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Check Your Pet’s Health before Relocating with Them

June 25th, 2019 | All about pet relocation

Whenever you are thinking of relocating to another place, there are a lot of things you need to ensure. One of them is a change in the weather. Just as human beings fall sick at a slight change in the weather, pets are no different. There are also a few pets who can survive in selective environments. Neither the airlines nor any pet relocation company will undergo the risk of taking charge of an unhealthy pet. That is why they always ask for a health certificate.

Steps to get your pets certified and fit for travel

The first step that falls under this criteria is visiting a veterinarian. The vet will inform you if your pet will be able to travel and will issue a health certificate. Without the health certificate, the airlines will not welcome your pet. This trip to the vet will also allow you to get an extra supply of all the medications your pet is on.

The must-do tests at your vet are:

  • Checking the pets for any kind of parasites like fleas, worms, or ticks.

  • Getting your pets vaccinated for rabies and other location-specific items.

  • Implanting a microchip if required by the destination country.

  • Any kind of blood tests that might be required at destination.

Why is there a need to implant a microchip?

Microchips are essential for entry into a majority of places such as the European community, Australia, and some Asian countries. That being said, it is a very important tool as well. If you and your pets are by chance separated, the microchip will help get you back to each other.

Since pets get very disoriented in a new place, it is quite possible that after you let them out of the crate, they will follow another pet and go out of your sight. In such a probability, neither you nor your pet will be able to find each other. A microchip will help solve all your issues. Register your microchip with your contact information.

Vaccinations, Blood Tests, and more

As a pet owner, you must know that all pets need to be regularly vaccinated, whether or not they are travelling. But when they are travelling, airlines will ask to check their vaccination certificate. Rabies is the most common vaccine of them all. According to the requirements of the country you are moving to, you can discuss with your vet the administration of vaccines such as Parvovirus, kennel cough, and distemper.

For example, if you are moving pets to Panama, rabies, hepatitis, leptospirosis, distemper, and parvovirus vaccinations should be administered.

Similar to human beings, even pets need their blood tested to know if everything is ok with their health or not. There are some countries that require the FAVN test (Fluorescent Antibody Virus Neutralization). This test measures the response of an animal’s immune system to the rabies vaccine. It must be done a few months in advance according to the rules of the country you are moving to.

All kinds of parasites should be controlled. You do not want your pets to travel with parasites that will keep harming them. Hookworms, roundworms, whip-worms, and Giardia are a few internal parasites, while fleas, ticks, and arachnids are some bloodsucking external parasites.

Well-groomed pets are healthy as well!

Along with all the tests that you have done and the health certificate you received, you need to make sure that your pets are well groomed. Visit a groomer and give your pets a completely new look. A bath and haircut can make even your pets feel better. This will also enable you to check if there are any kinds of visible wounds on their body. If there are, treat them before you relocate with your pet.

If your pets are overweight, then they aren’t healthy. If the vet says your pets are overweight, then you need to sit with the doctor and figure out a diet and chart it. Ensure that your pets are fit enough to be able to withstand the stress that comes with travelling.


Relocation is never easy for anyone, even pets. That is why professional companies such as Panama Pet Relocation are there to help you with moving to a different place with your pets.

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