International travel w/ pets, microchipping, transport, etc...
I have been researching all of this for the last 6 mos or so since DH took a job that will be moving us overseas.
We have two large dogs so they'll have to fly cargo, not in the cabin. I have been following along on the FS websites about a lot of issues people have had with certain airlines--deaths, pets just lost and never found, etc. Crazy! It sounds like a lot of FS people are now opting to just pay to fly on a different airline than what the gov't will pay for in order to keep their pets safe. Right now, KLM/Air France seem to be the preferred airlines to Africa from the US. Thoughts? Experiences?
Some people here in the DC area have suggested some pet travel planners, akin to shippers for horses. But many with mixed reviews. Thoughts there?
I'm also trying to figure out the best microchip to use. My pets have AVID but that doesn't seem to be one that is accepted for international travel so I think I have to do another.
If we go where we think we're going, there's no quarantine, thank God, but are there any additional vaccs any of you have done when it comes to going overseas?
Generally, I'm looking for any kind of insight, experience or recommendations. FWIW, it looks like we'll be going to Mozambique. I would guess that will be my older dog's one and only overseas move but our other dog is younger and will do this a few more times. Trying to get a plan in order. Sounds like it can take some doing.