETS process ASAP and leave your dog with family during the six month waiting period.

We found out we were leaving last June, so we swiftly got started with the blood test, etc... We left on October 1st and he stayed behind with an uncle. He came home to London with us right after Christmas.

This was the best solution for us, because there's just no way I could quarantine him. He's a little person, you see, and does couches, not cages

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We paid $1,001 to fly our 16-pound shih tzu from DFW to LHR on British Airways.

If you want to skip the quarantine, you could start the PETS process ASAP and leave your dog with family during the six month waiting period.

We found out we were leaving last June, so we swiftly got started with the blood test, etc... We left on October 1st and he stayed behind with an uncle. He came home to London with us right after Christmas.

This was the best solution for us, because there's just no way I could quarantine him. He's a little person, you see, and does couches, not cages
Thanks for that info, sounds like the prices quoted are spot on. We are actually English and are moving back to the UK from the US so no family here but we are looking into a friend having him for the 6 months to avoid quarantine.

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Thanks for that info, sounds like the prices quoted are spot on. We are actually English and are moving back to the UK from the US so no family here but we are looking into a friend having him for the 6 months to avoid quarantine.
I see. I hope that works out for you. About flying him, British Airways doesn't require you to be on the same flight as the dog. I'm not sure about Virgin, but this could be a factor to take into consideration.

When he does fly, buy a carrier that's too big for him. They're very strict about this, and can turn him down if the carrier's not big enough.

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If you can do that it will be kinder for your dog. The kennels have such short runs and dogs cannot be walked for 6 months and do get a little muscle wastage. Watched a tv programme the other day, showing dogs arriving into uk by plane, they really do look after the pets on flight and the their health is priority.The dogs and cats looked fine/comfortable.

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If you can do that it will be kinder for your dog. The kennels have such short runs and dogs cannot be walked for 6 months and do get a little muscle wastage. Watched a tv programme the other day, showing dogs arriving into uk by plane, they really do look after the pets on flight and the their health is priority.The dogs and cats looked fine/comfortable.
That's good to know. I've started the vaccinations process for my two girls and they will be having their rabies vaccination tomorrow.

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About flying him, British Airways doesn't require you to be on the same flight as the dog. I'm not sure about Virgin, but this could be a factor to take into consideration.
I agree. I was looking flying with Singapore Airlines (who take on pets) but I read on the Defra or UKBA website that it only allows/ approves of three or four airlines of which Singapore Airlines was not one of them.

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We are transporting our two dogs (Golden Retriever and German Shepherd) from Australia to the UK but we have to go through a pet-transport company. The quotes I've received so far are about US$5,700 which includes vet checks, crate, boarding, pick-up from my residence and others which I can't remember.

I remember reading on one of the website (I'm sure its either DEFRA or the UKBA website) that you can only use certain airlines to transport pets into the UK and also if you're certain countries, you must use a pet-transport company.
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Hi Beastie
Sure hope you are still around?
We too are swimming against the tide and doing the big move to London! WE also have a large dog who (thinks he's) part of the family : )
The quote I got through my wife's works recommended pet mover is way steeper than yours at $7500 US plus kennel fees @$25 a day on top and Rabies shot(what a joke) at $375. So he is going to cost us $10000, which is pretty steep.
Would you mind passing on the name of the company you used, if you would recommend them as $5,700 for two sure looks like a bargain to me at the moment!
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You will be pleased to know that from January 2012 the rules will be relaxed. Your dog will only need the rabies vaccine, and if european, american or australian, you only need to wait 21 days following the vaccine. You will not need the expense of quarrantine,only flight expenses. If coming over before January and it is less than 6 months from the dog having it's blood test you will have to put him in quarrantine till that time elapses or when the new rule comes in (whichever is shorter) Not sure about the new rules re 'tick and worm', but this is relatively cheap to do, so I would make sure thgat is done between 24 and 48 hours before arriving in the UK.

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