Tips for moving internationally with your pets

Moving to a new home requires significant planning and preparation, especially moving internationally. Not only do you need to decide how you are going to get all your stuff from point A to point B, but it’s also really important that you prepare your pets for the process, and help them to transition to your new home. These tips for moving with your pets will (hopefully) help the transition into your new home go more smoothly for both you and your furry friend. 

Getting Started

  • Consult your local veterinarian if your pet can physically handle the move. If your pet is not a service animal and if travelling by air, they will likely be transported in the pet cargo which can be extremely loud and stress-inducing for your pet. If your pet isn’t in the best of shape, they may not be able to handle long-distance travel.

  • Start determine the pet travel requirements and gather the documents in order especially the one’s pertaining to your pet’s vaccination.

  • It could be a good idea to get a pet ID tag with your new address and telephone number and put them on right before the move. If your pet gets lost during the move, they can be located. If your pet is already chipped, remember update the tags so they reflect your new address and make sure to notify the microchip manufacturer.

  • Find a veterinarian at your new location. If your pet gets ill, you’ll be prepared if the need arises. 

  • The process of moving with your pets internationally can be a long drawn one and so in order to ensure that your pet comes along with you and their arrival is not delayed in the new country, the timing of your move and the related arrangements should start early.

Prepare your pet

  • Take some time to help your pet get plenty of exercise before the flight so they can feel more at ease during the travels.

  • Refrain from feeding your pet a few hours before the move.

  • Prior to the move, put moving boxes inside in plain sight; move them around so the sound becomes familiar. Crate acclimation is one of the best ways to help your pet have a smooth trip.

  • · Prepare plenty of water and make it available during the move by filling the water cups that will attach to their crate. 

Most Importantly, be patient.

Your pet may develop anxiety or fear of their new surroundings. Be patient, give them some time to adjust and use positive reinforcement to help them adjust to their new home.

As a Crown customer, rest assured that your pet’s relocation will be managed by caring, knowledgeable and compassionate handlers. With a network of pet transfer specialists, Crown guides you through all registrations, special travel requirements and medical regulations. You can feel confident that your pet will enjoy a safe and successful relocation.
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