Transporting your cat or dog to Australia? Here are 10 killer tips.

Transporting your dog or cat-to Australia

It’s crazy to think how attached we get to our beloved pets. The possibility of leaving them behind just isn’t an option. To help prepare your cat or dog for your exciting journey together. We have prepared ten killer tips for you.

# Tip 1 – Do your research

Transporting your cat or dog to Australia isn’t as easy as jumping on sky scanner and booking two one way tickets. There are strict rules in place that decide if your pet can enter the country. So do some research on the requirements set out by the Australian Government.  For example, your pet will go into quarantine for a period of time. This is currently ten Days for Cats & Dogs arriving from the UK.  Another one to highlight is the “prohibited breeds”. If your dog or cat is any of the following breeds then he or she isn’t eligible for Australia.

DogsDogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro, Japanese Tosa, American Pit Bull Terrier or Pit Bull Terrier, Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario.

Cats Savannah cat, Safari cat, Chausie (To see the full list you can head to the Gov website).

So write down a list of questions you have and make sure you get all the answers.

# Tip 2 – Vaccinations

Just like those dreaded vaccination days in schools your pet requires the same treatment. The Australian Government is strict when it comes to border control and preventing rabies. With the current guidelines in place, arranging your pet’s vaccinations is a priority. It’s recommended to start this process 7-18 months before you leave. Why so early? The Rabies Neutralising Antibody Titre (RNAT) test must be completed within 24 months of your pet’s departure. Then the second part is the RNAT results test which is a blood sample. When the sample has been taken your pet cant travel until 180 days have passed and the result was successful.

# Tip 3 – A healthy pet is a good pet

A good old-fashioned health check is a must when transporting your cat or dog to Australia. I’m positive by now you have your local vet on speed dial. So it wouldn’t take long to arrange a quick check-up to make sure your cat or dog is healthy.  More than often it’s a case of pets being under or over weight, which doesn’t take long to change.

# Tip 4 – Exercise

Keeping your pet fit is a must. Walking a cat through the park isn’t something you see everyday, but playing and feeding them right will do the job. The UK has some amazing places to walk your Dog. This is a perfect excuse to explore historic towns (pubs) before jetting off to the sunshine.

# Tip 5 – Travel ready

It’s important to understand the changes your pet will experience when moving countries. Although most pet transport companies do their best to make your pet feel at home. It’s the same feeling for us when someone else’s bed doesn’t quite feel the same. Although it’s hard to prepare for this there is one thing we recommend you do. Help your pet feel comfortable in smaller areas. If they haven’t responded well to travel carriers in the past, then this is a must. They will be secured into the cargo area of the plane. The good news is this area has been designed for live animals. The lighting is controlled in the hope that your pet will do lots of sleeping.

# Tip 6
Arrange your pet passport

Yes that’s right, your pet needs a passport! This comes in the form of an import permit. You can apply via the Government website and it’s nice and straightforward to do so. The main details you need is proof of the RNATT Certificate and the declaration. They will also require some basic information on both yourself and your pet.

# Tip 7 – Choose the right company

This part really comes down to preference and convenience. The standard of pet transport across the board has improved over the years. Obviously there will be the odd pet transfer company to stay clear of. But they’re easily identified through reading reviews and comments online. I won’t go into too much detail about how to choose the right company, as this will be a separate post. However like #Tip 1 you should write a list of questions that you want to know the answer to. Questions like how often can you visit? Do they come and collect your Pet? Why use them for transporting your cat or dog to Australia? Remember the more you know the better.

# Tip 8 – Picking a date

The time has come to finally choose the date. Your pet transporter will help you find the best departure and arrival dates. But remember to give yourself enough time to get prepared when you arrive in Australia.

# Tip 9 – Saying Goodbye

This is when everything sinks in and you may be faced with a roller coaster of different emotions.  Lets face it, we wouldn’t be human if we didn’t have our concerns. Remembering that thousands of people around the world have done it, always helps. It wont be long before you’re reunited with your furry friend and they won’t forget your smiling face.

# Tip 10 – Your New Home

 Depending on your plans in Australia, if you’re staying in temporary or permanent accommodation. You will need to make your home dog or cat friendly. If you can find food and bedding like their current setup. This will make the transition as comfortable as possible for them.

If you’re transporting your cat or dog to Australia, we are here to help. We work with the best pet transfer companies in the business. They are highly recommended and offer a great service. Head to the Pet Transfer Australia page to start comparing.


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