Relocating overseas with your family is a big undertaking, and it’s exciting – especially when your beloved family pet is going with you. But there‘s so much to think about. It’s only natural that you will worry about a few things, too. For example, will your precious Walter the Wonder Cat get good veterinary care in a foreign country?
Planning a relocation overseas with your pet sounds exciting – and it will be, once you get there. But the process of moving pets from one country to another is complex and time-consuming. You can look for information online. Unfortunately, it’s easy to find plenty that is out of date or just plain wrong. That can be intensely frustrating because it is nearly impossible to discern good from bad information.
If you will be relocating to a country in Asia with your pet, one of the most important tasks on your to-do list will be finding out what vaccinations are required for Rex the Wonder Dog or Carl the Coolest of Cats. Even if your pet is a frequent flyer, you’ll want to double-check, because the rules differ by country. And those rules can change.
Are you moving to Sydney with your pet? You’re both going to love it. Australia is something of a pet-lover’s paradise because there is so much to do with your furry sidekick. Cats and dogs are adored Down Under, so you’ll find pets aren’t treated much differently there than they are in the UK or the US.
Today you’re waking up in a brand new country. Is this a dream? No, you’ve finally arrived at your destination after extensive planning for your international move. Thankfully, your pet is right by your side so you can take it all in together. What should you do on this first day in your new country?
All those weeks or months of planning, and the Big Day is finally here – it’s the day your pet flies to his new home. Is your stomach in knots with concern about your pet’s trip? Of course not! There’s no need for worry, because you’ve planned ahead carefully for this day. You’ve been following our blog series on moving to a new home with your pet.
You’ve been preparing for your Big Move for weeks. Or, more likely, months if you’re moving overseas. You’ve sorted through your belongings – and your pet’s personal stuff – deciding what to ship and what to leave behind. You found your passport, and you’ve assembled all the paperwork necessary for your pet to fly to her new destination. You’re all set to depart tomorrow.
This is the second article in our five-part series on getting ready for an international move with your pet. First, we looked at your “countdown to departure”– an overview of key pet-related tasks and the order in which you should tackle them. We recommended you make a calendar to track everything, and you’ll be glad you did.