Important Steps to Take when Moving with Your Pet Overseas

December 18, 2018 — by Valeriya Vimon

If you’re a pet owner, being separated from your four-legged friend is the worst thing imaginable. So, when faced with the prospect of moving abroad, I’m sure you wouldn’t even dream of leaving your beloved pet behind. However, while you yourself can get ready in a day, don’t wait until the last minute to get your pet prepared for the trip. First, you need to get informed and take the proper steps to ensure that your pet travels safely and you don’t break any international laws or airline regulations in the process.

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Hire a Professional Pet Relocation Service

First and foremost, I’d recommend getting professional help if you’ve never travelled with a pet overseas before. As every country has its own unique laws regarding the export and import of pets, it’s easy to get confused and make a mistake that can result in your pet being denied entry. What’s more, there are various airline protocols that need to be followed. So, if you feel confused about the whole process you can get expert help from a company specializing in moving pets internationally. These companies can take care of the necessary paperwork prior to the trip and give you helpful advice on how to prepare your pet.

Do a Detailed Check-Up

Before you travel with your pet to your new home, it’s necessary to make sure the animal is in good health, especially if the trip is a long one. So, make sure to schedule an appointment with your vet to check for parasites, overall health and get a prescription of medications for any existing disease your pet might have. Even if you think your pet is in good health, visiting the vet is still a necessary step when moving abroad. After all, most countries ask for a health certificate that states your pet is not carrying any infectious disease such as rabies. In some countries, pets do not even have to stay in quarantine as long as they have proof of a current rabies vaccination.

Pick the Right Travel Crate

Regardless whether it’s a domestic or international flight, all pets travelling by plane need to be housed in a secure airline approved kennel. Different airlines have different requirements concerning travel kennels, so prior to buying make sure to consult your airline. If you find it difficult to find an appropriate travel crate, the company specializing in moving pets internationally can take care of it for you. What’s more, if you think that you won’t be needing a travel kennel in the future, the pet transport company can allow you to rent one.