Canberra - Post Report Question and Answers

Are qualified veterinarians and/or good kennel services available? Do animals need to be quarantined upon entry to the country? Are there other considerations regarding pets that are particular to this country?

Amazing vets and kennels - we shipped our dog from the US (and back when we left) and he did have to be quarantined, but only for 10 days (BUT you have to get the rabies titer done 6 months before departure otherwise the quarantine is longer). It was EXPENSIVE - but so totally worth it in our opinion. We loved the vet we went to (Northside Animal Hospital) and, while expensive compared to some places (ie: Kinshasa) we had them do some surgery on our dog when we arrived after we priced the same surgery in DC for $2100 and paid about $1300 in Canberra. - Aug 2020

Yes, for a month and a $5000 bill. - May 2012

Yes, this can be very problematic. Australia is rabies free and the quarantine restrictions are extreme (and costly) - May 2011

Yes, and it can cost about $5000 per dog to import one. - Dec 2010

YES--minimum one month and it will cost you. - Nov 2010

Yes, and they also need a massive number of tests and shots before you even get here. Quarantine times can be 3 months long! I don't know what goes on at the facility, but people have told me that their pets were never quite the same after they got out. - Apr 2010

Yes, as I remember, 1 month. - Oct 2009

Yes for 6 months and they are very strict on this. - Apr 2009

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