Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats must be microchipped just before international travel, so ensuring this is done will be the first faltering step in preparing your pets for travel. One other veterinary requirements vary immensely between every country, so please check the relevant page on our website or contact us for more in-depth information.
Most owners are extremely anxious about sending their pets on a flight, and this is, of course, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly annually around the world and the risks of airline travel for them are the exact same as an individual of the equivalent health status. The scare-mongering articles that can be located on the internet listing death and injury as common occurrences for air travel more often than not occur when the rules for airline travel are flouted, such as for instance animals being cramped into inappropriately sized travel kennels and not given the rigorous medical examinations which are required ahead of airline journeys. The UK has strict welfare regulations governing international pet travel and animals would never be allowed to depart from any UK Airport within an unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.
Pets shouldn’t happen to be arrive at any destination over a weekend or Bank Holiday because at most airports abroad there are no cargo handling arrangements during nowadays and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they’re allowed to arrive at weekends it usually incurs one more fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, so it’s always better to send for a weekday arrival. You can find exceptions to the so please contact our office for more information if this really is something you require.
When taking your pet to a foreign country, please ensure they are only given water that is safe for humans to drink, we would strongly advise bottled water if you should be in just about any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals won’t have the natural immunity of native pets in your new country, therefore it is imperative they are quite well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the risk of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It is also advisable to ensure that their routine vaccinations are updated because it’s prudent to offer them the maximum amount of disease immunity as possible.
Pets tend to be more adaptable than they are often given credit for, and with some common-sense precautions regarding changes in climate, natural dangers, standard of veterinary care and relevant laws in your new country, there is no reasons why pets cannot settle well into your brand-new life abroad together.
There’s no making your way around it – taking your pet travelling by air outside the UK, whether on a short holiday or maybe more permanently, is expensive, time-consuming and may be complicated.
There are a host of regulations which must be followed, both country and airline specific, and they quite often change.
Generally speaking, the farther away or more exotic your destination, the more work is required to meet import regulations, veterinary requirements and to navigate through the area rules.
Our job at Pets by Plane is to assist you find the correct flights (many airlines will not carry snub-nosed breeds of dogs and cats) navigate the principles and regulations, advise on the best travel kennel and be sure that your pet can travel comfortably, securely and as economically as possible.
With over 25 year’s experience in transporting animals all over the world, we’ll ensure everything is really as stress free as possible and we could make the calm well-being, comfort and safety of your pet our top priority. We take our motto of’We care in the air’extremely seriously and pride ourselves on giving a dedicated, efficient and caring service.