When you’re a pet owner, moving internationally comes with a unique set of challenges. Relocating with your furry companions requires careful planning, research, and preparation to ensure a seamless transition. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about moving internationally from Edmonton with pets.

1. Research Pet Laws and Regulations

Every country has its regulations and requirements for importing pets. Before you start making travel arrangements, research the specific rules and restrictions of the destination country. When in Canada, you’ll need to check the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website for the latest pet import regulations; similar agencies exist for various countries.

Ensure your pet’s vaccinations, microchipping, and health certificates are up-to-date, and verify if there are any breed-specific regulations in Edmonton. Some countries may require pets to undergo a quarantine period upon arrival, so it’s crucial to be aware of these details in advance.

If you’re moving with a dog, check that the breed is allowed in your new country, state/province, and city; different localities all have their own rules about so called “bully breeds”.

2. Visit the Veterinarian

A visit to the veterinarian is essential before an international move. The vet will conduct a thorough health examination of your pet, ensuring they are fit for travel. If your destination requires specific vaccinations or treatments, the vet will be able to provide them.

This is also an excellent opportunity to ask your vet for advice on keeping your pet comfortable and calm during the journey. They might suggest using a calming spray or natural remedies to reduce stress and anxiety. If you have a highly anxious pet, your vet may even prescribe anti-anxiety medications to reduce stress during travel.

3. Choose the Right Pet-Friendly Transportation

When moving internationally with pets, selecting the right mode of transportation is critical. You can choose between air travel or ground transportation depending on the distance and regulations.

For most international moves, flying might be the most efficient option. However, it’s essential to select a pet-friendly airline that prioritizes the safety and well-being of animals during the journey. Book your pet’s ticket early, as airlines often have limited spots for pets in the cabin or cargo hold.

If you prefer ground transportation, research pet-friendly moving services or consider hiring a pet relocation specialist to assist you.

4. Get a Sturdy and Secure Pet Carrier

A sturdy and secure pet carrier is a must for international travel. Ensure the carrier is the appropriate size for your pet, allowing them to stand, turn around, and lie down comfortably. Label the carrier with your contact information and attach a recent photo of your pet for identification.

To familiarize your pet with the carrier, start placing treats, toys, and bedding inside it well before the move. This will help create a positive association with the carrier and reduce stress during the journey.

5. Keep Important Documents Handy

Throughout your international move, you’ll need to carry essential documents related to your pet. These documents typically include vaccination records, health certificates, and microchip information. Make multiple copies of these documents and keep them in a waterproof folder you can easily access during the journey.

Additionally, it’s a good idea to research and find contact information for emergency veterinary services in your new home city, just in case you need assistance upon arrival. Some vets may have waiting lists, so it won’t hurt to do your research early.

6. Prepare Your Pet for the Journey

As the moving date approaches, take some time to prepare your pet for the long journey ahead. Gradually increase the time they spend in the carrier and take short practice trips to help acclimate them to travel.

On the day of the move, avoid feeding your pet a large meal before travel to reduce the risk of an upset stomach. However, ensure they are well-hydrated throughout the journey.

7. Transitioning to a New Home

Congratulations, you and your pet have safely arrived! However, the transition doesn’t end here. Moving to a new environment can be stressful for pets, so creating a safe and comfortable space for them to settle in is essential.

Keep your pet in a quiet room with familiar bedding, toys, and their carrier for the first few days. This will allow them to adjust gradually to their new surroundings and avoid overwhelming them. Gradually introduce them to other areas of the house and establish a routine including walks, playtime, and mealtimes.

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