March 12, 2010, Newsletter Issue #114: Taking Your Pet Overseas

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If you are moving outside the U.S., it's important to know the rules for bringing your pet with you. Ideally, this should be part of the planning and decision-making you do before making up your mind to move. It may make more sense to find another home for your pet, given the substantial expense and bureaucratic requirements in some countries.

However, life doesn't always give us that kind of time or flexibility. If you do decide to bring your pet with you, be prepared. First, check with your destination country to find out its rules. Often, these are posted on the Internet. Next, you'll most likely need a health certificate for your pet, and some countries also require that pets have identifying microchips installed.

Besides the cost of the veterinary exam, microchipping and any required vaccinations, you will also have to purchase a travel kennel and pay for your animal's shipment. You may also have to pay certain fees in the receiving country. It's not unusual for your dog or cat's plane ticket to cost more than yours!

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