Preparing To Relocate Your Cat Or Dog Abroad
With an increase in Brits moving abroad for work, how does this affect our beloved pets? Why not take them along for the ride?
46% of HR managers expect to increase the number of staff that they send overseas on long-term work assignments over the next 3 years. A recent survey carried out by Collinson determined that the increase of employees would likely be between 10-20%. Many companies have generous relocation packages built into such moves – these include provision for accommodation, healthcare, language lessons and schooling for children. HR departments understand that the whole family is affected by an overseas move, but for those corporate policies which don’t include provision for pets – don’t despair. It doesn’t mean that you have to leave your favourite four-legged friend at home. With a bit of planning, you and your pet will be all set for an overseas adventure with the entire family!
Start With A Trip To The Vets
At the very beginning of your relocation prep, one of the first steps you’ll need to do is visit the vet – this should be at least 6 months in advance of your departure. They can check your pet over to ensure that he or she is fit to travel. It will also be necessary to have your pet dog or cat microchipped. Depending on where you’re moving to, it’s also worth bearing in mind that your pet won’t have the natural immunity possessed by other animals in your destination country, so a course of vaccinations will be required. Your vet will administer broad spectrum parasite treatments to keep your pet healthy. It’s also important to check that your pet’s routine vaccinations are up-to-date.
Flying Your Cat Or Dog
Unless you’re able to drive to your destination country, you’ll likely need to plan for your pet to fly overseas. It’s very easy to take cats and dogs on a plane, but there’s a fair bit of prep work required for your pet travel. The first question you may have is whether you’ll be able to fly on the same aircraft as your pet. Whilst it is possible to fly with yourself and your family inside the cabin whilst your pet is in the cargo section of the plane, it’s not always advisable.
Checking-in to your own flight is a lot more complicated if you first have to drop off your pet at an entirely different section of the airport. Plus, depending on where you’re travelling to, your pet may have to visit quarantine for a short period of time after you land. For example, if you’re moving to Australia, then your pet will need to visit Melbourne’s quarantine for at least 10 days. Therefore, to reduce stress on the day of travel, you may want to have your dog or cat shipped out a couple of days prior.
Safe Transportation Of Your Pet
The rules regarding shipment containers for your pet are strict for good reason. It’s essential that your four-legged friend has access to water and enough room to be comfortable during a long journey. A quality IATA-approved container will have a spring-loaded door to prevent it from opening in transit. Additionally, the bedding should be both supportive and absorbent in case your pet has an accident during the flight.
There’s undoubtedly quite a bit of red tape involved in transporting your pet abroad, but so long as you follow the rules to the letter, there’s no reason why your pet can’t enjoy this adventure as much as you!