If you are looking to move abroad, or if your company is moving you abroad and you have pets, there is a lot you need to know.
First tip: try to negotiate the cost of moving your pets in your contract (if your company is moving you)! You would be surprised and it is definitely worth asking about!
There are many companies that move your pets for you, and you are welcome to message me should you want their contact info. I wouldn’t recommend trying to do it all yourself. We had friends that did it and they said it was a nightmare. However, moving a pet with a “pet relocation agency” is expensive, I’m not going to lie (reason why I said negotiate it in your contract). IF you try to do it yourself, you really need to do your research and make sure you have a good vet who knows what they are doing.
We moved here in May and our pets couldn’t come until 2 months later due to the “no pet” policy in our corporate apartment. (That’s a frustrating story for another day). My parents watched them for those 2 months and my poor dad had to schlep them to the airport!
Tip #2: I highly recommend flying your pets on Lufthansa airlines. They have
an “Animal Care Lounge” both in London and in Frankfurt and they take great care of them on their layover. There are vets and animal handlers there. They even sent me pictures via email to let me know they made it OK and were safe! (I know, aren’t they the cutest?!)
Here are some more tips for moving your pets:
- I can’t stress enough having a good vet who knows how and what’s required to transport animals overseas. I recommend finding one who specializes in it.
- Hire a Pet Relocation Agency. Your life, and your pets’ lives, will be so much better with these professionals taking care of everything. If anything goes wrong, they can handle it better than you ever could.
- Don’t be cheap when buying supplies for your pets to fly in/with. They are most likely going to be in their kennel for a couple days. Make it comfortable for them because they will be freaked out.
- Put an old t-shirt of yours or a towel that smells like home in their kennel for traveling. They can’t travel with any toys of any kind, but something thin, like a shirt is OK.