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Rabbits travelling overseas, interstate
Travelling interstate or overseas with your pet rabbit 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 pet’s travel is handled by experts. Although dogs and cats make up 99 % of transported pets, a reputable company should be able to handle any type of animal that can be legally moved interstate or overseas.
- A pet transporting company will ensure your pet travels in air-conditioned comfort to and from the airport, and that all paperwork is done and quarantine requirements met.
- Ask your pet transporter about quarantine (link to rabbit quarantine article) when moving your rabbit interstate or overseas. Depending on the destination, your rabbit 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 pet rabbit before departure and sign the appropriate forms.
- Take your pet to the vet a week before departure, to ensure that she 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. If you have more than one animal, you must get a capsule for each one. You can get these from your pet transporter or some veterinary clinics. Getting the capsule ahead of time. allows you and your pet to become familiar with it.
- Feed your rabbit at least 12 hours before the move, but do not feed her on the day. Give her some 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. Unless your vet has prescribed it, there is little need to sedate your pet for the trip. If you are calm and relaxed your pet will be, too!
- Take your rabbit in her capsule to the pet transporter, or if they collect from your home, travel with her to the transporter’s office.
- Once your rabbit has been checked for quarantine purposes, if necessary, and replaced in her capsule, walk away, quietly and calmly. Most animals settle down quickly, especially if there’s a familiar toy or rug in the capsule.
Your pet rabbit will travel in an air-conditioned van to the airport, at the same temperature as the plane. If the flight is an international one, she will be checked at each stopover, and her water replenished.
What happens when your rabbit arrives?
On arrival, your pet rabbit will be collected by the pet transporter representative, given fresh water and cleared through Customs and Quarantine.
If she does not need quarantine, she will be brought home in an air-conditioned van.
If your rabbit has to spend a period in quarantine, the pet transporter can arrange to pick her up when she’s free to come to your new home.
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