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.
In addition to these regulations you should also consider protection for your pet against certain infectious diseases found in many warmer countries including:
- tick-borne diseases such as babesiosis and ehrlichiosis
- mosquito-borne diseases such as heartworm
- sand fly-borne diseases such as leishmaniasis
Our advice will vary slightly depending on the country you are visiting so if you are planning a trip, make an appointment at the earliest possible time so the vet can discuss an appropriate prevention plan.