Pet Travel Information

Taking a few minutes to educate yourself about travel risks could save your pet’s life

Black and white Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

When travelling abroad you pet becomes exposed to diseases that aren’t present in this country. All dogs returning to this country from Europe must therefore be wormed between 1-5 days before returning. This has to be carried out by a vet and recorded in their pet passport. Failure to do this will delay your journey.

Diseases that your pet comes into contact with abroad include Heartworm, Leishmaniosis and a number of tick borne diseases.

Please contact our surgery and let us know your travel plans so that we can advise you about the best preventative treatments for your companion.

How can I take my pet on holiday after Brexit?

There are some potential changes to the pet passport scheme with the impending Brexit on 31st March 2019. Unfortunately until a deal has been reached with the EU there are many uncertainties and as such there are 3 possible scenarios in relation to the current pet passport scheme that you need to be aware of.

Scenario 1:

The UK will be listed as a country in part 1 of Annex II to EU Pet Travel Regulations. This is the best possible outcome as nothing will change – as long as rabies vaccination has been given 21days prior to travel and they were microchipped prior to this then they will be allowed to travel within the EU. If the vaccine lapses (i.e. a booster vaccine is not given before the ‘valid until’ date then you will have to wait 21days from vaccine date before travelling as if starting afresh.

Scenario 2:

The UK will be listed as a country in part 2 of Annex II to EU Pet Travel Regulations. This will be the same as scenario 1 with the additional need to have a Health Certificate issued by your vet within 10days prior to travelling. This would allow up to 4months of onward travel within the EU but a new one would need to be issued for each further trip. On arrival in the EU, pet owners travelling with their pet would be required to report to a Travellers’ Point of Entry (see for these points).

Scenario 3:

In the event of a no-deal Brexit and the UK being an unlisted country then it will be much more complicated. Pets have to be vaccinated against rabies, on or after the date of microchipping and then bloods taken for an antibody titre test performed no earlier than 30days after the vaccination date. As long as the titre is high enough then pets would have to wait at least 3months from the date of blood sampling before they could travel to the EU meaning that a minimum of 4months prior to travel will be needed. After initial vaccination as long as boosters are performed at the right times then you will be able to continue to travel but should they lapse the whole process will need to be repeated. As with scenario 2 a Health Certificate would need to be issued in the 10days prior to travel and owners travelling with their pet would be required to report to a Travellers’ Point of Entry.

If the worst case scenario happens and we end up an unlisted country then any animals travelling after 31st March will need to be re-vaccinated against rabies and then a blood sample taken 30days later and then they can travel 3months from the date of blood sampling. If you are in a situation where this is a possibility and you don’t want to risk not being able to travel with your pet then we recommend booking in to start this process no later than 4months prior to your date of travel.

Should you have any concerns or questions regarding the above information please feel free to contact us at the surgery.

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