Easter with our Furry Friends

 

column_002_Easter-dogEaster is a time for celebration with the family, and even we are partial to an Easter Egg Hunt or two! But at Easter time, it’s important to plan ahead to avoid any nasty surprises, including consumption of chocolate by our dogs (and other unfavourable food and drinks including sultanas from hot-cross buns, caffeine and alcohol) that can have a potentially deadly affect on your dog.

Jetpets Vet Dr Lucy explains that “chocolate contains a chemical compound called theobromide and is toxic to our furry friends.” Therefore it is important to keep chocolate out of reach and when planning your Easter Egg Hunt, avoid hiding Easter eggs close to the ground if your dog is on the prowl! Remind your children and guests not to feed the dog any type of chocolate or toxic foods. Better yet? Make sure your dog is supervised at all times, so there is no chance for a sneaky snack on an Easter egg.

If your dog does manage to eat chocolate or another toxic substance, it is important to stay calm and contact a Vet immediately. There is a window of approximately 15 to 60 minutes after ingestion that a Veterinarian may be able to successfully flush the chocolate from the dog’s stomach.

Symptoms:

If you’re worried that your dog has eaten chocolate, these are the key symptoms Dr Lucy wants you to look out for:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Hyperactivity (restlessness, muscle twitching)
  • Lethargy
  • Inappetence and excessive thirst

Even if there are no signs and symptoms, if you suspect your furry friend has eaten some chocolate, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your Vet for a thorough examination as this could save your dog’s life.

Are Your Pets Travelling With Us From Australia To Europe (Including The United Kingdom)?

At Jetpets, our dedicated team of Pet Travel Consultants are on top of the very latest industry information and are constantly working with government bodies and organisations across the globe to ensure that we can move your pets as smoothly as we can to their new homes.

 

With this in mind, we would like to fill you in on some proposed regulatory changes for pets entering the European Union (EU,) including those travelling to the United Kingdom, coming into effect from December 29th, 2014.

Changes to the EU Pet Protocol include:

You, the pet owner, must now ensure that you enter the port of entry of your pet within 10 days (5 days either side) of your pet’s arrival.

WomanandDogFailure to comply with this specific entry window will now see pet owners incur VAT tax of 20% based on the cost of the airfreight as well as a nominal fee for your pet, (which is approximately $100.)

Not sure what this means for you and your pet?

Don’t worry! Your Jetpets Pet Travel Consultant will talk you through these changes and will work closely with you to ensure a smooth journey for your furry friend into Europe or the United Kingdom.

As we mentioned above, these changes are currently in their draft stages and we will keep you up to date with any further changes as they come to light.

If you have any questions in the meantime, or if you are planning an international trip in the future and just want to have a chat, please do not hesitate to contact a Jetpets Pet Travel Consultant on 1300 668 309.

Are Your Pets Travelling With Us From Australia To New Zealand?

Furrever-6633-cropAs you know, our dedicated team of Pet Travel Consultants are always working with government bodies and organisations across the globe to ensure that we can move your pets as smoothly as we can to their new homes.

With this in mind, we would like to fill you in on some proposed regulatory changes made by The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) that are proposed to come into effect on December 1st, 2014.

Here’s a quick summary of what’s changing:

1. Veterinary animal inspections at international airport locations in New Zealand, (Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch,) will now take place during the following defined periods:

  • Auckland: 7:00 – 19:00
  • Wellington: 15:30 – 17:00
  • Christchurch: 13:00 – 17:00

Please note that the above times are now written as inspection times, not flight times, and will apply Monday to Friday (with the exception of public holidays and a period of time between and around Christmas and New Year.)

2. It is also proposed that arrival inspection fees will increase by approximately $150 for your first pet and $75 for each additional pet that you may have travelling with you.

Not sure what this means for you and your pet?

Don’t worry! Your Jetpets Pet Travel Consultant will talk you through these changes and will work closely with you to ensure a smooth journey for your furry friend into New Zealand.

As we mentioned above, these changes are currently in their draft stages and we will keep you up to date with any further changes as they come to light.

If you have any questions in the meantime, or if you are planning a trip to New Zealand in the future and just want to have a chat, please do not hesitate to contact a Jetpets Pet Travel Consultant on 1300 668 309.

Win a Double Pass to the Dog Lovers Show in Sydney!

DLS_2014_SYD_WebsiteWe are excited to be heading along to the inaugural Dog Lovers Show in Sydney this November – and you could join us!

The inaugural Sydney Dog Lovers Show is the ultimate event for all dog devotees. With over 20,000 visitors expected to attend this huge three day “festival of the pooch”, the Dog Lovers Show will be a vibrant hub of entertainment, interaction & education; the perfect place for anyone who loves dogs or is just looking for an incredibly fun day out.

To celebrate the first ever Dog Lovers Show in Sydney, we have 3 double passes to give away to 3 lucky fans!

To enter, simply post a photo of your favourite pooch on our Facebook page and tell us what they mean to you. The 3 photos with the most likes will win, so be sure to tell your friends.

The winners will be announced on the 31st of October so it’s time to get snapping!

Dog Lovers Show Sydney

WHEN: Friday 7 – Sunday 9 November 2014

OPENING TIMES:

 Friday 7 November 10am – 5pm

Saturday 8 November 10am – 5pm

Sunday 9 November 10am – 5pm

WHERE:

 Royal Hall of Industries & the Hordern Pavilion, Moore Park, Sydney

Jetpets will be located at stand R80 so be sure to pop by and say hi!

For more information visit: http://dogloversshow.com.au/sydney/

Australian Working Dog Rescue

awdrWe’re thrilled to be officially working with Australian Working Dog Rescue to support the amazing work they do! Thanks guys!

 

A note from Australian Working Dog Rescue:

“As we do our work all around this great country, plane travel is an essential part of moving our dogs to adopters, and to get some special cases to a suitable foster carer in another state. In this regard, Jetpets have stepped up assist us with some donated flights from their providers, TOLL. It’s great to have large companies paying attention to animal welfare, and giving us a helping hand to save some more lives, so if your business can assist, then why not follow the lead set here?”

 

 

Rosie and Murphy

Looks like pals Rosie and Murphy are settling in to their new American home just nicely! Thanks to mum Alethea for sharing this adorable pic!

“Hi Kathy I just got your email. We are all completely settled in already. I can’t believe how quickly the pups adjusted. Thank you for making everything so easy for us, Kathy. I must make special commendation to the guy that picked up Rosie and Murphy (I think his name was Mike?). He was so gentle with them and as I arrived he was walking Murphy around the car so he could have a toilet break. He was patient with us and also packed down the boxes. So personable and an utter RELIEF to know that my pets were in someone like his hands when they touched down. My husband Andrew also said that the person collecting Rosie and Murphy from Jetpets in Melbourne was also very gentle and warm. This is so important. I guess I don’t need to tell you that – You already know ;o) Anyway, thank you. Here is a picture of Murphy and Rosie in the car this morning at the collection just after they had a drink and some food. Rosie has also already done some laps in the pool. She has early stages of arthritis so this weather in LA is perfect for aqua therapy. I will send a pool picture soon. Thanks again Alethea”