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Moving abroad can be both daunting and exciting at the same time and if you’re a pet owner who is planning on making the relocation, you’ll no doubt want to find out whether you can take your furry friend along with you. Read more to understand the key points to consider when relocating abroad with your dog in tow.

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Consider your location

Dogs are smart and they know when big changes are taking place, which is why moving is also a stressful experience for them too. The country you’re moving to is important, since some breeds do not handle particular climates as well as others. For instance, Pugs and French Bulldogs often struggle in hot weather due to their small noses, whereas thin, petite breeds like Chihuahuas and Greyhounds may find it difficult to cope in typically cold climates.

Moreover, there are some countries in the world which have banned certain breeds from entering altogether, like mastiff and bulls. It’s therefore essential to check whether your pet will even be allowed to relocate to your desired location before you take the steps to make your move.

Specific requirements

Be sure to thoroughly research all the requirements needed to take your dog into your chosen country to avoid later disappointment. Almost all regions will require a clean health record and you must be able to prove that your dog is up-to-date with all essential vaccinations and treatments, particularly against rabies and tapeworm. You can ask your vet for specific advice on travelling abroad and get them to update your dog’s paperwork for you.

Many countries now also make it an obligation for dogs to be microchipped, whilst others even require a period of quarantine to monitor health.

All pets need travel documents to relocate to a new country and there may also be a requirement for a pet passport – all of this will depend upon the country you are emigrating to.

If your dog fails to gain entry because you haven’t properly fulfilled access requirements, then you might find yourself struck with a hefty bill or charge to pay, so it’s wise to come fully prepared.

Transporting your pet

Depending on how far you are travelling and the available methods of transportation, it’s wise to do some thorough research on the most practical and cost-effective way to transport your dog to your new location.

Different airlines have different requirements and costs for pet travel. For example, small dogs may be allowed on the plane with you, whereas bigger breeds may need to travel in a special compartment for live animal cargo. The price of transporting via airline will depend upon the size of the carrier crate, but be aware that the smaller the crate, the less comfortable and more stressed out your pet will likely be. Moreover, you must adhere to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) regulations regarding suitable crates for animal air travel.

There are many companies which specialise in international removals and relocations, including transporting your pet safely from destination A to destination B. Remember that whichever mode of transport you choose, the company handling it needs to be well-versed in safely moving animals with minimal stress incurred.

Dogs are a man’s best friend, so you’ll want to ensure that your number one buddy is properly cared for and as happy as possible every step along the way!


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