As a dog owner, you’re probably already aware of the tremendous benefits our fur kids bring to us – their loyalty, companionship, funny things they do to crack us up, have someone to exercise with, and of course just being our best friend who does not judge us.  Dogs have proven that they improve our physical and mental health, as well as the health of those around us. Dogs help strengthen our immune system – there was a study which showed that babies who grow up in a home with a dog are less susceptible to colds and respiratory infections. 

Some events in life can be as stressful as moving house, both on people and their pets.  When you have to relocate either due to job commitment, starting a new life or simply getting a new house, whether relocating to another state or country, you will be dealt with the decision of whether to bring your fur kid along.  You probably already know that the cost to transport a pet could be costly, depending on the location and distance, and you may not have the wherewithal for it.

For many of us, our pet is treated as part of our family member, thus when we move there’s no doubt that our pet follows us to our new location. There are many factors to consider in moving with pets. Different countries have different rules and regulations related to animal transport. Some pet owners opt to hire a pet relocation service or pet courier to make the necessary arrangements.

Here are some tips that you can follow to ensure your pet’s safety, health and happiness during the packing and moving process.

Introduce the carrier: The move will be an unfamiliar and frightening experience for your dog. But there are ways to make your fur kid more comfortable. If your pets will be traveling in a crate/carrier, encourage them to sleep in it before the trip and reward them with treats. Put their toys in there too.

On moving day –  ensure that your pet dog is safe and placed in an empty room that will not be disturbed. If this precaution is not taken, your fur kid would be in danger by getting into open boxes or in the way of movers. It also prevents them from hiding and not being located when the time has come for them to be moved. Also, place their toys, food, water, and bedding in their temporary room for comfort.

Requirements.  Most countries require a stringent sequence of medical tests. A dog or cat must have a microchip, rabies vaccinations, and blood tests at prescribed stages. In some countries, there is also a 180-day waiting period after the blood tests before the animal is allowed entry without quarantine.

Find a reliable pet transportation service.  You can browse the Shiply website to find the best pet transportation service for moving your dog to the new location.

All it takes is to fill out a simple online form and the quotes will be emailed to you for you to compare rates to ship your pets.  You can choose various pet transportation services on Shiply’s platform who are ready to bid on your job, often at up to 75% less than typical rates, subject to terms and conditions.

Moving your pet dog internationally is a long, often costly and stressful process, but the end result—having your fur kid with you in your new home and that is all that matters. Happy tails and happy travels!