Does my pet travel on a commercial passenger flight or is there a special plane for pet transportation?

Your pet travels on commercial airlines, in the cargo hold. This area is separate from the baggage area and is air conditioned, climate controlled and pressurized just like the cabin where the passengers are. The lighting is dimmed. This allows pets to travel in comfort. In fact air travel is much safer than long distance road transport for pets.

Does any of the airline staff travel with the pets in flight?

There is no one in the cargo hold of the aircraft during flight. The airline staff does have access to the section of the cargo hold where the pets are if there is a need to check on the pets during pet transport flights.

Are sedatives used in pet shipping?

Absolutely not. Sedatives suppress the respiratory system of the pets, and lower their blood pressure which may cause disorientation. In fact, several airlines will not accept a dog or cat if they are sedated. Even though some vets will examine pets’ prior travel, latest studies show that sedatives can multiply in high altitudes by several times depending on each pet. We transport your pet safely and securely in crates designed for pet safety during pet transportation.

What size travel crate will I need?

The pet crate must be large enough for a pet to stand up in, turn around & lie down in a normal position. Animal Travel will assist you with selecting the appropriate sized crate for your pet’s travel. Please note: Your crate must not be the collapsible type. Visit our page on travel crates for sizes of travel crates. We can also provide made to measure pet travel crates. Travel crates for use on international flights travelling from Australia are for purchase only; they cannot be hired and returned to Animal Travel due to strict Australian quarantine regulations.

Can I arrange to fly on the same flight as my pet?

Most definitely. However, your pet cannot travel as accompanied baggage, carry on baggage or excess baggage on flights leaving Australia. You will need to arrange for your own airline tickets directly with the airline and advise us so we can if possible arrange to have your pet transported on the same flight.

For domestic travel within Australia, Jetstar and Tiger Airlines do not accept pets for carriage.

Some Airlines will not accept certain breeds of dog or cat, and some airlines do not accept pets for carriage at all, therefore your pet may need to travel with a different airline. Also some countries require customs clearance at first port of entry therefore this may require arranging different flights.

What type of vaccinations should I give my pet prior to transportation?

Most countries require pets to have a current C3 of C5 Vaccination for dogs and F3 or F4 Vaccination for cats as well as a Rabies Vaccination. We will be happy to provide you with the current regulations for your country of destination prior to your pets transportation.

Can I take my pet on holiday with me if I am travelling overseas?

Unless you are travelling to New Zealand, Norfolk Island or Cocos Islands, your pet will need to go into quarantine for a minimum of 10 days on return to Australia depending on the country you wish to visit. Some countries are not approved countries for your pet to return to Australia.

Visit and select your country for more details of requirements.

Your pet will still need to fulfil the requirements of the country of entry and still need to travel to that country as manifest cargo from Australia.

Animal Travel is happy to arrange your pets travel for holidays and subsequent quarantine if required.

Does my pet get water and food when they are travelling on the plane?

The travel crate is fitted with a water container and funnel so that the pet can have water on the flight. The water container is filled before the flight leaves and at the transit point if there is one. There is also a food container where a small amount of dry food is provided. If the flight includes a comfort stop the pet is provided with refreshments and exercise on route.
At Animal Travel we ensure that all our travelling pets have adequate water during their pet transportation.

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