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  1. BobPetairUK

    Moving a cavalier King Charles

    Hi Maria and Mike Have a look here for more information. and be warned, it takes at least 7 months from start of the process to flight date - https://www.petairuk.com/destinations/taking-pets-to-australasia/australia/taking-dogs-to-australia/ In terms of your cavalier suffering problems on this journey - some airlines class them as snub nosed, but most dont. As Marisawright said, there are risk, but they are miniscule. As long as your boy is fit, healthy and lean, he has the same minimal risk as anyone. Bob
  2. Hi Anna I dont really know what else to add, other than keeping on going is the main piece of advice. We use a company in Malaysia called Intermovers and they have usually been really good, so contact them. Or look here for other pet shippers in Malaysia - www.ipata.org I hope that may help a bit.
  3. BobPetairUK

    Recommended pet transport please!!

    Hi At the moment options are limited, but they will open up in time. You need to contact shippers in Australia for a journey from Australia to UK and they will be able to help better than we can. Stay safe and wash your hands
  4. BobPetairUK

    Recommended pet transport please!!

    I think the key point is that this is not going to last for ever. People who move to Australia take many years to plan their moves and there are things which can be done to make these moves work better - start the rabies vaccinations and blood samples (they do last for 2 years). Just dont let the coronavirus delays cause the rabies blood samples lapse and then you have to wait another 180 days after the rabies blood sample. If you get another rabies blood sample done before the first one runs out, then the 180 day wait is taken from the date of the first blood sample. Please stay safe and lets look after each other
  5. BobPetairUK

    Recommended pet transport please!!

    Honestly, we are battling hard. Our team are being super amazing. Bookings which we have made we are rebooking and rebooking again as the flights change and then change again. We are still receiving quote requests and we are responding to those. In terms of Australia flights, things are still carrying on. Qantas have brought in their breed restrictions and are not accepting new bookings at the moment, but they will in the future and there will be life after coronavirus. We are temporarily not accepting new clients while we look after the clients we already have signed up with us - this seems the most decent way to proceed. We are trying to proceed as normal and will rebook flights where we can and delay flights where we cannot rebook them. Some clients will have to repeat veterinary work if the blood samples go out of date, but i think the key bit of advice we have is to carry on as normal as you can. Make sure the rabies blood samples will not go out of date (i.e. if they were taken 18 months ago, then repeat them). But, if you want a quote then send in a request, if you are flying at the end of the year then carry on as normal.
  6. BobPetairUK

    Terrified my anxious dogs will die if flying to uk

    Hi Lee When is the flight? With some dogs it is helpful to get the crates before hand to get them used to them. but with other dogs getting the crates can do more harm than good as the dogs just hate them , rather than "meeting" the crate on the day of collection and then they dont have time to get worried about it. Pheromones are one thing to use. Xylkene is used as well in UK and i assume they have it in Australia as well. The crate wants too be perfect, not too big and not too small. A bigger crate is not better. If the plane moves then they move inside the crate too much if it is too big. And if it is any consolation, i have never, not once heard of a dog dying on a flight from stress, as long as they are fit and healthy before the flight. They are more tough than we give them credit for.
  7. BobPetairUK

    Recommended pet transport please!!

    Hi Amy If you want to fly at the end of the year then you need to start with the rabies vaccines around now. Have a read of this and it will map out what you need to do. https://www.petairuk.com/destinations/taking-pets-to-australasia/australia/taking-dogs-to-australia/ I am sad you have heard mixed reviews about us. Our reviews are there to read on google and reviews.co.uk and the vast majority are great. Any company with a decent amount of reviews will have the occasional negative one - which we have tried our best to answer. The thing for you to do now is to get quotes from any number of pet shippers, then speak to them and pick your best one. We all offer a slightly different amount of services, for example Petair offers a services which includes vet costs in UK, some include quarantine costs in Australia; so have a good read of them to compare what different companies include and offer. And if there is anything else you need then ask and a thread such as this is super helpful to anyone in the same position as you. And yes, your boy is super cute
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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