Ten Important things to know and consider when
transporting or moving
your pets overseas.
Making an international move can be both exciting and
tiring. There are so many things to remember, that it
sometimes seems as though the days run together. Just when
things start to fall together, something else doesn't work
out and it's easy to get frustrated and overwhelmed.
However, one area that you will want to pay close attention
to is moving your pets. To many people, their pets are like
members of the family. However, every country has their own
laws regarding the importation of animals. Therefore,
perhaps these tips can help you get more organized as you
prepare to move your pets to your new home abroad.
1) Plan ahead. Just like everything else with moving
overseas, it takes time. Nothing moves too quickly in this
process and moving your pets to a country overseas is no
different. Get all of the information you can, write
everything down as you talk to various people and most
importantly, be patient.
2) Find out rather or not your pet is allowed into your new
country. Some countries won't allow pets into their country
at all. Other countries will allow it, but there are certain
papers, requirements, etc. Find out exactly what is involved
before you plan to move your pet.
3) Find out the requirements of your new country. Every
country has their own set of rules and regulations for
moving pets. For example, if you move your pets to England,
your pets must have a six month quarantine period,
micro-chipping, blood testing and up-to-date shots. You have
to take specific routes and airlines. There also has to be
last minute testing for ticks and tapeworm. And all of this
is just for England! So, be sure and check for your specific
country. There are also some excellent websites that will
give information regarding the transporting of pets to other
4) See your veterinarian to get the required vaccinations,
health certifications, and advice. Most countries require at
least a Veterinary Import Permit or certificate from your
veterinarian to prove that your pet has been vaccinated
recently and is free from all parasites or infections. Also,
your veterinarian is who you need to see to get a microchip
implanted into your pet, which is a requirement in some
countries. Be sure and get a list of every document you will
need in your new country. Do not depend on your vet to know
this, as something could easily be missed and the moving of
your pet can be delayed.
5) Learn if there are quarantine laws in effect for incoming
pets. This is probably one of the biggest factors for moving
your pet that you will have to consider. Your pet may have
to be quarantined for up to six months within a facility in
your new country. Make sure you understand everything about
your new country's quarantine laws, as this whole process
can be stressful to both pets and their owners.
6) How will you move your pet? Most people who used to move
their pets sedated them to help make the flight less
stressful. However, there have been some problems with
sedation and even though the move may be stressful, the
majority of people agree that it's safer than sedating them.
Some pets have had breathing problems due to the sedatives
and some pets have even died. These are areas that you can
discuss with your veterinarian.
7) Will you be using a pet travel container? It is important
to have a crate that is well ventilated and is large enough
for your pet to sit, stand and lie down comfortably. Also,
some air lines will allow your pet to travel in the
airplane's cabin, if the cage is small enough to fit under
your seat. Otherwise, your pet will need to be flown in the
cargo bay, so be sure and ask about the air pressure and
temperature in that area of the plane. Be sure and find out
the requirements of your airlines, as they also vary in what
animals they allow and the sizes of the cages.
8) Count the cost. It is pricey to ship animals overseas for
many reasons. The vaccinations, certificates, quarantine
costs and other unavoidable expenses can add up rather
quickly. Even the airline cost for moving your pet can be
expensive, depending on where the pet will be during the
flight and the size of the crate.
9) Consider a pet
transport & relocation service. There are many good
services that are specifically for helping you relocate your
pets. Often, these services will actually save you money in
the long run because they know the best deals and can lead
you through the process in the right manner.
10) Your pets will be stressed too. When you finally move
your pets, be sure and take along some of their favorite
items, such as toys and blankets. Remember that your pet
will be in a new place, so be sure and keep them in the
house or fenced in so they don't run away.
It's true that there are many things to consider when you
want to move your pets, and it can actually be discouraging.
Only you know how important the companionship of your pet is
to you, and that makes it all worthwhile. It helps to
remember that you and your pet will soon be settled in your
Try to follow some of these important pet transportation tips, and you'll keep your
pet healthy, happy and forever young.... and ready for pet
travel and transport at any time.
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