Look After Your Best Friend: Moving Pets Overseas

The thought of subjecting a beloved pet to a long flight and quarantine is distressing for most pet owners. Unfortunately, this is a reality many people moving overseas have to face. It’s not all bad news though – if you pay attention to the details, stay organised and know the rules you will make the trip much less stressful for you and your best friend. Here’s a few tips to make sure you both have a smooth journey.

Make sure your pet is allowed in your destination

Before you make any preparations, you will need to check that you can take your pet into the country. Rules and regulations vary between countries so it is best to contact the country’s consulate for up to date and official information.

Organise a timeline of medical tests

Most countries require a comprehensive timeline of medical tests when importing pets. Give yourself plenty of time to talk to your vet and have these tests completed at the appropriate times. Furry friends usually don’t like medical tests, so make sure you have some tasty treats or fun activities to reward them and reduce stress.

Research your new home and area

If you are moving with a pet it’s important to assess the new living environment for them too. Does your house or apartment accept pets? Is there a vet close by that isn’t too busy? Are there care options available if you need to go away? Other considerations you might like to keep in mind include busy roads, local attitude towards animals and areas for exercise.

Is Your New Area Pet Friendly?

Is Your New Area Pet Friendly?

Ask yourself if it’s in the best interests of your pet

Parting with your best friend is never easy but in some cases the unfamiliar places, flights and quarantine can be too overwhelming for them. If you have an old or sick pet you need to assess whether moving them overseas is going to take a toll on their health. Your vet will be able to help you assess the factors and make an informed decision.

If your pet doesn’t pass the health checks they deserve to go to a loving home. Make sure you leave plenty of time to organise a trusted friend or relative to adopt him or her while you are overseas.

Get a non-stop flight if possible

Being moved through unfamiliar places can be scary for animals, especially when they don’t have the comfort of their owner with them. Booking a non-stop flight means your pet won’t have to continually adapt to new environments.

Look Into A Non-Stop Flight!

Look Into A Non-Stop Flight!

Contact the airline

Contact an airline representative to address any concerns or questions you might have. It is also important to know the rules for transporting pets on the airline. The rules can vary depending on a range of factors including your origin, destination and type of animal.

Find a proper pet carrier

Most airlines have specific requirements for approved international pet carriers. You can rent a carrier directly from the airline or have a shipping company organise it for you. Keep in mind that transport, handling and holding fees can be quite expensive.

Is Your Carrier Airline Approved?

Is Your Carrier Airline Approved?

Put something soft and familiar in their carrier

Your pet will experience a lot of unfamiliar people, smells and sounds during the trip. Putting an item of your clothing in their carrier provides them with a familiar smell that can help calm them down.

Make Sure You Pet Is Comfortable

Make Sure You Pet Is Comfortable

Pay attention to details

Make yourself aware of every step in the process to ensure smooth travels for both you and your pet. Follow all directions carefully and speak to someone if you are uncertain of anything. You should also set aside some emergency money for unexpected fees and issues that might occur during the trip. Information about importing cats and dogs into Australia can be found on the Department of Agriculture website.

Stay organised, pay attention and be on the lookout for ways to make your pet more comfortable. Amidst the chaos of moving overseas you need to stay focused on keeping your pet safe and healthy – they are part of the family after all.

Home Safe And Sound!

Home Safe And Sound!

Author Bio: Penni McCluskey is a Moving Consultant at Overseas Packers & Shippers. Established in 1976, the company specialises in international relocation services and shipping.


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4 Responses

  1. Pamela Hall says:

    I am going to move in another country with my cat. We are moving to Germany! I already have every single document to prove that my cat’s health is more than great. Hope that she is going to get used with the new place quickly! Thank you for the interesting post!

  2. Beverly says:

    Very useful article! Me and my husband are moving overseas in the fall and as our two dogs are part of the family they are coming with us, so I guess it will be quite a hassle, thank you so much for the information!

  3. Todd Mailley says:

    You have here all the important points listed to make it easy moving a pet overseas. Thanks for this informative article.

  4. Clowie says:

    Those are all good tips to make it as stress free as possible.

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