Preparing For Travel

Animal Travel care about your very important pets as if they were our own and their safety and comfort is always our highest priority.

Whether you are relocating your pet interstate or overseas, there are three main areas you need to consider:

  • Size of travel crate
  • Health regulations
  • Making the journey stress-free for your pet

Size of Travel Crate

You need to correctly measure your pet so we can provide the correct size travel crate for maximum comfort. Remember, there must be space for the animal to sit, stand and turn around.


We will need four measurements:?


Measure you pet from the tip of the nose to the tip of the rump in a straight line. Do not include the tail in your measurement.

See “A” in figure above


Measure your pet from the floor to the top of the head, whilst standing. Include the pet’s ears in this measurement.

See “B” in figure above


You need to measure your pet’s width across the shoulders. This will give us the ability to determine what it’s turning space will be.

See “C” in figure above


You need to give an indication of your pet’s weight.

Health Regulations

  • Ensure your pet is currently vaccinated. Your vet can provide you with a current vaccination certificate.
  • Except in the case of very young animals, your pet should not be fed for twelve hours prior to travel and should be exercised before being crated.

We do not recommend pets to be sedated, but if you feel that this is necessary, you should seek veterinary advice on appropriate dosages. The most common sedative is Acepromazine (ACP). ACP has been found to have the following consequences for travelling pets:

  • Relaxes the respiratory muscles which makes breathing more difficult therefore could lead to over-exertion just for breathing, which will lower blood sugar and can also alters the body’s temperature control mechanism.
  • Sedatives can also alter the pets natural ability to balance and maintain equilibrium, this can be dangerous when your pets can and most likely will be exposed to increased altitude pressures. This can create respiratory and cardiovascular problems for pets travelling while sedated.
  • Snub-nosed dogs and cats (Dogs: Boston Terriers, Boxers, Brussels Griffins, English/French Bulldogs, Japanese Chins, King Charles Spaniels, Lhasa Apso, Pekingese, Pugs, Shar-Pei and Shih Tzu,) (Cats: Persian, Ragdoll, Turkish Van) can be especially affected.
  • Your pet must be able to stand, drink and be comfortable in their travel crate therefore, sedation will affect the ability for your pet to do that.

Making the journey stress-free for your pet

  • In some cases it is advisable to allow your pet to get used to a crate prior to travel.
  • Provide your pet with a favourite blanket or toy to travel with.
  • We undertake to plan your pet’s journey so that it’s time in transit is minimized as much as possible.

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