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Moving Abroad With Your Dog: A Simple Guide

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If you are moving home, it can be stressful. There is doubt about it- moving to a new home is one of the most stressful things that you can do. What might make the move more stressful though is if you were to move to another country- and to do so with a dog in tow. Not only would you find this stressful, but your fluffy four-pawed friend will also find it very stressful. 

There are ways around a lot of the stress that you and your dog will face. By properly organizing yourself and getting all of your paperwork in order well in advance, you’ll be able to look forward to a less stressful move. 

Here’s how you can help your dog move to a new country. 

Allow Plenty Of Time For Planning And Research 

When you find out that you are going to be moving overseas, you should start planning everything to do with your dog coming with you. This means researching all of the various laws about bringing a dog into the country that you plan to move to. Get in touch with the consulate and find out what you will need in terms of documents and vaccinations. There may be requirements for the dog to have been microchipped. There may also be quarantine periods that your dog will have to go through when they arrive. 

Allow yourself a few months to research everything that you need and to get the ball rolling on doing everything that you need to do to bring your dog to your new home. 

Make An Appointment For Your Dog To See The Vets

Get your dog booked in to see the vet as soon as possible. It is important that you have your dog checked over to make sure that they are going to be safe to travel such a long distance. Dogs that are either too young, too old, or too sick may not be able to travel. Your vet will also be able to advise you on all of the vaccines that your dog will need. 

Find A Shipping Company 

One way that you could reduce the stress of your move is to get in touch with a company that specializes in shipping pets. Shiply is an example of one dog transporting shipping company (Visit

Crate Train Your Dog 

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If your dog is already used to spending time in a crate, they shouldn’t find moving too stressful. However, if they are not crate trained, then they may well find the entire process more stressful. 

Get a crate for your dog and practice crate training. Remember to use positive reinforcement techniques while they are learning to use their crate. 


Moving to a new country with your dog needn’t be as complicated as you might think. Plan ahead and make sure that you have all of your paperwork in order before your final moving date. 


  • Dr. Winnie earned a Master in Biology from St Georges University, and graduated from the University of Pretoria's Veterinary School. She is a full-time Veterinarian specializing in internal medicine for companion animals.

Disclaimer: This website's content is not meant to be a substitute for veterinary care, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult with your veterinarian to determine the best course of action. Read More.

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