The idea of leaving your pet behind during travel is already difficult. How much more if you are to expatriate for months to years to another country without your pet? According to The Goody Pet’s article, For most pet owners, animals are not simply pets as they are already part of the family. For this reason, expats make sure to do everything to let their pet join them on their transfer to a new home. Now, for expatriates moving to Spain, here is a quick guide, which includes preparations to pet care that can make your pet transfer easier:
If you are to bring your pet from an EU country to Spain, you must check with the website of the UK Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) for the requirements that you will need for your pet to be permitted for travel. If you have a dog, a ferret, or a cat, a pet passport is required. For other animals like rabbits, amphibians, fish, and rodents, they do not need a Pet Passport if the travel is only within the EU.
Pet passports can be issued by licensed veterinarians. The passport will permit your dog, ferret, or cat to travel from one EU country to another. It comes in a booklet form and has all the information about your pet like an identification number, rabies vaccination record, and other pertinent information. The passport is valid during the lifetime of your pet; therefore, regular updates for your pet’s vaccination is required. While a pet passport might not be needed for other animals, you will still need to declare them at the airport or at the border.
In addition to the usual requirements for travel, a special consideration to note is that animals must be above 3 months old to be allowed to enter Spain.
Your pet staying inside the premises of your house is not an issue in Spain. The most common pet in the country is a dog, and you will see a wide variety of sizes and breed across towns and cities. However, in the countryside, take note that it is quite common to see dogs tied in chains outside houses.
There are quite a good number of vets around Spain. There is one in every town and some are open 24/7. A veterinarian fee is much cheaper in Spain compared to other EU countries like France and Germany. However, your pet’s medical expenses might still go up if there is already a pre-existing condition that needs to be addressed.
Pet food is available at supermarkets and grocery stores. However, it is advisable to buy your stock in bulk from licensed pet food suppliers as high-quality products are quite expensive when bought in small amounts. Also, if you are considering buying from local stores, make sure to check the ingredients before buying.
Once of all these basic requirements are addressed, travelling with your mascota or animal de compania (the Spanish terms for pets) will be swift. Just make sure to take time and effort to help your pet adapt to a new environment.