The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) is valid for dogs, cats and ferrets. Thankfully, the regulations have recently been simplified if travelling within the EU and a pet passport can now be completed within just a few weeks.
There are 3 main requirements for getting your pet a passport:
An ISO microchip - all pets travelling abroad must be microchipped. If your pet already has one, it is worth testing it works before travelling in order to avoid delays at the border.
Rabies vaccination - although it is still compulsory for pets to be vaccinated against rabies, the time consuming and expensive blood tests are no longer a requirement. However, do plan the timing of this vaccination properly. In order to re-enter the UK from abroad, the vaccination must have been administered 21 days prior to re-entry in order to be certain it is in your pet’s system.
Tapeworm (Echinococcus multilocularis) prevention - this is a particular type of tapeworm that is not found in the UK, so prevention is a requirement before being able to re-enter the country. The worming treatment MUST be administered by a vet and MUST be between 120 hours and exactly 24 hours prior to re-entry to the UK. So make sure you find a veterinary practice abroad in advance.
It is always advisable to visit the official government website www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad to check you have covered all requirements for the country you are travelling to, as well as making sure your pet is in good enough health to travel such long distances.