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Please let me know how to bring my pet to Thailand ? Does my dog need any document ? What is the official procedures ? Please let me know. Thanks.

also interested in this topic, particulalry how to avoid quarantine ?

could anyone please inform about actual experiences on how it is best done ?

many thanks

we had no problems or issues with it. Make sure that home quarantine is checked. We walked right out of cargo with our dog.

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Hello,

We hope to find someone who can tell us - from own experiences - about bringing dogs from Europe to Thailand. We have to small dogs (very small - 3 kiloes and 5 kiloes) that we would love to bring with us 2 weeks to Thailand. They are so small that they are allowed to travel with us in the cabine of the aircraft. Does anyone have experience in bringing dogs from Europe? We are thinking about everything... how did your dog react on the flight - and did you get pills from your wet to calm him/her down during the flight? How did the dog react on the heat in Thailand? And how did it go on the streets - as we have heard there are many stray dogs in Thailand?

We have been to Thailand once, and saw some dogs - but only in certain areas. We are planning to go to either Krabi and Koh Lanta - or Koh Samet and Koh Chang (maybe also one place more on the mainland - for example Jomtien). Does anyone have experiences with that - and bringing dogs with them? Also... is it hard to find hotels that allow pets?

Thank you very much in advance :o

Greetings from Denmark,

Anthon & Janett.

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If you search this forum you'll find quite a bit of info on bringing dogs into Thailand and frankly, for a two week visit, I think the hassle isn't worth it.

Also, there is the stress of the long flight here and then back as well as the trauma of adjusting to a new place and a new climate. Also, remember dogs are territorial and would be stressed being taken out of their territory.

Honestly, don't do it. If you love your dogs (and it sounds like you do, very much) leave them at home with a caretaker you trust. They'll be happier and healthier and it would probably be cheaper anyway.

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If you search this forum you'll find quite a bit of info on bringing dogs into Thailand and frankly, for a two week visit, I think the hassle isn't worth it.

Also, there is the stress of the long flight here and then back as well as the trauma of adjusting to a new place and a new climate. Also, remember dogs are territorial and would be stressed being taken out of their territory.

Honestly, don't do it. If you love your dogs (and it sounds like you do, very much) leave them at home with a caretaker you trust. They'll be happier and healthier and it would probably be cheaper anyway.

Thank you for your reply, and thank you for telling me about info on this forum. The truth is, that

we are new users and haven´t really found out yet about this place. But I´ve looked just for a bit, and can see there is quite a lot of info. However we would still very much hear from someone who has tried it themselfes.

You see... our vet (and I have asked more than one) said it shouldn´t be a problem with the trip for the dogs - honestly nobody have mentioned stress. Probably because they are going to get pills to calm them down (so that they will sleep during most of the trip - they love travelling, for example by car... they just go to sleep as soon as the car starts - they love it!) Also from what I´ve checked is that it shouldn´t be hassle at all. They can come with us in the cabin in a special bag and they can stay there during the flight. It doesn´t hardly cost anything extra so... right now - for now anyway - it doesn´t sound like hassle.

What I really would love to hear is someone who has seen how their dog or dogs react. I am very glad that you take the time to answer this question and let us hear your opinion. Thank you for that. Still I would very very very very much hear from someone who has tried it. I still hope more will look at this and answer.

And yes, we love our dogs. We cannot have children, so they are really honestly our kids... and therefore we´d love to bring them with us. I honestly don´t think we´ll go if they cannot come with us. That is why I´d like to hear peoples experiences - someone who has tried it themselves, or know someone who has tried it.

Thank you again :o

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Have you checked out whether your dogs will have to go into quarantine on arrival back in Denmark? :o

Rabies is prevalent in Thailand.

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Have you checked out whether your dogs will have to go into quarantine on arrival back in Denmark? :o

Rabies is prevalent in Thailand.

Very relevant question! I will check that up straight away. Actually I will call while writing this... Our dogs have had the vaccines regarding rabies, but maybe that isn´t enough? I´ll ask... because ofcourse that is important.

Back, just called. There shouldn´t be any problems, as the dogs have the vaccine, BUT... to be completely sure and not risk quarentine when going back, I am supposed to have a bloodtest done of the dogs and bring that with me too. So very good point... thank you for asking :D

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If you search this forum you'll find quite a bit of info on bringing dogs into Thailand and frankly, for a two week visit, I think the hassle isn't worth it.

Also, there is the stress of the long flight here and then back as well as the trauma of adjusting to a new place and a new climate. Also, remember dogs are territorial and would be stressed being taken out of their territory.

Honestly, don't do it. If you love your dogs (and it sounds like you do, very much) leave them at home with a caretaker you trust. They'll be happier and healthier and it would probably be cheaper anyway.

Thank you for your reply, and thank you for telling me about info on this forum. The truth is, that

we are new users and haven´t really found out yet about this place. But I´ve looked just for a bit, and can see there is quite a lot of info. However we would still very much hear from someone who has tried it themselfes.

I hope you are not going to give them something to make them sleep. Sedatives suppress the respiratory system of the dog and aircraft are pressurised at between two thirds and three quarters of normal atmospheric pressure, this lowers the blood pressure of both humans and animals. Sedatives generally work by lowering blood pressure so the combined effect could be detrimental to the well being of your pet. It can also cause disorientation. Several airlines will not

accept your pet if they are sedated :o

You see... our vet (and I have asked more than one) said it shouldn´t be a problem with the trip for the dogs - honestly nobody have mentioned stress. Probably because they are going to get pills to calm them down (so that they will sleep during most of the trip - they love travelling, for example by car... they just go to sleep as soon as the car starts - they love it!) Also from what I´ve checked is that it shouldn´t be hassle at all. They can come with us in the cabin in a special bag and they can stay there during the flight. It doesn´t hardly cost anything extra so... right now - for now anyway - it doesn´t sound like hassle.

What I really would love to hear is someone who has seen how their dog or dogs react. I am very glad that you take the time to answer this question and let us hear your opinion. Thank you for that. Still I would very very very very much hear from someone who has tried it. I still hope more will look at this and answer.

And yes, we love our dogs. We cannot have children, so they are really honestly our kids... and therefore we´d love to bring them with us. I honestly don´t think we´ll go if they cannot come with us. That is why I´d like to hear peoples experiences - someone who has tried it themselves, or know someone who has tried it.

Thank you again :D

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Hello,

We hope to find someone who can tell us - from own experiences - about bringing dogs from Europe to Thailand. We have to small dogs (very small - 3 kiloes and 5 kiloes) that we would love to bring with us 2 weeks to Thailand. They are so small that they are allowed to travel with us in the cabine of the aircraft. Does anyone have experience in bringing dogs from Europe? We are thinking about everything... how did your dog react on the flight - and did you get pills from your wet to calm him/her down during the flight? How did the dog react on the heat in Thailand? And how did it go on the streets - as we have heard there are many stray dogs in Thailand?

We have been to Thailand once, and saw some dogs - but only in certain areas. We are planning to go to either Krabi and Koh Lanta - or Koh Samet and Koh Chang (maybe also one place more on the mainland - for example Jomtien). Does anyone have experiences with that - and bringing dogs with them? Also... is it hard to find hotels that allow pets?

Thank you very much in advance :o

Greetings from Denmark,

Anthon & Janett.

SBK is right. It would certainly be a highly stressful experience for the dogs

You are looking at a minimum of 12 -14 hours of confinement in an aircraft each way, not to mention all of the check in times. You should check very carefully that they will be allowed in the cabin. Normally, to travel with you they have to be in the hold as excess baggage. I brought over both of my English Bull terriers from England on TG two tears ago. I reluctantly brought my older Bully as she could not be left behind. Despite having been fully checked by our own vet and the agents vet as OK to travel she went into shock two days after arrival. The vet here in Samui was excellent and was with her all through the night but she did not come round.

If you still intend to go ahead, do not use sedatives. Normal cabin and hold pressure is around 6000 -7000ft pressure altitude which combined with sedatives can have a detrimental affect on the dog.

You will need to think about special inoculations for diseases here such as heartworm. Ticks are a severe problem and if you walk on the beach with your dogs they will probably be attacked by the local beach dogs.

If you are not coming here to live it would seem best to leave them behind.

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Hello,

We hope to find someone who can tell us - from own experiences - about bringing dogs from Europe to Thailand. We have to small dogs (very small - 3 kiloes and 5 kiloes) that we would love to bring with us 2 weeks to Thailand. They are so small that they are allowed to travel with us in the cabine of the aircraft. Does anyone have experience in bringing dogs from Europe? We are thinking about everything... how did your dog react on the flight - and did you get pills from your wet to calm him/her down during the flight? How did the dog react on the heat in Thailand? And how did it go on the streets - as we have heard there are many stray dogs in Thailand?

We have been to Thailand once, and saw some dogs - but only in certain areas. We are planning to go to either Krabi and Koh Lanta - or Koh Samet and Koh Chang (maybe also one place more on the mainland - for example Jomtien). Does anyone have experiences with that - and bringing dogs with them? Also... is it hard to find hotels that allow pets?

Thank you very much in advance :o

Greetings from Denmark,

Anthon & Janett.

SBK is right. It would certainly be a highly stressful experience for the dogs

You are looking at a minimum of 12 -14 hours of confinement in an aircraft each way, not to mention all of the check in times. You should check very carefully that they will be allowed in the cabin. Normally, to travel with you they have to be in the hold as excess baggage. I brought over both of my English Bull terriers from England on TG two tears ago. I reluctantly brought my older Bully as she could not be left behind. Despite having been fully checked by our own vet and the agents vet as OK to travel she went into shock two days after arrival. The vet here in Samui was excellent and was with her all through the night but she did not come round.

If you still intend to go ahead, do not use sedatives. Normal cabin and hold pressure is around 6000 -7000ft pressure altitude which combined with sedatives can have a detrimental affect on the dog.

You will need to think about special inoculations for diseases here such as heartworm. Ticks are a severe problem and if you walk on the beach with your dogs they will probably be attacked by the local beach dogs.

If you are not coming here to live it would seem best to leave them behind.

Hi,

Although I can understand that you very much would like your dogs to join you on your holiday, I can only add my name to the list of people who advice against bringing your dogs for such a short period of time. Many strong points are made already.

I have helped several dog owners with sending their dog abroad and received some at the kennel after their arrival in Chiang Mai. All dog owners were living here or came to live here, none of them were tourists.

Although I cheer the fact that these owners love their dogs (animals) so much that they take them with them when they move country, but it hurts everytime when I see the fear and confusion in the eyes of the animals when they go or come.

I just had two cats and one dog in boarding for a week. It took a few days for the dog and one cat to relax, the second cat was still fearfull when the owners came to collect them.

With another dog, a boxer, it took at least a week.

Almost everything is strange to the dogs, climate, smells of environment and people, except for the unmistakeable language of dogs: Get out of my territory right now! Streets dogs are everywhere here, making it difficult to have your dogs run free.

Further, the humidity is almost killing (in the rainy season), even for those who live for years in this climate. Can you imagine when the animals aren't acclimitized to the ehat and humidity? It took me 4 hours of grooming in order to get the undercoat out of the abovementioned dog, plus that I sprayed him wet in order to cool him down. He was really suffering!

Very high risk on tick disease and there are several versions of tick disease. If you miss the acute stage (which is so easily missed with its hugely vague symptoms), it goes over in the chronic stage, which is incurable.

well, etc. etc. See the other strong comments

If it's only for two weeks, I really would reconsider ...

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Has anyone had experience in bringing a large dog to Chiang Mai. I have a German Shepherd who is to large for the IATA pet carriers which are on the market, so I am going to have one made. The problem is that his carrier will be too large for Thai Airways to transport from Bangkok to Chiang Mai on a AB6. We are ok on the UK - Bangkok leg. They have height and width restrictions. I have sent emails to 6 other airlines who fly the route but have had no answer as yet. :o

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Has anyone had experience in bringing a large dog to Chiang Mai. I have a German Shepherd who is to large for the IATA pet carriers which are on the market, so I am going to have one made. The problem is that his carrier will be too large for Thai Airways to transport from Bangkok to Chiang Mai on a AB6. We are ok on the UK - Bangkok leg. They have height and width restrictions. I have sent emails to 6 other airlines who fly the route but have had no answer as yet. :o

The carrier may be too big for an Airbus but I don't know, I wouldn't have thought so. Probably too big for a B737. I think that TG still operate a B747 once or twice a day to C.Mai there wouldn't be a problem with the size on this type of Aircraft.

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Hello,

We hope to find someone who can tell us - from own experiences - about bringing dogs from Europe to Thailand. We have to small dogs (very small - 3 kiloes and 5 kiloes) that we would love to bring with us 2 weeks to Thailand. They are so small that they are allowed to travel with us in the cabine of the aircraft. Does anyone have experience in bringing dogs from Europe? We are thinking about everything... how did your dog react on the flight - and did you get pills from your wet to calm him/her down during the flight? How did the dog react on the heat in Thailand? And how did it go on the streets - as we have heard there are many stray dogs in Thailand?

We have been to Thailand once, and saw some dogs - but only in certain areas. We are planning to go to either Krabi and Koh Lanta - or Koh Samet and Koh Chang (maybe also one place more on the mainland - for example Jomtien). Does anyone have experiences with that - and bringing dogs with them? Also... is it hard to find hotels that allow pets?

Thank you very much in advance :o

Greetings from Denmark,

Anthon & Janett.

SBK is right. It would certainly be a highly stressful experience for the dogs

You are looking at a minimum of 12 -14 hours of confinement in an aircraft each way, not to mention all of the check in times. You should check very carefully that they will be allowed in the cabin. Normally, to travel with you they have to be in the hold as excess baggage. I brought over both of my English Bull terriers from England on TG two tears ago. I reluctantly brought my older Bully as she could not be left behind. Despite having been fully checked by our own vet and the agents vet as OK to travel she went into shock two days after arrival. The vet here in Samui was excellent and was with her all through the night but she did not come round.

If you still intend to go ahead, do not use sedatives. Normal cabin and hold pressure is around 6000 -7000ft pressure altitude which combined with sedatives can have a detrimental affect on the dog.

You will need to think about special inoculations for diseases here such as heartworm. Ticks are a severe problem and if you walk on the beach with your dogs they will probably be attacked by the local beach dogs.

If you are not coming here to live it would seem best to leave them behind.

Hi,

Although I can understand that you very much would like your dogs to join you on your holiday, I can only add my name to the list of people who advice against bringing your dogs for such a short period of time. Many strong points are made already.

I have helped several dog owners with sending their dog abroad and received some at the kennel after their arrival in Chiang Mai. All dog owners were living here or came to live here, none of them were tourists.

Although I cheer the fact that these owners love their dogs (animals) so much that they take them with them when they move country, but it hurts everytime when I see the fear and confusion in the eyes of the animals when they go or come.

I just had two cats and one dog in boarding for a week. It took a few days for the dog and one cat to relax, the second cat was still fearfull when the owners came to collect them.

With another dog, a boxer, it took at least a week.

Almost everything is strange to the dogs, climate, smells of environment and people, except for the unmistakeable language of dogs: Get out of my territory right now! Streets dogs are everywhere here, making it difficult to have your dogs run free.

Further, the humidity is almost killing (in the rainy season), even for those who live for years in this climate. Can you imagine when the animals aren't acclimitized to the ehat and humidity? It took me 4 hours of grooming in order to get the undercoat out of the abovementioned dog, plus that I sprayed him wet in order to cool him down. He was really suffering!

Very high risk on tick disease and there are several versions of tick disease. If you miss the acute stage (which is so easily missed with its hugely vague symptoms), it goes over in the chronic stage, which is incurable.

well, etc. etc. See the other strong comments

If it's only for two weeks, I really would reconsider ...

I actually don´t think we will be going to Thailand then. Or rather - we won´t be. If the dogs cannot come along, we will have to consider another/other countries. Thank you all for your help :D

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Why don't you consider someplace a little closer to home then? Any other destination that is a 10 hour flight away will be just as stressful for your dogs as thailand would be.

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I have spoken to Thai Airways and apparantly they use AB6 on the route. His carrier would be to large to go through the cargo door something to do with the cross section? Ah well back to the drawing board :o

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I have spoken to Thai Airways and apparantly they use AB6 on the route. His carrier would be to large to go through the cargo door something to do with the cross section? Ah well back to the drawing board :o

Might be worth checking with Bangkok Airways. They operate BKK to C. Mai and they may still be using the ATR 72 (prop) on this route.

The forward part of the cabin is for baggage and cargo as there is no hold. It has a large cargo door which might allow your container to fit.

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