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Let's see... you're leaving the UAE and you're now coping with removals companies, new home, new job, new schools, emotional upheaval for the entire family... and tons of unwanted bureaucracy.

And then there's your pet ~ you know, the one looking up at you right now, wondering what all the fuss is about.

We can offer door-to-door service worldwide from any of the international airports of Dubai (DXB and DWC), Abu Dhabi (AUH) and Sharjah (SHJ), and can also assist with all manner of road transport ~ swear to Dog!

Just to get you started in your exciting (because of the move), depressing (because of the work involved) venture into the world of animal relocations... here are just a few of the things you need to think about:

  • What are the import regulations for the particular country you're moving to, including such things as: import permits; special certificates; veterinary tests, treatments and other requirements; etc.?
  • Does this country require a quarantine period for your pet, and if so, under which circumstances and for how long?
  • What sort of health certificate do you need from the UAE?
  • Which vaccinations are needed?
  • How will your pet fly? (read: Pet Flight Options)
  • Are there specific timelines which need to be followed through each stage of the planning and execution of your pet's shipment?

And here are some very basic requirements which will always apply to all export destinations, although these are just the beginning:

Vaccination Records:
All vaccinations, especially for rabies, must be up-to-date and valid. Most countries require that the rabies vaccination is administered either 30 days or 21 days in advance of travel (although there are some exceptions). And, of course, you must have valid records showing this. Luckily, DKC Veterinary Clinic can help you with all this, and we'll even manage that process too! (Did you notice the hard-sell?)

Health Certificate:
Obtainable from the UAE Ministry of Climate Change & Environment (MOCCAE) (previously known as Ministry of Environment & Water (MOEW)) and valid for 30 days from the date of issue. Be aware, however, that the country you're travelling to may require that the certificate is issued much closer to the date of departure.

Travel Box:
Your pet's travel box must meet IATA standards; any other travel box will be refused by the airline. It also must be the right size. Read much more about the art and science of travel boxes here:
A lot about Travel Boxes and Measuring Your Dog.

This all said, be aware that each country in the world has either slightly different or entirely unique requirements of their own for the import of animals and the details are often voluminous. And more than that, for you to get an accurate picture of the costs involved, the specific details of your pet(s) (breed, age, size, etc.) and intended destination are central components in the planning stages because these have a direct impact on cost calculations for your pet's air waybill (AWB) as determined by the airlines.

So whether or not you handle your pet's relocation on your own or use an agent like us, there's a lot you need to know and to get right before you can have a clear understanding of what's ahead.

And we would like to help. We do not charge you for enquiries and detailed, personalized estimates for your pet's shipment. Our estimates contain full cost projections and pages of supporting, instructional information regarding the requirements for your specific destination and pet(s). So regardless of whether or not you use our services, our estimates will provide you with a very valuable start to your process, no matter which corner of the world you're going to.

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Food and water for my pet's journey?


First of all, to be clear, and VERY importantly, there must always be water available before, dur

<h3>Food and water for my pet's journey?</h3> <div class="faq_ans_img"><img src=""></div> <div class="faq_ans_text"><p>First of all, to be clear, and VERY importantly, there must <em>always</em> be water available before, during and after the journey. This said, don't overly concern yourself if your pet is not drinking huge amounts before you take her to the airport just because you've given it to her. Let your pet behave normally, drink as she wants, and relax. The key here is that water <em>must always be <strong>available</strong></em> (which is why all travel boxes have a water bowl in it).</p> <p>As to food, however, it's actually best that most animals (including dogs and cats) travel on an empty (or close to empty) stomach. We understand that you worry your pet will be hungry, especially if it's a long-haul journey, but we ask that you trust this bit of very important advice:</p> <ul> <li>Do not feed your pet for at the very least 4 hours before you drop her off at the airport for departure, and preferably longer. At DKC, we generally aim for about 8-10 hours.</li> </ul> <p>Unlike human beings who need (or <em>feel</em> they need) to eat regularly, many types of animal, including dogs and cats and others (though there are exceptions to this), are very capable of and even comfortable with going without food for a good 24 hours. Of course we agree that this is not what you want to do every day but in an air-travel situation, we promise you that all your pets and animals will be just fine. In fact, they will be better than if you do feed them because of the:</p> <ul> <li>Dramatically reduced risk of toileting (urine and faeces) in their travel box, which means they stay cleaner and more comfortable overall.</li> <li>Reduced likelihood of nausea/vomiting in case they have any kind of reaction to the movement of their crate or as a result of anxiety (though it should be said that vomiting under any circumstances is quite rare).</li> </ul> <p>Sound scary? Try not to worry too much. This approach really does work very well indeed.</p></div>

Can DKC manage both the import and export sides of my pet or other animal?

<h3>Can DKC manage both the import and export sides of my pet or other animal?</h3> <div class="faq_ans_img"><img src=""></div> <div class="faq_ans_text"><p>Definitely yes! For sure! Yup!</p> <p>Well... maybe. Read on.</p> <p>There are two parts to any relocations process: 1) the export; 2) the import; and they need to be seen as distinct processes because, in fact, they are (although both sides coordinate with each other). We can definitely assist you with the import side if you're coming <em>into</em> the UAE, and we can definitely assist you with the export side if you're <em>leaving</em> the UAE. And that's because we, obviously, are <em>in</em> the UAE.</p> <p>Right, now that's clear.</p> <p>However, there always needs to be someone (you, a friend or another relocations agent) handling things on the "other" side of a relocation, which means that if you're importing into the UAE, someone will have to handle things in your country of origin. If you're exporting from the UAE, someone in your country of destination will have to handle things upon the arrival of your pet. There must always be a physical presence on both sides for the handing of it all.</p> <p>And so, you can of course engage us to handle the UAE-based stuff (please do!), but in the other country, you will have to have yourself, a friend or another agent handle that side of things. If you're going to use another agent, that's when we can step in to help with <em>both</em> sides of the shipment - although the other agent will be doing the physical work required at the other end, you may wish to deal with only one company for the management and payment of the whole process. In which case, we can manage that for you. There will of course be an additional management fee, but you might be happier having to deal with only one company, including all payments.</p> <p>And by the way, if you do want to find another agent on your own, in your non-UAE location, check out <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, where you'll be able to search for pet/animal shippers all over the world.</p></div>
Can DKC manage both the import and export sides of my pet or other animal?
Definitely yes! For sure! Yup! Well... maybe. Read on. There are two...

Sedation: Should I or shouldn't I?

<h3>Sedation: Should I or shouldn't I?</h3> <div class="faq_ans_img"><img src=""></div> <div class="faq_ans_text"><p>In almost all cases, absolutely <strong><span class="underline">not</span></strong>.<br /><br />We very strongly recommend against tranquilizing or sedating animals for flight, as does just about every professional shipper worldwide ~ in fact, many airlines will not even accept an animal if it has been so treated.<br /><br />The main problem is that tranquilizers and sedatives affect the respiratory and circulatory systems by slowing them down quite a bit. While this is almost never a problem in normal circumstances, at altitude and in aircraft air-pressure, it can lead to physiological distress.<br /><br />We are not saying that it is never done, and of course we are not saying it always leads to problems, but because there is a widely recognised increase in health risk, even if minimal, the usual approach is to avoid it unless absolutely necessary.<br /><br />When is it absolutely necessary? Well, basically you need to ask: Will the stress my pet feel be so extremely serious that he will probably experience health problems while in transit, such that the risk of medication is actually less than the risk of anxiety?<br /><br />Some people are so worried about their pets and other animals that this question becomes difficult for them to answer, but our experience is that in 99.9% of the cases, it is the human being who is suffering the most anxiety, albeit from understandable worry. You'd be amazed to see just how casual so many travelling animals are once they've arrived at the other end of the journey.<br /><br />Give it all some thought, speak to your vet, and please be cautious.</p></div>
Sedation: Should I or shouldn't I?
In almost all cases, absolutely...

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