Under the best of conditions, preparing for international travel with your pet(s) across the pond, can be challenging. Silly me, Sammie Cat and I have done this a number of times in both directions and have NEVER had a problem. Until this week, that is.
Fortunately, our vet had asked me to contact the USDA office in Mississippi (Louisiana no longer has one) to make sure we had all of the correct and most up-to-date forms. It felt like no big deal. We'd just done this in 2014.
Imagine my alarm when I saw that the chip regulations had been changed in September of 2016. And of course, Sam's chip was NOT on the list of acceptable chips. I freaked.
Then, I thought I'd seen that there was a caveat offered that said:
"OR, purchase a microchip scanner/reader of your own to bring."
Needless to say, once our vet and the USDA said it was fine; Sammie Cat and I are now the proud owners of our very own microchip scanner/reader that will accompany us on our trip. It will be delivered sometime this week.
The alternative of second chipping Sam, meant: postponing our trip; payment to change ticket; loss of seat reservation charges; expense of blood work and anesthesia to second chip; hardship on Sam at her advancing age, etc. This option meant upwards of at least an additional $700 in expenses, mega-stress for me, AND delaying travel. Now, we're good to go for just another $99 and the usual hoops that must be jumped through timing-wise (which we were prepared for) for our May 9th departure.
As stressful as this all was at the time; is as grateful as I am to our vet Nicole Larroque for suggesting we be on top of things at this early date. We had time to trouble shoot, purchase the needed equipment, practice, AND have everything in order for USDA approval! Hooray! I bet my heavy sigh of relief was heard from all the way in France!
I treated myself to an $8 bouquet of Canseco's roses and spent yesterday in gratefulness and feeling more back on track!
It's time to go back to bed!