Traveling and experiencing life overseas may not be for everyone, but it’s an experience that most would highly recommend. After all, life is short right? That being said, things get a bit trickier when it’s not just you jetsetting about and when you have a family to account for as well. In many instances, pet owners often face headaches when it comes to making that long term move abroad because of their fur pal back home. So why not get them to tag along? That being said, pet relocation is no easy feat, with some countries’ health requirements being so strict that you may need to begin preparing up to six months before the move.
Here are some tips if you’re thinking of relocating but can’t bear to leave your pet behind.
1. Get your travel crates as early as possible
No matter how ‘chill’ your pet is, a long flight in an unfamiliar enclosed space is bound to be anxiety-inducing. To alleviate their stress, try to purchase your pet’s travel crate as early as possible so that you have time to crate train them and get them used to being in said crate. Make sure to also check with your airline on crate regulations so you don’t end up purchasing one that can’t be brought on board.
Tips to help move crate training along include packing clothes/old pillows that smell of ‘you’ inside so that your pet at least has something familiar to take comfort in.
On the day of the flight, make sure you don’t feed your pet at least eight hours before the flight to avoid any accidents in the crate, and try to bring them on an extra long walk so that they’re all tuckered out before take-off.
2. Consult a vet experienced in pet relocation
Now before you relocate, make sure you check on the pet quarantine regulations of your destination. Different countries require different vaccinations and have different quarantine standards. Working with a vet who’s familiar with pre-relocation checks will make your life easier. However, owners have to do their due diligence by researching on the country’s health regulations and standards as these change from time to time. Make sure to also get a complete report of your pet’s medical history from your vet before relocating so that your new vet will be familiar with your pet’s health.
3. Set up your new home beforehand
Prior to your pet’s flight, try to have your new home all set up and furnished already. Familiar elements like your pet’s old bed and your clothes in the house will help them acclimatise more easily after they move in. During this transition, make sure to not incorporate too many new and unfamiliar things into your pet’s life such as changing the brand of their food, etc. It’s also good to already have a new vet on standby and to bring your pet for a post-flight check up to make sure that they made it through the journey alright.
4. Consider using a pet relocation service
If you want to save on the hassle of dealing with all of the above mentioned matters yourself, consider using a pet relocation service that will ensure that all the administrative matters are settled so all you have to do is to get ready to fly! A pet relocation service like Pampered Pets Taxi will handle pre-export examinations, application of permits, and airline freight reservations for you while also keeping current on international import and quarantine laws.
Not to mention they’ll also act as a liaison with vets both in Singapore and overseas while still catering to the specific needs of your pet, particularly older pets and those with pre-existing health conditions.
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