Whether you are going for a holiday or moving interstate or overseas, you can actually take your pet with you. Any of the major airlines provide pet transport services and there are multiple companies that will help you to deliver your pet to a desired destination.
There are two options available for pet transport. First - pets can be transported as freight. Second - pets can travel with you on the same flight as excess baggage.
Normally airlines allow one pet per passenger to travel as excess baggage, for an additional fee. Pets are required to be housed in an airline approved pet cages which could be hired or purchased from most pet transporting companies.
It may be wise to shop around before making your final flight booking. Depending on the company that you choose, this can be either a very pleasant experience or a nightmare. For a few extra dollars, your animal transporting company can pick up your pet from your home, take the animal to the airport and really look after it before and after the landing. Aircraft pilots can also be notified for a more steady take off and landing, for minimal disturbance to your most valuable baggage - pets.
Airlines require animals to be delivered to the freight terminal about two hours prior to departure. If traveling with more than one pet it is always advisable to take your largest animal as excess baggage.
Dogs, cats, birds - can all travel with you, that is, if you're willing to take them!