Bringing my dog from USA to Northern Ireland. ?
Hi, I am from Northern Ireland and am married to a US citizen, so I’m living in the US. We are travelling home to Ireland to have our first child in August and will be staying there for approx 3 months. We really hope to bring our dog with us. Has anyone ever travelled this far (9 hour flight) with their dog in the hold of the plane? I’m nervous but have been told by vets etc that it’s something that is done everyday. She is 54 pounds and 2 years old. Thanks.
- EdwardLv 61 month ago
if the dog is reasonably young then t will be fine. check N. Ireland's quarantine regulations.
- MaxiLv 71 month ago
I have known Americans who were in NI on a work visa who brought their dog with them ( as they were going to be in NI for 2 yrs) they told me the cost of doing so was more than it cost for the 2 adults/2 childrens tickets....... you will also need to get all the health checks/certificates organised which takes several months before you travel otherwise the dog will end up in quarantine kennels ( which you would have to pay for) and that is for longer than you are 'nipping' over to abuse the health service
- MamawidsomLv 71 month ago
Dogs are "check" as live cargo on commercial airlines all the time. For a long flight, your vet might recommend a sedative. You also have to have an airline approved crate/kennel with an internal water bowl. The airline will NOT feed your dog, give it water, or take it out to relieve itself.
Read these webpages and feel free to contact the UK consulate and your vet.
- GypsyfishLv 71 month ago
We have flown with our dog when we were moving for 2 years. Have you checked into the quarantine laws? I thought the UK required 6 weeks quarantine for any dogs.
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- Karen LLv 71 month ago
Yes, it's done all the time. I knew some people who flew their 15 year old dog from Scotland to Canada... and then flew back to Scotland with him 2 years later.
I would, however, give serious consideration to not doing that for a relatively short stay. Talk to your vet. Investigate all your options. Check with the airline. Check the government requirements to import a pet dog and the timeline for meeting them. Be aware that certain breeds will not be accepted by an airline, that airlines often won't fly any dog during extreme weather, hot or cold, and may only allow pets to depart and arrive at certain airports. Also consider that you will be dealing with a new baby for part of the time.
It may not cost much more in the end and would probably be easier on the dog (and you) if the dog stayed at a boarding facility. There are ones that are in people's homes. There are ones where the dogs stay in kennels but are given plenty of walk/play time. Start checking out local ones and see what's around, do some test runs to see how your dog does in them.
- Pearl LLv 71 month ago
your vet is right, they probably do that every day