Few of us are “China-Lifers” and as such, we need to make sure that our pets are ready to travel with the family to its next destination, regardless of whether it is heading back home or onto the next posting adventure. Preparing in advance is absolutely critical, it saves mountains of stress, heartache, money and potentially months of separation from your dearly loved furbaby. This video shows you the first steps involved, and starts to give you an idea of what to look for and things to be aware of when kicking off this process.
What are the really critical things to keep in mind?
- Start researching as early as possible – even before you get a pet if possible!
- Go and look at your destination country’s own government website (usually Department of Agriculture or Customs & Quarantine) for import criteria. Do not rely just on information from vets or pet relocation agents or 3rd party websites. Back-check everything at least twice yourself. Trust me, this saves you heart-ache, time and money.
- As time passes, go back and check those criteria again and again – it does change over time. A perfect example is of the Malaysian route to Australia being closed due to agents doing dodgy documentation.
- Generally speaking, the more isolated the location, the higher the entry requirements (Eg: Islands like New Zealand, Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong etc are generally speaking the most difficult place to bring an animal to)
- If nothing else, Covid-19 has shown us that being prepared well in advance mitigates many risks and challenges for moving animals
What specifically does this video talk about that you need to keep in mind?
- The relationship between your pet, its microchip, its immunization and documentation – most countries require an unbroken link between these parts of your import application.
- What to look for in a microchip. Some countries require unique numbers, so buying crap off taobao may lead to a major problem upon arrival when they can’t scan the number or the number is a copy of another on their system. Additionally, don’t think that your vet necessarily knows what is going on or that what they are providing is going to reach your destination country requirements. Most vets in China have never even chipped a dog.
- What should happen at the vet during this first visit (yes, there are going to be a whole bunch of visits to the vet before we are done). If you have yet to see our video on the importance of socialization, its a must watch.
A Final Thought:
If you haven’t started thinking about crate training, then it’s definitely something to start thinking about early too. Buy a good quality crate from Chateau Canine here and watch our free how to crate train video here.
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