There are various things to note before travelling or migrating with your pet. I have tried to put down some useful facts that may help everyone. Being a pet lover myself, I had to fill this page with lot of important content 🙂
- Schedule a visit to see your veterinarian :
Have your veterinarian check your pet’s health and fitness. Travelling is stressful for a pet as it is for all of us. Make sure your pet’s rabies vaccination is current and will not expire on your trip. Most all countries will require that your pet is vaccinated a specific time period prior to entering the country (except Canada which does not require a lead time on vaccinations.)
While you are at your veterinarian’s office, it is a smart thought to have your canine or feline microchipped with a 15 digit ISO pet microchip, particularly before it is given a rabies immunization. Should anything occur, the data that you enter on an overall database can be recovered and you will be reached. This is the reason you ought not to neglect to enlist your pet’s microchip and keep your data current.
2. Will you be travelling within your country (domestic) or crossing country borders (international)?
If you are travelling domestically, then you should always travel with proof of rabies vaccination. It is also a good idea to travel with a health certificate issued by your veterinarian. Although it may not be enforced on the ground, a visit to the vet shortly prior to travelling is a good idea and will ensure your pet is fit for travel and has no problems with fleas or ticks. It is also a good idea to travel with a health certificate issued by your veterinarian. Although it may not be enforced on the ground, a visit to the vet shortly prior to travelling is a good idea and will ensure your pet is fit for travel and has no problems with fleas or ticks.
On the off chance that you are voyaging universally, a wellbeing testament will be required to enter any nation notwithstanding different tests and allows. This declaration is finished by your veterinarian amid a standard office visit. A few nations will acknowledge a nonexclusive authentication and others have their own. In the event that conceivable, the testament ought to be converted into the dialect of the goal nation.
Many countries require that tests be done months in advance so you must learn about your destination country’s pet import regulations as soon as you make your decision to transport your pet.
Find pet import regulations for 200 countries worldwide.
3. Will your pet be travelling by car or by air?
If your dog or cat will be travelling in an automobile, then you will need to think about acclimating your pet to your car. This can be a stressful experience for many pets (especially cats). Here is more information on traveling with a pet by car.
If your dog or cat will be flying, then you will need to find an airline that flies the entire route, from beginning to end. The airlines will transfer your pet between their aircraft, but they will not transfer your pet to another airline company. If your pet is traveling in the cargo hold, it is extremely important that your layovers stay around 2 hours and your airline confirms that they will transit your pet through the layover airport. If you are traveling in the cabin, changing airlines could cause you to clear customs and enter the layover country and conform to their regulations.
Once you have chosen your airline, be sure that you know its pet policies and contact your airline to notify them that you will be traveling with a pet. If your pet is traveling alone, contact the cargo department of the airline for details.
Find airline pet policies for over 160 airlines worldwide.
4.Get good equipment and acclimate your pet!
It does not matter whether your pet is traveling by ground or air, your pet will need to stay safe and secure. If you have a small cat or dog, you will need a pet carrier with a waterproof bottom, adequate ventilation and secure fasteners (zippers, not snaps). Your pet must fit entirely in the carrier without its head protruding and it must be able to stand up and turn around in the carrier.
If you have a larger dog, then you will need an IATA compliant pet crate Crates come in various sizes, are made of hard plastic, have a metal door with a spring lock and ventilation openings on 2 or 3 sides. (for international travel, all 3 sides must have ventilation.) It is important to keep your pet confined when traveling so they will not hurt themselves or other passengers.
If you are traveling in a car, you can opt for a pet harness for your pet as well.
Once you have decided on a harness, carrier or crate, then you must spend time getting your pet used to it. Start as far in advance as you can and offer treats and rewards when you see your pet using its crate. This will be their home when traveling and you need to make it a welcome place for them.