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Transport your pet in a safe and reliable way.

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Are you looking to transport your pet? Maybe you are moving house, relocating overseas or are looking to rehome an animal? A pet transportation service may be the most stress-free way of doing this.

Here's how they can help you, and how to go about hiring one.

What pet transport services are available?

A pet transport company is dedicated to safely moving animals. Pet transportation services can be done via road, sea or air. There are many different types of pet transportation services, some specialise in pets like dogs and cats, and others concentrate on small animals like rabbits, turtles and ferrets.

What is included in a pet transport service?

In general, what's included depends on the service and the price you pay. In general, the following is included in a pet transport service:

  • Provide travel kennels if you don't have one yourself.
  • Pick up your pet from your home.
  • Arrange the logistics of transportation.
  • Arrange a quarantine period, if required.

How do I transport my pet myself?

If you don't want to use a pet transport service, you can do it yourself. There are several different factors and steps to go through.

Pet checkup

Your vet should be consulted about the transportation at least ten days before you depart. They can answer any questions you may have, create any required documents and advise you on any potential issues.

Via air

If you are transporting your pets via air, you will need to contact the airline and check they accept your pet. It's completely safe to transport animals via plane. They are kept in a temperature-controlled environment much like the passenger area. Pets are happy to travel like this, as it's a quiet and dark environment. Some airlines will allow passengers to carry small animals in the cabin of the plane.

Via car

When travelling with a pet in the car, they should be kept in a crate or carrier. This should be anchored using a seat belt to stop it sliding away or bouncing away as you drive. Animals should be kept in the backseat when transported. Stop often to allow your pet to exercise and go to the bathroom. Never leave your pet alone, and monitor the temperature of your car.

How much does pet transport cost?

There are many factors that go into calculating pet transportation costs. It depends on the size and weight of the pet, and the location it is transported to. To get an accurate price for transportation services, get in touch with the company with accurate details of your pet and the trip.

Generally speaking, for pet transport using an individual freelancer on a platform like Airtasker you may pay $100 - $150 for shorter distances within a city. For interstate pet transport expect to pay anywhere between $200 - $1000 depending on the size of the dog or cat and the destination. International pet transport can cost several thousands of dollars depending on the destination and the size and type of pet.

How should I prepare my pet for transport?

Transporting a pet should be planned carefully, as it can be a stressful experience for an animal. It's beneficial to introduce them to the travel kennel early, as this will ensure your pet is familiar with it. If you can, try driving around with the animal in the kennel so they can get used to it.

Make sure to get your pet checked by a vet to ensure they are ready for the transportation process. They may also need vaccines if they are travelling abroad. Make sure you give your pet transporter any medication or special items they may need during transportation. We also recommend leaving a list of emergency contacts with the pet transport service.

Before placing them in transport, wash your pet to make sure they are nice and clean. Don't feed them too much, and then hand over any food or water to the transporter. Try to place your pet in the carrier with some form of distraction like a chew toy, a blanket or a cuddly soft toy.

What to consider when booking pet transport

If you're transporting your pet internationally, you should familiarise yourself with the rules and make sure the transportation company is also familiar with them. Check if the pet transportation company is familiar with the area or country you are transporting between.

Some airlines are more pet friendly than others. Do some research and check with your transportation to see which carrier they recommend based on your destination. Also, consider the vaccinations and documents your pet may need, and whether the transportation service will provide this.

Do I need to be there when my pet is picked up for transport?

We recommend being there when your pet is being picked up for transportation. This not only means you can say goodbye, but you can make sure the transporter has all the documents, food and bedding. If your pet requires quarantining, you may not be able to be there beforehand.

If your pet is going to arrive at its destination without you, the transporter will need to arrange boarding for it. Alternatively, you can have another designated person pick up your pet.

Pros and cons of pet transport

Pros

  • Less stress for you and pet
  • Tailored to your pet's needs
  • Your pet is transported by experienced professionals

Con

  • You can't monitor your pet
  • More expensive than transporting yourself

Pet transport services will make sure your pet will arrive in their final destination safe and sound.

Frequently asked questions about pet transport

What risks are there when transporting my pet?

Generally, transporting a healthy pet with a reputable pet transportation company has low risks but there are still some risks to consider including:

  • Transport may cause your pet stress
  • Some dogs with short nasal passages may be more at risk of heat stroke and other conditions when being transported
  • Sedation can also increase the risk of health complications in some pets

Do I need to travel with my pet when I transport it?

No, you don't. Many pet service providers will carry your animal separate from you. You could choose to transport the pet yourself, without using a transport company, and travel alongside it. Some airlines will allow passengers to carry on a small dog or cat, although it depends on the weight and size of the pet plus the length of the flight itself.

Can I transport my pet under Covid-19 restrictions?

If you're planning to transport your pet internationally, your plans may need to be modified or put on hold while many countries take steps to control the spread of the coronavirus. As restrictions are always changing, we advise getting in contact with the pet transportation service or airline for advice.

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