How does Quarantine work and what do I need to know?

In Australia we are lucky to be free of many insidious diseases that affect dogs and cats and Australia’s animals have some of the healthiest conditions in the world. In order to keep Australia’s dogs and cats free from unwanted medical problems Australia’s Department of Agriculture and Water resources work hard to protect our animals.

While many may picture quarantine as an unpleasant environment for their pet and a very long stay at that, this common misconception couldn’t be farther from the truth.

The quarantine period is only 10 days for all countries except for travellers from New Zealand, Norfolk and Coco’s Islands (for travellers coming from these countries there are no quarantine requirements). During their entire stay in quarantine, every animal is treated with love and respect. Each dog and cat has their own private room equipped with heating and air conditioning with access to an attached sheltered outdoor run. When a pet needs that little bit of extra time to stretch their legs, there is a large outdoor grassed area for exercise.

Each pet has their own bed and a window overlooking the outdoor exercise yard. The quarantine facility is fitted with internal acoustic panels to absorb noise so that each pet has the opportunity to get some well-earned peace and quiet.

If two dogs or two cats are from the same family, they are permitted to stay together as long as you have a letter of recommendation from your vet that will inform quarantine staff that it is safe for them to be together.

Jetpets provide the full pet travel experience and can handle your pet move from door to door including all quarantine requirements but if you have further questions not answered here feel free to contact a pet travel consultant at Jetpets who can answer any other questions you may have.

How to keep your pets happy as the weather cools down

Admit it, even if you prefer summer, you love cuddling up with warm blankets in winter! For those of us in the Southern Hemisphere, the cooler months are here, so it’s time to get your coats out from the back of the closet and dust off those beanies! While we have the luxury of indulging in a hot chocolate, our pets might find it a bit more difficult to adjust to the colder climate. That’s why we’ve put together a few tips to help keep your pets happy throughout the cooler months!

Cosy bedding

There’s no more satisfying feeling then jumping under the covers of your warm bed after a cool winter’s day, we’re sure our pets love it too! There’s a few different ways you can adjust your pet’s bedding for winter time, so here’s a few tips to ensure they get a cosy night’s sleep.

Outdoor pets

If your pet is comfortable staying outside during the colder months, make sure you’re making a few adjustments to accommodate the change in weather. Here’s a few tips for your outdoor pets!

  • Move their crate or kennel under cover, so they’re not disturbed by rain or hail.
  • Pop your pets favourite blanket inside their kennel or crate
  • Leave your pets with their own hot water bottle to cuddle up to! Make sure you let it cool down slightly before handing it over to your pet
  • Get their cosy knits on! A jumper that covers their stomach will help keep them warm through the chilly winter nights

Indoor pets

If your pets are getting older, it’s a great idea to keep them inside throughout the colder months. This will help aid sore joints or any aches or pains they might have. Head to your local pet store to grab your pets their own blankets so they can have a cosy night’s sleep!

Dinner time

Like us, our pets tend to burn more calories during the colder months, as our bodies try to keep us warm. So, a consistent diet is key to keeping your pets happy throughout winter! It’s always a good idea to discuss your pets diet with your vet before making any changes to their feeding schedule. 

Exercise

Just like us, our pets may feel less inclined to get up and moving during the colder months. We’d prefer to be inside on the couch too, but it’s important to make sure your pets are still getting enough exercise throughout winter. Here’s a few ways you and your pets can get active this winter:

  • Head to an indoor dog park! Your pup can still socialise, explore and exercise while sheltered from the weather
  • Invest in some new scratching posts for your cats, or if you’re feeling up to it – build your own!
  • Take advantage of your pet’s favourite toys, playing fetch inside for half an hour in the morning and in the afternoon, is a great way to get your pet moving when the weather isn’t looking too great

What do you and your pets do to settle into the colder months? Let us know on Facebook.