Transport pet outside USA

Transporting a pet to another country requires advance preparation. Proper vaccinations, documentation, photo's, passports, on your person and attached to the pet container.Microchip the pet. There may be breed restrictions or quarantines. Health concerns before, during and after transport. Note: there are companies who will transport your pet for you, for a fee.

Read this first. This article relevant to any country, although the focus is Germany. It discusses, proper documentation. Explains how to prepare your dog for the trip. Suggests and explains how to acclimate your pet to it's travel container. Provides the messages for airline personnel translated to German. Discusses concerns about airlines and proper handling of the pet. http://www.coyotecommunications.com/germany/basics.html

Use this Pet Safety Checklist. http://www.dryfur.com/airline_checklist.htm

More things to consider.
Check with your specific airline for exact transport details and tips.

Book a direct flight whenever possible.
This will decrease the chances that your pet is left on the tarmac during extreme weather conditions or mishandled by baggage personnel. There are restrictions on when your pet can fly according to the weather. Your pet cannot travel in the cargo section of an airplane if the ground temperature is below 45F. There are waivers that your vet can give you for special circumstances. If the temperature is below 20F, pets will not be allowed to travel regardless of a veterinarian signed form. The same kind of restrictions apply with heat. Most airlines will not transport an animal in the cargo hold if the actual or the forecast temperature is above 84F.

Purchase a USDA-approved shipping crate that is large enough for your pet to stand, sit and turn around in comfortably. Shipping crates can be purchased from many pet supply stores and airlines. - http://www.pettravel.com/passports_container_requirements.cfm

Write the words "Live Animal" in letters at least one inch tall on top of and at least one side of the crate. Use arrows to prominently indicate the upright position of the crate. On the top of the crate, write the name, address and telephone number of your pet's destination point, and whether you will be accompanying him or if someone else is picking him up. Make sure that the door is securely closed, but not locked, so that airline personnel can open it in case of an emergency. Line the crate bottom with some type of bedding—shredded paper or towels— to absorb accidents.

Affix a current photograph of your pet to the top of the crate for identification purposes. Should your pet escape from the carrier, this could be a lifesaver. You should also carry a photograph of your pet.

Acclimate your pet to it's travel container, well before the trip.
Do not give your pet solid food in the six hours before the flight.

The night before you leave, make sure you’ve frozen a small dish or tray of water for your pet. This way, it can’t spill during loading, and will melt by the time he’s thirsty. Tape a small pouch, preferably cloth, of dried food outside the crate. Airline personnel will be able to feed your pet in case he gets hungry on long-distance flights or a layover.

Place a familiar blanket, or your pets favorite toy in the kennel.
Tranquilizing your pet is generally not recommended, as it could hamper his breathing. Check with your veterinarian first.

Tell every airline employee you encounter, on the ground and in the air, that you are traveling with a pet in the cargo hold. This way, they’ll be ready if any additional considerations or attention is needed.

If the plane is delayed, or if you have any concerns about the welfare of your pet, insist that airline personnel check the animal whenever feasible. In certain situations, removing the animal from the cargo hold and deplaning may be warranted.