Moving my Retriever to Germany

#1 Jan 19th, 2016, 03:20
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I am currently residing at Bangalore and planning to take my retriever to Germany when i am relocating .

From many website i found out that i need which i think i can manage in India

a.) Pet Microchip
b.) Vaccinations

I am really confused and freaked out about Blood Titer Test as this has to be performed at EU approved lab(it says) and none in India

How to tackle this situation or is my understanding incorrect ?

Thanks in advance for your help!
#2 Jan 19th, 2016, 04:15
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Originally Posted by siimba View Post a.) Pet Microchip
Not an expert, but the chipping will most likely need to be done by an EU approved clinic as well, since this is used as a way to let pets travel around the EU as well.

I'll try to find out more info for you.

Edit: You should try to contact the embassy about this. They might be able to give you information as well.

Edit 2: Make sure you look into registering your pet in Germany, getting permission from the landlord to have a pet and maybe getting a dog license (Hundeführeschein) with which you could take your dog out for walks without a leash as well. Look into pet liability insurances and health care plans (very expensive otherwise).

Edit 3: I found some information from German customs, who will be the competent authority in deciding to let your feline family member in. Unfortunately, it is in German. Try using Google Translate, if you have specific questions, feel free to ask.

Edit 4: IndiaMike delivers, as always. Here is a great thread on someone who already moved their dog from India to Germany.
#3 Jan 19th, 2016, 04:25
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Post a picture of your retriever on this thread and you might get more responses.
#4 Jan 19th, 2016, 13:50
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As far as I know a blood sample (for checking rabies antibodies) has to be sent to Germany 3 months in advance. That also means the dog needs to have to rabies vacciantion and enough time for the body to build the antibodies until the blood sample can be taken. So start with the vaccinations very soon.

Here are information in English:

Maybe you find someone who travel from India to Germany who can take the blood sample with him and post it in Germany. That will be a lot cheaper than sending it from India.

The dog does not have to travel as cargo as per German rules. It can travel as extended luggage which makes it a lot faster (you might get the dog sooner than your suitcase) and cheaper.

To which airport do you want to fly? And with which airline? Airlines have lots of different rules and prices regarding dogs. Check Lufthansa, KLM and Emirates. Frankfurt and Munich are the main airports for animal transports. Onward flights are also possible but you have to check with the airline. It depends on the time between the flights as well.

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