The combination of increased international travel and the increasing importance of pets as family members means more and more pets are traveling overseas with their owners. Some countries require only proof of up to date vaccines along with an exam and a recent health certificate. Other countries, especially island nations that are Rabies-free like Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the UK, have much more stringent regulations that must be followed to the letter and require a minimum of six months of planning ahead.
All of these regulations make pet travel seem a daunting proposition. With enough planning ahead, however, and some help from the CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency, responsible for movement of animals around the world), and companies like Worldwide Animal Travel in Richmond, we can help you jump through all the hoops necessary to make traveling internationally with your cat or dog as stress-free as possible.