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Moving with Pets: What you must know

Whether you are relocating with a dog or vacationing with a cat, moving pets overseas has been Terminal4Pets specialty for more than two decades. Flying with dogs and flying with cats requires knowledge and precision with international health and airline regulations.

How to fly with your pet safely and comfortably? The Terminal4Pets experts offer guidance and assistance with professional pet travel tips.

Documents and Health Requirements to transport animals internationally:

Each country has its own requirements for animal import. The most important part of planning a relocation with pets is to determine what these requirements are for your specific destination and for your type of pet.

For the majority of pets, the first place to start will be with a microchip and rabies vaccination. Be aware that health requirements for your destination country may also include a rabies titer blood test, deworming, and/or a waiting period of one to six months. Some countries will require additional tests.  Fulfilling all health requirements may take several months so start preparations well in advance.

A health check with your veterinarian and a signed export health certificate, endorsed by an authorized government veterinary authority, is required prior to flight. There may be additional documents required, such as an import permit, depending on your destination and your individual pet.

Flight Planning for a pet:

The first step in choosing the best flight for your pet is to check the pet policy of the airline. It is important to provide the airline with all relevant information regarding your pet prior to booking your flight. You will need to provide your pets species, breed, age, size and weight to ensure that they are properly confirmed on the flight and are suitable for airline regulations and the type of aircraft.  

There are several different types of flights with pets. With many airlines, smaller pets (generally under 8kg including the carrier) may be allowed to fly in the cabin with the passenger.  Larger pets will fly as excess baggage on the passenger's ticket but will fly in the hold of the plane in a special area that is air pressurized and temperature controlled. For unaccompanied pets or for import to countries that require flight as cargo, there are manifested cargo shipments for pets. The process of booking and shipment is different but your pet will physically travel the same way as excess baggage.


Flight Kennels for international travel with pets:

When flying with a pet it is required that they have an airline and IATA  (International Air Transport Association) approved kennel according to international pet welfare standards and practices. It must also follow approved standards in sizing and preparation. As this kennel will be your pet's home for the entirety of their travels, it is important to purchase the correct kennel for your travel plans and for your pet. Animal welfare and airline regulations mandate that your pet must have enough space to sit, stand, and comfortably turn around in their kennel.  For soft carriers, that your pet fits comfortably in their carrier under your seat.

Be sure to prepare your kennel with proper identification and contact details. Close it securely with additional ties prior to flight as an extra safety measure.

Buy your kennel in advance in order to give your pet time to acclimate to being in a small enclosed space. This will help them feel relaxed and safe in a place that is familiar to them during the flight.

Veterinary Advice for international travel with a dog or cat:  

Many pet owners tend to think that it is in their pet's best interest to sedate them before the long drive or a flight but that is an urban myth according to Dr. Kreiner: "Every time a pet is sedated it is exposed to a medical risk and that is why we, the veterinarian community, perform anesthesia only when it's mandatory when performing an invasive procedure or when a pet experiences sever pain after an accident, a surgery etc."

According to Dr. Kreiner the low oxygen level and dry air inside the aircraft reduces blood circulation and may increase hypothermia, dizziness, stomach ache and more diverse side-effects. In that case, drugs are most likely to worsen the condition and may even create a threat. This is the reason that many airline policies prohibit sedating pets for flight.

It is advised to refrain from feeding your pet before the long drive or flight but to provide them plenty of water before and during the journey in order to prevent your pet from feeling unsettled.

Preparation time required to fly pets abroad:

Terminal4Pets pet transportation specialists recommend that you plan ahead! It can take up to six months to prepare all health requirements and documents for your pets entry to your destination country. Each pet and each flight is different. Now is the time to start if you are considering traveling with your pet.

Pet Microchips

What are microchips?

Microchips are a permanent form of unique identification implanted under your pets' skin. They are the size of a grain of rice and are not harmful to your pet. They use radio frequencies that can be easily scanned using a microchip scanner.

Why does my pet need a microchip?

There are several reasons to microchip your pet. Most importantly is for easy identification. In the case that your pet gets lost, any veterinarian, animal shelter, or government veterinary service can scan your pet for a microchip. The contact details you provide when registering your pets microchip number will allow anyone who finds your pet to contact you.

Another reason to microchip your pet is that it is a requirement for pet import into almost every country. If you plan to travel internationally with your pet you will need to start the process of preparation with an internationally approved microchip.

How do I know if my pet has a microchip?

If you are unsure if your pet has a microchip you can contact your veterinarian. They should have it listed in their records and can scan your pet to confirm. 

Where do I get a microchip?

Microchips are readily available at your local veterinary office. A veterinarian will implant the microchip directly under the skin of your pet.

How do I know what microchip is correct for my pet?

For international travel, your pet will be required to be microchipped with a subcutaneous 15 digit electronic chip that transmits on a frequency of 134.2 kilohertz and can be read with a chip reader that conforms to the provisions of the ISO 11784/11785. Many countries use this as a standard type of microchip but it is best to confirm this with your vet prior to implantation.

When do I need to implant the microchip?

Many countries now require the microchip to be implanted prior to any vaccinations that are relevant to travel. If you are planning to implant the microchip after your pets Rabies vaccination be sure to check your destination countries import regulations carefully.

How do I register my pets microchip number?

Registering your pets microchip number with your vet and local authorities is an important step in the microchipping process. This means that you provide your contact information to be updated in the database. When your pet's microchip is scanned, your information will be available. Be sure that your vet has filled in your contact information correctly after microchipping. It is also important to register your pet's microchip and contact information with local authorities when you arrive at your new destination.

In addition to regeristing your pets with your veterinarian and local authorities is an online free international microchip database for registering your pet's microchip. 

Everything you need to know about Rabies Titer blood testing

What is a Rabies Titer blood test?

A rabies Titer blood test is a test to check the levels of antibodies for rabies in your pet's blood stream. Essentially it is a test to check that the rabies vaccination has worked and that your pet is protected against getting or carrying rabies.

Do I need to get a Rabies Titer blood test for my pet?

This will depend on the health requirements of the country of import and the type of pet you have.

What is the process of getting my pet a Rabies Titer blood test?

The process starts with microchipping your pet and vaccinating them for rabies. There is then a waiting period before you may draw the blood and a validity period of the rabies vaccination for testing. Most countries are very strict with this so be sure to double check that you are within the validity window allowed by your country of import before drawing blood.

Your personal veterinarian will draw and prepare the blood for the test and send it off to the lab.

How long is a rabies Titer blood test valid for?

The rabies Titer results will remain valid for the life of your pet as long as you keep up to date with their rabies vaccinations. If your pet is without a valid rabies vaccination for any period of time, the blood test will become invalid.

What is an OIE approved laboratory?

An OIE Laboratory is a laboratory that is authorized by the World Organization for Animal Health to provide testing and results acceptable for international travel of pets and import to countries requiring the Titer blood test. Testing from a non OIE laboratory will not be accepted.

How long does it take to receive test results?

Receiving results can take from a few days to a few months. Not every country has an OIE approved laboratory, therefore they can get busy during peak travel seasons. Some laboratories have expedited service for an additional cost. We recommend that you check directly with the laboratory for options.

Veterinary Advice for pet travel


Dr. Eytan Kreiner is the founder and CEO at the Israeli Pet Flight Agency Terminal4Pets. He has been providing unique advanced solutions to pet shipment for more than two decades. Here is some of his advice as a veterinarian when traveling internationally with your pet.

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