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Critical Steps for International Move

Moving abroad with your pet can take a lot of preparation and planning ahead.

1. Check with the Consulate —

Will you need an import permit? Will this country accept your pet? In some countries certain species of dog and cat are accepted, while others are not.

2. What is the Environment Abroad —

Ask questions about the community where you plan to live. Do apartment and house rentals accept pets? Are vet facilities available? Is animal care affordable? Are there boarding kennels where you can leave your pet while you’re away? What’s the local attitude towards pets?

3. Come up with a Timeline —

To import a pet, every country requires a strict sequence of medical tests. The timing of each step is extremely important, and failure to adhere exactly may result in problems and extra costs.
Requirements to bring an animal into some countries takes at least six months. A dog or cat must have a microchip, rabies vaccinations, and blood tests at prescribed stages. If the blood test is required there could also be a 180-day waiting period after the blood tests before the animal is allowed entry without quarantine.

4. Meet with the Vet —

Your vet must be USDA Accredited. This should be the first question you ask your vet before he begins to issue any travel documents. Discuss your pet’s overall health and age as well as potential problems with moving abroad.

5. Find a Travel Crate —

dog in crateEnsure you have the proper animal carrier for an international flight. Your pet must be able to stand up, turn around and lay down comfortably. When in a standing position there must be 3 inches of space between the top of your pets head and the inside top of the crate. The airline is very strict about the crate size. If your pet does not have adequate space the airline will refuse to transport.
Your Travel Consultant can assist you to assure that the travel crate is the correct size.

6. Contact Airlines —

Your Travel Consultant can assist you with the Airline Booking. Because most Airlines will not make a booking for an unknown shipper, they will refer you to a local Pet Shipper.

7. See Your Vet for Health Documents —

When you have a confirmed transport date your Travel Consultant will assist with the timing of the Health Documents. Final health documents must be issued within 10 daysvet w dog of the travel date.
If the country requires a Tapeworm treatment you will have to bring your pet back the day prior to transport for this treatment.

Original Documents must travel with the pet — they will be taped to the travel crate when accepted by the airline.

Keep multiple copies of all documentation. Set aside money for unexpected fees and problems you might encounter along the way. Have a backup plan in the event you can’t move your pet as planned. The Airline can cancel flights due to weather, temperatures or any number of other reasons.

Traveling with your pet doesn’t have to be a stressful time for your family. We are here to assist you and take away the stress.

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This story was written by nora.vangenderen@alphagraphics.com