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Moving, especially to a new country, can be emotional and stressful. This is true for your pets too. They sense change is coming, they see you packing up the house! Then on moving day, they end up in a crate, on a plane, by themselves. This can be a very scary experience for your pet, but planning can help ease their anxiety. Before you leave, contact your veterinarian and ask for your pet’s medical records. If your dog or cat doesn’t have an ID chip, ask for one. Your veterinarian can advise you on the necessary vaccines and paperwork needed for your trip. If your pet takes medication, you should get a prescription, so you have a supply available before you find your new vet in your new home. You also should ask for a recommendation for a veterinarian in your new country. Talk to your airline. Airlines have specific requirements for pet travel, confirm your carrier’s policies. From paperwork to the type of crate, make sure you understand what you need so there are no surprises at the airport! On the day of your trip, feed your pet a few hours before the flight. Travel can upset their stomach so give them their food at least 4 hours before flight departure. Plan on packing a special bag for your furry friend. Bring their favorite toy, some snacks, any medications, and a brush and towel for grooming needs. And don’t forget a doggie bag! Take some time to walk them prior to the flight. If possible, let them RUN! Many airports have dog areas or space outside that is appropriate. Plan to spend time with your pet on arrival at the airport. They will need exercise and to relieve themselves and they may need to be fed and even washed. Most of all they will need to know that despite all the strange things they just experienced you are there to care of them. Finally, be understanding. While you may be excited about your big move, your pet has no idea what is happening. It is going to take them some time to adjust to the flight and their new home. Make sure you give them a little extra attention and love. They will need you to be calm and reassuring throughout this process. For more information, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulates air transportation of pets. We suggest you start your planning by reading the helpful information located on their website: www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel. It contains the travel requirements of the US as well as other countries. It is a good place to start gathering information for your trip. Good luck!  

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