Planning to To Take Your Dog Abroad on Holiday This Summer?
Here’s what you need to know about passports and more…
While the Brexit vote means everything will change after we leave the EU, for now the EU rules apply – and they are much more relaxed than for travel to other parts of the world.
A Passport Is Essential
Just like you, your dog does need his or her very own passport. This will allow your dog into most countries – and most importantly, back into the UK afterwards.
What Does My Dog Need to Get A Passport?
To get a passport, your dog must be microchipped, as well as vaccinated against rabies.
If you have a puppy, he or she must be at least 3 months old, before we can vaccinate for rabies – and the vaccination needs to be at least 21 days before your dog travels.
Your dog will also need to be up to date with his or her worming.
Are There Any Other Diseases to Consider Apart From Rabies?
Yes! Do remember that the rules on passports for dogs are all designed to prevent rabies coming to the UK, they are not primarily about protecting your precious pet!
There are several other serious diseases which are common in Europe, so please do talk to us well before you go abroad.
We will recommend the best preventative treatments for the places you are planning to visit.
For example, we strongly recommend tick treatments. These used to be compulsory before coming back into the UK – but they are still a very wise option.
Countries Outside the EU
For some countries outside the EU, your dog will need extra tests, such as a blood test. This applies to dogs returning to the UK from China, India and South Africa.
The rules on which countries require which tests change quite often, so please do check with us first.
Although your dog can now travel much more freely, with its passport, quarantine does still exist!
So if your dog does not have a valid passport or does not have the right tests and treatments recorded in the documents for the country he or she is travelling from, they will have to go into quarantine – often for 4 months – when they come back into the UK.
Please be aware that we’re highlighting the UK rules here – most other countries have their own quarantine rules and especially outside the EU these can vary quite a lot.
Plan your trip early
Please do come in and talk to us as soon as possible, if you are planning to take your dog abroad – either on holiday or for a longer trip.
While it is much easier than it used to be, the rules and timescales are very strict and it’s just not possible to take your dog at the last minute, if you don’t already have all the vaccinations and paperwork in place.
So please do Call Us on 01453 864422 to discuss your travel plans and arrange the right vaccinations – and if your dog doesn’t have one already, to get a Passport.
Moving Abroad? Taking Your Cat Or Dog With You?
If your holidays have inspired you to plan a permanent move abroad, or a temporary one, the same rules apply for dogs and very similar ones for cats and ferrets.
(There are rules for travelling horses and ponies too and of course they are already required to have passports).
If you have other pets to take, please do come and discuss your plans with us in good time, to make sure they can travel when you want them to.
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