Moving pets overseas: What you need to know

The article provides essential tips for moving abroad with pets, emphasizing the importance of thorough preparation and planning to ensure a smooth transition for both the pet and the owner. It covers topics such as requirements for relocating pets, preparing them for travel and choosing the right flight options. It also covers packing a pet travel kit, and preparing a safe and comfortable space for pets at the new destination.

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Tuesday, April 02, 2024

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Moving to a new country can be exciting and scary, especially if you have pets.
Relocating with pets requires careful planning and preparation to ensure a smooth transition for both you and your pets.

In this article, we’ll provide you with some helpful tips for moving abroad with your pets.

Why do you need to prepare for your Pet’s Relocation?

Moving to a new country can be a stressful experience for pets. They are creatures of habit and thrive on routine, so a sudden change in their environment can cause anxiety and change in their behavior.

To help your pets feel better when moving, make sure to relocate them correctly. This will keep them comfortable and safe during the move.

Research Pet Import Requirements​

Before you start planning your move, it’s essential to research the requirements of your destination country, regarding pets.
Each country has its own rules for moving pets. If you don't follow these rules, your pet may have to stay in quarantine or could be refused entry.

Some countries may require specific vaccinations, health certificates, or even microchipping for your pet. It’s crucial to start this process early, as some requirements may take weeks or even months to fulfill.

Prepare Your Pet for Travel​

Just like humans, pets can experience anxiety and discomfort during travel. To help your pet adjust to the journey, it’s essential to prepare them beforehand. Start by taking your pet on short car rides to get them used to being in a moving vehicle.

You can also introduce them to their travel crate or carrier and make it a comfortable and familiar space for them. If your pet is prone to motion sickness, consult with your veterinarian for medication or natural remedies to help ease their symptoms.

Tips for Moving Abroad with Pets

Now that you have researched it is time to plan how to move your pet there.
Here are some tips to help make the process smoother for both you and your furry friend.

Flight length is important

When booking your flight, take into consideration the length of the flight. Sometimes a direct flight to your destination is easier for the pet. In other cases it's best to split the flight.

This will minimize the time your pet spends on an airplane. If a direct flight is not possible, try to book a flight with the shortest layover time possible.

In some cases, if you can afford it, private jets can be a great option for your pets. This way it's easier for them to travel and there are less restrictions than with standard airlines.

Some private jet companies offer the option to share your flight with other pet owners, and reduce the price of the flight.

Get Your Pet Familiar with Their Travel Crate

As mentioned earlier, it’s essential to get your pet used to their travel crate before the move. This will help reduce their anxiety during travel and make them feel more comfortable in their new environment.

Leave the crate open in your home and encourage your pet to explore and spend time in it. You can also place familiar items, such as their favorite toys or blankets, in the crate to make it feel more like home.

Pack a Pet Travel Kit

Just like you would pack a travel kit for yourself, it’s essential to pack one for your pet as well. This kit should include all the necessary items your pet will need during the journey, such as food, water, medication, and a first aid kit.

It’s also a good idea to pack some of your pet’s favorite toys or blankets to provide them with a sense of comfort during the trip.

Consider Hiring a Pet Relocation Service

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the process of relocating your pet, consider hiring a pet relocation service. These companies specialize in helping pets move internationally and can handle all the necessary paperwork, transportation, and logistics for you.

While this may be a more expensive option, it can provide peace of mind and ensure a smooth and stress-free relocation for your pet.

Preparing for Your Pet’s Arrival

Once you’ve arrived at your new destination, it’s time to prepare for your pet’s arrival. Here are some tips to help make the transition easier for your furry friend.

Set Up a Safe and Comfortable Space

Before bringing your pet into your new home, it’s essential to set up a safe and comfortable space for them. This can be a designated room or area where your pet can feel secure and adjust to their new surroundings.

Make sure to include familiar items, such as their bed, toys, and food and water bowls, to help them feel more at home.

Stick to a Routine

As mentioned earlier, pets thrive on routine, so it’s essential to establish a new routine for them as soon as possible. This includes feeding times, walks, and playtime. By sticking to a routine, you can help your pet feel more at ease and adjust to their new home quicker.

Be Patient and Understanding

Moving to a new country can be a stressful experience for both you and your pet. It’s essential to be patient and understanding during this transition period. Your pet may exhibit behavioral changes, such as increased anxiety or aggression, which is entirely normal. Give them time to adjust and provide them with plenty of love and attention to help ease their stress.

One last thing...

Relocating overseas with pets requires careful planning and preparation, but with the right approach, it can be a smooth and stress-free experience for both you and your furry family members.

By researching pet import requirements, choosing a pet-friendly destination, and following the tips outlined in this article, you can ensure a successful relocation for your pets. Remember to be patient and understanding during this transition period, and your pets will soon feel right at home in their new country.

Maayan & Gal 
Founders of Smoozitive

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