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How do you feel when you change your surroundings? When do you have to adjust to a new environment? We bet the answer is a bit insecure, uncomfortable, unsettled. How do you think your pet feels when he goes through a similar situation? When he has to leave home, embark on a long distance journey on his own and finally, settle in an unfamiliar surrounding? Highly likely, the same way, with the difference that for him it is harder to understand this uncomfortable situation. 

How can you help him feel less stressed and settle in easier in his new surroundings? With the support of our pet moving experts, we have developed a step-to-step guide to make your move abroad with your furry friend, if not 100% stress-free, much more comfortable not only for you but more importantly, for him! 

1. Start planning the move as soon as possible

Medical checks, crates, passports, pet transportation companies… relocating with your pet needs a lot of preparation, therefore, it is important that you start making all the arrangements with plenty of time. 

For long distances, air transport is the best solution and IPATA– International Pet and Animals Association – members are the best choice to ensure that your pet is transported safely to your new home.

Specialised pet transport companies like Crown can provide you with a broad list of services, taking care of your beloved family member before, during and after the move. 

Some common services are:

- Pet transport advice

- Handling of pet documentation (passport, customs…) 

- Custom-made crate 

2. Booking your flights - for your pet and for you!

Most pet owners prefer to travel in the same flight than their pets. While this is possible, animal seats in the flights are limited and therefore, preparing in advance is essential. Let your pet specialist known your preferred flight dates, airline and any other important details to consider for the booking. They will try to accommodate to your preferences. 

Bear in mind that direct flights are better for your pet as the departure and the landing are the parts more uncomfortable for them.  As your pet’s flight choices are much more limited that your flight choices is always a good idea to wait to book your flight until your pet’s flight is confirmed. 

If for any reason, you will not travel on the same dates as your pet, accommodation for him can be arranged close to the airport. These accommodations are supervised by specialised staff who provide food, any necessary medications and any other attention your pet might need before the flight

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