Pet Passports

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Have you remembered your pet’s passport?

Pet passports allow your pet to travel to many countries, European and further afield, with the completion of a few simple steps.  Regulations changed in January 2012, so there is no longer the ‘6 month wait’ that we have all grown used to.  Now, simply microchip and vaccinate your pet (cat, dog or ferret) against Rabies, wait 21 days and you may bring your pet back into the UK.

In December 2014 the format of the passport changed.  For those with a current passport, this will remain valid, but the new style passports will be used from 29th December 2014 for all new passport-holders.

www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel

As part of the rules however your pet MUST be treated for tapeworm (and have treatment certified by a vet) 1-5 days before re-entering the UK.

However, as the rules have become simpler, it is even more important that you take steps to safeguard your pet from the diseases it could catch on holiday (or inadvertently bring home with it).  Most importantly we recommend using an effective tick treatment and insect repellant, and heartworm prevention (from one month prior to travel, and one month after returning).

The BVA-AWF have produced a leaflet outlining all the health risks:

www.bva-awf.org.uk/sites/bva-awf.org.uk/files/user/taking_your_pets_abroad.pdf