July 13, 2008
Moving Pets Overseas: Issues to Ponder On
There are lots of guidelines and issues you should follow and take into consideration when moving your pets overseas.
The first thing you have to know is if your pet will be allowed in that destination. Keep in mind that some countries do not allow pets to be brought in. For those who do, they require a health certificate from your veterinarian. Included in the certificate are records that show that your pet is rabies-free and has been vaccinated.
Once you got all these, you also need to know the duration with which the permit will remain valid. If it is only good for a few months, then you can inquire where you can get the following entry permits so that you will not violate any of the laws in the country.
Breed and age are also a major consideration. There are countries that require pets to be quarantined for a period of time before they are brought to their owners. This is because there is some breed of animals that are considered safe and some are not. The best thing to do is check with the consulate of that country so you will know the specifications that they have regarding quarantine.
If all these are not enough to cause you headaches, the cost will. The fee for quarantine in that country is charged to you. If your pet is required to be placed in a quarantine facility, make sure that you check out that certain first before agreeing.
Check out the cleanliness of the area, the care they provide and the staff that will cater to your pet’s needs. Oftentimes, there are a number of facilities available around the country. If you were given the option of choosing one, opt for the best one you can find. It will be your assurance that your pet will remain safe and in capable hands.
It can be noted that there are a lot of issues regarding the transport of pets from one country to another. One issue is about the sedation that is given to these animals in order for them to be boarded on planes.
Many animal deaths are attributed to the effects that sedation can cause. If you feel that you pet is capable of being transported without any incident, you must therefore inform the veterinarians about this. They are not really required to use sedation in case some pets show good behavior and obedience during the course of the transport.
Another issue that veterinary associations are concerned about is the pressure of the confined spaces and altitude that the animals are subjected to if they are boarded in airplanes.
There are animals that do not easily adapt the chance in their usual environment. If you feel that your pet is not acting like its usual self, seek the help of a veterinarian immediately. They will be able to tell you the cause of that behavior and may even require some medications to counter them.
The rules and regulations, along with the effects of the transport are enough reasons to discourage your from moving your pets overseas. But if you think of the alternative of never seeing your pet again, then all these measures will be worth it once you and your pet have finally settled down in your new home.Author : Dorian