Pet travel

If you are taking your pet abroad we can give you both the advice and services you need before you can travel with an animal.

 

Passports

To travel with your pet in the EU (and other approved countries) your dog, cat (or ferret!) must be vaccinated against rabies and be microchipped at least 30 days before travel. This must be done by a UK Government approved Veterinary Surgeon. All our vets can do this and will issue your pet with a passport for travel on the same day.

Some countries still require an official rabies test to confirm that your pet has made adequate anti-bodies against rabies following vaccination. There is a three month quarantine period during which your pet may not be allowed into the UK following the date of a successful blood sample being taken. We recommend that you check the DEFRA website to see if a blood sample is mandatory for your travel destination.

 

Exports

Some countries require export certification and additional tests as well as treatment against worms before your pet can travel. Give yourself at least four weeks to complete all the required paperwork.

Some airlines also require additional certification to confirm that your pet is fit to fly so we advise you check with your airline if this is needed at least a month before you travel.

Different countries can change their requirements without notice and therefore always check the DEFRA website before travel.

 

Preventative treatment

Take action to help prevent your pet picking up diseases from abroad by talking to us about the parasite control you will need for your travel destination.

DISCLAIMER: We regret that we shall not be held responsible if you are unable to travel with your pet if you do not have the correct paperwork, though we shall do our utmost to advise and help you.

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