Top Ten Ideas for Your Pets When Moving Overseas

When you're a pet owner, it's not just you that needs to be comfortable when you're moving overseas - little Fido or Fluffy need to make the trip as well. And while there might be times when the both of you become frustrated by the process, here are some ways to make things easier:

Moving with your pets can be difficult, so make sure you know what your new country's laws are.

  1. Make a plan - When you're beginning to plan your actual move, begin to think about the best way to move your pet as well. There are services that can help you with this or you may choose to move your pet on your own.
  2. Bring them with you - Most airlines will allow small pets to be carried on board a plane, so check with your carrier to see if you will be able to bring your cat or dog with you.
  3. Talk to their vet - Most pets are allows to have low dose tranquilizers in order to settle them during a long plane ride, so check with your vet. These can be given in intervals to keep both of you calm.
  4. Consider other moving options - If you're travelling by boat, this can be an easier task for moving a pet, but many people can not afford the time the trip may take. However, the comfort of your pet might just be worth the additional travel time.
  5. Bring their favourite toys - Make sure that you have things that remind your pet of their home and playtime. Think of bringing things like chew toys, catnip, etc.
  6. Bring their normal water and foods - When travelling, the water that is available might be different from what your pet is accustomed to. Try to bring a water supply from home or filtered water with you to keep your pet from having digestive troubles. This is the same case for their food.
  7. Leave your pet with a loved at 'home' - If you're not sure that you can move your pet, you might want to leave them with a trusted family member or friend. While it might be difficult to give your pet away, leaving them with someone you care about will ensure that you can still visit.
  8. Check with pet laws in your new home - Make sure that you are following all of the local laws for having a pet in your new home. Some locations may have restrictions.
  9. Get the vet records up to date - You will need to prove that your pet has had their shots updated and that they are in good health before you move.
  10. Give your pet some time - Adjusting to any new situation is difficult for anyone, so make sure that you're allowing your pet time to adjust. It might take a few days for them to finally explore their new home.
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