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Keeping your pets safe over the holiday season

The party season has arrived and with New Year’s Eve and Australia Day just around the corner, it’s important to think of our pets and keep them safe.

Fireworks and party celebrations can be scary for our furry friends, so it’s important to plan ahead and implement some strategic measures to keep them happy and safe during this period.

Dogs and cats in particular aren’t big fans of the noisy firework displays, and may cry or bark loudly and try to run away, sometimes unfortunately injuring themselves in the process.

To avoid any worry, read on below for some great tips to make the holiday season a fun and happy time for everyone!

Miniature dachshund puppy

Take them for a walk:

If you have a dog, take them for a big long walk before the fireworks are due to start and then feed them a big meal. A dog that’s tired and well fed is less likely to be anxious.

Stay at home:

Staying at home with your pets can make a big difference! Your presence is one of the most comforting things for your pets, so don’t forget to give them plenty of cuddles.

Stay calm and relaxed:

If you are staying home with your pets, remember to stay calm and relaxed. Animals are great at picking up our human emotions, so if you’re relaxed they are more likely to be as well.

Give them rewards:

If your animals remain calm, why not reward them for being good by giving them treats or chews or bring out their favourite toy?

Create a comfortable hiding place:

For all animals especially cats, a great idea is to create a comfortable hiding place so when they do retreat they feel nice, safe and cosy.

Mask the noise:

Many animals may not even know what’s going on if you put on some music or the TV, draw the blinds and distract your pets with fun games, cuddles or delicious food.

Ensure they are micro-chipped and have a collar ID:

It’s important to make sure you have micro-chipped your pets and have an updated collar ID to ensure that if for some reason your animals get frightened and unfortunately escape your home, they can be found and returned home safely.

If you are worried about your particularly anxious animal, the best thing to do is to contact your vet for more advice, to make the holiday season a fun and happy time for everyone!

The Silly Season Is Upon Us!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas is on its way, and it’s a great time to have fun with the whole family (including our furry friends!)

No matter what your plans are for the festive season, it’s important to involve your pets in the Christmas celebrations to ensure they have a memorable holiday as well!

Read on for some great ideas on how you can include your pets in Christmas celebrations. 

Check out the Christmas Lights:

Let’s be honest, most dogs enjoy Christmas decorations and lights as much as we do – so why not take your furry friend for a walk around the neighbourhood to check out the local displays?

Take Photos With Them:

This has to be one of our favourite ideas! Ask a friend to be your photographer (or hire one if you like!) and take a family portrait with all your of furry friends. Add a Santa hat to the top of your dog’s head or tie a cute (but loose) red bow around your cat. Have one of your family members hold the animals and smile!

Customise Your Christmas Cards:

Now that you have some amazing happy snaps of your pets, why not use them to create customised Christmas cards? Not only will they look seriously cute, your friends and family are sure to love receiving them.

Buy Them Gifts:

Gifts shouldn’t just be for humans! Pets are part of your family too so treat them to a special gift you know they will just love. Get a stocking or wrap up a few presents and place them under the tree for you to open with them on Christmas morning. Gift ideas could be toys, treats or snacks or even a new outfit! If you want to, you can splurge on something big that your pet needs or ‘wants’, like a new kennel or comfortable bed to welcome the New Year in.

Make Them A Delicious Treat:

A huge part of the Christmas season is sharing delicious food with family and friends. Include your pets in this tradition by cooking up some pet friendly treats they will be thrilled to eat. Cheesy bites, tuna treats or cookies are fun options, so they can feast while you do too! Make sure you cook animal friendly recipes to ensure you don’t feed them anything they shouldn’t be eating.

Here are some fun DIY ideas:

Dogs: Put some dry food or small treat pieces with a tiny pinch of fresh cinnamon into cardboard containers (you could even use empty toilet paper or paper towel rolls and plug each end tightly.) When your dog plays with the roll, he will smell the cinnamon, hear the dry food rattling around inside and eat his way through to get inside.

Cats: For a simple DIY holiday cat scratcher toy, take an old Christmas stocking made of a heavy duty scratchable material, cut it to open up flat, then wrap it around a piece of wood securing it tightly with twine or using a staple gun. Or – you could use a round piece of wood to create a rolling toy that your kitty will have to chase after.


Do you have any holiday or Christmas traditions that involve your pets? Pop over to our Facebook page and let us know!


A Special Rhino Move

This month, we’re sharing a very exciting rhino move we were recently involved in with our friends at Qantas.

Mtoto the African White Rhinoceros (yes all 1.7 tonnes of him!) made the trip across the Tasman from Auckland to Sydney (via Christchurch) and eventually on to his new home at Altina Wildlife Park.

Find out more about this amazing move by clicking the image below.


Image credit: Altina Wildlife Park

How To Keep Your Pets Cool on Hot Days

Summer Fun

Summer is well on its way, and while we are excited for warmer weather, the holiday season, lazy days by the beach and more, it’s important to remember to keep our pets cool, especially in hot temperatures.

Not sure what you need to do?

Here are a few great tips and tricks to help you keep your pets cool, hydrated and healthy during the warmer weather.

(And for our friends in the Northern Hemisphere, we haven’t forgotten you! Click here to read our top tips to keep your pets toasty warm over the cooler months. )

DIY ice treats:

If you’re after a fun way to keep your animals cool and hydrated, ice treats are a great idea to motivate your animal to drink water and stay cool in hot weather.

They are easy to make. Simply;

  1. Place your pet’s favourite treats in an ice-cream container.
  2. Fill with water. You may even like to add a little gravy powder for additional flavour.
  3. Freeze.
  4. Once frozen, tip the ice treat out of the container for your dog to enjoy the whole day long!

Kiddie pools:

If you have larger dogs, clam shell kiddie pools are an easy way to keep them cool when it’s hot outside. These pools are fun for your dogs to splash around, keep cool and drink plenty of water at the same time.

Just remember that if your pets share your yard with children, ensure you have all the necessary precautions in place, including fencing, in order to keep children safe around water.

Keep them indoors:

Summer is sure to bring some seriously hot days, so to ensure your pets are safe and healthy throughout these rising temperatures, it’s a great idea to keep them inside if you can, with the air-con on.

Smaller pets like rabbits, guinea pigs and birds are especially sensitive to hot weather and should be moved inside at any sign of high temperatures. Make sure you drape their cages in wet towels and place them in a bathroom or laundry that has cool tiles. Always keep ice packs or frozen water bottles on hand for animals to lean against and to regulate their temperature. Of course plenty of water is a must as well!

Wet their feet: 

Another great thing to do on those scorching hot days is to wet your pet’s feet and spray a light misting of water on them. This will dampen them so that their body temperature becomes cooler. Feet are a great body part to focus on cooling as many animals control their temperature through their feet.

Exercise your pets in the morning or late evening:

Just like humans, your animals are susceptible to sunburn, dehydration and overheating. Make sure you walk your pets in the early morning or late evening when the temperature is at its coolest point. A good idea is to take your pets to your local beach, creek or river so they can paddle to cool down and get refreshed!

Halloween and Your Pets

Halloween is just around the corner, and with plenty of treats and scary costumes coming your way, you and your pets are in for some fun!

If you’re keen to get your pets involved in the spooky festivities, here are a few tips and tricks to remember to ensure everyone enjoys the celebrations.

Dress them up:

Not that we needed another excuse to dress up our furry friends, but this Halloween why not get into the spirit and play dress ups? We love the idea of wearing matching costumes with our pets, just make sure there are no zips, pockets or embellishments that your pet can easily chew off. For some fun dress-up ideas, click here.

Take photos:

Now that you’ve got your pets all dressed up, why not have a photoshoot? Ask a friend or family member to take some photos of you and your pets all dressed up – we guarantee you will cherish these photos for a lifetime. Need some tips on how to take amazing happy snaps of your pet? Click here.

Make them treats: 

While there are plenty of lollies and chocolates to go around for us humans, it’s important to keep these treats away from our pets and feed them pet-appropriate food only. But this doesn’t mean they need to miss out on the fun! Why not make them some delicious pet-friendly biscuits they will love!

Portrait Of French Bulldog With Hat Halloween

Keep them safe

While Halloween is great fun for us humans, it’s important to be weary of common things that can put our pet’s health at risk. Here are a few tips:

  • Keep all lollies and chocolate out of reach of pets. If you have these treats in the house, make sure you keep them on high tabletops and keep an eye on your pets at all times.
  • Thanks to the constant ringing on the doorbell and strangers turning up in funny costumes, your pet may understandably get a little frightened! To avoid any unnecessary stress, why not keep your pets away from the front door, and make sure you keep them entertained with their favourite toys.
  • Keep decorations away from pets as we all know how much they love to chew and play with just about anything!
  • With many people coming and going, it increases the chance of your pet leaving the house through open doors. Just in case that does happen, make sure their ID tags are updated and that they are microchipped so they can be easily returned home if they go wandering.

It’s Your Chance To Win!

It’s our 25th birthday this month at Jetpets.

But don’t worry, we’re not keeping all of the birthday fun to ourselves, we want you to get involved in the celebration too!

On Facebook and Instagram, we will be giving away some prizes, including some goodies from our friends at Rufus & Coco.

Our competitions are launching this week – make sure you’re following to be in the running to win!

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Our Rescue Partnership With Virgin Australia Cargo

In August, Virgin Australia Cargo announced a new partnership with Jetpets to unite rescue pets with new, loving homes across Australia.

For the first time, Jetpets and Virgin Australia Cargo come together to fly pets in need of care across Australia, breaking down distance and travel barriers. Jetpets has had long serving relationships with the animal welfare organisations that are the current beneficiaries of the free travel allocations.

Under this partnership, the first flight took place in August, when Pet Rescue united Lallee the Rough Collie (a Lassie Dog) with her new owners in Sydney where she can look forward to being a very much loved and permanent member of the family. Thanks to this new partnership and the kindness of adopter and foster families around Australia, the future for Lallee, and other rescue dogs like her, is bright.


Since announcing this partnership we have been overwhelmed with positive messages of support. Pet lovers of Australia are certainly very passionate, as are we. Whilst we are not in the position to provide free travel to every rescue pet we do offer discounted services to all rescue organisations. You can call a Pet Travel Consultant to find out more, Australia Wide: 1300 668 309.


AFL Grand Final Fun With Your Pets!

The AFL (Australian Football League) grand final is just around the corner and soon everyone around the country will be getting into the footy finals spirit, including your pets!

From playing football with your four-legged friend, to dressing them up in your team’s colours… Here are our top tips for celebrating the AFL grand final with your pets!

Dog With Football

Play football with them:

It’s no secret that dogs love to play fetch and what better way to include them in the footy festivities than by playing football with them! Get a miniature or kids-size football and kick it far enough for them to run and chase it. Get them to bring it back to you and play again, we know that both you and your dog will love it!

Dress them up:

Whether you are out playing a game of football at your local park or cozying up with your furry-friend on the couch watching the big game, why not dress them up in your team’s jersey so they can show some support as well?

Many online stores stock AFL jerseys for your pets so they too can get in the spirit! Alternatively, you could dress them up in a jumper or hoodie in your team’s colours or for cats why not a nice coloured bow-tie?

You can also get them an AFL collar and feeding bowl that they can wear and use all year round!

At the end of the day:

After a long day of cheering on your team, why not wind down with an evening stroll with your pet to work off some of that extra excitement? And, if your team wasn’t lucky enough to win, your pet will definitely be there to console you!

Shih Tzu Puppy With A Toy

How do you plan on celebrating grand final day with your pets? Let us know on Facebook

Moving Homes With Your Pets

So you’ve made the decision to move home – how exciting! Moving to a new home and a new city is an amazing and fun experience for the whole family, but we all know that the moving process itself is up there with some of the most stressful things you can do in life. The packing, the cleaning, the organising – it’s little wonder so many of us dread it!

But what about the furry friends in our life, sometimes it’s easy to forget that this can be a difficult time for them as well. That’s why it’s important to plan ahead and put some measures in place to make sure the move is as relaxed and smooth as possible.

In the lead up to the move:

It’s important to start preparing your pet’s travel arrangements early, particularly if you are moving overseas. So that you have one less thing to worry about, let us take care of the entire process for you! Jetpets will take care of all your pet travel needs to and from any location within Australia or across the globe. Your pet’s comfort and safety is our number one priority.

Our Pet Travel Consultants will find out all about your VIPs (very important pets) and provide expert advice on preparing your pet for travel. Our team will also help you decide on the best-sized travel crate and share some handy hints on how to familiarise your pet with it, so that they’re nice and relaxed in it come moving day.

Next, we will book your pet on the most direct flight and arrange a comfort stop along the way if need be. We can also arrange a door-to-door service, so that you pet can be chauffeured straight to your new home to meet you there.

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On arrival

It’s important to ease pets into their new environment by paying close attention to their habits. In particular, cats need to be kept indoors for them to slowly familiarise themselves to their new home.

Watch our video for some handy hints on settling them in to their new environment.


Need some advice on moving home with your pets? Contact our Pet Travel Consultants today.

Spring Is In The Air

We’re almost at the end of August, and that can only mean one thing, spring is finally upon us! And as the warmer weather approaches, we’re thinking about all the fun outdoor activities we can do with our pets this season…

Dog Park Play Dates

It’s time to put away those winter woolies and organise a play date at your local dog park for your canine pal and his or her closest friends! Not only is this perfect for socialising your dog, it’s a great way for you to meet new people too!

Beach Adventures

If you’re lucky enough to live near the ocean, take your furry friend for a run along the sand and a quick dip in the water. They will have a ball splashing in the waves and fetching driftwood or a frisbee along the shore. (Just make sure your local beach allows dogs before you make the trip.)

Go Camping

Why not go back to basics and take a camping trip with your pet? What could be better than a tent, a campfire, a BBQ and man’s best friend?

Catch Some Rays

Make the most of the warmer weather by finding a sunny spot and reading a book, or even having a quick nap, with your furry friend by your side of course!