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We're all going on a summer holiday..

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Did you know that a pet passport can now be completed within just a few weeks? Gone are the days of organising months in advance and quarantine that costs the earth; a pet passport can now be completed within just a few weeks. With more and more enquiries coming through our doors, we've put together a summary of the pet passport process.

Firstly, the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) is valid for dogs, cats and ferrets and thankfully the regulations have recently been simplified if travelling within the EU.  

There are 3 main requirements for getting your pet a passport:

  1. An ISO microchip - all pets travelling abroad must be microchipped. If your pet already has one, it is worth testing it before travelling in order to avoid delays at the border. Simply call us to arrange to have your pet's microchipped scanned.
  2. 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 your pet's rabies vaccination carefully. 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.
  3. 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.

And that’s it! Of course, it is always advisable to visit the official government website 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. 

If you’d like to discuss taking your pet on holiday, call your local Highcroft surgery. Safe travels everyone.


Dan commented on 18-May-2015 12:38 PM
We got Leo's pet passport a few weeks and everyone at Highcroft made it such a simple process. Also of note is if your travelling to Southern Ireland the worming process is not required.

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