Pet Passports

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Pet Passports

Thanks to the introduction of pet passports your furry friends can now come along for the ride. Whether for a holiday or a permanent relocation your pet will need a pet passport to travel. The Pet Passport Scheme prevents the spread of diseases including rabies and makes sure that travel is safe and legal. A European pet passport allows movement within the EU and certain other listed countries. For trips further afield speak to your vet as each country has specific import requirements and documentation.

How do I get a pet passport?

  1. Book an appointment with the vet– Not all vets are able to do passports just let reception know and they’ll be able to make you an appointment with the right vet.
  2. Check or implant microchip– For your pet to travel they have to be identifiable. If your pet already has a chip it will be checked by the vet and if it does not then a chip will be implanted. This is very important as it will be checked frequently when your pet travels and corresponds to the passport.
  3. Vaccinate against rabies– The vet will give a rabies vaccine. This is a one off injection under the skin and protection lasts for 3 years.
  4. Wait 22 days– It takes 22 days for your pet to develop immunity from the rabies vaccine. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TRAVEL ON YOUR PASSPORT UNTIL THE 22 DAYS HAS ELAPSED. If your pet is already vaccinated against rabies and it is not allowed to expire there is no need to wait.
  5. Away you go! – You are now free to use your passport, remember when re-entering the UK it is compulsory to have a tape worm treatment administered by a vet. See below for details.

Tapeworm Treatment

An approved tapeworm treatment must be given no less than 24 hours and no more than 120 hours (5 days) before entering the UK. Your dog can be refused entry or put into quarantine if you don’t follow this rule. If you’re leaving the UK for a short trip, your dog must be treated by a vet before you go. You must wait for 24 hours before re-entering the UK and return within 120 hours (5 days) or you’ll need to get another treatment abroad. For all trips you should treat your dog again within 28 days of returning to the UK. Ask your vet if you require a tapeworm treatment.

Before you go…

We recommend that you also have a look at the official government guidelines on Pet Passports before traveling to ensure you don’t encounter any problems. If you have any further questions feel free to make an appointment with a vet either online or call reception on 01626 367972.