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  1. BobPetairUK

    Cat travel questions

    Dear Alejandro Thanks for the questions and they are helpful to everyone, so i will answer them as fully as i can. any more, just let us know! I have put my answers in bold. "Hi, We’re posting here as we don’t know our travel dates and therefore can’t submit the quote form on the PetAir website. Sorry about all the questions. You can get a quote from us, even if you dont know the dates, just put one in - it can be super approximate. The quotes not only give you a price but also loads if really good information. https://www.petairuk.com/quote-form/ We have just submitted the applications for PR visas to Australia and the general advice seems to be to arrange the rabies vaccination now if we want to be able to take our cat around the time we are likely to get the visas. Great question. So try to estimated when you will want your cat to travel. Over 2 years, then do nothing. 2 years to 7 months, then get the rabies vaccine and rabies blood sample done. Less than 6 months - get the rabies work done asap and contact us to arrange boarding as your pets cannot travel for 7 months after the rabies vaccine. There is loads of good information here https://www.petairuk.com/destinations/taking-pets-to-australasia/australia/ Our vet admitted they are not knowledgable about this at all, so we’re left to figure everything out on our own. And we want to make sure we do it right! This is very common. Your vets are amazing at what they do every day, and pet shippers are amazing at what we do every day. So contacting a pet shipper like Petair to help you and your vets is the best thing to do. Is it ok to use a local vets to get the rabies vaccination done and only use a government approved vet at the end of the process, before travelling? Really it should be a government approved vet the whole way through. Just ask to see the vet who can issue a passport - the vets who issue passports are government approved vets and most practices have at least one. What forms need to be filled out by the vets when we book our cat in for the rabies vaccine? Just the normal vaccination records? Normal vaccine records are ok, but they need to have the chip number on them and when the chip was implanted. So often we get a history from a vets as it will cover these aspects as well as the vaccination card. Will it be OK to get a blood sample for the titer test done at a local vets? Would the vet normally arrange getting the sample to the testing laboratories or should it be us? Yep, get the rabies blood sample done with your local vets. Yes the vet will send them to the lab. The best lab is the APHA in Surrey, but other vets use Biobest in Edinburgh. Can you recommend a vet in the Manchester-Sheffield-Leeds triangle who is reliable and knowledgeable regarding Australian travel requirements for cats that you or your clients have used before? We realise that you have your own vets but Berkshire is too far away from us. If you let us know exactly where you are we can recommend a vets, you dont want to drive your cat too far. If we wanted to use PetAir, at what stage will we need to book our cat in? We won’t know actual travel dates for a few months still. We’d be interested to know whether you could oversee the whole process from the beginning (i.e. now) and how we’d be able to get a quote from PetAir without having a date of travel yet? After you have had the rabies vaccine and rabies blood sample taken, we can take over from there. We offer our gold service where we get permits, export docs, collection, flight, crate etc and then we send notes to your vets of what to do when (you only then need one single appointment with your local vets). And if you wanted a quote then put in a really rough date - you can just give us the year of travel if that helps you. Thanks
  2. BobPetairUK

    Dog shipping and container ships!

    Hi @summer Small dogs can have a double crate with a divider and fly in the same main crate, but it is better for them to have their own divided area. Puggles will only be able to fly with Qantas as they are classed by most airlines as snub nosed. It takes at least 7 months from start to finish, so worth starting early. Have a read of this for more detail https://www.petairuk.com/taking-pets-to-australia/dogs-australia And we will do you a free quote if you like, but off the top of my head (and dont hold me to this) then about £4000 in UK, but quarantine fees x 2 (at £1800 AUD each). But there are lots of variables in that, so if you want a better and more accurate quote then fill out our form https://www.petairuk.com/get-a-quote and we can gather all the details we need and give you a quote. Lots of pets go from UK to Queensland and cope fine with the heat - it is the same as the humans - it is hot at first, but then you get used to it and your bodies adapt. I hope that helps and if you need anything else then let us know.
  3. BobPetairUK

    PetAir UK - Pet Travel Service

    Hi Creese They will definitely need a blood sample at least as this needs to be done within 2 years of the flight and the chances are that the old rabies vaccines may not help the dogs make enough antibodies to pass the test. If i were you then i would get the dogs another rabies vaccine each and then 3-4 weeks later get them a rabies blood sample. The rabies blood sample needs to be done at least 6 months before the flight. They will be in quarantine for 10 days and will have to go to Melbourne to do their 10 day stay and then they can fly from Melbourne to Brissie. We need to gather various details so please can you go to our website and fill out the details we need and we can do you a free quote? https://www.petairuk.com/get-a-quote Bob
  4. BobPetairUK

    English bulldog

    Hi Flying all pets is a risk of about 1 in 10000. Flying a snub nosed dog is about 1 in 100. Most airlines will not take these pets as they dont want the adverse publicity if anything bad happens, but we can still fly them to Australia from Heathrow with Qantas. We may be able to fly them from Scotland with Emirates at certain times of the year. Most pet shippers and the airlines will ask you to sign an extra disclaimer as well. Pet shippers in UK can certainly fly bulldogs from UK to Australia, but owners must know the risks. The main thing we can do to help them is to fly them in a crate which is "too big" so the ventilation is good and the simplest thing owners can do is to make sure they are lean when they fly as this can help them lots. Also, if your pet shipper is signing off the final paperwork, then the vets at that point reserve the right not to pass them fit to fly if they are unduly worried about their breathing. I make this sound really bad, i am sorry for doing that. The most likely out come by a long way is that your dog will be safe and sound, but there is an increased risk compared to other dogs. If you wanted to know any more then give our team a call and we can certainly help you.
  5. BobPetairUK


    Jets4pets are good guys and picking a shipper based close to you makes sense. Get quotes from a whole bunch of shippers and really check who offers what and don’t just look at the price! You need to decide if you want a lot of help or a little bit of help. The shippers based further south can help you lots too. And I am sure you can mention who you want
  6. BobPetairUK

    London to Perth direct dog flight

    Flying diabetic pets from UK to Australia with the ten days quarantine is dicey at best. If they are well controlled before they travel then they are likely to go out of control over the flight and quarantine as there is no way of keeping them properly controlled. If their control is anything less than perfect (and most pets fall into this category) before they fly then there is a high chance they will become ketoacidotic and become very ill indeed. I am not saying “don’t fly your diabetic pet” but a lot of thought and acceptance of risks needs to be done before their flight. And the appreciation that there may be a very large extra bill if they need treatment during quarantine. The best way to prepare is to make contact with the vets who look after the pets in quarantine before they fly, make sure they are as controlled as can be in the months before they fly, keep them at home and bring them to the airport on the day of the flight (so they run less of a risk of getting too low blood sugar by having their injection and not eating) and keeping their treatment as normal as possible before the flight. This is such a tough situation for all involved, my heart goes out to you. After all the treatment and time, the humans are super bonded to diabetic cats and other options for these pets are limited. I really don’t envy humans making these choices, but we want to help if we can. I emailed quarantine recently about this and they did not say “no” to diabetic pets but they are not keen and made the sobering remark that “it is quarantine not a veterinary hospital”. In an ideal world, diabetic pets would land and go home or to a veterinary hospital. We will help if we can, but we do want to look at the veterinary history and make sure we give diabetic pets the best chances.
  7. Hi Russell Have you contacted the import department direct? They will need the pedigree forms, pictures of front and side of your cat and an explanation like you have put here. You often get more traction as an owner than a pet shipper. Here is the email address imports@agriculture.gov.au That would be a next step. Let us all know how you get on as it will help people to know. Bob
  8. BobPetairUK

    Aus to Uk 2 small dogs

    Hi For a journey from Australia to UK, you are best to contact pet shippers in Australia - i would start with Dogtainers and Petraveller first and they will be happy to help you
  9. BobPetairUK

    Our dog Dottie

    If the rabies vaccine and rabies blood sample are done, then you are done for now until your visa comes back. The rabies blood sample result only lasts for 2 years, so when it gets to 20-22 months old get Dottie and other vaccine and blood sample and as long as it is done before the first is 2 years old there is no rule to wait for 180 days again. Maybe submit some quote requests and get quotes for her and make contact with shippers, but no need to sign up with anyone until your own visa comes back.
  10. BobPetairUK

    Our dog Dottie

    Hi Nicci There are lots of good companies in UK, we just differ on what we offer and hence the price differences. We have flown very many nervous dogs all over the world and really they just get through it. I doubt they love it, but it is 10 days quarantine plus flight time, so i think of it as short term pain for long term gain of staying with their families. Honestly, you are going to worry until you get her back in Australia, but that does no good for anyone. All i can say is that these pets get through the quarantine and the flight and get back with their families and are super excited to see it. There are a couple of videos on our facebook page of dogs being reunited with their owners and they are truly heart warming. In terms of the epilepsy, some pet shippers will get involved and help, some wont and will put the responsibility on to you. From our point of view, we would want to see her history and be happy that she is stable. we have a super agent in Singapore who goes in to check on all our pets who transit through Singapore and look after them - we dont leave it to the airline staff. And this agent has given medication at the stop over point. then while in quarantine she can have twice daily medication as well. So, really there is no reason for her not to fly, but her journey and planning needs extra input to minimise risks. There are still risks of the journey setting off a fit, or if she vomits after she enters her second leg of the journey and brings her medication back up, then fitting becomes a greater probability. But these risks are outweighed by the benefit of her getting the chance to stay with her family. I hope that helps and if you have any more questions then let us know. This is a potentially really useful thread for people and pets in a similar position
  11. BobPetairUK

    From Quaratine Melbourne to Mount Barker 5251 Adelaide

    Hi, you may be best to buy an aussie sim card before you head over. Or use a friend over there for their phone number and then add the UK numbers as secondary numbers.
  12. BobPetairUK

    Has anyone flew a pug to Aus?

    Get the rabies work started soon and you dont need to make any big decisions yet
  13. BobPetairUK

    Has anyone flew a pug to Aus?

    Hi Barry. the risk is much less than that. around 1 in a 100 i would estimate (no science behind this, just my opinion!) as log as he is fit healthy and ideally lean
  14. BobPetairUK

    Has anyone flew a pug to Aus?

    Hi Barrywelsh the other tip is to get the rabies vaccination and blood sample anyway as that is relatively inexpensive (in emigration terms!) and then if anything changes at the last minute with whoever may be having your dog here, you will still have the option to take your dog.
  15. BobPetairUK

    Has anyone flew a pug to Aus?

    Hi Barry There are threads on here about flying snub nosed dogs to Australia. It certainly can be done, but the best advice i can give is that if you have a good home for your dog in UK then that is a really good option for your dog - especially at 8 years old. Having said that, if you dont have that option then your pug can definitely fly and we have flown a lot. There is a fractionally greater risk to them flying than for a normal faced dog, but the risk is still small. Have a read of this to give you a tonne more information https://www.petairuk.com/taking-pets-to-australia/dogs-australia