Are you thinking of taking your pet abroad for a vacation or are you moving to another country, if so then here is an article that may help you get to grips with the current passport regulations and what they mean to you.
Major changes have occurred over the last 10 years in t he pet owners ability to take animals on holiday with them. In line with the rest of Europe, the uk is no longer an isolated island but has opened it’s doors to allow movement throughout Europe.
Initially pet owners had to plan up to 8-9 months in advance allowing time for vaccination and blood sample and an authorised waiting period of six months. Recent changes have eliminated the need for the waiting period and the blood test. In general European travel can be accomplished with as little as 4-5 weeks preparation.
The animal needs to be fit and healthy and free from communicable disease such as kennel cough, up to date with its normal booster vaccinations. In order to be vaccinated for rabies the pet must have a working microchip and once vaccinated must wait for 21 days for the vaccine to become active.
It is important to seek advice from your vet or the pet passport helpline on 08702411710 (Monday to Friday 8-6) regarding the country you to which you will be traveling as local regulations may apply regarding the rabies vaccination.
Return to the UK must be preceded by a visit to the vets for a worMing dose. A useful trick is to ensure your animal is not fed before the worker dose to make giving thier worker easier.
please do not hesitate to contact us if you are thinking of traveling further afield, our vet will be able to able advise you or you can use the pet passport helpline number as well to help you plan what you need for your trip.