Relocating With A Pet

2 Mar 2015

When moving pets internationally, it’s important to make sure that you not only are complying with the requirements for the country of import, but also for your country of export.  The International Rules & Requirements pages are based off of exporting dogs and cats from the U.S. – in other countries, additional documents and/or tests may be required for export.

From my own experience, it’s best to go to the appropriate government’s website. The country’s or state’s department of agriculture may also have information. When I moved from Europe to the U.S. 12 years ago, I moved with my little dog that came with me on the plane. I will tell you my story, but don’t panic and be prepared and don’t forget to ask questions.

I always planned in advance and reconfirmed everything to be sure the move would be smooth. So, when I moved my little dog was supposed to go in the back of the plane. I prepared everything for her. I called the airline 2 days before to confirm my ticket and to be sure that the compartment for my dog was pressurized. The person said, “Yes don’t worry.” I arrived at the airport the day of my flight. When I checked in and asked my questions again, I became uneasy. Cargo holds are usually pressurized and temperature controlled, but I couldn’t get definitive answers. Even if they are climate controlled, temperatures can be extreme until the flight gets in the air. No way! Luckily she was small enough to fly with me in the cabin, so she did.

My transition through customs was great. I had all the required papers that I had taken care of on my own. All the required stamps were affixed and her veterinary passport was in order.

Everything went smoothly. She enjoyed the trip. I really cared about my dog. Pets are part of your family and their love is unconditional. I attached the state link below. The law can change, so it is always good to check twice.