International Pet Travel
International pet travel involves crossing at least one international border
and regardless of the method of transport, you need to be aware of some basic
requirements that you need to adhere to.
1). The country of destination determines the pet health requirements.
To be more accurate, it is the veterinary authorities of the country of destination that
determine the pet health requirements.You must therefore establish what these requirements
are before you travel with your pet to another country. International pet travel requirements will almost
certainly include a variety of vaccinations against common diseases
and a veterinary health certificate. This certificate can only be issued by
a qualified veterinarian after he/she has examined your pet.
2). Quarantine measures
Some countries will insist that your pet spends some time in quarantine.
The purpose of quarantine is to allow the pet to be monitored and to
satisfy the authorities that your pet is not carrying any disease. This
often also involves regular blood testing of your pet. Pets may need to spend
up to 6 months in quarantine under some circumstances.
Most countries have specifically designated quarantine facilities that are
registered with the Veterinary authorities. In other words, your pet cannot
be held in quarantine just anywhere. In addition, you will be responsible
for all boarding costs incurred during the quarantine period.
3) Long distance travel requires some preparation
Although not all international travel need be lengthy in either distance
or time, it very often is and your pet needs to be adequately prepared
for the journey.
A thorough health check up before the journey and the provision of an
approved and correctly labelled pet carrier is a good starting point.
Make sure that, depending on travel time, that adequate arrangements
have been made for fresh water and food to be available for your pet
during the journey.
If your pet is going to be separated from you for the journey, check out
the credentials of the company that will be responsible for your pets health, comfort
International Pet travel
may sound glamorous, but in reality it will be a stressful
undertaking for the pet and as a responsible owner you need to do everything possible to minimise the level of stress that the pet is exposed to.