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Don’t leave it too late to get a Pet Passport. It’s now possible to travel abroad with your pet, but the necessary regulations must be satisfied. Please contact your local practice with plenty of time before you travel so they can help and advice you on the process. The regulations can change frequently and whilst we have made every effort to ensure the following summary is correct we advise you consult the Pet Travel Scheme website run by DEFRA to ensure you have the specifics of your travel with your pet comprehensively covered.
The Pet Travel Scheme means that you can now take your dog or cat with you when you travel providing all the requirements of the scheme have been met. To do this you will need to get a Pet Passport, which requires your pet to be microchipped, vaccinated, and might need a blood test for to check whether the vaccination has been effective. Your Village Vet practice can arrange all the necessary procedures and certification and provide full advice on your travel requirements.
It is very important to note that the requirements vary depending upon from which country you will be returning.
Once your pet has a PETS passport, it can enter back into the UK providing that:
- your pet is microchipped
- your pet is up to date with rabies vaccination.
- your pet might require treatment for parasites 24-48 hours before they their return journey back to the UK by a veterinary surgeon
- your pet is travelling on an authorised route with an approved travel company.
There are special requirements if you are traveling with more than 5 pets
In addition to these regulations you should also consider protection for your pet against certain infectious diseases found in many warmer countries including:
1) tick-borne diseases such as babesiosis and ehrlichiosis
2) mosquito-borne diseases such as heartworm
3) sand fly-borne diseases such as leishmaniasis
Our advice will vary slightly depending on the country you are visiting but in general, to cover all of the above, we will prescribe for you:
• a spot-on treatment which is applied on the back of the neck – this needs applying every 2 or 4 weeks (depending on the country being visited) and 24-48 hours before returning to the UK and
• de-worming tablets which need monthly administration and 24-48 hours before returning to the UK by a Veterinary Surgeon.
For countries where sand flies are a particular problem we may in addition recommend:
• a protective collar which needs replacing every 6 months
Please note that these products are only available through your veterinary surgery. Treatments that are required 24-48 hours before returning to the UK must be administered by a veterinary surgeon and this undertaking certified in the passport. To maximize protection you should start application of treatments prior to leaving the UK. Whilst abroad you should check your pet daily for ticks and remove any found. In warmer countries we would also recommend that you avoid walks at dusk and dawn when many of the mosquitos and sand flies are most active. For ease of mind we would recommend that you visit your vet prior to travel to check that your pet’s microchip is functioning correctly.
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