Originally Posted by IronRock
Anyone ever taken their dog on a long haul flight 12/13hrs)?
This is a necessity - I am not leaving her behind and in current economical climate I'm going where-ever work send me (2-4yr contract).
Interested to hear if anyone has exported their dog before.
I've done it three times. It's very expensive. Ideally your employer will pay for the relocation, but... And if your dog is too large to fit in a plastic or wire kennel from a pet shop/hardware store be prepared to pay a carpenter to build one - it'll be wood... and it'll be heavy.
Try to locate an animal welfare group in the destination country - they are of great assistance and where English isn't the native tongue they can be invaluable. I recommend having someone at the destination help you w/ the procedures. They can obtain import certificates and other required doc before your pet arrives. Ask these experts about the quality of local vet services, the cost of food and meds, etc.
Make absolutely certain you can bring your dog to your intended destination. Some countries change their procedures on a whim. In some countries certain breeds are illegal. In the ME it's very difficult to bring in a pet during the hottest months. Some countries require the pet to be micro-chipped and proof to be provided. Make sure the vaccinations are squared away; typically they have to be administered at least one month prior to the pets arrival. A vet's medical inspection usually can be no older than two weeks before arrival. Hand carry all important documents and have copies... and copies again. I recommend having the vaccination documents translated.
If you're going to a country where bribery is common have cash in hand. Your moral objection could result in the lengthy quarantine for your pet. And make sure you have the financial wherewithal to afford a lengthy stay if your pet is quarantined.
The kennel must be large enough for the pet to stand and turn unimpeded. The load master will check, and he can refuse to board the pet. In the travel kennel don't put water in bowls because they'll spill out in moments. Rather, get a couple of the large water bottles used by rabbits and train your pet to drink from them - put honey on the spout.
If your employer is providing housing make sure a pet as permitted. Some furnished places often forbid them.
Lastly, keep in mind that if you have neighbors who complain about your pet you may find yourself receiving an ultimatum... from the police. As a foreigner don't expect to be treated fairly.
If you can provide details about your pet and where you're going I may be able to provide some more info.