Valentine’s Day & Your Pets

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we are planning ahead with some easy date ideas that include your pets!  Bringing your pet along is a great way for you and your date to bond, create conversation, encourage playfulness and of course try something new!

Need some ideas on where to go? Read on below for some great date ideas that include both your date and your favourite furry friend!

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Have a picnic:

If you’re lucky enough to be enjoying the warmer weather, take advantage and have a picnic date night. Bring a rug, head to your local park, gardens or a gorgeous lookout, pack a tasty dinner and some bubbly and let your pooch run around (supervised of course) while you relax and enjoy the serenity.

Organise a puppy play date:

There’s no better way to bond with your date than by organising a puppy play date so everyone can have a little fun! It gives you something to talk about, will instantly relax you and not to mention your pets will enjoy having a playmate too! A puppy play date can be anywhere that’s convenient, from a house, to a park to a great walking track.

Enjoy a local hotspot:

Why not be a tourist in your local area? Each city around the world has some great pet friendly hotspots, from walking through the breathtaking Versailles Park in Paris, to heading to the Original Dog Beach in America’s San Diego, or taking in the breathtaking Antoni Gaudí’s Park Guell in Barcelona. Just make sure you Google the location in advance to ensure the attraction is pet friendly and bring a camera so you can take some great pictures of you, your date and your pet!

Head to the beach:

Dogs love beaches, so why not take them to your favourite beach while you have a romantic stroll along the sand? It’s great to do this early in the morning or as the sun is setting for a beautiful view. You could even go in the water with your pets (and your date!)

Go camping:

Have a few days off? Why not head to your local campsite and go camping. Pitch a tent, bring some sleeping bags and light a fire while you get back to nature. (Just make sure you check the local fire restrictions in your area first.) Your pet will also love exploring the local surroundings and sniffing new spots!

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How to keep your pets healthy and happy over the warmer months

It is no secret that the heat and humidity in summer can be uncomfortable for our pets, so it is important to follow some key pointers to make sure they stay cool, hydrated and safe throughout the warmer months.

Read on for our top tips for keeping your pets healthy and happy in summer.

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Keep your pets cool and provide plenty of shade:

Staying cool in summer may seem like a no-brainer for us humans, but sometimes we forget about how the heat may affect our favourite furry friends as well. That’s why this summer make sure your pets stay cool and have access to plenty of shade throughout the day and night. If you are working during the day or if you have to leave your pets alone for a period of time, ensure all pets have access to cool and covered areas in the backyard or inside your house with plenty of water. If you own chickens, a good idea is to wet down their chicken run as chickens stay much cooler when they can sit on the wet ground.

If it’s going to be a sweltering day, it’s best to keep all pets indoors on cool tiled floors and if possible with the air-conditioner left on. Make sure there is enough water available and you can even add ice blocks to their water bowl to make it nice and refreshing.

Don’t leave them in the car:

Leaving our pets in the car during summer can cause them to overheat and become dehydrated. This is true even if the air-conditioning is left on so it’s best to avoid taking them in the car if possible. If you need to take them in the car, don’t leave them unattended and always bring a big supply of water.

Go for swim:

There is nothing that cools pets down more than a swim! If you have a dog, let him or her swim in your pool, at a dog-friendly beach or even down by a local lake or river. This is a great way to encourage them to exercise and stay cool at the same time!

Be wary of hot footpaths:

While it’s still just as important to walk your pets during the summer months, you need to be wary of footpaths, bricks or pebbles which can burn the paws of your pet’s feet. To avoid this, stick to ovals or parks and ensure you always exercise your pets early in the morning or late at night when the sun isn’t as strong.

Watch for signs of dehydration:

It’s always a good idea to know the signs of dehydration and to watch for them during the warmer months so you can spot the signs early on and help your pet. Common telltale signs of an overheated or dehydrated dog is that it will drool excessively, become lethargic and its eyes will be bloodshot. For cats, look for a refusal to eat, dry and tacky gums, or skin that falls slowly back to the body when pinched. If you think your pet may be unwell, please consult your Vet for further advice.

What’s your favourite way to spend a summer’s day with your pet? Let us know on Facebook.

Top 5 Australian Dogs

Australia day is just around the corner and we are getting into the Australian spirit by celebrating our favourite Australian dogs.

There are many things to love about these animals we’ve come to call our own, from the small and friendly nature of the Australian Silky Terrier, to the hard-working attitude of the Australian Kelpie.

Read on below for our 5 favourite Australian dogs.

Australian Silky Terrier

This small and friendly dog has been around since the nineteenth century, and is known for having a silky coat and playful personality. Its fun loving nature makes this dog breed a great addition to families as they are easy-going and moderately active.

You can recognise this breed by its small stature, pointy ears, long hair and alert appearance. They typically have silver and tan or black and tan coloured coats that usually requires regular washing and grooming.

These cheeky dogs love to take on larger dogs and aren’t scared very easily so obedience classes are recommended.

Australian Kelpie

Developed for herding cattle and sheep, the Australian Kelpie is a hard-working dog with a very active nature, so they need to be put to work or walked regularly. This highly intelligent dog breed is tough and independent and is typically recognised by their long body, narrow head and small feet, usually with coats that are black, chocolate or smoky blue.

The Australian Kelpie is Australia’s most popular working dog and is an ideal addition to any farm family as it loves to take orders and run around!

Australian Labradoodle

This dog breed is instantly recognisable by its friendly and wide-eyed appearance and is a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. The dog breed also comes from a number of other parent breeds, including the Irish Water Spaniel, Curly Coated Retriever, American Cocker Spaniel and English Cocker Spaniel, which give them a unique personality, appearance and skills.

The Labradoodle is a shaggy looking dog and usually has a coat in colours of gold, black, cream and brown. They love to be around people and radiate energy wherever they go.

Australian Cattle Dog

The Australian Cattle dog is not dissimilar to the Kelpie, as it was developed in the 1800’s to work on the Australian farms. This type of dog has a loyal, hard-working nature with a particular natural aptitude for herding cattle and sheep over long distances.

The Australian Cattle dog is recognisable by its black or brown coat that is typically mixed with a white coat, creating a blue or reddish appearance. It is highly intelligent with a strong sense of independence and responds well to daily exercise and challenging tasks or training.

Australian Bulldog

The Australian Bulldog is a medium-sized dog with a friendly and easy-going personality and makes a great addition to any family.

This breed of dogs is highly active and many love to play fetch, go for a swim or a run with their owners around the park. They are loyal and intelligent, making them a great watchdog for families.

Which Australian dog breed is your favourite? Comment and share with us on Facebook.

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Caring for your pets and native animals in summer

The weather has officially started to heat up, so it’s essential that we think of our pets during the summer period and keep them safe and cool.

Small pets and some native animals are particularly susceptible to the heat, so it’s vital to plan ahead and follow our easy tips and tricks to care for your pets during the warmer weather.

Read on for our top tips below:

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Keep your pets cool and have plenty of shade available:

If you’re away for work during the day, make sure your pets (including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and chickens) have access to cool, covered areas in the backyard or house with a big supply of water. If you have chickens, wet down their chook run as chickens stay much cooler when they can sit on the wet ground.

If it’s going to be a really hot day, it’s best to keep all pets inside on tiled floors with the air-conditioner on, so that you know they will be comfortable and cool all day long. A great tip is to put a few ice blocks into their water bowl so their water stays cooler throughout the day.

Go for a swim:

If you have a dog, why not let them splash around in a nearby lake, river or dog-friendly beach so they can exercise and cool down at the same time. Dogs love to play fetch in the water so bring a ball and we guarantee you’ll be popular!

Be weary of the footpath:

If you’re heading to the lake, river or beach as suggested above, or are just walking your animal around the block, be weary of hot footpaths, pebbles or bricks that can burn the paws of your animal’s feet. Stick to ovals or parks with plenty of grass and covered areas with shade for them to retreat and drink water when required.

Keep them out of the car:

Even with the air-conditioner on, some cars can get extremely hot so it’s best to avoid taking them in the car where possible. If you do need to take them in the car, don’t leave your animals unattended and ensure they have access to water if required.

Make sure they are vaccinated and are up-to-date with their medication:

Summer is a prime time for fleas and ticks to itch and bite your pets, causing added stress and discomfort. Make sure your pets have received recent flea treatments and are up-to-date with their vaccinations so they don’t catch any nasties.

Think of native animals:

During the summer season, we are more likely to see native animals and birds coming out of their hiding places to seek shade and water.

If you live in the country, you may see koalas on the ground as it’s cooler down low and they’ll be looking for water as gum leaves dry out in hot weather. Make sure you leave the koala alone and keep your pets away from them to avoid any unwanted stress. If the koala hasn’t retreated after a period of time, leave a container of cold water at the base of the tree in case it’s thirsty.

For other native animals like birds and lizards, place large, shallow bowls of water in shady places around your backyard to ensure they stay cool and hydrated. Make sure you refill and clean them out daily so there will always be plenty of fresh water to drink!

Be weary of walking through large bushes or long grass in the summer as snakes are much more prominent. Nasty snakebites can be dangerous for humans and pets so it’s best to walk in the evening and avoid these snake hotspots.

What are your top tips for keeping your pets safe and cool in the warmer weather? Let us know on Facebook.

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A New Puppy or Kitten for your Family

The arrival of a new puppy or kitten into your household is an exciting time for you and your whole family, however it’s important to carefully plan and prepare to ensure the experience is a positive, enjoyable one.

Read our top tips for welcoming a new animal into your home.

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Stock up on supplies:

Make sure you are prepared for just about anything by stocking up on essential supplies in advance, including things like kitty litter, food, water and feeding bowl, a bed, scratching post, toys and more so that you don’t have any unwanted stress when bringing your new furry friend home.

If you have time, you can even set up their feeding area with fresh water and food so they feel right at home as soon as they arrive!

Determine your house rules:

Kittens and puppies learn from a young age, so it’s important to start training them from the beginning. Make sure you’ve discussed with your family or partner what the house rules are for your new pet so you can implement them straight away. House rules can be anything from determining whether they are allowed to sit on the bed or couch to who is in charge of feeding.

Stay at home:

Puppies and kittens are similar to newborn babies in that they require a fair amount of attention and supervision during the first few months! Make sure you have some time off work or bring your animal home over a long weekend so you can spend plenty of time bonding and looking after your pet. This is an important part of the training process as well, as you can start to teach them the house rules and how to listen to your commands.

Supervise children:

Some puppies and kittens are a bit cheeky when they are young and untrained, so make sure you watch your new pet when it’s around children to avoid any biting or scratching. This is also a great time to teach your children about looking after pets including how to pat them, feed them and hold them.

Organise training:

Book your puppy into puppy preschool so they can start learning to listen to instructions from an early age. Make sure you use positive reinforcement when implementing these rules at home, by rewarding them with praise, treats or chews for any good behaviour.

Plan fun activities:

Regardless if you’ve just brought home a new puppy or kitten, it’s always great to plan fun activities so you can bond with them and start having a great time.

After your animals have had their full vaccinations, take them for walk at the park or play fetch with the ball. For cats, have some fun by using a toy to play with them, or simply let them curl up on your lap while you relax and watch a movie.

Consider other pets:

If you have other pets already, it’s important to carefully plan their introduction. If your pets are particularly anxious, consider having a spare room for your new puppy or kitten to play in while your pets get used to their presence. Then just introduce them for small periods of time until they get used to each other. Make sure you always supervise your pets, reward them for good behavior and be patient – sometimes it takes time!

Are you planning on welcoming a new furry addition to your household in the near future? Here at Jetpets we can help transport your puppy or kitten right to your door, making the whole experience simple and easy – just ask us how!

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Moving Overseas With Your Pet

Have you just made the decision to move overseas? There is no doubt a lot to organise, without even thinking about how you can take your pet or pets along with you. But, at a time when everything in your life might be changing, having your furry friends with you will help you settle into your new home a lot quicker.

Here at Jetpets, we have the expertise to ensure your pet is transported seamlessly, either domestically or across the globe. Our Pet Travel Consultants can guide you through the entire process, and put your mind at ease.

Can we help you with an overseas move? Contact us today to get the process started.

All Creatures Great And Small

As you know, it’s not just about cats and dogs here at Jetpets, we are proud to transport all creatures great and small, both domestically and across the globe!

Did you know in recent times..

  • We transported two Lions all the way from Denmark to Australia
  • We also transported Otana the Gorilla to Melbourne Zoo
  • We transported Polo, the Lemur in search of love from Perth to Canberra
  • We arranged VIP flights for Koalas who travelled to their new home in Japan
  • We transported the worlds most endangered crocodiles for a breeding program in the Philippines

You name it, we’ll move it!




Moving Interstate With Your Pet?

Are you moving interstate in the near future? Not sure where to start when it comes to arranging your pet’s transport? Here at Jetpets, we can help take care of all your pet travel needs to and from any location within Australia.

So how does it work?

Our Pet Travel Consultants will…

  • Find out all about your VIPs – very important pets!
  • Provide expert advice on preparing your pet for travel
  • Decide on the best sized travel crate
  • Book your pet on the most direct flight
  • Arrange a comfort stop along the way
  • Arrange a door to door service where required
  • Prepare your special detailed itinerary

Other parts of our service which make us unique:

  • We have Jetpets Resident Vets on staff to ensure your pet is healthy and fit for their journey
  • We also offer Jetpets Transit Lounge access, for your pet to have a stretch and relax out of their crate before their flight
  • Jetaway Travel (our sister company) can book your flight to match your pets if need be
  • We offer 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year customer service

Did you know?

  • The captain of the aircraft is aware that your loved one is on board their flight
  • The captain will set the temperature to approx. 18 degrees celsius so that they are comfortable
  • The pets cabin is dimly lit so that your loved one can see what is going on around them
  • What we feel and hear in the cabin of the plane is the same as what your pet will experience (except in a travel crate they have much more leg room than us!)

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