So, your spouse just got orders to go overseas and you have officially begun to freak out. How am I going to pack in time? Will my children go to a local school? What about our two dogs? About a million and one questions will probably run through your mind before you can ask your spouse “where?” But have no fear because the HUN is here!
Just like the first segment of PCSing with pets CONUS, we have asked and here are the answers we have received.
What is the first thing a pet-owner should do when they get orders outside the US?
HUN Executive Board Member, Amanda Cherry suggests, “Prepare your pet and yourself for the flight, we never used crates in training our dogs, so we had to begin crate training before our flight. Visit the vet and make sure the pets’ shots and health are up to date- some countries require 6 months proof of an animal’s health. Check with the country’s restrictions for breeds, microchip or not, health records or quarantine.”
Blogger, Taylor Hoffman added, “Research the paperwork, shots, and flight options as some blood work must be done months before you arrive at your destination with a risk of quarantine.”
How much money will they expect to put forth for a pet move?
HUN Writer, Chantal Shelstad recommends, “It depends on the size of the pet and where you’re going.”
Is there a specific place where they should go to start getting all the paperwork ready for the pets move or will the local vet usually know what should be done?
Hoffman advises, “The vet on base seems to know what needs to be done, however, I’m a ‘trust but verify’ type of person so I gather all of my own information in addition to the vet’s recommendation.”
Would you suggest having the pet travel with you or have a family member or friend send the pet at a later time frame?
Cherry says, “Travel overseas is stressful enough, but not having our dogs with us would have made me more stressed. My thought process was that our dogs are family, and I wouldn’t leave my children and have someone send them later. Too much change of location, diet, and ‘family rules’ would seemingly cause more stress… having me (their pack leader) with them through the process would make it less stressful for them was my thought process as well.”
Do you recommend a sedative for the traveling pet? (not the one that makes them fall asleep, but the one that makes the a bit hazy)
Shelstad recommended, “Only if your pet needs it.”
Cherry added, “Best to ask a vet who’s treated your pet and depending on weather, it might not be good to sedate a pet. It causes issues with them being able to regulate their body temp and such.”
How much food and water do you recommend to put in your dogs travel crate for his/her trip?
During her PCS to Germany Cherry followed her vet instructions, “Our vet recommended just water in the crate. Because it was such a long trip, we didn’t feed them the morning of the trip either- because they couldn’t relieve themselves in the crate.”
I would like to thank Chantal Shelstad, Taylor Hoffman and Amanda Cherry for helping me piece together this final installment of PCSing with pets.