If you and your family are getting ready for an international move, getting your four-legged friend ready is probably a big part of the process. After all, your dog is a part of your family, too, right? However, just as you need to take a few special steps to get you and your human family members ready for your move, you also have to take steps to get Fido ready as well. These are a few things that you should do before taking your dog along on an international move.
1. Find Out About Specific Rules for the Country That You're Moving To
First of all, you will need to make contact with the embassy for the country that you are moving to. Different countries have different laws in regards to vaccinations that your pet must have, whether or not your dog will need to have a certificate of good health and other stipulations. Some countries require that your dog is kept in quarantine for a certain amount of time to ensure that it does not have rabies or any other diseases. The best way to find this information is to contact the embassy for the country that you will be moving to.
2. See Your Vet
You will need to schedule an appointment with your dog's vet shortly before you leave on your new adventure. Your veterinarian will ensure that your dog is in good enough health to travel to a new country, will provide any treatment that is necessary and will help you ensure that your dog will be compliant with any laws and regulations in the country that you are moving to, such as ensuring that your dog is up-to-date on all of its shots, putting in a microchip if needed and providing a certificate of health.
3. Choose the Right Shipping Option for Your Pet
There are a few options for shipping your pet to your family's new home. If you are traveling overseas, you will need to ship your dog via airplane; if your dog is small, you may be able to bring it on in a small kennel as carry-on luggage, but this will vary based on the airline and the country that you are traveling to. Otherwise, your dog will need to be shipped in the cargo area of the plane. If you are moving to Canada or Mexico, you may be able to have your dog shipped in a vehicle via a pet shipping service. Talking to an international relocation company (such as Hollander Storage & Moving) can give you advice about the best way to ship your pet to your new location.