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Complete Guide To Dog Transport In Australia

Everything you need to know about moving your furry friend safely
By · December 1, 2023
Complete Guide To Dog Transport In Australia

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If you’re moving house or taking a big trip, packing can feel like a lot. From the furniture to the family, you want to know that everything and everyone can be shipped to your destination safely.

And, while it’s easy enough to bubble wrap your belongings and pile your kids into the family car, dog transport can feel a little trickier. Luckily there are dedicated services available to make this move as safe and stress-free as possible.

So, what should you look for in a good dog transport service?
What types of pet transportation are available?
And, how much does it all cost?

In this article we’re answering all of these questions and sharing some handy tips to make sure your pet relocation runs as smoothly as possible.

What should you look for in a dog transport service?

Your dog or puppy is a member of your family, so it goes without saying that they should only be left in the best quality of care. This means choosing an experienced dog transport provider that understands your dog’s unique needs.

Here are some things to consider when exploring your pet relocation options:

1. What are the travel crates like?

Some pet travel crates have climate control to ensure your dog is comfortable no matter what the season. Summers in Australia can get extremely hot on the road, so this is something worth enquiring about ahead of time.

2. What happens if my pet needs a vet?

As pet owners you hope that nothing will go wrong during a relocation. But, like humans, dogs can become unwell without warning.

It’s a good idea to chat to your dog transportation company about their access to vets should the need arise. That way, you can rest easy knowing they’ll always have access to the care they need.

3. How do drivers monitor dogs while in transit?

With the driver focussing on the road ahead and your dog safely stored in its own crate or cabin, pet couriers often have additional measures put in place to ensure your animal can be monitored while in transit.

Some services have alarm systems that alert the driver to changes in the vehicle, they may also have cameras installed enabling the driver to see your pet at all times.

4. Will my dog have access to food and water before and during transportation?

It’s common practice to ensure that animals have access to fresh drinking water. But, as a general rule, services don’t provide food as this can cause an upset stomach. Check in with your service provider to find out their policy on this.

5. How often do drivers take travel breaks?

The number of breaks your pet needs during transit will likely depend on the age, size and breed of your dog, and/or the needs of any other dogs also travelling.

6. Does the service offer door-to-door pet transportation?

Typically door-to-door service is the least stressful approach to transporting your dog. But, check in with your courier as some services require you to leave your pet at a designated drop-off spot.

What types of pet transportation are available in Australia?

Depending on how far you’re travelling, you may be considering road or air transportation for your dog.

Air. Travel by air is obviously the fastest way to get your pet from A to B and many airlines now offer pet-friendly services. But, this approach can be more on the expensive side and some dogs experience a higher level of stress when travelling by aeroplane. There may also be restrictions depending on the size and temperament of your dog.

Road. Dog transportation companies typically offer road-based travel. This allows for regular rest stops for your pet and provides the highest level of comfort in transit. Many service providers also offer door-to-door service which allows for a seamless experience for you and your furry friend.

How much does dog transportation cost?

Pet transport costs can vary depending on:

  • The size/breed of your dog

  • The type of service you require (air or road)

  • The distance of travel

  • Any unique requirements eg. additional rest breaks or special care

  • The time of year eg. Christmas holidays

With so many variables, interstate pet transportation can cost anywhere between $100 (for a short trip with a small dog) and $1000 (for longer distances).

Tips to save money on dog transportation

  • While it’s great to save money where possible, it’s also important to ensure quality of care for your dog. For this reason, it’s recommended you tune in to the specific needs of your dog and request a custom, all inclusive quote for those needs. That way you won’t have any surprise fees and you’ll know your dog will be well cared for.

  • It’s also a good idea to explore your options a little rather than focussing on one of two service providers. Websites such as Upmove provide an easy way to connect with and compare between service providers that suit your individual needs.

  • Lastly, make sure you take your pet for a check up before travel and ensure all vaccinations are up to date. This will reduce the risk of sickness (and surprise vet bills) when your pet is on the road.

Is dog transportation right for me?

Only you, the owner, will know whether your pet is suited to transportation. If you are only travelling a short distance, you may find it easier and more cost effective to keep your dog with you and the family.

However, if your destination is more than a few kilometres, dog transportation offers an easy, safe and stress-free way to make the move.

At Upmove we ensure all of our pet transport partners are vetted and trained in what they do - ensuring the best possible experience for you and your pup.

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