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Catriona & her pooch!
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Taking Dogs to NZ

Thursday, March 14, 2002
A lot of people just can’t bear to go on a holiday without taking their best four-legged friend with them so this week on Ask Getaway we find out ways you can take them.

The good news is that there are no quarantine restrictions on either side of the Tasman, but there is quite a bit of paperwork to complete.

Holidaying With Dogs is a great little book listing places in Australia and New Zealand where your pets are welcome. It is part of the Life Be In It projects and was put together by Sandy and Peter Dennis. It is available in book stores, or call Life Be In It on (03) 9820 5900

JJ will have to be taken to a registered quarantine vet for a blood test at least seven days before departure.

Then you need to go to the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service to get a health certificate, which costs $57.

If that all sounds too hard or you are too busy, there are companies that will do all the running around for you. They will pick the dog up from home and take it for its tests, and even put it on the plane.

The real catch is the airfare. A ticket for a medium size dog is about $1000.

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