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 Unfortunately, it’s easy to find plenty that is out of date or just plain wrong.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.
For many people, moving overseas with the family includes pets. Our furry companions are part of our family, so why would we not take them? In fact, there may be reasons not to, depending on your specific pet and where you’re going. In the vast majority of cases, though, the question is not “if,” but “how.”
Moving overseas requires more preparation than simply deciding what to take and packing it up. You have to get your family emotionally ready to go, too, and that’s not always easy – especially when your family includes a beloved pet. You cannot explain to a dog or cat what’s happening and why. And, frankly, organizing a pet for an international move involves complex choreography.
Taking your cat or dog to see a veterinarian in South Africa is really no different than visiting a vet where you live now. Veterinary services here are long-established, as are the education and practice standards vets are expected to meet. And, even though you’ll hear Afrikaans and multiple African dialects spoken in South Africa, you won’t have any trouble finding a vet that Speaks English. It’s also an official language.