There are lots of reasons you might be moving abroad, but no matter what your motivation for moving is, this is certainly a very exciting time in your life!
That said, it’s not as simple as packing a bag and hopping on a plane like you would if you were going on holiday. There are lots of things you need to think about and sort out first.
For one thing, you need to decide where you’re going to live and work when you get there; then, of course, you need to think about what you’re going to do with your current home, your belongings and one other very important thing – your pet.
Moving abroad with a pet is entirely possible, but this doesn’t always mean it’s going to be a simple and stress-free process. As such, it’s best to get as prepared as you possibly can beforehand. This will make the journey much easier for you both.
To help you do this, we’ve created this guide on how to move abroad with your pet. Read on to find out more.
Speak to your vet
There are several reasons that you will need to book your pet in with the vet before you move. Firstly, they will be able to conduct a full check-up on your furry friend and make sure they are happy, healthy and able to travel. The last thing you need is complications or for your pet to become unwell along the way.
Not only this, but different countries have different laws for bringing pets across the border and often, they are required to have passed certain medical checks first, including having an up-to-date rabies vaccination. You may also be required to get a certificate of health from the vet.
So remember, you will need to check all entry requirements for your chosen country to make sure you are ticking all the right boxes. And be sure to do this in plenty of time so you can get all the correct paperwork in order. Leave it too late, and things might get stressful as you head towards moving day.
Finally, the vet will also be able to offer you advice on how to make the journey as stress-free as possible for your pet, especially if you’re flying and they are going to be checked into the hold of the plane.