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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Taking a Dog Abroad
Taking your dog abroad is no easy feat. There are a lot of things that need to be taken into consideration, and planning and preparation beforehand needs to be done. With this article I’d like to shed some light on what it’s like to travel with dogs, and break down the steps that need to be done.
Pets need Passports
Before you even think about taking your dog abroad, your dog must have a pet passport. In order to get one, your dog has to have been microchipped beforehand, and a pet passport can take up to 3-4 weeks to be made. You should be able to do this by making an appointment with your vet.
At least 21 days before you travel your dog will need to have the rabies vaccination. Your dog also has to be up-to-date with any other necessary vaccinations and/or booster shots.
Altogether, this can easily cost over $100.
Not all vets can issue a pet passport, so be sure to let them know that you want one before actually booking the appointment. For other requirements check out this article – dog travel requirements.
Booking the flight
Some airlines don’t even accept pets, so you’ll have to do some research on which airline you can travel with depending on where you live. You’ll also have to research how you can book your flight with your dog, and what the other requirements are.
If you have a small dog that weighs under 8kg, you should be able to take your dog into the cabin with you. Check the requirements for the size of the carrier, this is important because it needs to be able to fit under the seat.
For larger dogs, they have to travel by cargo unfortunately.
Personally, when I booked flights with Lufthansa, I had to call to tell them that I’m travelling with pets so I could book the flight. I also had to pay a little bit over a hundred pounds to travel with two small dogs.
What to pack
You’ll need something with you that has a familiar scent for your dog, like a blanket for them to sleep on.
It’s important to take some of your dog’s favourite toys along with you as well.
Make sure you have a collar or harness that has an ID tag, which your dog will need to have on at all times. Of course, you’ll need a sturdy leash, and you might need a muzzle too if you think you’ll be taking your dog with you on public transport. This is because it’s mandatory in some countries.
Take your dog’s food and water bowls with you. Anything that you can take with you that your dog will find familiar is better than buying new, even if you can afford it.
Just in case, you might want to take a towel and brush with you as well if it’s possible.
Travelling back to the US
When you are coming back to the US with your dog, your dog has to have tapeworm treatment administered by a vet at least 24 hours before, and a maximum of 5 days before travelling. This can easily be done by booking an appointment with any vet.
Other things to consider
Where you plan to take your dog actually matters. You have to ensure that your accommodation is dog-friendly, and you need to consider what the weather be like – if it’s likely that your dog will be exposed to scorching heat this could cause problems for your dog.
Research beforehand where the closest vet or animal hospital will be where you plan on staying, and the closest pet store so that you’ll be able to buy dog food or whatever else you might need.
You need to make sure that you’ll have access to some open space so your dog can get a bit of exercise and to go the toilet.