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Preparing Your Pup for an Adventure Down Under

Moving to Australia is a dream come true for many, but there’s also a lot to plan for and consider. If you’re coming over to Oz for a while, you probably want to bring your best friend with you. Luckily, there are plenty of safe options for flying your pup over to Australia. Below is a quick guide for preparing your pup for an Australian adventure.

Best Friend Dogs

Check Eligibility

Before deciding whether to bring your dog over to Australia, you need to make sure your dog is eligible for Oz. Australia has certain import conditions based on where you’re coming from, your dog’s health, and other factors. Specific dog breeds are unfortunately not allowed in Australia, so check your pup’s eligibility before doing anything else.

Microchip and Vaccinations

Your dog must be microchipped before coming to Australia and should be registered in your name and address. They must be up-to-date with any vaccinations, especially rabies. Your vet will be able to assist you with any vaccinations your dog still needs before traveling, and can provide you with a vaccination passport.

If your pup has already had a rabies vaccination, the Australian government may ask for a blood test to show rabies antibodies. This must be done before travel.

Import Permit

While getting everything else in place, apply for an import permit via the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water, and the Environment. The permit will inform you of all the requirements and conditions your dog needs to meet to enter Australia. Your pup won’t be allowed on the plane without one.

Find a Dog-Friendly Airline

Next, find an airline that meets Australia’s requirements for transporting dogs. Do your research here, as your dog will be on a long-haul flight, so you want an airline that cares about animals and provides a suitable space. To relax your dog before the flight, you can give them some CBD oil, their favourite blanket, and a toy to keep them busy.

Reserve a Quarantine Space

When a dog arrives in Australia, it must undergo quarantine, usually for a minimum of 10 days. Arrange a spot for your pup well in advance, and make sure it meets the government's approved quarantine rules. Not being able to see your pup for so long can be difficult, but remember they get to live a new life in Australia with you once they’re out.

Ensure Your New Home is Dog-Friendly

Once your dog has been inspected and quarantined, you’ll be able to take them to your new home. Make sure it’s dog friendly and they have plenty of space to run around, as well as their own kennel. A dog kennel or foldable playpen is the perfect option for their new sleeping quarters. It’s important for your pup to have a safe space for relaxing and sleeping, where they know they won’t be disturbed. Fill this with some of their favourite toys and treats, so they can feel right at home.

Being a pet owner doesn’t need to stop you from living out your dreams in Australia. With a little preparation, you and your pup can be ready for an adventure down under. It can feel like there’s a lot of paperwork and documentation that is required for bringing your dog with you to Oz, but it’s well worth the hassle.

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