Travelling with pets


In general vaccinating your pet before and when travelling is a good idea to reduce the risk of contracting diseases like parvo and flu.

In dogs a C5 vaccination is recommended, and will be required if suddenly you have to put your dog into a kennel, or stay in a caravan park.

In cats an F3 is typical.

Ensure you pet is microchipped and registered. This will allow your animal to be returned should they get lost.

If you are travelling North to NSW, QLD, Northern Territory, Western Australia:

It is important to take precautions against paralysis ticks and heart worm for your dogs and cats. While cats are less susceptible to these parasites there have been cases of feline fatalities.


Paralysis ticks

Are typically seasonal and are in high numbers during the hotter months. They attach to the skin under the fur making them hard to find. They inject a cardio toxin via their saliva which can kill a dog very quickly, within 24hrs.

Signs of tick paralysis include, wobbly walking, unable to walk or stand, breathing difficulties.

A range of products exist to kill ticks once they have attached to your pet. Chews which are registered to provide 1-4 month’s protection, spot-ons which give 2 weeks protection and collars which are active for 6 weeks. Additionally, it is imperative to physically check your animal for ticks on a daily basis or each time they go for a walk or come in from outside.  To do this run your fingers all over your pet feeling for a small bump on the skin.

Removal of ticks:

Be careful when trying to remove ticks. If you attempt to remove a tick from your dog it is important to remove the anchoring mouth parts as well.

To do this turn the tick up side down and pull it backwards so that its mouth parts are removed entirely. The mouth parts anchor the tick to the skin and contain the lethal toxin. Leaving the mouth parts in your dog must be avoided.

A tick remover can be purchased to make removal efficient and complete, or you could take your dog to the vet to be on the safe side. Never try and burn the tick off.

Heart worm



Is a mosquito borne disease typically affecting dogs in the northern warmer states. It takes longer for the clinical signs to appear compared with ticks but can also be potentially fatal. Typically a mosquito will bite an affected dog, then bite another dog and pass on the parasite. The mosquito deposits the heartworm larvae on the dog and the worms start a 3 month migration to the heart and lungs.

The larvae grow into adult worms and damage the arteries in the lungs.

Signs of heart worm include coughing and exercise intolerance.

There are also many products used in heart worm prevention including an annual injection, which gives protection for 1 year; or spot-ons, chews and tablets,  which provide coverage for 1 month .

Travel to Tasmania



All dogs entering Tasmania are subject to quarantine entry conditions and must be treated for Hydatid Tape Worm within 14 days prior to entering Tasmania.

Documentary proof of this treatment such as a receipt or vet’s subscription is required. For more information, call the Dogs to Tasmania Info Line on 1800 684 215 or refer to

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