If you’re travelling overseas and plan to be gone for several weeks, then you may not want to leave your pet behind. However, travelling internationally with a dog or a cat can be complicated because of quarantine requirements by the countries to which you’re travelling, and those of Australia when you return. If you do plan to go out of the country, these tips can help you travel with your dog.
The process of taking a pet with you on an international trip can take some time, so you should plan to start preparing for the trip at least six months in advance. Whenever you are leaving Australia with an animal, you must secure a permit to export it. The permit is issued by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service after you fill out an NOI form and have your pet examined by a qualified vet. If your dog is in good health, then it will be issued a health certificate to take with you.
Flying with a Dog
If you are flying, most airlines require that a dog is at least eight weeks old. Dogs cannot show signs of aggression, and they must be in good health. Most airlines require that a pet travels in a carrier that is large enough for them to be able to stand, lie down, and turn around. You should check with the airline in advance of your trip, because they may not allow your dog to travel when the weather is extremely hot or cold for your pet’s safety.
Pet carriers must be made of either metal or wood, be of sturdy construction, and meet the specifications of the International Air Transport Association. For long flights, carriers must have food and water containers that attach to the sides of the carrier. It is also a good idea to include a blanket and one of your dog’s favourite toys to help keep them calm during their journey.
You should not sedate a nervous pet before travelling on a plane, as most airlines will not accept animals on board that have been sedated. Sedation can cause medical issues with some pets, including dehydration. If your dog is an anxious or nervous traveller, your vet can provide medication to help calm your pet down for the trip.
After returning to Australia, your pet will be quarantined for at least 10 days in either Sydney or Melbourne. If your dog has become ill due after being on a trip, then your pet insurance policy may cover their medical costs. If your dog has to be tested for an illness after coming back from an international trip, he or she may be in quarantine for longer than expected.
Unless you plan to be gone for several weeks, then you may want to arrange to board your dog while you’re away. However, if you take the time to prepare for the trip, you can take your dog overseas with you and enjoy the time away with your furry friend.