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 on the destination country’s own govt 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!
- As time passes, go back and check those criteria again and again – it does change over time.
- Generally speaking, the more isolated the location, the higher the entry requirements (Eg: Islands like New Zealand are probably 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
- What to look for in a microchip
- 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)
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