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Planning to move overseas with your pet requires research, time and making sure you have all the proper documents to avoid delays. To help you get started with what you need to do, your vet in Jacksonville, North Carolina provides these valuable tips and suggestions for ensuring your overseas move with your pet goes as smoothly as possible.
Most countries are concerned about pets transmitting diseases like rabies or bird flu (Avian influenza). Pet owners will need to show certified vaccination records that are complete and up-to-date. Some countries require pets stay quarantined for several weeks until their own officials deem the pet is free of disease. The country to which you are traveling may also ask for a health certificate from your Midway Park vet stating your pet is healthy. Finally, check the country's embassy website to find out more about bringing pets into their country. You may need to microchip your pet with a special microchip accommodating overseas encryption codes and radio frequencies.
Since pets will be contained in carriers or crates during your flight overseas, ask your veterinarian about sedatives for pets that can make the trip much less stressful for them. If your pet has not been spayed or neutered, consider this procedure two or three months prior to leaving the U.S. to give your pet plenty of time to recover.
Be aware of the cost of moving overseas with your pet. In addition to paying for transporting your pet, you will have to obtain health certificates, wellness checks and vaccinations, microchip transponder and comfortable, sturdy crates in which to house your pet during the long flight.
If you decide to return to the U.S., your pet may have to be quarantined if rabies is prevalent in the country you lived in. Cats are not typically required to show proof they were immunized against rabies but this regulation varies by state. Birds returning to the U.S. will be quarantined at a United States Department of Agriculture import center for one month.
In addition to an emergency vet, spay and neuter, dental and parasite prevention services, your Jacksonville, NC vet can also help you prepare your pet for your impending overseas trip. Call the Animal Hospital of Onslow Country today at (910) 353-1722 to schedule an appointment.
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