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Pet Passports 

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Quarantine is no longer a mandatory requirement for animals entering the UK from certain other countries but to travel back into the UK from elsewhere an animal must have a pet passport. It must also be microchipped and have been vaccinated for rabies. Rabies is not the only nasty disease that a pet can pick up when on holiday. There are other diseases that they may be vulnerable to that do not naturally occur in this country. For some, such as Leishmaniasis a vaccine is available; for others such as heartworm and Erlichiosis there is no vaccine. Many diseases are transmitted by insects such as flies and ticks. Please talk to us about ways you can decrease the risk to your pet while abroad.

We recommend that you check the APHA website for the most recent information on country by country requirements for travel. Information can be country specific so if travelling through one country to get to another you will have to observe the rules for both. Once your pet is microchipped and vaccinated and any other requirements are observed, we can issue you with a Pet Passport – the document that your pet will need for cross border travel both in and out the EU.

The situation post-Brexit is still to be determined. At present it is likely that a blood sample for rabies titre will be required at least 30 days after rabies vaccination and that the animal will not be able to travel until 3 months after a positive blood sample result is achieved. It is also likely that your pet passport will no longer be valid and that in order to travel, an animal will need to be issued with an export certificate which will only be valid for a limited period of time. You should be aware that some dogs will not show a positive titre on the initial blood sample and may need an additional vaccination and blood sample. For this reason we recommend starting the process at least 6 months prior to your travel date.

Please bear in mind that tapeworm treatment must be administered by a veterinary surgeon 1-5 days prior to return to the UK. Although it is no longer mandatory to have your pet treated for ticks, we still recommend that you do so to avoid importing potentially very nasty diseases into the country, some of which can affect people too. Tick-borne diseases are not just found in distant exotic countries - Ehrlichia canis, Leishmania, Babesia and some other diseases can be found as close as Spain and France. There was even a small outbreak of babesiosis in the UK in 2016 – highlighting the need to be pro-active and vigilant in preventing the introduction of foreign disease into the UK.

If you would like to know the risks of taking your pet to a particular country, check this interactive map prior to travel:

We stock a number of products that protect against ticks and flies and treat tapeworm. Contact the practice for more information and we’ll find the right product for your pet.

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