10 Helpful Tips When Shipping Your Pets Overseas

Moving abroad can be both an exciting and daunting experience, especially if you are moving with your pet/s. Shipping a live animal overseas takes more than just a kennel and your pet’s cooperation. There is paperwork to be signed, authorities to consult, and other factors that must be taken into consideration.

Pet Relocation

Living Conditions During Transport

As the pet owner, you must check the temporary conditions in which your pet will be living in during the transport and ensure his/her needs are met at all times.

Check with Authorities

Regulations that govern shipping pets overseas and import of animal in general can significantly vary in different countries. Check with your country’s consulate regarding what procedures to follow and if you can bring your pet at all. In some countries, certain breeds of dogs and cats are approved while others are not

Environmental Changes Abroad

If you know someone from the country that you are relocating to, ask them about the living environment yearlong. Assess if your dog or cat will be able to handle the weather and temperature changes. If you have no connections overseas, you can do a quick search online about the country.

Is it Practical?

For those of you starting fresh in a new country, it may be difficult to find work within the first few weeks. Ask yourself, “Can I afford veterinary services?” Even your pet’s basic needs like food and shelter could further damage your budget. This doesn’t mean you have to part ways with your beloved pet. You can entrust him/her to a relative or friend until you find a job and can handle the commitment. Then, you can have him/her shipped overseas.

Make a Timeline

When shipping pets overseas, most countries mandate a strict sequence of medical examinations to ensure your pet doesn’t bring a plague to their land. The timing of each phase is extremely vital and failure to comply as per instructions may lead to additional expenses and headaches.

Consult with Your Vet

This not only gives your pet an updated health checkup but also helps in preparing the animal for travel abroad. Most vets are already familiar with the procedures taken during pet shipment overseas, which lessens your load to guarantee they are done accurately.


Look for a Pet Carrier

Some airlines already provide a pet carrier. If you book a flight with an airline that doesn’t, look for a carrier that is approved by the International Air Transport Association.

Have a Picture of Your Pet With You

If there is any incident during or after shipping your pets overseas, you can identify them to officials by showing a photo.

Do Not Tranquilize Your Pet

Don’t let anyone administer sleep medication or tranquilizers to your pet. This could render severe to fatal side effects while your pet is in flight.

Feeding Before Shipping

Do not feed your pet a heavy meal right before the flight. This may cause him/her to vomit during flight. Feed your pet a light meal at least 6 hours prior the scheduled flight departure.


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