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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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