PCSing with Pets!

Now I know there is a lot of knowledge out there about PCSing with pets but I wanted to just drop a few reminders and tips about making the move with your furry friends easier. The last thing you want is to have to leave your pet behind because you didn’t have all your ducks in a row before the big move. Pets are family, so if possible, you always want them to be on this journey with you.

  • First, start early!! Please don’t wait until a month before your move to start any necessary paperwork that your pet may need (especially going overseas).
  • Stay up to date with vaccinations and have all their records in an accessible location. This means don’t let the movers take them!
  • If your records aren’t up to date this can cause big problems for overseas moves and put your pet at risk for having to kept in quarantine which YOU will be paying for daily (in some places that don’t require quarantine)!
  • Overseas travel in places like Hawaii and Japan do require quarantine screenings, but as long as your pet is current on their shots and had a recent health screening the time in these quarantines can be minimal.
  • If flying, be sure to check the airlines guidelines. Certain breeds such as pugs, boxers, and other flat faced breeds have very strict regulations that pertain to time of year they can fly.
  • If using a relocation service be sure you start your search early. This gives you time to read reviews and make all the appropriate arrangements for your pet.
  • If driving yourself, be sure you pack plenty of food for the trip. Take your pets favorite toys, bed, blankets, etc. so they feel comfortable on the ride.

So in the end, the main point is start EARLY!! The last thing you want while trying to pack up your house and children is running around and trying to get your pet in to see the vet. Be sure you check regulations, breed restrictions, and requirements at the place you are going. Most on base housing have a 2 pet limit and some do have breed restrictions as well. So get things done early, I promise it will be one less stressful headache for yourself!


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