If you are planning on taking your dog, cat or ferret on holiday abroad, it is important to plan ahead and ensure that your pet has a valid Pet Passport which is issued by your vet. In 2012 the Pet Travel Scheme rules were relaxed for travel to EU member states and listed 3rd countries (information on these can be found here). Any pets re-entering the UK from these countries must be able to tick off all of the things mentioned below.
This is a small microchip (about the size of a grain of rice) inserted under the skin and provides your pet with a unique identity number which can be detected by an electronic scanner.
You must wait 21 days after the vaccination (or the last of the primary course of vaccinations) before your pet can enter another EU or non-EU listed country.
After the first vaccination and waiting period, you can enter the UK whenever you like as long as booster vaccinations are given on time, booster requirement can be discussed with our vets.
Rabies vaccination rules differ for pets entering from outside the EU or from Non-Listed countries and will require blood tests one month after the injection was given to ensure that the vaccination was effective. After a satisfactory blood test, there is a statutory three months waiting period before entry to the UK can occur. If this test is negative you will have to re-vaccinate your pet, so it is important to plan well ahead of travel.
Tapeworm Treatment (dogs only)
Before travelling back into the UK, your dog must be treated against tapeworm. This treatment must be given by a vet not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours before the scheduled arrival time in the UK.
Treatment against ticks is no longer compulsory although it is recommended as ticks in mainland Europe can carry potentially life-threatening diseases. You may also wish to protect your pet against other diseases, parasites and insects and this can be discussed with your vet.
Before planning travel to countries outside the EU, you will need to contact DEFRA to find out about any specific requirements as these will vary for each country. Our vets can then ensure that these particular requirements are fulfilled.
We stress that it is the owner's responsibility to ensure that your pets’ rabies vaccination is up to date and their microchip is readable. We are happy to check this free of charge prior to any travel arrangements.