Asia Expat Guides: 5 Tips to Pet Relocation


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Moving to a new, foreign country is a daunting task which many expats find very overwhelming. At Asia Expat Guides, we understand your concerns and your specific needs as an expat. We routinely share articles and expat tips about moving to Asia at
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Asia Expat Guides: 5 Tips to Pet Relocation

  1. 1. 5 Tips to Pet Relocation A Guide for Expats By: Asia Expat Guides
  2. 2. • Moving your furry companion abroad can be a real hassle, and if you’re anything like most of the pet lovers out there, you’ll worry yourself to death about having your pet fly on a plane. The potential problems include quarantines, getting by legislation, and ensuring that your pet’s flight is animal-friendly. • Certain countries have strict laws regarding pet import and you may not be able to bring in certain species of pets. Fortunately, most pets can fly across national borders. • Get an experienced pet relocation service to help you out with the logistics and administration! • Here are five things you should look out for when moving your furry friend abroad.
  3. 3. Get in contact with the local authorities of your host country. Find out the pet importation requirements, and certainly whether your pet can fly over at all. Some countries do not allow breeds that they consider dangerous, such as in the case of Pit Bulls, American Staffordshire Terriers, and Cane Corsos. You can also acquire essential information such as vaccination requirements and miscellaneous procedure.
  4. 4. Find an airline that has a good reputation for pet-friendly flights. Find out if your pet airline has climate controlled waiting areas and cargo holds so that your pet won’t be left out on the tarmac and will get to enjoy the same conditions that you and your family enjoy. It’ll be a bonus if the airline attendants are equipped with knowledge about animals as well.
  5. 5. Visit your vet before your pet flies. Be sure that your veterinarian gives the go ahead after giving your pet a full check. This is also so that your vet can detect any potential problems that may arise during the course of the flight. You may also require medical certification for your pet. Also, you’ll definitely want a peace of mind when you fly separately from your pet.
  6. 6. Cut down your pet’s food consumption one day before the flight. While your little friend may not be very agreeable with this, it will have an easier time adapting to the long flight ahead. However, you should give your pet adequate water as dehydration can pose as a serious danger. Do walk your dog before you head over to the airport, approximately 1-2 hours before take off.
  7. 7. Equip your pet’s carrier or crate with the necessary things on the day of the flight itself. Make it easy for the airline service crew to take care of your pet by ensuring that the travel crate meets the airline’s standards. It should be big enough for your pet to stand freely, turn easily and lay comfortably in. Mark the crate with a clear “This Side Up” tag. Two water bowls and dried food are the minimum to be installed with the crate in case the flight gets delayed. Make necessary arrangement for your pet to receive its medication on time as well.
  8. 8. For more information about being an expat in Asia, visit