Things to Consider When Taking Pets Abroad
Anyone who has a pet wants to include them in everything they do which includes going on vacation from time to time.
If an individual is planning on bringing their pet overseas there are some things that must be done beforehand to ensure the smoothest journey possible. Also think about a useful first-aid kit for your pet with some diegeneesmiddelen (its the netherlands word for "pet medicine", btw. interesting text just let Google translate it for you) to take with you.
First consideration is the overall health of the animal and if they are physically able to endure the rigors of travel, this is especially important with older pets that may be frail from poor health or other ailments; the only way to know with any form of certainty is visiting the veterinarian and getting a professional opinion. If the doctor feels the animal is not able to endure the journey then an alternative living arrangement will need to be made with perhaps a pet sitter.
If the doctor has indicated the pet is able to travel then there is a few items that need to be performed. Most countries require any foreign animal entering the country to have spent a minimum of 6 months in the country they are arriving from, anything less than that and entry could be refused. The pet should have an identification microchip implanted in their body, this helps for identification purposes should the pet be lost.
Another important requirement is the pet to be up to date with all of their vaccinations if it is a dog it would include Parvovirus, Distemper and Hepatitis. The animals will also require a copy of their rabies vaccination prior to their arrival to the destination country.
This is all in the aim to prevent foreign diseases from entering a new eco system. Certain countries such as Singapore require an entry permit prior to bringing a pet into the country and there are other places that have a mandatory quarantine for animals entering the country.
While this may be a cause for concern for pet owners it is necessary to protect all the other pets currently in the country. If an individual has any major concerns they may want to contact the destination country's embassy to find out the rules, since these are subject to change at any time the sooner it is clarified the easier it will be to make travel plans. It is recommended by experts to start the travel planning well in advance when bringing pets with them, this is to allow for any potential obstacles that could come up along the way.