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Want to Bring your Pet to Australia? Here are the 7 things you need to know.

Want to Bring your Pet to Australia? Here are the 7 things you need to know.
Photo courtesy of Carol Vinzant via CC

Photo courtesy of Carol Vinzant via CC

1.    What type of pets can I bring?
Dogs and cats are permitted to Australia. There are certain restrictions so please check to ensure your dog or cat is eligible to be imported to Australia.

The following breeds are not eligible for import:

Dogs:
Dogo Argentino: Fila Brasileiro; Japanese Tosa; Pit Bull Terrier or American Pit Bull; and Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario. Also, the animal is not derived from a cross with a non-domestic species, such as a wolf.

Cats:
Cats that are derived from a cross with a non-domestic species, or in the case of a Bengal cat, the animal does not have any Asian Leopard Cat ancestor less than 5 generations away. Cats derived from a serval cat (Felis serval) are not eligible for importation into Australia. This includes cats derived from crossbreeding a domestic cat (Felis catus) with a serval cat or with a savannah cat (Felis catus x Felis serval). Any other domestic/non-domestic animal hybrids (e.g. Bengal cats) are not eligible for import unless they are five (5) generations or more removed from their pure-bred non-domestic ancestors.

2. How long does it take? How does it work?
First step is to have a Rabies Vaccination (if this is the first vaccination wait 1 month)

Have a Rabies Titre test done – Valid for up to 24months

Your pet(s) must then wait a minimum of 180days prior to being imported to Australia

Dogs require some additional blood tests to be completed prior to export

Both dogs and cats are required to have had some external and internal parasite treatments

Upon arrival your pet will spend 10 days in Quarantine

 2.    How much does it cost?
Approximate cost for 1 x Cat is $5,000AUD including freight charges, import permit and quarantine fees.

Approximate cost for 1 x Border collie is $6,500 including freight charges, import permit and quarantine fees.

3.    DIY or Pet Transport Company?
Importers are encouraged to use a pet transport agent as it may be simpler and more effective to use an experienced company that regularly imports animals, rather than to undertake the process yourself. As there are strict guidelines which need to be followed and can easily be missed it can often cost more to rectify than if you had engaged the services of a professional company. Companies generally offer different service level packages if you wanted to take care of some of the procedure yourself.

4.    Should I sedate my Pet?
The International Air Transport Association (IATA)  regulations do not recommend sedating or tranquilising pets for transport as it can be dangerous to their health. Drugs act differently at the pressure of 8,000 feet above sea level, which is the approximate air pressure in an aircraft during flight

5.    What do they travel in?
All pets must travel in an airline approved travelling crate. Your crate must meet IATA requirements to ensure that your cat or dog cannot escape or be injured while travelling. Crates that are too small, low or narrow may compromise your cat or dog’s welfare will NOT be accepted by the airlines.

6.    What should I watch out for?
Blood tests and treatment schedule- Australia is very strict on when blood tests and treatments need to be completed. It is very important you ensure this is done correctly and to the guidelines set out by Australian requirements. If your pets arrives to Australia without the necessary blood tests, treatments your pet will either be subjected to tests in quarantine and additional time in quarantine or your pet can be sent back to the exporting country (at your cost).

By Ken Heikkinen whose company Pet Carriers www.petcarriers.com.au are experts in International Pet Relocation and will ensure your four legged friend arrives happily and safely. Moving to Australia? Check out www.aussierelocation.com for everything you (and your pets) need to know.