Have pets, will travel, with these PCS tips

Stuttgart Veterinary Clinic
Panzer Kaserne 

Permanent Change of Station season is winding down and the Stuttgart Veterinary Clinic reminds pet owners of some key points when traveling with your pet back to another location.

Start the process early. Some countries have very specific requirements and can take more than six months to prepare. The best resource for current international pet travel requirements is: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel. The Stuttgart  Veterinary Clinic can also assist you with international pet travel requirements.

Communicate early and often with your veterinary team if you have any questions or concerns about your pet.

Ensure your pet’s vaccinations are current. If this is their first rabies vaccine, he/she must be vaccinated 30 days in advance in order to travel. They also need a 15 digit ISO compliant microchip implanted prior to the rabies vaccine.

Your pet will need an EU pet passport. Also, carry a photo of your pet with you.

Rotator slots are limited and filled on a first come first served basis. Call immediate to reserve a space for your pet. If you are flying on a commercial airline, check with the airline to see if there are crate or breed restrictions.

Schedule a health certificate appointment with the clinic within 10 days of your flight. Your pet will need to be present for this appointment.

Provide a sturdy leak-proof crate (lined with absorbent material such as newspaper) that is large enough for the animal to stand, lie down, or turn around in, but not so large that the animal would be battered around in rough weather. Let your pet become accustomed to the crate before shipment by having practice sessions that build in time of confinement. Be sure the pet has a comfortable pad to lie on and a few familiar toys. A leash should also be included with the crate.

Put identification tags that include an emergency phone number around your pet’s neck. Print your name and destination address clearly on the shipping crate. Include your pet’s name, so that attendants can talk with him/her. If the pet has special habits — or bites —also include that information.

Feed your pet just a light meal about six hours before shipping — no water within two hours unless it is very hot (or the animal is very small). A water dish that is attached so it cannot tip should be provided, but it should be conveniently located to allow an attendant to provide water at stopovers without being bitten. Send dry food along if the trip is long.

Do not tranquilize the animal. Exercise your pet just before shipping so your animal will sleep better during the trip.

Check with the agent who meets the flight about your pet’s progress when you are changing planes. Allow plenty of time between connecting flights to be sure your animal is transferred to your flight if traveling with you. Arrange to have your pet picked up immediately upon arrival. Airline facilities for pets may be limited or nonexistent.

Have pet, will travel
The Stuttgart Veterinary Clinic on Panzer Kaserne in Bldg. 2996A  is here to help make this process as seamless as possible. Please don’t hesitate to contact the clinic with any questions or concerns. For more information on traveling with your pet, or to schedule appointments for vaccinations or health check-ups for your pet, contact the clinic on Panzer Kaserne at 596-2681 or 07031-15-2681.