International move – Animals

Moving with animals

Although you have already thought of many things for the welfare of the animal during the move, because of  instinct you need to redouble attention.

Consult your veterinarian before moving

Regardless of whether the move is by air or road, you will need to take the time to prepare, as you did when examining the movers.

You must first consult your veterinarian, especially for a move by air, indeed a health certificate will be requested by the airlines during the trip. In the same way for a trip by car it is better to consult the veterinarian because your future destination can present certain health risks proper to the regions as for the mosquitoes infected areas  for example. It is also recommended that your pet has a tattoo .

Follow some tips during the move

If you decide to keep your pet with you during the move, here are some tips to avoid incidents:

  • Ask your vet for a copy of her health record and keep it with you.
  • Avoid sedatives, especially if you are flying.
  • Put him a travel identification tag. This change will make your pet confused, he will have abnormal reactions, especially cats. So write down on this identification tag: the name of your pet, your name and full address, your phone number and your new address.
  • Make sure to bring all the necessary things to your pet, as you will do for yours: water, food bowl, bedding, grooming equipment, medication … Also think about taking a small stock of the usual animal’s food, indeed you may not find it in your new city. A sudden change in food may cause digestive problems.

Be well informed if you move abroad.

If you are moving abroad, check the laws relating to the importation of animals into the country. Especially if you go to the United States, where the rules are very strict about animals (complete health record, possible quarantine, …), and which vary from one state to another.

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