International Pet Moving
Being fearful of change is a common trait for most pets, especially cats and dogs. It is important that you ease the process of moving for your pet so that they don’t become overwhelmed with anxiety and fear. For instance, as you’re packing your household belongings for your international relocation, you may try to turn it into play time by engaging with the pets. Let your furry pals see what you’re doing and play around with some of the packaging materials. However, on busier days such as moving day, you may want to keep them at a friend’s house, locked up in another room, or even secluded in a quiet area until the movers are on their way out. Pet preparation is necessary and will require your patience.
When moving internationally, you may find it best to have your pet or pets on the same flight as you. This is very possible through most airlines. Either you can bring them right onboard with you in the passenger section or you can have them safely shipped in another section of the aircraft. The biggest matter to care for is abiding by any import policies for the country regarding pets. Some countries have very strict laws but you can call the embassy of the nation to see what laws pertain to the importation of live animals.
A-1 Auto Transport can help you move your household goods internationally. Call 888-509-3213 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote on interstate moving services.
Preparing to Relocate Internationally with a Pet
- Take your pet to the vet for a checkup and any needed vaccinations according to the geographical area you’re relocating to
- Gather your pets’ medical records and other pertinent documents and keep them with you during the relocation. Some of this information might be requested by Customs before import approval is given
- Make sure you have a babysitter to watch over them on the day the movers come for your other belongings
- Purchase or find a crate for them if you don’t already own one and make sure it meets the standards of the airline and nation
- Try to keep your pet’s routine as normal as possible to prevent causing them anymore anxiety or stress
- Pack up your pet’s food, treats, bowls, litter boxes, first aid kit, medications, and towels to keep with you during the relocation. Make sure they’re easily accessible
- Get your pet familiar with their new home by placing their items and other familiar items around the home as soon as you arrive
- Make sure your new home is pet friendly and no toxic plants or pollutants are within their reach
- Check all fencing and security if the pet is to be allowed outside. You may want to brush up on the laws regarding pets for that nation before you even leave the U.S.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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