Transporting pets to a new state or province requires a lot of planning and research. For instance, in Canada, the major national airline recently stopped transporting pets. This severely limits the ability to move a domestic animal across the country. So, when you’re planning a move, make sure you allow time to arrange the safe transport of your companion animals.
What You Need to Do to Prepare for Pet Transportation
1. Arrange pet transport: Decide if you’re going to drive with your pet or fly them to the new destination. Make the necessary arrangements well in advance of your move – at least a month if not longer.
2. Take your companion animal to the veterinarian for a checkup and let the vet know that your pet will be moving. Tell them where and when and ask what your pet will need in terms of health documents and records.
Also, ask about your concerns about moving your pet. If your companion animal is a senior, there are some precautions your vet may recommend, such as bloodwork and a heart check.
Ask your vet for a recommendation of a vet in the new city. They may be able to provide you with a vet or the name of an animal hospital.
Your vet should also provide you with a copy of your pet’s health records or offer to send a copy to the new vet once you’re settled. I usually ask for a copy, just so I have the records with me. If you’re driving with your pet, you should always carry their records with you.
3. Check the regulations for the state you’re moving to.
Each state has it’s own regulations surrounding importing of animals, including domestic pets. To avoid being detained at the border, make sure you check the regulations before you leave. Often, your vet can provide you with the information, but it’s also a good idea to keep checking the state website for updates as the move grows closer.
Although most states will perform only random searches, some do check every vehicle that enters. If you have all the papers required, this should not be a problem. If you’re flying your pet, some custom officials will check the pet upon arrival. Again, it depends on the state you’re moving to.
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