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Take your furry friends with you!

4 March 2016

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 March 4, 2016
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Category: Moving Tips

If you’re worried about leaving your treasured pets behind during an upcoming family move, don’t be: Pickfords will help you take them with to your new home, and it’s easier than you think.

Pets are integral parts of any family, with many people treating their pets like fully-fledged family members. As such, no international move should involve the tragic breakup of the family – you definitely can take your pets with you overseas, and with the right partner at your side you’ll be supported through every step of the journey!

Best of all, when you book your household move through Pickfords, you will benefit from the preferential rates that our trusted pet moving partners offer us, as well as the convenience of initiating your entire household’s move from a single point of contact.

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Photos supplied by Pets en Transit – one of Pickfords’ trusted pet moving specialists

It’s important to note that depending on the country you’re planning on relocating to, you should start the process of your pet’s move from one month all the way up to seven months before the day of your move! Please be sure to request this service from your Pickfords move consultant as early as possible – even if you are still finalising the details of your household move.

This allows sufficient time for us to secure quotations for your move from our specialist partners, and for the pet moving consultants to then assist you in getting your pet move-ready.

Key aspects you will be guided through:

  • Proper documentation – just like you may need to apply for a visa before you move, your pet may also need an import permit! This is mandatory if you’re moving to Australia or New Zealand, or most Asian, African and South American countries; but is not required for most European Union countries, or the USA and Canada. Health requirements also vary, and there will be vaccinations (e.g. for rabies) and health certificates your pet will need.
  • Flying in comfort – Your pet will be as comfortable as possible in the pressure and temperature-controlled cargo hold of an airplane. You can either opt for an IATA-approved wooden travel crate, or a purpose-built plastic travel kennel (favoured where reusability is required). Once again there are special country and airline requirements regarding dimensions, locking mechanisms etc., and your pet moving specialist will help you choose.
  • Last-minute preparation – There are many ‘do’s and don’ts’ when it comes to containing your pet’s stress levels over this period, so your pet moving specialist will provide guidelines on how to keep your pet calm and secure. Although tranquilizing pets is discouraged, you may want to consider calming pheromone-treated collars or ‘rescue drops’, and the reassuring scent from an item of your clothing in your pet’s crate is also recommended!

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