International Pet Travel

January 06, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I have not been on here in a while due to all the craziness going on but (I promise to be posting more soon). I wanted to put an update for my fellow expats that need pet travel information.  I will update as I go but for those leaving Swaziland, this will help.

From my experience and what I know .... you should use a company close to your home in the states, but we had to use one based out of Atlanta I will include her contact information at the bottom,  they are great to work with I absolutely love them .... I can walk you through the steps if needed or help in any way, just email me ...
 
I will tell you coming from the US to South Africa was some hard prepping but I was nothing but pleased with everyone involved.  She arrived safely and happy.  During the travel I did get updates and I knew where she was at any given moment.
 
The company contact we used: Igna Traub International PMC Animal Land Pet Movers Tel: 404 713 3766 Fax: 678 466 7042 igna@petmovers.com - the communication with Igna and her contacts from SA were absolutely wonderful.  Any question that I had was answered within a few hours (time difference included).  Everything was explained and they were so understanding to our situation.
 
The vet we used in Swazi is (00268) 7820 2600 or 78249736 Dr. Alberto Sabbione's he will come to your home, is easy to work with and are great as well... here are the steps that I had to do for justice to travel back home (traveling there was harder so this was a breeze):
 
There is a lot of paper work that has to be filled out in advance, and Pet Movers will go over this with you.  But for us to get Justice home here is what we had to do:
 
1. Physical Examination-MUST BE WITHIN THE FIVE DAY PERIOD
2. DA2PP, BORDETELLA, and Updated RABIES VACCINE (others maybe needed depending on exiting country and entering country)
3. EXAMINE FOR ALL WORMS INCLUDING SCREW WORM
4. 2 HEALTH CERTIFICATES SIGNED BY STATE VET FOR ENTRY INTO SA AND ENTRY INTO US
5. Current Heartworm medication updated
 
Cage (cage has to be big enough for her to turn around, stand up, sit down and lay down - the normal travel mate carriers)

Two screw in bowls attached to it. - it is recommended depending on your situation to fill those with water and then to freeze it overnight before putting it in the cage, this will melt as the animal travels and makes it easy for transport so it doesn't spill out.
Collar and Leash hooked to her cage (not on her)
Bag of dog food
Any medication or heart worm medication labeled with her name tapped to the cage.
 
Because we had to go through a very strict procedure to bring our dog into South Africa and Swaziland, we were prepared for the exit.  Our cage was purchased in the US, but I am sure you can find a similar one in SA. 
 
I will update this information the more I travel with our little baby girl.
 
 
 

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