Going on a trip with your pet is a troublesome and difficult task - it implies collecting a lot of necessary documents and accessories. On the other hand, this gives you the perk of not losing sight of your pet, and taking care of them by yourself.
When going on a trip with a pet, ask yourself these questions:
General Rules for Transporting Pets
No matter how smart your dog or cat is, if they get lost in a foreign city or country, they won’t be able to find their way home. That is why having a microchip implanted before traveling is so important (one of the requirements for going to another country).
Important: not all veterinary clinics that implant microchips enter the information about the pet into the database. Therefore, make sure that information about you and the pet is there. It will not be superfluous to place a token with a phone number, e-mail, as well as your data on their collar.
The amount of papers needed for traveling with a cat or a dog depends on the destination - across the US, Europe, or to other countries.
These papers are always required:
The passport or paper should have all vaccination stamps (the requirements are different in each country), and deworming marks.
Rabies antibodies requirements
In Japan and Israel, a test for antibodies to rabies is required for all pets - if the pet entered or transited through a territory with an unfavorable rabies situation (Turkey, Serbia, Montenegro, Ukraine). The veterinary laboratory where the analysis will be made must have an international certificate.
You cannot get the rabies shot and immediately go abroad. 3 weeks after vaccination, a blood test for antibodies must be done (except for pets up to three months old). It will show whether they are formed in the pet's blood. The results of the analysis will be ready in a few weeks. Should the pet not have antibodies, the shot will have to be repeated.
Who is allowed in the cabin or the cargo compartment
A pet can fly in the cabin, if they weigh no more than 8-10 kg (some companies allow 14 kg). Pets are not allowed in business class cabins.
How to travel with your pet on a train
The rules for cat, dog and puppy transportation on trains can be looked up on the website of the transporting company. All in all, everything depends on how big the pet is, and on the type of the train. One person can usually accompany 1 pet, maximum 2 large ones.
How to travel with a pet in a car
Before transporting a pet in a car, learn the rule: a pet cannot be fed before the trip. If you start your trip in the morning, the last feeding should be in the evening. Otherwise, the pet may get sick and vomit.
You can save yourself from surprises and find out more about various predispositions of your pet’s behavior by ordering a cat breed DNA test or asking the breeders about their parents’ behavior on the road, if you keep in touch.
How to transport a cat in a car? Put it in its carrier and don't let it out unless it has a harness and leash. If it runs away, it will be very difficult to find. The container can be held by hand or fixed motionless, away from drafts.
Other rules to know:
Collect a veterinary first aid kit. It must contain:
Find out beforehand the contact information of veterinary clinics in the city that you plan on going to. If the pet is injured or feels sick, the necessary data will be at hand.
Now that you’ve found out all the details for a pet trip, we want to wish you an awesome holiday with your dog or cat, with no stress or unexpected issues on the road!