Going on a trip, or relocating, to the Land Down Under takes a great deal of preparation. While the thought of it is exciting, it can also be somewhat burdensome when you think of all the things you have to do, more so when you have a pet in the entourage. Pets are family, this is something every pet owner is aware of, so it’s not a question of whether or not to take your pets with you all the way to Australia, but rather what all you must do to make it happen.
If this is your first travelling of the sort, it can seem confusing and stressful at first, for you, and you’d worry for your pets too, however, it’s nothing you can’t handle when you get well informed, and you plan every step of the way months in advance before the trip. You’d also do well if you get the help of professionals dealing with pet import Australia round, whose area of expertise is clearing pets from customs through the strict conditions, and quarantine facilities.
The great thing about Australian quarantine facilities (currently only one operating – Spotswood Facility in Melbourne), operated by the government, is they get to keep pets only 10 days unlike some other countries that do so as up to half a year. Among the other services pet import Australia round professionals can offer for you and your pets are pick up and delivery to your home from the quarantine facilities, arranging import permits (do all the paperwork for you), as well as booking of flights in case Melbourne isn’t your final destination.
Considering all the stress and time this would save you, it’s the perfect investment; simply said money well spent. Of course, for your pet to be able to be cleared out of customs, you have to do some vet check ups so you’d get informed on potential problems, as well as get the necessary vaccinations like the essential rabies vaccination, and three to four weeks after it was given a rabies antibody test to see if it’s been provided in the needed amount. Get informed if there are other tests that must be done. Prior to the vaccine and test, make sure your pets get microchipped (this is really essential).
A word of advice is to try to acclimate your pets for the Australian climate a day or two before the trip, and reduce the quantity of food a day before. Every detail counts, so your pets crates should be well marked, with a sign that says “Live Animal”, including one that provides your own personal info (name, phone number, address). Don’t forget, the crates’ sizes have to be large enough for pets to stand in them and lie down. Since you can never tell if there’s the chance of flight delays, it’s good to have some hydration gel and pet food attached to the crate.
Let staff know in case there’s something they ought to pay attention to, and the specific needs of your pet so they’d provide them with utmost care. Now that you know what relocating your pet would be like, do some planning; Australia is waiting for you.