When moving to a new property it is important that all members of the family remain as stress-free as possible. This applies to the pets in a family as well as the humans.
Have you ever noticed how pets know something’s wrong when the suitcases come out or the removal men arrive? It is worth considering packing up your house without the worry of nervous cats and dogs under your feet by using international pet travel agents, whose experience and services are designed to suit any situation, depending on your individual needs.
Airpets are one such company who specialise in helping people move their pets. Gillian Lewis of Airpets has kindly agreed to add a guest blog this week on the topic (Airpets contact details are at the end of this blog should you require further information).
Importing Your Pet to the UK from Overseas
By consigning your pets to an experienced pet travel agent you will be able to relax and get on with arranging the rest of your move more efficiently, safe in the knowledge that your pets are being cared for in the best possible environment.
Paperwork will be needed, so an international pet travel agent should help you to ensure that this is in order before your pet’s departure. This will help achieve a hassle free customs clearance at Heathrow or Gatwick.
Assuming your Pet Travel Scheme (PTS) documentation is all in order your pet will take 4 to 8 hours to clear customs. Whereas PTS failures will need to be quarantined until the compliance period is fulfilled.
You will want to select somewhere which provides a clean and safe environment as well as importantly somewhere where your pet will be properly cared for, whether this is for quarantine or just temporary boarding whilst you unpack in your new home, without worrying about your pet escaping through a door accidentally left open in an area unfamiliar to your pet.
You should be able to discuss your instructions with those you are entrusting your pet with, and all reputable agents should be able to honour reasonable requests. When you are ready for your pet, and they have fulfilled any legal quarantine requirements, your pet should be delivered to your home anywhere in the UK.
The staff you are dealing with should be experienced animal lovers and the facilities should provide daily veterinary attendance if required by your pet.
Exporting Your Pet from the UK?
Relocating your pet out of the UK requires a good deal of planning and research. By using a pet travel agent you can concentrate on your own travel arrangements, confident that your pet is in good hands.You should seek answers to the following questions:
- Will your pet be collected from anywhere in the UK?
- How will your pet be looked after before the flight?
- Will the pet travel agents ensure your pet meets all veterinary requirements for their destination and have access to a visiting veterinarian, who will provide advice as necessary?
- Will the pet travel agent organise the most direct flight and deliver your pet for this flight in plenty of time?
- Will they organise fully all documentation?
- Do they provide IATA approved sky kennels?
- Do they organise the delivery, at destination, through a network of worldwide trusted agents?
The caring efficient transportation of the family pet is a genuine concern and any company you deal with should appreciate this and be prepared to answer your questions.
Airpets is an ideally located international pet travel agent, situated close to Heathrow and Gatwick with all the in house facilities your pet needs.
For more information about international pet travel please visit www.airpets.com (for exports from the UK) or www.petimport.co.uk (for imports to the UK) where you can complete a request for an online quote or contact us by telephone if you prefer to speak to a friendly pet travel expert.