9/5/2011 4:20 PM
If you are moving to USA or Canada and worried about whether you can take your pet with you then you needn’t be. Taking your pet to USA or Canada has become easier thanks to the Pets Travel Scheme, PETS for short that has consolidated the requirements for those countries who have signed up to the scheme.
This includes USA and Canada, which means that your pet is required to have the same vaccinations they would need if travelling within Europe, with the exception that an additional rabies vaccine could be requested.
To qualify under this scheme your pet must be fitted with a microchip, be vaccinated against rabies, have an acceptable blood test and be treated for ticks and worms. Your vet will provide you with a pet passport that will record these requirements and you will need to book your travel via an approved PETS carrier.
Many airlines these days will allow you to carry the pet as additional ‘baggage’ for a modest charge. Your pet will travel in a crate in the air conditioned hold of the aircraft. The crate will need to be one approved by the IATA but these are commonplace and used throughout the world.
So if you are looking forward to moving to Canada or USA and considering taking your pet then you will find that it is really quite straightforward.