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Pet Relocation

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Pet Relocation – Relocating your fur baby

Your pet is an extremely important extension of your family and leaving them behind is not an option for some people.

You need to think carefully about the age of your pet and how good their health is, as it is a time consuming and costly process.  Remember Australia is very hot in the summer months, and while that may be one of your reasons for emigrating, heat stress is something you should take into account with your pet as it can be a life threatening condition.

If your pet is not in good health or you have a dog that is a short nosed breed such as a Bulldog or Pug or have an excessively thick coat you should think seriously about whether it is in their best interest to take them.

If you have made the decision to take your furbaby with you, you will need to start planning this well in advance of your move, as the process takes at least 7 months.

Firstly your pet will need to be vaccinated against rabies and have blood tests to prove they have enough antibodies to protect them from various diseases.  They will also need to be micro-chipped, and have numerous visits with a government approved Vet to ensure they are in good health and have Australian approved Tick and Flea treatments.

Below is a summary of the process from Group 3 Countries (which include UK, USA, Canada, Most of Europe) to Australia for Dogs, but for more detailed information on exporting from different countries visit Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Pet Relocation Process

Step 1 – Before starting the export process – contact the Competent Authority in the country of export to find a Government approved vet to prepare your pet for export, and to find out if they have any additional conditions of export.

Step 2 – Before starting export process – Confirm the general eligibility of export e.g. restricted breed.

Step 3 – Verify existing microchip or implant new microchip.  A government vet must scan the microchip at each visit and the number correctly recorded on all documentation.

Step 4 – Your pet must be vaccinated with an inactivated rabies vaccine.

Step 5 – Between 180 days and 24 months before date of export – Rabies Neutralising Antibody Titre (RNAT) Test.  This should be done 3-4 weeks after the rabies vaccine and must be carried out in strict conditions by a Government approved vet.  There is a mandatory waiting period of 180 days between the RNAT test date and export to Australia and there are no exceptions to this.

Step 6 – Before applying for the import permit – an official government vet must complete the rabies vaccination and RNAT test declaration.

Step 7 – Apply and pay for the import permit.  Allow at least 20 working days for processing your application, the permit is valid for up to 12 months from date of issue.

Step 8 – After receiving import permit – Book tentative post entry quarantine accommodation and make travel arrangements.  The animal must arrive direct into Melbourne International Airport and must travel as manifested cargo.  Contact an animal transport company to make arrangements for you.

Step 9 – Check other vaccinations.

Step 10 – Start at least 21 days before date of blood sampling for Ehrlichia canis (step 11) – External parasite treatments for ticks and fleas.

Step 11 – Within 45 days before date of export – Test for Ehrlichia canis, a blood sample collected at least 21 days after external parasite treatment.  If this test doesn’t produce a negative result the test will be invalidated and steps 10 & 11 must be repeated.

Step 12 – Within 45 days before date of export – Testing for Brucella canis, this only needs to be done if the dog hasn’t been desexed.

Step 13 – Within 45 days before date of export – Testing for Leishmania infantum, the test must provide a negative result.

Step 14 – Internal parasite treatments – 2 treatments at least 14 days apart, with the second treatment given within 5 days of export.

Step 15 – Within 5 days before date of export – Pre export clinical examination.

Step 16 – Within 5 days before date of export – Completion of veterinary health certificate, this is appendix 1 of your import permit and both documents must accompany the animal on arrival in Australia.

Step 17 – Travel to Australia – The animal must travel in an International Air Transport Association (IATA) approved crate, and must arrive in Australia before the import permit expires.

Step 18 – On arrival in Australia – Departmental staff will collect your dog on arrival for transport directly to the post entry quarantine facility and it will stay for a minimum of 10 days before being released for onward travel to your new home.

Relocating your pet to Australia is a very detailed process and animals arriving in the country must comply with all conditions on the import permit.

Having said all this, having your furbaby with you when you are settling in to your new home and new life is sure to make the process that little bit easier!