Where to Start When You’re Nervous About Pet Travel
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Yorkshire Terriers
From: South Africa
My Husband and I are in the process of trying to move to Canada, but our dogs are our first priority and we will not move without them.
Our Yorkshire Terriers are 9 months old and they weigh 2.5kg and 3.5kg, respectively. We would like to know the process of relocating them to Canada, i.e how do they travel, what about food and water, do they need to stay in quarantine when they arrive, do they travel the same time that we travel, or is their a waiting period before they can travel?
They are both microchipped and their vaccinations are up to date.
Thanks for your question -- we completely understand what it's like to feel that dogs are part of the family!
Take a look at the pet import requirements for Canada to see what you'll need to do to prepare. In addition to getting the paperwork ready (health certificates, etc.) it's important to book their flights on a pet friendly airline and make sure you have the correct size/style travel crates for them. You don't need to travel on the same flight as them, but you will need to have someone who is able to check them in and clear customs on the other side.
As for your other questions, it may help to read over these frequently asked pet travel questions and these pre-flight preparation tips. Pet travel can be overwhelming at first, but the more you can educate yourself, the more empowered you will begin to feel.
If you think you'd like to hire some professional assistance, we'd be happy to discuss our services with you. Feel free to give our office a call or fill out our free quote form.
Hopefully this helps to get you started! Good luck with everything, and let us know if we can be of further assistance.