You finally decide to move to another country, or you get a job offer from a big company to work for them and you quickly plan everything, starting from luggage to documents and every single detail, but then the question pops up: What should I do with my pet? As if there is not enough trouble with dealing with papers, documents and all the bags you will carry with you. If you decide not to bring them with you, other options are: leaving them with your friends or family, giving them up for adoption, or bringing them at the local animal shelter. Everyone who has a pet will agree that they belong with you, they are like your family, so basically you have already made up your mind-they are coming with you. Prepare yourself, because taking a pet with you to another country can be complicated and it will take up time. However, if you plan every detail, it will end up just fine.
First stop-your vet: Before planning anything on the long run, you should definitely take your pet to the vet. Health must always be priority number one. The vet must check whether your pet is capable and healthy enough to travel overseas. Travelling by plane can be very exhausting and hard on pets, so careful examination is a must, you never know if there is some underlying health problem. You should consult with him and check your pet’s blood, vaccinations and microchip for identification. What’s more ask the vet about the possible quarantine, and the whole process. Once you move in your new country, your pet may have to be in quarantine. Each country has different policies about that, either way inquire about it and see if there is additional information online. For example, there are rabies-free countries, rabies-controlled countries and high-rabies countries (rabies is a disease that causes inflammation of the brain and is usually transmitted through the bite of an infected animal). You can enter without quarantine and with minimal paperwork if you are going from a rabies-free country to many other countries. There are various pet rules you have to obtain. If you are coming from the European Union or a developed country, you will need to vaccinate your par 21 days before your flight, but for many other countries these rules remain stricter. You could be forced to do it and put your pet into full quarantine for months. The safest thing to get the right information is to contact the department of health in the country you are moving to. If you do not want to bother yourself to do all this paperwork, you can use a pet relocation service which will do all the paperwork and the travel logistics for your pet. Most countries have strict regulations and it will save you much trouble to leave all that work to the professionals. You might think that filling in the form is easy and you can finish it in no time but there may be many obstacles you could face. You do not want to show up at the airport with incorrectly completed health documentation. So choose among some available pet relocation services listed on some sites in your country. They will not only complete the documents needed to be shown at the airport but also do all the arrangements required to be done before you leave. Although you will likely run into some unexpected expenses it is worth every cent or penny. That is why a complete financial plan has to be done in advance.
The next issue you have to deal with is your pet’s comfort while travelling. It definitely depends on the final destination and you will surely want your pet to be as calm as possible. Some pets could suffer from anxiety. You should discuss about his emotional health with the vet. If you are discouraged by your vet to use a kind of sedatives to keep it calm and sleepy, ask him for all other ways which will make him travelling bearable.
However, moving with a pet can be really a bother and many things have to be considered months before your overseas move. It is possible to move your pet to any destination but the choice of airlines could be reduced. There are some of them which have restrictions on pet travel during particularly hot or very cold months. Pets are usually checked and watered at stopovers and they are collected after clearing customs. The journey is expected to be a little traumatic and stressful so help him settle by providing a familiar blanket or cushion to sleep on it.
You also have to investigate the new city from your pet’s perspective. Much greenery or a park would make his adaptation easier. An important point to consider is the climate and average temperatures of the new area. They can differ much from their hometown and their reaction to climate could be unexpected. Anyhow there must be a vet station nearby. Think if your new home is pet friendly. As we face the problems adapting to a new home, our pet also needs to feel a little familiar with his surroundings. Are you going to have a house with a yard or live in a small flat? Such things can greatly influence your pet’s behavior and emotional state, at least in the first few months. After all, as the pet is a member of your family, he requires much of your time, money, love and patience. And every pet deserves it.