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Your dog is so much more than four legs and a tail — they’re members of your family and best friends for life. We’re proud to be the nation’s top-rated and leading service for dog transportation.

Our unique process matches you with a fleet of pre-screened drivers with prior experience at transporting dogs, with strong emphasis on your pet's comfort and safety.

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What determines the cost of Australian Kelpie shipping

Here's what you need to know about safely transporting your Australian Kelpie.

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Ground and air travel have different associated costs. Flying is typically the fastest option, but also the most expensive and taxing on your pet.

Travel distance

The further you need to transport your pet, the more it'll cost. If you're using ground transportation, you'll have to factor in fuel costs, lodging, meals on the road and wear-and-tear on your vehicle. These costs are applicable whether you drive the pet yourself or you hire a transporter through CitizenShipper. Airlines charge more for longer plane rides as well. This is due to the cost of fuel and the need compensate pilots and flight attendants.

Pet size

Smaller pets are easier – and less expensive – to transport. If you’re flying your Australian Kelpie, they’ll need to travel in the cargo hold if they’re over 20 pounds. You’ll also need to buy a USDA-approved crate, which can cost around $200. With ground transport, it’s easier for drivers to accommodate small pets.

Health clearance and travel equipment

The first step to transporting your Australian Kelpie is ensuring they’re healthy enough to travel. Most species require a vet-issued health certificate to cross state lines. This will cost $50 to $300. You’ll likely need to purchase some equipment too – such as a crate and travel supplies.

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Australian Kelpie: The Hardy Companions

Origins and Temperament

The Australian Kelpie has a rich heritage as a dependable and hardworking shepherd dog, bred to withstand the vast, challenging landscapes of Australia. Noted for their intelligence and intense commitment to tasks, Kelpies display a natural instinct for herding. Their energetic and alert disposition suggests that during travel, they'll require mental stimulation and the reassurance of their human companions. Their unique characteristics could signify a need for frequent interaction and engagement to prevent stress and boredom while en route.

Size and Physical Needs

Australian Kelpies are generally medium-sized, weighing between 30-50lbs, and standing up to 20 inches at the shoulder. This breed has substantial exercise requirements to burn off their high energy levels. Transport of Kelpies should accommodate room for movement and stretching, and possibly include secure harnesses to ensure their safety. Comfort during transportation is essential to prevent potential anxiety or physical discomfort.

Common Health Considerations

Kelpies are resilient, but like all breeds, they can be predisposed to certain health conditions such as hip dysplasia and Collie Eye Anomaly. Carriers of health documentation and proof of vaccinations are crucial during travel, especially across state lines. It's advisable to keep these documents easily accessible. Preventative measures, such as ensuring they are free of parasites and up-to-date with preventative medications, will safeguard against health risks.

How to prepare your Australian Kelpie for transport

At CitizenShipper, we pride ourselves on making pet transportation a breeze. However, there are things you can do ahead of time to make your best friend’s trip safer and more comfortable.

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Talk to your veterinarian

Your pet’s safety is number one – that’s why checking in with your vet before finalizing any travel plans is essential.

Can’t make it to the vet’s office in time? Conveniently video chat with a qualified veterinarian at FirstVet – one of our amazing partners.

Here are the questions you’ll want to ask your vet:

  • Is my pet healthy enough for transport?
  • Is my pet up to date on their vaccines?
  • Is my pet’s microchip still in place and scannable?

Health and Vaccination Records

It is imperative to have your Australian Kelpie's health and vaccination records up to date and handy during transport. This should include records of recent vaccinations, flea/tick treatments, and a health certificate from your veterinarian if crossing state lines or for airline travel.

Identification and Tracking

Ensure your Kelpie wears a collar with ID tags featuring your contact information. Microchipping is also recommended, as it's a permanent form of identification. Consider equipping your pet with a GPS tracker that can attach to their collar for an added layer of security.

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Comfort Items and Familiar Scents

To keep your Australian Kelpie calm, bring along their favorite blanket or toys. The familiar scents can have a soothing effect. Packing an item with your scent on it can also help reduce anxiety during transit.

Essential pet transport travel supplies include:

  • Food, bowls and fresh water
  • Collars and leashes
  • Waste bags
  • Medication
  • First-aid supplies
  • Any travel documents
  • A secure, USDA-approved travel crate

Traveling to a new place is exciting but stressful for your pet. Pack their favorite toys, a bed or a comfy blanket to help them enjoy their journey. Familiar items remind them of home and will soothe their anxiety.

Tailored Travel Tips for Australian Kelpie

Managing Anxiety and Stress

To minimize travel-induced distress, keep your Australian Kelpie engaged with their favorite toys or an occasional treat. Comforting techniques may include anxiety vests or a calming soundtrack that's familiar to them. Familiar routines are beneficial in stressful situations.

Exercise and Bathroom Breaks

Kelpies are an active breed, so plan for ample exercise and potty breaks — about every 2-3 hours during travel. This will help them stretch their legs and maintain comfort throughout the journey.

Temperature Control and Hydration

Maintaining a comfortable temperature is vital, as Kelpies can overheat or become chilled. Furthermore, ensure your Kelpie has access to fresh water at all times to remain hydrated, especially in warmer climates or during summer months.

Post Transportation Care for your Australian Kelpie

Adjustment to New Surroundings

Allow your Australian Kelpie time to explore and become accustomed to their new surroundings at their own pace. Familiar items from their previous environment can help make the transition smoother. Kelpies adapt well when given gentle encouragement and the comfort of their owners.

Monitoring Health Post-Travel

After travel, keep an eye on your Kelpie for any signs of stress or illness. Symptoms of travel fatigue may include changes in appetite or behavior. If any concerning symptoms occur, consult a veterinarian promptly.

Continuing Care and Routine

Re-establishing a regular schedule of feeding, walks, and playtime will assist your Kelpie in settling into their new home. Consistent routines and ongoing care are crucial to their wellbeing and to maintaining the unique bond you share with your adventurous and loyal Kelpie companion.

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