Has anyone travelled internationally with the ferrets? From EU to US or South America? I am curious how it works, how complicated it is, what airlines are ferret friendly... I flew within Europe with ferrets, but never internationally. Last time we came to the US we left our baby boy (we had only Aramis then) with in the care of a breeder here because he was too small to travel, but I wouldn't like to do that again because it when we got back his habits and behaviour were starting to build in a different direction.. (bonding and foodwise). We had to leave our Ozzy before that with someone for a month - and he got depressed, and the person didn't notice the bg drops either (we didn't know he was insulinomic) and the outcome was not the best. And our boys now don't really like or tolerate other people touching them...
I am not planning on travelling anywhere outside Europe soon, but maybe summer-autumn, it would be an idea to visit family there again
I read the regulations pinned, but I'm curious to read any personal experience.
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I believe there is a breeder in the UK who travels to the US every year with a bunch of kits which she brings to sell. I can't remember her name but I remember reading all about it because I was looking into getting a polecat hybrid (or really just non-Marshall) ferret. Really really expensive though because the price of the kits has to cover her travel costs and such.
I'm at work right now so shouldn't really be on here at all and don't have time to google, but later I will try to look up her name because I imagine she is a seasoned pro at this by now!
Heather McNally is her name. She travels from the UK to the US. There are few restrictions getting into the US from Uk...the UK is rabies free. Chances are you will need an up to date rabies if coming from elsewhere. I bring my guys across from the UK to the US but do not travel with them. Both Heather and I use a broker to do all the paperwork required to travel with them. This forstals any surprises when crossing borders and arranges any flight requirements including flights. Ferrets travel as baggage. ciao
Thanks! I imagine that for importing the kits, the regularions are different than for travelling with them as pets. I do have passports, microchips, rabies and distemper vaccine up to date. I'm just worried about the stress on them if they can't come in the cabin with us, and how they are treated when changing planes if I can't see them until the destination...
Not sure about the airlines that run from Finland to the US, but most airlines I've used each have their own policy on whether small pets (or even cats/dogs) can fly in the cabin or have to be with luggage.
I personally would never put a ferret through the stress of flying below, especially since I've hear stories about the luggage area not having proper temperature/pressure/oxygen control and pets getting really sick or even dying The only time I would personally risk it is if I was leaving for at least 4-6 months or moving permanently.
Then again, we don't ever go on vacation (the wedding/honeymoon being the exception) since we don't want to leave our babies in anyone else's care.
Yeah, that's what I feel about having them below. I had ferrets that travelled like that before - but for a short distance aka 1h flight or so, and I trusted the airline. But on a 10-12 h flight I think it'll be terrible. However, if we do fly internationally, it'll be for an extended period of time, and that's why we were considering taking them. But I'll check each airline and what their policies are - I have travelled with Ozzy up with me in the cabin with one airline before, and he was pretty chill..maybe there's more that allow that? I hope.
Unfortunately, you will not get any airline to allow you to fly your ferret in cabin....at least any transatlantic flights. Most airlines are trying to prevent the transportation of any pets in cabin, relegating them to cargo. There are some "pet" transports available but they're quite costly. ciao
I know it probably takes twice the time to get where you are going, but what about travel by sea? For long trips, don't you usually have a cabin?(I've never travelled by ship before) perhaps it would be more likely to find a ship that allows pets to remain with you over a flight. Although, you;d probably need a whole extra week just to travel by ship, so would depend on your vacation time availability. Just a thought.
That's an interesting thought - I never actually looked into it, to see how long it'll take. I've travelled by cruise ship with them in a cabin before, and from Fi - Sweden or Russia it was about 12-15h, loong time. I imagine it'll take at least a week, still in can be considered part of the vacation