When relocating a family, there are quite often some furry friends who need to be taken into consideration. Pet relocation is an important part of the relocation industry, and a complicated one at that. Different countries have different requirements, but there are some pet relocation tips that can help anyone.
With the cost of pet relocation rising, it was reported last year that many expats were leaving their pets behind when they made the journey abroad. While money is a factor, many also believed that the journey would be cruel to their animals. The process can be arduous, but by using reputable companies who are well aware of the different requirements for different countries, any pet relocation consultant can provide their client with strong advice and service, no matter where they are relocating.
Transportation is the initial focus for all pet relocation consultants. If possible, travelling by car is recommended; having their owners nearby with the ability to stop and walk (if you’re transporting dogs) can make the process easier. But, this isn’t always possible. There are, however, many airlines which accommodate pet travel, such as Quantas or Lufthansa, but they have specific rules. Certain breeds of animals may be banned from the country your client is relocating to, for example. The travel itself can be very comfortable for pets; the travel area will be climate controlled, the crates are big enough for pets to stand, lie, sit and move around in and many airports have kennel areas for layovers where pets can be checked on, fed and given water. Some airlines will even allow small animals to travel in the main cabin. It is very important to recommend not to sedate pets for airline travel. While airlines will allow this, vets warn that it can limit an animal’s breathing ability and could actually allow for injury during transportation.
Vets play a large role in pet relocation. Before travel it may be vital to gain a certificate of health for the pet, as well as any required vaccinations and micro-chipping. Vets in the new country will also be responsible for quarantine at the other end of the journey. The length and cost of quarantine Varies from country to country. In Australia this currently stands at $149 per pet, per day for a minimum of 10 days. Good research and documentation from veterinary practices should allow owners to avoid having to quarantine their pets for too long.
ID is very important during a travel – after all it would be devastating if a pet went missing. Collars with contact details, micro chips and labelled crates (complete with photo and vaccination information) are all useful to airline staff. Should your client’s pet decide to impersonate Houdini, they should be able to be located quickly and easily.
More than anything, it is important to use reputable companies who are experienced in transporting pets. There are many companies run by vets who have close links with airlines and a team who are all experienced in international laws regarding pet relocation. It is important to avoid being fleeced by fraudulent companies. Pet scams are on the rise and many people are being duped out of thousands of pounds. Should large deposits be demanded up front before any processes are in place, alarm bells should be ringing. As a pet can be one of the most important parts of a family, it is of the utmost necessity that they are transported and relocated with care.