You’re about to embark on an epic adventure to a distant land—or perhaps you’re just going on vacation or moving.
Either way, you don’t want your precious pets to miss out. But pet travel doesn’t come without risks, and there are several steps you must take to ensure your furry’s journey is as smooth and safe as possible.
Read on for 7 important precautions to consider before bringing pets to UK or China.
1. Bringing Pets to UK—Is It a Good Idea?
Unless you’re permanently moving or going abroad for longer than a month, it might be better to hire a pet sitter instead of bringing your pets abroad. This is because the process can be lengthy, and there is a chance your pets could be put in quarantine—up to four months if traveling to the UK. To avoid your pet spending time in quarantine us ATW’s PetAir.
However, if you happen to have a change in destination, consider using pet ground services, which can easily take your pets to any destination within the United States.
But if you’re planning on staying abroad for a month or longer, and really want your fluffy to join you, look onward to the rest of this post to learn more about how to transport pets.
2. Know the Guidelines of Your Destination
Before you go anywhere, you first need to know what forms are required in order for your pets to happily embark with you on your grand adventure.
China has similar guidelines that could also require an employment visa, depending on how your pet is transported.
Meeting these important guidelines will help your travels be as smooth as possible.
3. Make Your Own Pet Travel Insurance
Just as you would get travel insurance for yourself, it is always wise to set aside some dough for your precious fluffy. Pet quarantine is not free and can cost between $225 and $336 per month (in the UK) depending on your type of pet.
As for China, there is a required 30-day quarantine for pets coming from the United States.
Even if you follow all of the guidelines perfectly and are certain your pet won’t get quarantined, it is always wise to be prepared.
4. Make Sure Your Pet Is Not a Banned Breed
Certain dog breeds are banned in the UK due to their potential to have aggressive tendencies. Owning one of these breeds can be illegal.
Before you transport your pet to the UK, double check to make sure it isn’t one of these illegal dog breeds. China also has several banned breeds.
If your pet is not a banned breed and you are going to be a regular traveler, consider investing in a pet passport, which can help make your pet’s travels easier.
5. Prevent Pet Stress
It is always a good idea to check with your vet to make sure your pet can be safely transported in the plane’s cargo, and if so, they can also determine if any calming medication is needed.
However, air travel for pets can be dangerous, due to varying temperatures and weather. It is best for you to try to book a non-stop plane flight to help minimize these risks and keep your pet as safe as possible.
If your pet has to be in the cargo area, choose a good flight time to accommodate for seasonal temperatures.
Here is a list that reviews several airlines to help you determine which one is best for your pets.
6. Gain Advice from Fellow Pet Travelers
Whenever you try something new, it’s always a good idea to get advice from those who have more experience.
Do you know a friend who traveled with their pet to your country of destination or has used a reputable animal transportation company?
If so, ask them about their personal experience traveling with or transporting pets. They will have unique advice to help give you an advantage in understanding the process of transporting your fluffies safely.
7. Consider a Reputable Pet Transport Service
Even with good advice, traveling with your pet can get a bit complicated, especially if you haven’t done so before.
Instead of doing everything yourself, consider hiring an expert for help. You can get the experienced help you need by hiring a pet transport company.
They can take care of a lot of this process for you by booking flights, assisting with pet transport, and ensuring you have all the needed paperwork for both your country of origin and destination.
This will make your pet travel UK or China as smooth and safe as possible for all of your pets.
Final Thoughts on Bringing Pets Abroad
Before you venture across the seas, ensure the security of your pet’s travels. This way, your China cat will be purring loudly once you’ve settled into your new destination.
If you’d like any help with this process, we are a pet transportation service that can make sure all your pet’s needs are met.
Or consider our Complete Air Care Package, which includes all the pet care services we offer.
Bringing pets to UK or China? Great! Have fun.
And by keeping these 7 safety precautions in mind, your pet will be able to happily embark with you on all your epic adventures.