Based in Dubai, we can almost all say we have experienced moving abroad. And while it is initially exciting, it takes a lot of preparation and planning. Especially for those who are hoping to bring along a pet.
I know people who have moved with birds, dogs and cats. Probably more if I really asked around. For many people, bringing Fido along isn’t a choice. Fido is a part of the family. However, you should never ever consider moving your pet without doing some groundwork and following some guidelines. We prevent the following 7 tips to help get you organized.
Tip 1. Check with the consulate. Rules vary from country to country and depend on your country of origin. Step number one is learning if you can bring your pet.
Tip 2. Figure out how realistic it is.Make sure your living accommodations allow pets. I live in a ridiculously high building in Dubai. Sadly, one of my neighbors’ pets fell to its death off a balcony. Our official building rules are that it is too dangerous to keep pets in such a building. Other things to take into consideration are how available are vet clinics? Is there animal care if you are traveling? What’s the local attitude towards pets?
Tip 3. Make a timeline. Most countries have very stringent rules when it comes to allowing animals in and require medical testing. Some countries require a quarantine period – so make sure your animal can handle the stress.
Tip 4. Find a vet with overseas experience. Many vets have experience with preparing animals for living abroad. Your vet can best determine if your pet is healthy enough to make the journey. Likewise, the vet might be a wealth of information regarding certain problems that might arise once you complete the entire process.
Tip 5. Contact the Airlines. Different airlines have different rules so make sure you contact the carrier that will be responsible for moving your pet directly. Rules can change from overseas flights to domestic flights so make sure you have your entire journey covered. For instance, there might be rules for flying your pet from New York to Frankford. But once inside Germany, the rules might be different. And make sure you know total costs upfront.
Tip 6. Find a proper carrier. Make sure your carrier meets the requirements of the airline you will be flying with. The carrier should be as comfortable as possible to prevent stress.
Tip 7. Have copies of all documentation and keep an organized file. Be diligent in your documentation. You might be asked to produce paperwork to retrieve your animal. Make sure every record, every document, etc. is in good order.
This is not a decision to be made lightly. Do your research. Reaching out to others who have moved with their pets is always a good idea.