Pets can almost effortlessly bring immense joy to our lives. They make us laugh, welcome us home with licks and wags, comfort us when we’re down or sick and are always there for us no matter what. For the millions of people all over the world, having a pet brings a circle of love into our lives. There’s even some research that shows having a pet with you during an anxious event could help reduce the stress of that event. Studies have also shown repeatedly that pets boosts their owner’s mood when they are around them.
For many pet owners, our pet is treated as part of our family member, just like our own child. Thus, when we move there’s no doubt that our pet follows us to our new location. There are many factors to consider in moving with pets. Different countries have different rules and regulations related to the import of animals. Some pet owners opt to hire a pet relocation service or pet courier to make the necessary arrangements.
We have round up some tips that you can follow to ensure your pet’s safety, health and happiness during the packing and moving process.
1. Check The New Country’s Import Requirements
Every country has different import requirements, so do your research to find out more about the process.
2. Your Pet’s Vaccination Status
Check with your vet to find out your pet’s vaccine status so that you can start to plan accordingly. Your dog or cat will most likely need to have an updated rabies vaccine and some countries require that your pet get additional vaccines.
3. Introduce The Crate or Carrier
The move will be an unfamiliar and frightening experience for your pet. But there are ways to make your beloved pet at ease and more comfortable. If your pets will be traveling in a crate/carrier, encourage them to sleep in it before the journey and reward them with treats. Put their toys and favorite things in there too.
Many countries of the European Union and a growing number of countries around the world now have requirements for dogs, cats, and ferrets to be implanted with a microchip transponder, which identifies them and can be linked to vaccination and health certificates you file when entering the country. Do ensure that you get the right microchip for the country where you will be relocating to since the radio frequencies and encryption codes vary.
5. On moving day
Ensure that your pet dog or cat is safe and placed in an empty room that will not be disturbed by the commotion during the move. If this precaution is not taken, your fur kid would be in danger by getting into open boxes or in the way of movers. It also prevents them from hiding and not being located when the time has come for them to be moved.
6. Find a reliable pet transportation service.
The Shiply website is one of the best platforms to find a suitable pet transportation service for moving your pet to the new location. All it takes is to fill out a simple online form and free quotes will be emailed to you for you to compare rates to ship your pets.
Moving your pet to your new home can be quite a stressful process, especially if you are moving long distance and internationally. But the end result is worth it when you have your fur baby with you in your new home.