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Dogs travelling overseas, interstate
Travelling interstate or overseas with your dog needn’t be stressful. Follow these hints to ensure your pet enjoys a safe, hassle-free trip.
- Consider a specialist pet transport company so your dog’s travel is handled by experts. They will ensure your pet is transported in air-conditioned comfort to and from the airport, and that all paperwork is done and quarantine requirements (link to dog quarantine article) are met.
- Ask your pet transporter about quarantine when moving your dog interstate or overseas. Depending on the destination, your dog will most likely have to spend some time in quarantine.
- A reputable company will have an AQIS (Australian Quarantine Inspection Services) accredited vet, who will examine your dog before departure and sign the appropriate forms.
- Take your dog to the vet a week before departure, to ensure that he is in good health and that all vaccinations are up to date.
- Get the right sized IATA (International Air Transport Association) approved travel capsule for your animal. You can get these from your pet transporter or some veterinary clinics. Getting the capsule ahead of time allows you and your dog to become familiar with it.
- Feed your dog at least 12 hours before the move, but do not feed him on the day. Give him water and a treat, and put a couple of treats in the capsule for on the flight.
- Keep calm. Keep the atmosphere on moving day as quiet and normal as possible. There is little need to sedate your dog for the trip. One vet suggests breaking a Valium tablet in two, then swallowing it with a glass of water. In other words, if you are calm and relaxed your dog will be, too!
- Take your dog in his capsule to the pet transporter, or if they collect from your home, travel with him to the transporter’s office.
- Once your dog has been checked for quarantine purposes, if necessary, and replaced in his capsule, walk away, quietly and calmly. Most animals settle down quickly, especially if there’s a familiar rug or piece of your clothing in the capsule.
Your pet will travel in an air-conditioned van to the airport, at the same temperature as the plane. If the flight is an international one, he will be checked at each stopover, and his water replenished.
What happens when your dog arrives?
On arrival, your dog will be collected by the pet transporter representative, given fresh water and a chance to exercise before being cleared through Customs and Quarantine.
If he does not need quarantine, he will be brought home in an air-conditioned van.
If he has to spend a period in quarantine, the pet transporter can arrange to pick your dog up when he’s free to come to your and his new home.
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