Planning Pet Travel to Australia


I'm looking at moving to Canada next year, and I'd love to take my 2-year-old Pug with me. Been trying to get all the information but it's a bit overwhelming! Essentially, I'd be looking at something like the following:

-Fly over in April
-Organise for my dog to come over a couple of months later

Where it gets a bit confusing, is if I wanted to come back within two years, what would the process be then? Can I get him vaccinated against Rabies before he leaves AU? Anything I could do to make the process easier?




Hi Shane,

Great questions! The pet import process for Canada is less complicated than the pet import process for Australia, but both require careful planning.

Returning to Australia with your dog will definitely be the harder part of the journey, as no matter what (even though you started in Australia), your dog will need to follow a series of steps very carefully and will need to fulfill a 10-day quarantine upon arrival.

For reference, here is a look at the process via the official Australia government website. You can also learn more about bringing pets to Australia by keeping up with our Australia Pet Travel Spotlight series.

One more thing: traveling with a Pug presents its own particular challenges, so take some time to read over these tips for traveling safely with snub-nosed breeds.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or if you'd like some assistance arranging your move. Good luck with everything!

Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Shane Harley
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pug
From: Brisbane, Australia
To: Toronto, Canada


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