Moving to Australia with your pet opens vast vistas for exploration, especially if your four-legged friend is a dog. However, whether your furbaby is a kitty whose travels will be limited to the backyard or a canine you can take hiking in the Outback, safety is always your #1 concern. We know, we have pets, too.
Accidents can happen, resulting in injuries. Pets can get sick (or worse) from encounters with dangerous flora and fauna. You don’t want to obsess, but you do want to be prepared. The more you know about potential dangers, the better your chances to prevent them in the first place. Here’s what you need to know about pet safety on the road (and close to home) Down Under.
Make Sure Your Pet’s Microchip is Fully Registered
That unique identifier is valuable only if your contact information is up to date. If you’ve recently moved to Australia (or as soon as you arrive), take care of that. But know that it might not do you much good if your pet gets lost, because registries are country-specific and you’ve moved out of country. This is why we strongly recommend you also register your pet’s microchip data with Global Pet Register, the only database that functions worldwide. Now, you’re covered throughout Australia and anywhere else you travel with your pet.
Learn to Diagnose Problems
If your pet is injured, that will be obvious. If he seems sick, though, that could be harder to diagnose because symptoms can be confusing. For example, in much of Australia, summer heat can be tremendous. That can present problems, even for dogs and cats who are used to hot weather, because all pets and people are subject to heat exhaustion. You’ll want to learn the signs and preventive measures, because heat exhaustion can be deadly.
Also like humans, pets can suffer from allergies. And, boy, can that be miserable! Moving to a new place can trigger allergies to things that weren’t in your surroundings before, so be on the lookout for common allergy symptoms as well.
Learn About Poisonous Plants in Australia
It is truly amazing how many plants are toxic to pets (and people, too, in most cases). Flowers and shrubs you’ve never before encountered because they are native to Australia can be dangerous, and so can an alarming number of common garden plants. Unfortunately, many dogs and cats just love to investigate with their mouths. They learn from licking and chewing, but they can also get sick or even die if they “test” the wrong plant.
Finding out how to identify poisonous plants in Australia should be one of your first orders of business. Then, you can take steps to make sure your yard is safe, and be observant when you’re on the road with your dog, to keep him away from problematic plants.
Keep a Pet First Aid Kit on Hand
Your pet could get sick or hurt at home or if you’re off on a hike somewhere. Depending on the problem, quick action on your part could be required before you can get to the vet. Having a first aid kit on hand is one more easy way to build peace of mind. Hopefully you’ll never need it. You may already have a first aid kit, but it’s for people. You’ll need a separate first aid kit for your pet. That’s because the items most-needed for human injuries are not quite the same as what you’ll need if your dog or cat gets hurt.
Two good examples are a pillowcase to contain and calm your injured cat (and protect you while you try to help her), and a small toy or catnip mouse to calm and distract a cat or dog.
Take your pet first aid kit with you when you and your dog head out on the road. If you want to learn how to perform basic pet first aid, these articles explain everything from splinting a broken leg to saving your pet from choking.
Now You’re Ready For Anything
Well, almost. At least you’re aware of safety concerns relevant to pets in Australia, and you’re prepared to avoid or respond to them. Your pet first aid kit is ready – just in case. You’re armed with the tools you need to get out there and see Australia up close. Fluffy the feline can safely inspect the yard and snooze in the shade. Milo the mutt can help you create your bucket list of vacation spots to visit in Australia. With him, naturally.
Life is good, on the road and around home, because you know how to stay safe.