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Shipping Your Pet Safely

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Taking a pet abroad when families relocate is a key area of concern for many. With pets such as dogs, cats and even ferrets taken overseas you need to be aware of the documentation required and country-specific customs timeframes involved.

With pets separated from their owners for the journey as well as potentially months in quarantine, it’s certainly worth thinking about whether this is a trip worth them taking.

If you are only away for a few months or up to a year, it might be best for them to stay with a caring relative or friend. If you are however emigrating for good, then there may be no option. Where you go, the pet goes too.

So where do you start?

Planning is the key. Research the country you are moving to and find out what the rules and regulations are around transporting pets. If your pet is coming from the UK and going to another EU country, then take a look at the European Commission website which details what is possible.

In general, dogs, cats and ferrets can travel between the two areas, but they will need to have a rabies vaccine, microchip and pet passport or EU Health Certificate.

It is very different in countries such as New Zealand and Australia where importing dogs and cats will involve a quarantine process, which could see you parted from your pet for sometime. In New Zealand for instance, there are a huge number of restrictions on breeds and a list of residency requirements for cats and dogs. It’s worth looking on the Ministry of Primary Industries website to see what is, and what isn’t possible. You’ll also need to check the airport through which the pets can travel and book a quarantine facility, as this has recently changed. This is something they recommend you do well in advance as they can get booked up. Australia too has strict import regulations and cats and dogs (the only pets currently allowed) are required to have an import permit as well as a number of health checks. Look at the government’s Department of Agriculture and Water for more details.

Once the research on a country’s requirements is done, you’ll need to look into how your pets will travel. If you’re moving from the UK to EU countries it may be a case of you driving your pet to the new locations. But if you’re going further afield, a specialist pet relocation service is best placed to help you to decide on how to transport you pet efficiently and with the greatest of care. For instance, taking a pet across America may be difficult in hot summer months as dog’s are not allowed on planes due to the heat.

Other issues worth considering:

If you’re travelling long-haul, pick a pet-safe airline, noting whether they fly animals and the cost. Some airlines have better reputations than others for pet care so take your time to research each properly.

Find an airline approved travel crate and give your pet time to get used to it. Think about the pet’s journey and whether it will need extra water for the flight. Dehydration can be a potential issue if not addressed properly.

Ask your vet to give your animal a thorough health check and think about possible issues.

Choose a pet relocation service that can help with all essential details and red tape. For instance, there is a current 180-210 preparation day wait for transporting dogs and cats to Australia.

Is your pet allowed into the country? There are a number of restrictions on dog breeds in certain areas so it’s worth looking into this before even considering movement.

Once your pet has arrived on terra firma there will again be a number of issues concerning quarantine and collection processes. Make sure to research the criteria via official government websites so you can manage both yours and your families expectations.

If you are considering moving abroad, PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company, which has specialised in international removals for over 35 years. We are committed to providing a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move for all our customers. Whether you’re sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle, we will ensure that you receive the highest level of care and attention. Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

Packing your pet, the cost and quarantine


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elizabeth tersigni, My Dog


As important members of the family, when someone decides to relocate, the cat or dog have to come too. Depending upon where you are moving to this is either relatively easy – or quite complicated. In fact, getting an animal into some countries can be almost as tricky as applying for your own work permits or visas. The best families can do is be mindful that when they are thinking of relocation, they factor in time and consideration for what the pet’s needs are. For example, demand is high in some countries for quarantine accommodation, so if you don’t book your pet in early, they may get left behind. Others require blood tests and tape worm immunisations whilst others do not.

To make things easier, we’ve compiled a list of checks you need to do, depending upon which country you are moving onto.

Moving from one EU country to another:

Thanks to the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) owners of cats, dogs and ferrets (!) can transport their animals within Europe, following a relatively easy and straightforward scheme which sees them being issued with their own passport. This is done once a series of other procedures have been completed. In the UK only Official Veterinarians (OVs) are able to produce a pet passport. Your local vet is most likely to be able to point you in the right direction.

This scheme allows for pet owners to move their dogs and cats to Europe (and a host of other countries, see list here) by following certain criteria set by the The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs:

1. a microchip

2. a rabies vaccination (make sure your pet is microchipped first or the vaccination won’t count)

3. a pet passport or official third country veterinary certificate.

4. tapeworm treatment (for dogs only)

You must wait 21 days from the date of the rabies vaccination before traveling.

The cost of the procedures including vaccinations and documents could be in the region of £200, but remember the cost of flying or shipping them to your new destination may be expensive, and include the price of a ticket and transportation. Costs will be dependent upon the size of the animal and whether it can travel with you or it has to go in the hold. Shipping or flying costs will also vary.

Moving from the UK to Australia

Moving your dog or cat or horse (hamsters, ferrets and rabbits need not apply!) is relatively complicated in Australia and it’s worth getting yourself fully versed in what’s required. The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has step-by-step lists for both dog and cat owners about what they need to do before and during the moving process.

Certain dogs are not allowed into Australia and a full list can be found here

First up, all dogs must be microchipped and need to receive a rabies virus vaccine after which they are then scanned for the Rabies Neutralising Antibody Titre (RNAT) test. There are strict rules around the test and dogs are not eligible to be allowed into Australia until at least 180 days from the date the blood test was drawn.

Once this is complete you will then need to apply and pay for an import permit, book tentative post entry quarantine accommodation, take out various other tests on your dog, including an external parasite treatment before obtaining a Completion of Veterinary Health Certificate.

Once your pet has arrived in Australia they will be subject to 10 days quarantine, but if there are any health issues, this time can be extended. Clear step-by-step information can be found here. Information about transporting cats can also be found at the same address.

It can cost anything from £1,900 to £3,000 to transport a dog or cat from the UK to Australia, so once again factor this all in when you are pulling together a budget. It actually may be more expensive to take your dog abroad than it is a young child.

If you are considering a move abroad PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receives a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 34 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance of ensuring our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.