How to Transport a Hedgehog Internationally
I'm currently an exchange student from the States in Taiwan right now, and for Christmas my host family got me a hedgehog—kinda weird, but they don't celebrate Christmas here so I guess they didn't know a hedgehog is that out of the norm for a gift, haha!
Anyway, my mom back in America freaked out because she's convinced I won't be able to take Murphy (hedgehog's name) back home, that there's some regulation that's going to stop me.
Well I did some research, and as far as I can tell I should be OK as long as a fill out some form or contact the airport—it was all pretty unclear.
So my question is: Could you guys lay out the exact steps I need to take and explain them a bit? I really love my hedgehog and definitely wanna take him home (in about 5 months)!!!
Thanks for the question! The United States is a pretty straightforward country when it comes to importing pets, and there are no particular restrictions for hedgehogs (no import permit is required, for example).
You will need to check with the airline, however, to find out what their requirements are (usually this consists of a health certificate from your vet stating the pet is healthy and fit to fly, and it should be issued within 10 days of travel). You'll also need an airline-approved travel crate. We also advise talking to a vet for travel tips, however in general we can say that hydration is extremely important.
Please contact us for a consultation if you're interested in hiring some help with this move, and either way, good luck!
Pet Transport Question Details:
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Hedgehog
Pet Breed: African Pygmy Hedgehog
From: Taipei, Taiwan
To: Louisiana, USA