Moving Abroad with Your Pets

Moving Abroad with Your Pets

Posted by on Feb 20, 2018 in tips n' tricks |

The last decade has seen record numbers of folks leaving North America to swap the rat race with a more affordable and relaxed lifestyle abroad. Many of those emigrating have pets. At first glance, it might seem like a daunting task to move your dog/cat to another country, but if you break it down it usually only takes three steps. Appropriate vet/immigration paperwork Pet transportation (via airline or pet transporter) Appropriate and approved housing upon arrival to your new life abroad Paperwork Each country has their own rules and regulation when it comes to importing pets, but they do usually have the following required documents in common: A pet health certificate issued within 10 days of travel by your approved vet in the country of origin Dogs: proof of vaccination against distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus (DHLPP), leptospirosis, coronavirus, parainfluenza, and rabies Cats: feline viral rhinotracheitis, panleukopenia (FVRCP), calicivirus, and rabies All vaccines except rabies must be administered within 30 days of departure Rabies vaccines must be given more than 30 days but less than 12 months prior to departure. The three-year rabies vaccine isn’t always recognized. Transportation Each year, more pet owners are opting to take their pets along with them to their vacation destinations. This means added pressure on airlines to accommodate dogs/cats aboard passenger airlines. Before you purchase your airline ticket read up on your airline’s pet transport policy! Some airlines restrict weight limits for in-cabin pets (by law this excludes service animals). You also need to reserve your flight early because most airlines only permit 4-5 animals carried on per flight. Other restrictions often include one pet per traveler, maximum and minimum outdoor temperature (for those who are to be stowed below in a crate), and requires a nonstop flight. Most countries don’t require your pet to be quarantined as long as your paperwork checks out and you carry on your pet. If you have your dog/cat imported as freight, you may be subject to customs charges and a hold time. Make sure you read the actual airline’s policy (the included links below) and not a third party’s site. During the research for this article, there were numerous out-of-date sources on third-party sites. The last thing you want when showing up for your flight is to be told you can’t take your pet. Below are direct links to the pet policies for a few major airlines. United American Frontier Jet Blue Delta Spirit If you’d rather not transport your pet via passenger jet, there are other options. Pet transportation companies utilize smaller planes that are temperature regulated. They also often include a vet tech or another caretaker to monitor your pet’s comfort, assuring that they remain calm and sedated as necessary. Services like Animal Land Pet Movers are pricey, but can actually deliver your pet door-to-door! They also provide you with a moving counselor who will help...

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