Exporting Your Pet to Australia
The process of exporting a pet into Australia is perhaps a little daunting initially but certainly no more that you will have already been through for yourselves in terms of paperwork, medicals, police checks ….. need I go on? I went through the process with my dog, Baggy, and came out smiling the other side so if I can do it, then so can you!
The very first thing to do is look at the AQIS website (Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service). It is extremely helpful as well as easy and simple to follow: http://www.daff.gov.au/aqis/cat-dogs. It really does take you through the process step by step tailored by country. AQIS are also the ones to give you information on the food used in quarantine, type of bedding and what is allowed in terms of toys.
Most pet exporters have been through this process many many times and are more than happy to give you as much help and information on anything specifically relevant to your country of departure. Some are listed on our Partners Page. They often offer a service that includes all the paperwork for you too.
I was also very lucky in that my local vet was Defra approved (the English equivalent of AQIS) and was patient and knowledgeable enough to answer my lengthy questions.
The key for me was really to keep on asking questions until I was sure I had what I needed. It is nobody elses pet and no-one cares as much as you do so ask until you are happy.
Once you are on the path to exporting your dog or cat to Australia, if you will not able to visit your pet whilst in quarantine due to distance or time, do contact Dog Walks. We can help by arranging to exercise and visit your pet during their stay in quarantine. Make sure to book any favourite treats you’d like us to give your pet too which you can do at our Dog Walking Packages page. Don’t forget to look at our Gallery to see frequent photos posted there of your dog in your absence.
Lastly, if you are not just next door, think about how you are going to transport your pet from the quarantine station to your home at the end of the quarantine period.
Remember, AQIS is the only place that has all the information you need in terms of bringing your dogs and cats into Australia on the following pages http://www.daff.gov.au/aqis/cat-dogs.
With best wishes to you and your dogs for a smooth and happy move to Australia.
Karen and Baggy