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Moving pets to the USA and Canada: top tips

Posted by By Kirsty Parsons - November 20, 2014

Bengal Cats playing with selmade ToyIf you are moving to USA or Canada and worried about whether you can take your pet with you then you needn't be. Moving pets to the USA and Canada has become even easier recently thanks to the Pets Travel Scheme - or PETS for short - that has consolidated the requirements for those countries who have signed up to the scheme.


First things first when moving pets to the USA and Canada: your pet is required to have the same vaccinations they would need if travelling within Europe, with the exception that an additional rabies vaccine could be requested.

To qualify under the PETS scheme, your pet must be fitted with a microchip, be vaccinated against rabies, have an acceptable blood test and be treated for ticks and worms. Your vet will provide you with a pet passport that will record these requirements and you will need to book your travel via an approved PETS carrier.

Many airlines these days will allow you to carry the pet as additional ‘baggage’ for a modest charge. Your pet will travel in a crate in the air conditioned hold of the aircraft. The crate will need to be one approved by the IATA but these are commonplace and used throughout the world.

So if you're looking forward to your move but worried about the logistics of getting your animals to another country, then hopefully the advice above illustrates that moving pets to the USA and Canada really is quite straightforward these days. 

For more information about moving internationally, see our International Removal Process pages.

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Topics: Pets, USA, Canada, Area Guides

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