From the 1st January 2012 all pet dogs, cats and ferrets can enter or re-enter the UK from any country around the world provided they meet the rules of the scheme, which will be different depending on the country or territory the pet is coming from. You can check details and the full procedure for preparing your pet to travel on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) website. (http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/)
To be eligible, your cat, dog or ferret must:
Your pet must be vaccinated against Rabies (if over 3 months old). This involves one injection of vaccine and can be done at the same time as microchipping. If your pet is less than 1 year of age or greater than 7 years of age then it may be advisable to have two rabies vaccinations given at a 2-4 week interval. Booster vaccinations will be required to maintain a valid Passport - the vaccination interval varies between different vaccine manufacturers, but your vet should tell you AND mark clearly on the Passport when the next booster is due. The vaccine we currently use gives a 3 year duration of immunity.
Pets from EU and listed non EU countries must:
Pets from unlisted non EU countries must also:
You must also ensure that your pet:
Disease Awareness when travelling
Rabies is not the only 'foreign' disease which your pet may be exposed to on holiday. Heartworm, Leishmania, Babesiosis and Ehrlichiosis are a similar threat to the travelling pet. These diseases are transmitted by insects, and all are potentially fatal. We are very lazy about parasite control in this country. Taking care of parasites is much more important on the Continent, particularly the warmer areas. Ask your vet (either in the UK or abroad) for advice on appropriate tick, flea, worm and fly treatments.
Not all pet insurance policies extend the cover for your pet whilst travelling abroad, but some do. It would be wise to check whether you have cover for your pet whilst on holiday, before departing.
It is the responsibility of pet owners to ensure that the correct regulations have been complied with, when travelling abroad, NOT DEFRA OR YOUR VETERINARY SURGEON. Failure to do so could result in your pet being quarantined or refused entry into the UK. Ashby Road Veterinary Group small animal veterinary surgeons are all Local Veterinary Inspectors (LVIs) and are therefore able to carry out all the procedures involved in PETS and Exports.
Tips and Advice on Pet Travel: www.petsandtravel.co.uk