Points to Consider when Transporting Your Pet

Guest post by Jenna Matheson, Jetpets

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Whether you are moving interstate or overseas, it is important to consider how to safely transport your pet to ensure their ultimate comfort. If it is your first time transporting your pet, the end to end process may seem a little overwhelming, however, that’s why Jetpets are here to help you through every step of the process. After all,  we all know, home is where the pets are.

Jetpets is  Australia’s most trusted pet travel provider, and has been in business for over 30 years. Our team of trained animal handlers and veterinarians are here to ensure your pets welfare is at the very core of what we do.

Jetpets provides a complete door-to-door service within Australia or to any destination in the world, and can also arrange all necessary vet work required for travel, and pet accommodation if needed.

The first step in arranging the transportation of your pets, is speaking with a pet travel consultant, who will ask a range of questions about your pet, including:

  • Type of pet
  • Breed of pet
  • Name
  • Age
  • Weight
  • Medical Requirements
  • Pet Handling Requirements (Cuddles and Pats)

From there, a suitable travel crate is determined, and your pet travel consultant will put together an itinerary for your pet based on your individual requirements.

Depending on flight availability, domestic travel for pets can be booked within a matter of days so you can reunite your loved ones quickly.

lady waving to dogs going on pet transport

International travel for pets is more complicated and requires a minimum of three weeks notice. The planning can take months of preparation depending on which country you are travelling to so it is important to get in touch with Jetpets as early as possible to ensure a seamless transition for your furbaby.

Many overseas destinations require pets to have vet work completed prior to travel. Jetpets has a team of in-house veterinarians who will put together a vet work schedule for your pet, and administer the required treatments also.

Once your pets travel and vet work schedule has been finalised, Jetpets will send through a detailed itinerary outlining all details for travel, including flight tracking information and collection information

On the day of travel, whether your pet is being collected by a pet handler, or you are dropping your pet off to our representatives, there is some important things to keep in mind in regards to preparing your pet for their flight:-

  • Do not feed your pet a big meal within 8 hours of travel, a light snack is okay (like humans, pets can be affected with  travel sickness)
  • Ensure your pet is well hydrated in the lead up to their travel.
  • Ensure your pet has a chance to stretch their legs and go to the toilet prior to being placed in their travel crate.
  • Pop an old piece of clothing or a towel with your scent on it into your pets crate to help familiarise them with the crate environment
  • Stay calm and relaxed, our pets feed off our emotions

Pets travel in their own dedicated section of the aircraft. This area is air pressurised, dimly lit, and climate-controlled. When travelling by plane, pets feel and hear the same things we do, (however they have a little more legroom than us in their crate!). Pets are last to be loaded onto the flight, and first to be unloaded off the flight.

family with a large dog

Upon arrival at their destination, pets are transferred from the aircraft to a freight facility where they are supervised until their final point of departure

If pets have travelled domestically they are able to be collected shortly after the flight lands, and in most cases can explore their new home that same day.

If pets have travelled internationally, they will need to go through a customs clearance process, and depending on the destination country, may need to complete a period of time in quarantine. 

Once all government formalities are complete, Jetpets can arrange to have your pet delivered to your home, for the most important part of their journey, reunited cuddles!

For more information or to speak to a pet travel consultant visit www.jetpets.com.au