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Transporting a Pet Abroad: 4 Tips to Consider

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Moving abroad just wouldn't feel right if you couldn't bring your four-legged family members. Luckily, there are transport companies who specialise in shipping pets abroad. Before moving your dog or cat to another country, however, you need to determine that it is the right decision. To guide you in the right direction, here are four things you should do.

1. Investigate the possible quarantine period

In some cases, pets have to be quarantined for up to six months after reaching a foreign country. You can find out whether or not your pet will have to be quarantined by checking with the import or customs departments of the country to which you plan to move.

Alternatively, your transport company may be able to answer this question for you. In some countries, you can bypass quarantines as long as you get your pet a rabies test before the move.

2. Make a vet appointment

Before any long journey but definitely before an international move, it is a good idea to take your pet to the vet. Make sure he or she is updated on all vaccines and make sure he or she is healthy enough to handle the long journey.

If your pet struggles with anxiety over travelling, talk with your vet about sedating your pet during transport.

3. Do some extra crate training

Most transport companies only move pets who are in their crates. The pets are essentially transported like cargo. So your pet doesn't get stressed on the journey, spend some time in the weeks leading up to the move doing extra crate training.

Ideally, your pet should see the crate as a comfortable refuge. Have him or her practise spending time in there. During transport, make sure your pet has a few reminders of home in the crate with him or her. Comfortable blankets, a favourite toy or even clothing that smells like home can really help your pet.

Also, talk with the transport company about how you can provide food and water in the crate. You can buy water bottles and food dispensers that attach directly to the side of the crate so they don't spill.

4. Consider giving old or infirm pets up for adoption

If your pet is old or infirm, moving to another country may be too hard on him or her. If your vet doesn't advise taking your pet on such a long trek, consider giving your pet to a relative or to a pet shelter. That is an extremely hard decision to make but may be the right choice in some situations. In many cases, a close friend or family member can take care of the pet until you return.

Learn more tips by contacting transport companies like JSS Logistics Pty Ltd.