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Moving in the time of COVID-19 can be overwhelming. It’s even more so when you plan on moving your pets too. As one of the best relocation companies Singapore, we understand your concerns about moving your pets abroad amid the COVID-19. Therefore, this article will offer insights on COVID-19, how it spreads to pets and what you must know about pet moving in these trying times.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that range from the common cold to MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome). Over 20% of colds happen as a result of human coronaviruses. Animals also have their own coronaviruses leading to certain illnesses.
Although there is no vital evidence about animals’ role in spreading COVID-19, scientists have not fully understood if and how different animals can be affected by the virus.
Still, it is widely acknowledged that the SARS-CoV-2 virus responsible for COVID-19 originated from wild animals (possibly bats) in China. Because of mutations and factors not fully understood, the virus was able to infect humans and spread from person to person.
Since then, a few cats and dogs living with COVID-19 patients have tested positive for the virus. Ferrets, cougars, lions, tigers, gorillas, fruit bats, hamsters, and tree shrews have also been shown to have the possibility of becoming infected with the virus. A study in the Netherlands showed that antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 were found in about 1 in 7 dogs and 1 in 5 cats from homes with individuals who had the COVID-19. This indicates that these pets were previously infected.
However, animals such as chickens, ducks, pigs, and mice appear not to become infected or spread the infection.
Nevertheless, research is still on-going to discover how COVID-19 can infect animals like dogs, cats and other mammals. There are speculations that pets worldwide can be infected with the virus after close contact with infected people. Even so are assumptions that people can also be infected by contact with an infected pet, although cases of such are rare.
Pet Restrictions And The COVID-19
Because there are too many uncertainties surrounding the coronavirus and pets, pet travels have been facing many restrictions and regulations across the globe. The idea is to slow down the virus’s spread and protect pets, livestock, wildlife, and humans alike.
Pets also only make a fraction of a percentage of cargo that airlines carry. As they began cutting on their routes, many stopped accepting live animals because they began to find it challenging to move them.
Therefore, many states, countries, and airlines are continually changing their rules and ability to carry pets, creating huge complications for you.
As COVID-19 vaccinations become a reality, there are speculations that restrictions may lessen. But, when will COVID-19 become a thing of the past? That’s a million-dollar question without an answer.
However, here’s what we recommend:
Carry on preparing your pet for upcoming travels. Patience and careful planning are essential to ensure that your pet is safely and efficiently transported overseas.
Ensure their vaccinations are up to date. If you have anyone around you ill or sick with the COVID-19 virus, be sure to keep your pet away from them. Be sure to stay aware of the pet moving regulations in your destination countries and recommend travel routes to prepare ahead of time.
If you are also stuck in a situation where you need to move quickly but have no way of moving your furry loved one, consider using a boarding service. Reputable international moving companies can provide excellent recommendations on the right services for you.
How a Pet Relocation Service Can Help
As one of the best international moving companies, we have worked with clients to help them navigate the complications of moving overseas. Faced with clients having to find their way through the complicated regulations concerning moving pets, we must recommend that you invest in a pet relocation service.
The ideal pet relocation service will guide you on the appropriate documents, vaccinations, and all other facets to ensure that your pets can travel without hiccups. They will also provide updated information on pet regulations in your destination country. Your ideal specialists will also help you find the right pet accommodation options should you have to travel without your pet. In the end, they can ensure the health, safety, and comfort of your pet until you can have them with you in your new home.
About SIR MOVE
Established in Singapore in and Malaysia since 2006, SIR Move Services is a Singapore/British brand and it is a moving company that continues to build a business based on integrity and trust. SIR provides Complete Move Solutions for International, Commercial and Domestic Relocations inclusive of storage and insurance. We move pets too. Moove My Box (MMB) is the newest addition to our suite of services allowing customers to ship small shipments faster. Similar to Air Express Delivery with the addition of packing and collection services. SIR Move is a qualified FIDI/FAIM Quality Mover.
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