Pet Relocation: All you Need to Know When Moving your Dog Abroad

The best thing about being a pet owner is that your pet keeps you happy, accompanies you to the picnics and hikes and whatnot. Some dog enthusiasts love to travel their pets abroad too whenever they get the chance too. You might think “why the fuss, just leave them behind with a friend or family”, right? 

But here’s the deal – leaving your dog behind alone is like leaving a baby unattended while you go out enjoying yourself. Those who truly love to relocate their dogs always have one worry on their mind. Whether you have to take care of the dog harness or get them vaccinated weeks before, you do it all. 

Besides, the set of rules they need to follow when international traveling is involved with their pups is the biggest query of all times. 

This article exclusively focuses on the questions as a dog parent you most definitely have that will put your mind at ease. 

Here’s a Pet Relocation Guide to Calm Your Worries!

Being a dog parent myself, I have to say, relocating a pet is risky. If it’s within the state, like a dog road trip then you have to take care of the dog essentials (the basics only). 

We have already covered the section about the dog’s anxiety regarding the road trips but in this case, when you have to move your dog to another country can cause disruptive behavior too. 

So yes, you can EXPECT the headaches for yourself in this matter, unfortunately. But worry not guys, moving, quarantining, and registering your pet to your new home can be done in a proper way too. 

When you have to settle in another country and be confident about your decision. You need to make it an informed decision to know whether your dog is even up for it or not. Since your dog is a family member, take care of their mental being too. 

Sometimes people put a dog or any other pet up for adoption or sale who lives in another country. So if you are one of the buyers 

What to Expect in Pet Relocation

It simply means the ability to move to another country. It’s a straightforward practice. You go visit a relocation agency. Discuss things through. The agency is responsible for picking your dog at home, checking them at the departure airport, clearing customs on arrival for a pet, and delivering the pet to the new home. 

How Old a Puppy should be for Relocation

Ah! The foremost worry for any dog parent or about to be the dog parent is to be sure that the puppy will be safe and sound for international traveling. 

But how to be sure? What is the proper age for a puppy for relocating?

The general age of a puppy should be at least 15 weeks. But this is also dependable on various airlines. Each airline has a similar policy with a set standard that may vary according to the country. 

It’s a common understanding that a pup cannot fly if it’s younger than 8 weeks. Countries like the UK and EU-based countries do not permit unvaccinated puppies younger than 12 weeks to enter the country. 

The best age to let your puppy relocate is when they are over 16 weeks. Till that age, they are vaccinated too. 

Note: It is strictly advised to not let the puppy travel younger than 15 weeks on international flights because their respiratory systems are not developed enough to handle a long-haul flight. 

Vaccinations needed before the Puppy can Travel Abroad

If you are planning to relocate to a country in the near future, then bear in mind that your pup needs to be vaccinated weeks before. 

Vaccination for rabies is a must! Usually, the vaccinations can begin at 12 weeks of age. Usually, vaccination can be given 30 days prior to the actual travel date. Besides the rabies vaccination, your paw pal needs other mandatory vaccines like; 

  • DHLPP vaccine 
  • Parainfluenza vaccine 
  • Measles vaccine 

Besides, always check the latest flying policies and regulations with the airlines as each country has a different set of mandatory vaccines. 

Feed your Puppy before and during the Relocation: Yes or No?

The young age traveling can also upset the puppy’s stomach easily. 

At 12 weeks of age they wean off, so their stomachs are sensitive at this point already. So it’s best to wait for a couple of weeks more before you can decide to plan your trip.

Remember to not change your puppy’s diet before traveling. You don’t want a sick puppy on the flight.  Do make sure that your puppy is well hydrated before the flight. You can leave the water bowls to attach to the dog crate that doesn’t spill. 

Usually, dogs are sedated in a few cases (like a long flight) and even if they are not, then a full stomach can make your pup uncomfortable during the trip. You can feed him 4 hours before the flight but you can continue to give water to your dog right up to the time of travel. 

Dog Crate Training for Relocation 

When you become a dog parent, it is essential to start crate training your puppy at the earliest opportunity. 

For a relocation, crate training will come in handy for sure. You can keep the old t-shirt or towel that smells of you or your home. A familiar scent inside the crate will keep the puppy calm, feel more secure and comfortable. 

If your dog is already crate trained then relocation will be easier to handle. It is crucial to begin crate training in case you haven’t begun any yet. Or your dog might be traumatized. 

Any Risks to be Aware of?

Always check your pup’s temperature before and after traveling. Extreme temperatures can be a concern while flying young pets. Because of their young age, it takes a long while to regulate the body temperature. 

It is suggested to avoid relocating your puppy during high summer and winter. 

Do not forget to get your puppy micro-chipped so that you can track the vitals too. You can have the app download on your phone. Once proper measures are taken into account pet relocation becomes easier for all dog parents. 

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Summra is a dog enthusiast fully committed to helping train fellow dog owners. She enlightens them to solve their furry friend’s behavioral issues and to focus on the dog’s needs in optimistic ways.