Glad to have been a help. A 1000 quid from UK to Singapore on a quality airline... that's a bargain! Wait 'til to your dog grows and you have to return I hope for your wallet's sake you don't have a dog that grows to 40kg+.
Didn't know you had a pup. I am surprised to hear that it was cheaper to have a wooden crate built. Airlines nail you on the weight; I wonder if it would have been cheaper to buy a plastic crate that weighs much less.
I understand your apprehension about her state when she arrives, but I found my dog did very well on each trip. I was much more concerned about water, the hot weather, and the high temperature of the airport's cargo terminal.
Anyway, Singapore has a good expat community that should be able to provide good info on vets, costs, etc. Join some of the forums such as singaporeexpats.com.
I'll give you a potentially money-saving tip. If your job requires a lot of travel it may be cheaper to hire a live-in maid than to pay a kennel to board your pet whilst you're gone. Of course the pet gets all the attention it needs, moreover your shirts are always pressed and the flat is always clean. I recall my mate paying his girl about Sg$1000 a month, which used to be a good value until the Sg$ strengthened incredibly. Have to get gov't approval, which isn't too difficult unless one is a bachelor. I'd choose a Filipina over an Indonesian.
I look forward to reading your report of your relocation. And enjoy your stay.
Well it's been a while but we are now all in place here in Singapore (fantastic place). Thank you to everyone who helped out with their thoughts on exporting a live animal.
Now I've done it here are a few thoughts:
1) For the sake of your sanity use a pet mover and get as many quotations as possible, our quotes ranged from 3k (GBP) to 930.00. We flew BA and it was a bit over 1k. All the paperwork/customs/export and import licenses are taken out of your hands. Fantastic. Quick plug for anyone in the UK - I used Ladyhaye and spoke to a great guy called Ian.
2) What the hell was I worried about, our 6 month old lab was in best of spirits when she came out of her box. She had a quick pee then jumped all over us, hoped in the car and promptly fell asleep. In no way that we could see was she stressed, messed or unhappy
3) If you are moving long haul prepare for 2-3 nights of jetlag and a bit of late night whining. No dramas but worth noting.
4) Worry more about how you are going to settle in rather than your dog. As long as you give it the same love and keep feeding it they don't care whether you're in Timbuktu or on the moon.
5) Lastly, and for anyone thinking about Singapore, get a helper. We have a great Philippino lady who loves dogs and takes the stress out of what to do when I'm at work.
Anyone got any questions about doing a similar sort of thing PM me. Very very glad we bought her along!