July 25, 2012 by Caitlin Moore
With so much going on during relocation, it’s tough to maintain a true sense of calm. Doing things like packing and making major plans doesn’t exactly cultivate inner peace, but that doesn’t mean transferees can’t (for the most part) stay in control of their sanity.
Traveling with pets will make it even trickier to stay cool, but with the following tips it’ll be much easier to pull off.
Start Planning Early
Different countries have different pet import requirements, and some are considerably more complex than others. Depending on the destination, it may be beneficial to begin planning up to six months in advance in order to prepare for what lies ahead. At the very least, take a look at the relevant country import requirements to find out about vet visits, health documents, rabies vaccines and more.
Cats who decide to hide minutes before it’s time to leave. Misplaced paperwork. Flight delays. These things happen, so do your best to maintain some perspective as you deal with the little snags that, despite your most careful planning, may arise. It’s easier said than done, but remembering to breathe deeply, asking for help when you need it, and always having a back-up plan will make the pet relocation experience much easier.
Consult the Pros
You can’t exactly rely on your intuition to know how to move a pet. You need specialized information that may be tough to figure out, so it’s not admitting defeat to hire some professional help. Even transferees who start out wanting to do everything themselves often end up seeking help with a pet move, because assigning those preparation details to someone else can make all the difference in terms of controlling stress levels.
Double Check Everything
Online information and even government and airline websites can often be inaccurate, so be sure to check with a couple of different sources. People and companies who ship pets on a regular basis usually have the most up-to-date information, and consulting ex-pat blogs and other relocation guides may shed light on the facts of the matter.
Whether or not transferees know they’ll be moving again, it wouldn’t hurt to take notes and keep all important paperwork together in case it will be needed again at some point. Also, these days many expats and frequent travelers find it fun and rewarding to document their experiences on various social media outlets, as it can be both cathartic and helpful to other travelers to share pet travel adventures online.
Caitlin Moore is the Media Coordinator for PetRelocation.com, a pet relocation service provider based in Austin, TX. PetRelocation.com provides safe, door-to-door services worldwide and has received several customer service awards for their work in the relocation industry.