Moving abroad and bringing the family pets
If you are considering moving abroad – especially if you are relocating the entire family – one thing you might need to consider is your pets. From the much-loved hound to the moggy that pre-dates the children, these family members will need your special consideration.
|Who would want to leave these delightful critters behind?|
Photo by Scott Granneman
Things you’ll need to think about
- Are you bringing the pets with you? Moving kids overseas can be a difficult thing to negotiate at the best of times; the news that Fido isn’t coming too might be met with dismay from the other family members
- What’s best for the animal? Consider that elderly pets may not appreciate the long journey and unfamiliar new surroundings or climate
- How long are you going to be away for? If it’s only a year or two, perhaps a trusted family member of friend can care for your pets during that time
- Where are you moving? What are the local laws about bringing pets over borders?
- Should you engage a relocation service? This may be best left to the experts, and pet relocation services will ensure all the right paperwork is complete on time for your flight
- Pets are transported in a secure cargo area in a plane with a ‘sky kennel’. It is dark and temperature controlled area specifically for live animal transport, and they won’t be checked on during that time
- The PETS scheme is designed to stop the spread of rabies and other animals. The UK requires all pets to be transported with registered carriers
- Try and give your pet time to get to know its carrier before the flight
- Putting a familiar smelling blanket or toy in the kennel will help your pet settle for the flight
- Give your pet a light meal before flying and leave time for a toilet stop
- You will have to check that your new home abroad is suitable for animals – are the fences secure? Is there enough room in the backyard?
- Where is the nearest vet and the nearest pet supply store?
- What’s the pet culture in your new location? Attitudes towards pets might be substantially different from what you’re used to at home
Have you ever relocated a pet? What tips would you offer?
Vivienne Egan writes for Now Health International