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5 Tips When Travelling with Pets

Travelling with Pets
Dogs
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5 Tips When Travelling with Pets
Travelling with Pets
Dogs
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5 Tips When Travelling with Pets
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Travelling with Pets
Travelling with your pets? Here are some tips to make it as pleasant as possible for you and your best friends.

1. Prepare Early

Some countries require your pets to have certain vaccinations or treatments up to 6 months before travel. Find out the import requirements of the country you are going to. Your pet may need to be quarantined for a period of time.

Speak to Animal and Veterinary Science on the export requirements of your pet from Singapore. Some of the requirements include: ISO-compatible Microchip, AVS Export Licence, Veterinary Health Certificate.

An infographic outlining the steps for exporting pets from Singapore, including checking destination requirements, applying for an export license, obtaining a veterinary health certificate, scheduling a pre-export inspection, and coordinating with ground handling agents.

2. Comply with All Requirements Before Booking Flights

This will save you the hassle of changing flights or having to cancel your travel because you cannot meet the import requirements. Some airlines allow your pet to travel accompanied as check-in baggage/in-cabin. Otherwise, your pet has to travel unaccompanied as cargo. Whenever possible, book a direct, non-stop flight and avoid holiday or weekend travel.

A pet carrier placed securely under the seat in an airplane cabin, indicating a pet-friendly flight.

3. Get Your Pet Used to Travelling in the Crate

The crate should meet IATA standards for travel. Take your pet’s height, length, and width to ensure the crate is of a proper and comfortable size for travel. (ref: shilohanimalexpress)

A guide to measuring a pet for the correct travel crate size, ensuring the comfort and safety of the pet during transit.

Useful information here -> International Air Transport Association

IMPORTANT: Introduce your pets to the crate early – at least a few weeks before travel. Let them sleep or eat in their crates. Also, get them used to drinking from a water bottle or a small water bowl attached to the carrier door.

DO reinforce your pets positively whenever they go near or inside the crate. Reward with food, praise, or play, depending on what motivates your pet. Make the crate a fun, relaxing, stress-free zone.

DO NOT make the crate a punishment or time-out zone. You want your pets to like the crate (not fear it) so that they would be as relaxed as possible during flight.

4. Control Food Intake on Day of Travel

On the day of travel, feed your pet a light meal and sufficient water approximately 2 hours before loading into the crate. Help to calm your pet with a familiar scent by placing an unwashed t-shirt, blanket, or favourite toy in the crate.

Sedation is not advisable as it may interfere with your pets' ability to regulate temperature. Many airlines will not accept a sedated or tranquillised pet.

5. Coming Back Again?

If you are bringing your pet back to Singapore after travel, make sure you meet the requirements for both countries. Singapore is free from rabies and has strict import and quarantine policies to keep it that way.

For info on Veterinary Health Certificate, contact any of our Mount Pleasant clinics. Safe travels!

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Travelling with your pets? Here are some tips to make it as pleasant as possible for you and your best friends.

1. Prepare Early

Some countries require your pets to have certain vaccinations or treatments up to 6 months before travel. Find out the import requirements of the country you are going to. Your pet may need to be quarantined for a period of time.

Speak to Animal and Veterinary Science on the export requirements of your pet from Singapore. Some of the requirements include: ISO-compatible Microchip, AVS Export Licence, Veterinary Health Certificate.

An infographic outlining the steps for exporting pets from Singapore, including checking destination requirements, applying for an export license, obtaining a veterinary health certificate, scheduling a pre-export inspection, and coordinating with ground handling agents.

2. Comply with All Requirements Before Booking Flights

This will save you the hassle of changing flights or having to cancel your travel because you cannot meet the import requirements. Some airlines allow your pet to travel accompanied as check-in baggage/in-cabin. Otherwise, your pet has to travel unaccompanied as cargo. Whenever possible, book a direct, non-stop flight and avoid holiday or weekend travel.

A pet carrier placed securely under the seat in an airplane cabin, indicating a pet-friendly flight.

3. Get Your Pet Used to Travelling in the Crate

The crate should meet IATA standards for travel. Take your pet’s height, length, and width to ensure the crate is of a proper and comfortable size for travel. (ref: shilohanimalexpress)

A guide to measuring a pet for the correct travel crate size, ensuring the comfort and safety of the pet during transit.

Useful information here -> International Air Transport Association

IMPORTANT: Introduce your pets to the crate early – at least a few weeks before travel. Let them sleep or eat in their crates. Also, get them used to drinking from a water bottle or a small water bowl attached to the carrier door.

DO reinforce your pets positively whenever they go near or inside the crate. Reward with food, praise, or play, depending on what motivates your pet. Make the crate a fun, relaxing, stress-free zone.

DO NOT make the crate a punishment or time-out zone. You want your pets to like the crate (not fear it) so that they would be as relaxed as possible during flight.

4. Control Food Intake on Day of Travel

On the day of travel, feed your pet a light meal and sufficient water approximately 2 hours before loading into the crate. Help to calm your pet with a familiar scent by placing an unwashed t-shirt, blanket, or favourite toy in the crate.

Sedation is not advisable as it may interfere with your pets' ability to regulate temperature. Many airlines will not accept a sedated or tranquillised pet.

5. Coming Back Again?

If you are bringing your pet back to Singapore after travel, make sure you meet the requirements for both countries. Singapore is free from rabies and has strict import and quarantine policies to keep it that way.

For info on Veterinary Health Certificate, contact any of our Mount Pleasant clinics. Safe travels!

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Travelling with your pets? Here are some tips to make it as pleasant as possible for you and your best friends.

1. Prepare Early

Some countries require your pets to have certain vaccinations or treatments up to 6 months before travel. Find out the import requirements of the country you are going to. Your pet may need to be quarantined for a period of time.

Speak to Animal and Veterinary Science on the export requirements of your pet from Singapore. Some of the requirements include: ISO-compatible Microchip, AVS Export Licence, Veterinary Health Certificate.

An infographic outlining the steps for exporting pets from Singapore, including checking destination requirements, applying for an export license, obtaining a veterinary health certificate, scheduling a pre-export inspection, and coordinating with ground handling agents.

2. Comply with All Requirements Before Booking Flights

This will save you the hassle of changing flights or having to cancel your travel because you cannot meet the import requirements. Some airlines allow your pet to travel accompanied as check-in baggage/in-cabin. Otherwise, your pet has to travel unaccompanied as cargo. Whenever possible, book a direct, non-stop flight and avoid holiday or weekend travel.

A pet carrier placed securely under the seat in an airplane cabin, indicating a pet-friendly flight.

3. Get Your Pet Used to Travelling in the Crate

The crate should meet IATA standards for travel. Take your pet’s height, length, and width to ensure the crate is of a proper and comfortable size for travel. (ref: shilohanimalexpress)

A guide to measuring a pet for the correct travel crate size, ensuring the comfort and safety of the pet during transit.

Useful information here -> International Air Transport Association

IMPORTANT: Introduce your pets to the crate early – at least a few weeks before travel. Let them sleep or eat in their crates. Also, get them used to drinking from a water bottle or a small water bowl attached to the carrier door.

DO reinforce your pets positively whenever they go near or inside the crate. Reward with food, praise, or play, depending on what motivates your pet. Make the crate a fun, relaxing, stress-free zone.

DO NOT make the crate a punishment or time-out zone. You want your pets to like the crate (not fear it) so that they would be as relaxed as possible during flight.

4. Control Food Intake on Day of Travel

On the day of travel, feed your pet a light meal and sufficient water approximately 2 hours before loading into the crate. Help to calm your pet with a familiar scent by placing an unwashed t-shirt, blanket, or favourite toy in the crate.

Sedation is not advisable as it may interfere with your pets' ability to regulate temperature. Many airlines will not accept a sedated or tranquillised pet.

5. Coming Back Again?

If you are bringing your pet back to Singapore after travel, make sure you meet the requirements for both countries. Singapore is free from rabies and has strict import and quarantine policies to keep it that way.

For info on Veterinary Health Certificate, contact any of our Mount Pleasant clinics. Safe travels!

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