Pets are like family. So, when considering taking pets abroad, they will be an important factor in many of the decisions you make. One of the most concerning aspects of taking pets abroad is the transmission of diseases, particularly rabies and Avian influenza transferred from birds.
Although your furry companion is adorable, there are precautionary steps that must be taken into account when relocating to another country. Moving overseas is complicated enough and throwing a furbaby into the mix can make the decision-making process more complex. Luckily for you, we’ve taken the time to consolidate some points of consideration for your convenience.
Check entry requirements
You love your golden retriever and plan to bring him along on your new adventure. However, you may need to check if you can take dogs abroad first. Many countries have species restrictions for dogs and cats coming into the country.
It’s better to be safe than sorry by checking with the local government about permitted species. Once you know that your furbaby is permitted, make sure to consult your veterinarian about necessary health precautions and travel accommodations.
Passports & Vaccinations
Re-entry requirements may apply if your stay is not permanent. Depending on the country, you may have several requirements to fulfill such as:
- Pet passport
- Tapeworm treatment
More information on pet passports can be found in the Pet Travel Scheme rules. If you have more than 5 pets, you may need additional certificates to travel with them. Make sure to keep a record of all vaccinations and boosters to present or your pet may not be granted entry into the new country.
Another consideration is if you are bringing rodents or rabbits, as they may be quarantined for several months upon reentry. Again, make sure to seek advice from your veterinarian on entry and re-entry requirements.
Transporting your pet
Now that you’ve received the green light for traveling with your pet, how do you transport it? Your pet is like family and you want to make the trip abroad as comfortable and worry-free as possible.
Transporting your pet can be expensive and, depending on the mode of transportation, can vary greatly. If you intend to use a transportation service, you may need additional health certificates and vaccinations. Additionally, these certifications may need to be notarized at a consulate for additional fees. With this in mind, you may need to seek out quotes with animal transfer companies that may require insurance.
Otherwise, you can choose to have your animal transported as live cargo on a plane, depending on the airline pet transportation permissions. These prices can be between $80 one way, or more depending on the airline and destination.
Pricing can be affected by the size of the transportation crate you chose to use so it’s a good idea to check with the International Air Transport Association about crate regulations for dogs and cats. Other factors like ventilation, crate material, and watering containers can impact animal transport as well. If in doubt, all regulations are listed on their website.
One last thing
There are steps you can take to ensure your pets transport is as stress-free as possible. Providing a favorite blanket, toy, or personal item can help keep them calm in unfamiliar settings. Another alternative is to use a spray that emits pheromones that keeps them calm. Again, it’s always best to double-check with your veterinarian before you make the trip.
Always get advice before taking dogs abroad, or any pet for that matter. Ensuring your pet’s wellbeing is a priority for a safe and peaceful relocation abroad.
For more information about taking pets abroad, visit IPATA (Independent Pet and Animal Transportation Association International).
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