dog-cat-travel1-300x265For many pet owners, pets are as much a part of their family as any other member.
These days it’s a lot easier to take the cat or  the dog to share your new life abroad, but just like other family members, there will be some necessary adjustment.
When relocating abroad, it’s important to follow certain steps to make sure your pet is as calm and comfortable as can be.  Sedating or tranquilizing when moving your dog or moving your cat by airplane is never an option.
1)   Ensure your pet matches the criteria of the country in which you are moving too.  This can be a simple process for one country, then terribly complicated and time consuming for others.  A full vaccination and having relevant travel documents meaning the requirements for the country the your moving. Your animal will also need to travel on a PETS authorized route by a PETS approved carrier.
2)   Different countries have different animal classifications and some will require a specific health certificate or proof that your animal has undertaken a period of quarantine. If you have any worries, it’s best to contact your destination country’s consulate or embassy, Ministry of Agriculture.
3)   If you’re relocating within the European Union, there is only one set of rules for animals entering the country, apart from the UK and Malta which have more rigorous requirements.
4)   Make sure your pet gets used to being carried around in a container. As an owner it’s up to you to make sure they can move and stretch, so they are as comfortable as they can be.
5)   Put a familiar smelling cushion and do not put toys in their carrier they maybe taken away by the airline to avoid any type of accidents.
6)   Your pet won’t necessarily be able to travel on the same flight as you. Double check with your pet transport specialist before you travel to see what time your pet will arrive and whether any alternatives are available.
7)   If you’re required to change flights during your journey, you need to follow the recommendations of your pet transport specialist. It’s quite common that different airlines have different rules, so research before you travel.
8)   If your pet is traveling as checked baggage or in cargo, you’ll need a carrier which is in accordance to the rules of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
9)   As simple as it sounds, check the location of your vets in your new surroundings. That way, if there are any problems you are able to consult a nearby vet quickly.
10) If you travel to a different country on the Pet Travel Scheme, you are able to return on this without going through many of the processes above. However, your pet may be required to have another vaccination against rabies if needed and dogs must be examined by a vet for tapeworm before entering the UK.