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Moving Abroad: Taking Your Pets Part III – Settling In

expat catThis is the third and last in the ‘Taking Your Pets’ series.

The first sections discussed topics such as preparing your pet for the move, taking your pet by plane and taking your pet by car.

This final article discusses what you need to think about when you’ve moved in.

So, you and your pets have finally arrived in your new home. Your pet will take a while settling in but it is important that you now make sure your pet has all the necessary vaccinations and treatments relevant to their new home and that you are aware of the laws regarding animals.

Find a vet and take their advice
One of the first tasks, if you haven’t already done so, is to find a vet. If you are able to converse in the local language, make sure your vet speaks your language too! This will make your life a lot easier and prevent misunderstandings.

Go and visit your vet because they will tell you all you need to know about your new environment. For example, aside from the yearly vaccinations your pet will have and rabies (in case you need to return home), you pet will probably need to be vaccinated and treated for other problems.

In Portugal, for example, leishmaniose is one of the main threats and every year the high numbers of processionary caterpillars can also harm your cat or dog. It is important to know the threats and how to prevent/treat them.

Does your dog need registering?
Some countries still require you to register your dogs, so make sure you keep on the right side of the law!

Lost or found?
Again, there are usually procedures to follow and websites that can help you so it’s better to know this in advance.

Your vet should be able to provide advice with all these things so make sure you are armed with all the necessary information before anything untoward happens. And enjoy your new life with your pets!

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