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Total cost of moving dog to UK
« on: February 14, 2005, 07:10:21 PM »
I'm trying to figure out what to budget for getting my dog from the US to UK.

I've done the microchip and test, and her 6 month waiting period is up on April 23.

1.  Where do I get an airline approved crate, and how much does it cost?  She weighs about $45 pounds.

2.  How much do the airlines usually charge for animal as cargo?  I'll be flying her either Virgin Atlantic from Dulles to Heathrow, or American Airlines from Raleigh/Durham to Gatwick.

3.  Someone on another thread mentioned a fee that the UK charges to process the animal into the country.  This is the first I've heard of this!  What is it for?  Is it a flat fee, or does it vary with the size/breed/etc of the animal?

4.  Any other surprises (financial or otherwise) I need to be prepared for?

Please help! 
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Re: Total cost of moving dog to UK
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2005, 07:17:25 PM »
I got my crate at a pet store.  My dog is 90lbs so I had to get the biggest one they make.  It's a VariKennel.  Certain airlines have different requirements so check with whoever you fly with (check the DEFRA website for approved carriers and routes).  My crate was about $140 I believe but I got it about 18 months ago and I can't remember the exact price.

The rest, I'm not sure of because I'm still waiting to bring my pup over.  :-)  Sorry!  Good luck with your move..
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Re: Total cost of moving dog to UK
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2005, 08:58:21 PM »
http://talk.uk-yankee.com/index.php?topic=343.105

has some links to our costs on Virgin... it's a bit of a read to get through the whole thread, but our entire experience is on there.... all for two dogs and one cat...

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Re: Total cost of moving dog to UK
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2005, 09:13:43 PM »
1.  Where do I get an airline approved crate, and how much does it cost?  She weighs about $45 pounds.

I got my cat's crate from PetCo -- I forget the brand, but it had a label on it saying it was airline approved. My cat weighs 25 lbs, so I actually had to get a medium-dog sized crate!!
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