When you plan on traveling with your dog abroad, There are some preparations to do ahead. Max is one of 3 dogs we adopted along the years. He is the smallest very spoiled because of his health. So when it came time to go and visit our family I knew that whatever it takes, Max is coming with us.
With any overseas travel you need to check what the destination country rules are and the airline rules.
Tests and Vaccines
To find our destination demands, I searched the internet and found it to be quite confusing and not clear enough . It’s good to have friends who already went that road and willing to help you. In addition, the vet was a good place to clear things up.
So Max needed his vaccine again, even though he had a few months left before the 3 years ends. Then we had to send to Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine blood for a special DNA rabies test which they are the only vet laboratory in North America doing it . After our vet got the results (and they are good) he did a full body checkup and a lot of paperwork!! With all of that, we went to the agriculture office to have them authorize the documents.
All the above need to be done in a limited time frame, and the cost depends on your destination.
In The Airport
We did it all in a month and a half and paid more than the tickets cost. At the airport, on both sides, we’ve been asked to show the documents, so bring it all with you.
After landing, we had a long walk. It’s not easy if you need to carry luggage in addition to the pet carrier. We also had a wheeled carrier/ backpack. Bringing it with us was one great decision. We got OK in places where pets are not allowed, if we kept him in this carrier, he used it to sleep while we were busy with our things, he was covered when it was raining and was very comfy when we needed quick move.
After we landed hubby walked the wheeled carrier and Max enjoyed it very much, but at the same time he was checking to see that I am behind.
The next step is checking with the airline’s in-cabin pet carrier rules. The carrier dimension is quite the same for most airline companies, and it should fit under the sit in-front yours. The best choice is a soft carrier, so you can bend a bit the frame if it’s not a perfect match under the seat. In addition, you want the bag to be comfortable for your pet. After all, he will be spending the whole time in it. For Max we had his blanket in his carrier and a sweater ready to put on, so he’ll be comfy while feeling safe and warm for the very long trip ahead.
Packing for Max
1. Documents – Done
2. Carrier – Done
3. Extra Wheeled / backpack – Done
4. His drugs (plus a few extra just to be on the safe side) – Done
5. His beloved blanket and toy for better chance he’ll stay in the bag and go to sleep – Done
6. Bag of treats – Done
7. Some dry food for the few first days – Done.
8. If you use and weather depends – raincoat / sweater etc. – Done
9. Poop bags – done
10. Toothbrush, shampoo, etc., depends on your visit length.
I am sure I forgot something. That is why I start my list way ahead and each time I remember some new stuff, I’ll add it.
On The Plane
Max is not use being in a closed carrier, although I let him try it a few times during the last month. So the truth is that I was holding him most of the time. I did have to hide him under the blanket when an attendant was in the area… Shhhh, no telling
Traveling with your dog means you have to go with him anywhere you go, unless of-course you have someone to take care of him when you are going places dogs are not allowed. It was a nice surprise, seating for afternoon coffee, Max, Hubby and me, and that is what I was served with. (See the image)
There were places where people don’t like pets. You may feel offended, but you shouldn’t. The best is to ignore and move on to another place.
It was fun having Max with us. But it also was extra work like walking a lot of stairs up and down for the walks. Finding places to have him when going to a show (or any place where pets are not allowed), food (did I mention how spoiled he is? Only cooked by mommy food at home and now mommy pays the price). But I will do it again next time!!