Making the giant leap of moving to a different country comes with its challenges. Your concern might escalate if you have a furry companion you’d love to join you.
Thomas Smith’s pet transport service team has been facilitating the crossings of many animals for years. Their expertise has reassured many pet parents about the safe, reliable and humane procedures followed prior, during and post pet travel journeys.
Our team highlighted some pointers pet owners can follow to ensure moving abroad with pets is hassle-free; whether it’s an import to or export from Malta. Stop contemplating what to do next – these 5 tips will ease the challenging journey.
INTRODUCE THE KENNEL BEFOREHAND
Your shipping partner will inform you that all animals should be placed in a kennel during the air voyage. As a pet owner, you’re aware that your companion might not appreciate being stuck in an enclosed space for a lengthy period – let alone if s/he is unfamiliar with such lodging space. The animal transportation team will assist you in choosing the right-sized kennel for your pet and suggest a gradual familiarisation routine.
CHECK WHICH VACCINATIONS ARE REQUIRED
Each country has its own set of immunisation regulations regarding pets. Check with your vet or discuss with your shipping agent the list of vaccinations your pet required. Confirm that the treatment covers the duration validity of the trip. Keep certificates handy as they will need to be identified. The shipper will confirm whether your pet would be required to stay in quarantine for a small period of time, per the obligation of the country you are moving to.
GET TO KNOW THE FULL PROCESS TO MOVE THE PET OVERSEAS
We’ve found that the best way to reassure pet owners is to run them through the whole pet relocation process. Going into it with a blind eye will only cause heightened anxieties. Whilst your pet is live animal cargo, know full well that every member involved in the transport service is giving your beloved companion the deserved care and love.
CHOOSE THE CORRECT FOOD BEFORE TRAVELLING
Avoiding an excrement mess should be on the top of your list on the day of travelling. Feed your pet three hours before they go sky-high to avoid any distressing bowel movements. A container containing ample water should be prepared to ward off dehydration during the trip. The dish should be stuck to the kennel to avoid spoilage.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT PET RELOCATION SPECIALIST
Allowing professional guidance through every step of the way is the best gift you can give yourself and your pet. As an ATA approved shipper, Thomas Smith’s animal transportation team will handle all procedures required – from the procurement of kennels, vaccination lists, applications and documents, customs clearance and door-to-door delivery. With solid company standards and adherence to ethical transportation protocols, your beloved friend will be in safe hands.
Say hello to some of the pets we were lucky to meet throughout the years.