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AlejandroCs

Cat travel questions

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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.

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.

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!

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?

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?

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?

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 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?

Thanks

AlejandroCs

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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

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Petair UK - the only pet travel service in Uk to be run by vets. We offer the most comprehensive services to easily and safely transport your pets from UK to Australia

 

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