We are moving country this year so I hope to tell you how to make the actual relocation as smooth as possible for your fur babies. In the meantime, I'm currently researching this matter and quizzing nearly every vet I see. Putting all I have discovered to paper, this is what I have learnt to date:
1. The most important thing is to have your paperwork in order for the country you are moving to (thus preventing any complications such as quarantine)
2. If you can't take your pet with you in the cabin - a pet relocation company is expensive but worth their weight in gold.
3. I spoke to a vet who moved her cat from Vancouver to Abu Dhabi, she was a upset her pet had be checked-in at the airport so long before the flight (around 5 hours) so she arranged to pick it up after check-in so it could wait with her in the car until the last minute. The arrangement exacerbated the situation because the cat was stressed out at more movement and the vet was beside herself seeing her pet like this...which in turn the cat picked up on and then everything got out of hand. So her suggestion was - keep with the procedures.
4. Stapling all blankets, toys and belongings to the floor of the crate ensures their bed will remain comfy and enacted. When the crate is moved on and off the aircraft there will be a fair amount of movement for them (deep breath J - deep breath). 5. The water bowl: Again the movement of the crate means that water may swish everywhere leaving little left for their journey. A vet suggested we put a bowl of frozen water in the crate, which gradually defrosts throughout the flight.
6. Smells: I believe most pet relocation services provide the crate in the build up to the relocation so the pet is familiar with it and the smell of "home" is absorbed. I think I will train my little fur baby to have happy memories in the crate (treats and toys are the way to her heart) which of course will be swiftly ruined but we can only try our best.
7. Smooth transition: I'm planning on leaving our dog with her favourite furry friends on the day the house is packed up. Hopefully, we can also have a relatively stable environment to move to in our new country. She loves sleeping on the "human" bed which at least will definitely be a constant in every location we move to! 8. Relax: A long walk before the flight is highly recommended. I've also heard anxiety pills or tranquillisers could be an option on the flight but haven't researched this at all yet.
So far, I only have one tip for the owners when relocating your pet - just get suitably drunk at the airport and on the plane. Things are out of your hands and with the professionals now...so sip sip!
If anyone can help with tips on relocating pets or a have a recommendation of a pet relocation company - it would be ever so appreciated.
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