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Moving abroad with pets – tips and tricks


So, you got the chance to start a new chapter of your life abroad. Whether you are moving for a new job opportunity or the love of your life, moving internationally requires a lot of extensive planning. And like every pet parent you don’t want to leave your furry companions behind. That’s why our team of professional Brooklyn movers came up with a couple of useful tips and tricks for moving abroad with pets.

Start your move with a plan

You can’t avoid it! You need to plan your international move a couple of months ahead. Check out what are some dos and don’ts of international relocation before you plan your move. Especially if you want to bring your pets with you. With a proper plan and organization, the transition will be easier both for you and your pets. First, make a checklist of all the things you need for moving abroad with pets.

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Do your best to get all the documents on time.
  • Microchip – If you didn’t microchip your pet yet, book your appointment as soon as possible. The microchip is a device that shows your pet’s vaccination records, their health status, and your own contact information. You cannot move abroad if your pet doesn’t have a microchip.
  • Animal health certificate/Pet passport – Depending on what country you are moving to you will need to get a pet passport or an animal health certificate. These documents show your pet is healthy and up-to-date on vaccinations. You can get these documents from an accredited vet.
  • Import permit – Before you move you need to get an import permit for your pet. Just remember that each country has different regulations, so be sure to get informed on time.
  • Crate – It’s very important to get the right crate for your pet. Your pet will stay inside the crate for quite some time, so you need to make sure it’s the right size. You’ll need one that is big enough, so your pet can stand up and stretch its legs. Since this is a very stressful event for your pet, try to make it as comfortable as possible. You can add some bedding or their favorite toys. Do not forget to provide enough food, water, and air. Also, remember that the crate must meet all the airline requirements.
  • Pet travel insurance – It’s not absolutely necessary to get travel insurance for your pet, but it sure is advisable. Pet travel insurance will make your move easier and it will save you money if anything goes wrong.

Hire a professional moving company

Many pet owners fail to realize how time-consuming and difficult it can actually be to move with a pet. Moving abroad with pets requires a lot of paperwork. Hence the best thing you can do for yourself and your pets is to hire a professional moving company. This way you ensure your pet stays in safe hands. So you should look for international moving companies NYC that can relocate your pets. Having a professional handle your pet’s relocation can save you a lot of time and prevent any unexpected mistakes.

Choose the right airline

Flying is a stressful experience for an animal that is why it’s important to choose the right airline. Though rules vary from airline to airline, usually there are three different ways your pet can travel on an airplane:

  1. If your pet is small enough to fit in the carrier under the seat, they can join you in the cabin.
  2. Your pet can fly as accompanied luggage in the cargo hold.
  3. Finally, your pet can travel on an airplane as manifest cargo.

Even though owners want to bring in their pets with them in the cabin, most airlines do not allow it. So, your pet will probably end up in the cargo hold. This might be very unpleasant for it. First of all, they are in an unfamiliar environment and they are away from you. That is why you should look for an airline that tries its best to make your pets comfortable during the flight. Keep in mind that airlines will not allow your pet to fly if temperatures are too high or too low at any point along your journey. When you are choosing your flight, avoid booking a ticket during the holiday season and look for a flight with no transfer. Moving abroad with pets can be quite costly, so be sure to check out what are the expected moving quotes Brooklyn so you avoid any unforeseen financial setback.

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It’s important to choose the right airline company when moving abroad with pets.

Schedule a vet visit before moving abroad with your pets

There is a chance your pet won’t be able to join you on your flight. Animals that have respiratory problems like short-nosed cat and dog breeds can’t travel easily. Therefore, schedule an appointment with your vet to make sure your pet is fit to travel by air. If you are considering sedating your pet for the flight, you must talk with your vet to make sure it is recommended. Sedatives reduce heart rate, body temperature, and respiration. Therefore, they might not be the best option. You can try natural calming products like pheromone sprays for dogs or different herbs that have a calming effect.

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Schedule a vet visit to make sure your pet can fly.

Help your pet adjust to their new home

Moving abroad with your pets is nerve-racking for you, but your pets as well. So, try to be understanding and allow your pet enough time to get used to their new environment. Try to make your new home feel familiar. Go back to your regular feeding routines and schedules as soon as possible. You may notice some changes in behavior, so schedule a vet visit just in case.

Moving abroad with pets can be quite traumatic for both parties. Try your best to stay calm during the move, because your pets can easily pick up on your stress levels. Follow our tips and tricks to make the entire endeavor a lot easier for your furry friends.

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From Brooklyn, NY

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