Pet Relocation: What You Need to Know

Anyone who has been lucky enough to have a pet will know that animal companions can easily win over your heart. They become part of your family and it is crucial to consider their welfare with every decision you make, including moving out of Hong Kong. This is a stressful time for everyone in the family and your furry friends will have a lot to deal with as well. Relocating from Hong Kong will come with its challenges, yet it will be far more manageable with proper planning.

First Things First

There are many types of pets that people choose to share their homes with, such as birds, fish and even exotic reptiles such as snakes and lizards. The most common domestic animals are feline and canine and these are the ones most likely to be the pets relocating from Hong Kong.

If you are planning a move from Hong Kong back to your country of origin, you will be more than familiar with the pressure that comes with an international move. People can cope with the stress because you are prepared for what comes next. However, this will be a period of uncertainty for your pets and they will need plenty of support.

Dogs and cats get very used to their routines so they can be very susceptible to change. Some dogs may even become tense just by seeing boxes and suitcases in the household. The first steps should be to desensitise them and teach them to ignore these events. If your cat or dog knows that the sight of a suitcase means you are going away, then bring it out of the cupboard while you are doing your regular activities. Make sure you obtain their travel carriers at least three months in advance. Never use the carriers to punish your pet. Instead, turn them into an area where the animal can retreat when they want to relax.

Have the Paperwork Ready

The requirements will vary in each country, so you will need to do specific research on the nation you’re moving to in order to ensure your pet meets no issues upon arrival. In general terms, when moving from Hong Kong, your pets will usually be required to be microchipped and to have their vaccinations up to date. Some countries will ask for deworming for certain parasites.

Extra Precautions

Even if your pet has travelled by aircraft before, this is likely to be a stressful time for them. The airport and the plane will be full of new smells, sights and sounds. Here are a few suggestions to help them cope, especially if they have to travel in the cargo hold:

● If possible, take them for a quick walk before locking their crate.
● Supply enough water, you might want to freeze it to keep it fresh.
● Last but not least, make sure they have their favourite toy and perhaps something that smells of you.

At Allied Pickfords, we know your pets are an integral part of your family. We can take care of every aspect of your move from Hong Kong and recommend a reputable pet relocation specialist to help ease your animal’s travels.

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