If you are thinking of taking your pet abroad, call your nearest branch of Grove Lodge for more information.
The existing Pet Passport system has been modified to bring the UK more into line with general rules for travelling with pets between EU countries.
- Everything is much easier and simpler. Full details are available from DEFRA.
- For travel between EU countries and specified countries outside the EU, all that is required is a microchip to be inserted, a single rabies vaccination to be given and for a Pet Passport to be issued. You then have to wait 21 days before travelling and after that can come and go until the rabies vaccination expires. Bear in mind most rabies vaccines require an animal to be three months old, therefore very young puppies and kittens are NOT eligible to travel.
- The rabies vaccination is valid in the UK for between 2 and 3 years depending on the brand. The rabies vaccination recorded in the passport will have an expiry date and ideally the next rabies booster should be given on or before that date. If the booster is given late, another 21 day waiting period will apply before the animal should travel.
- Before returning to the UK, your dog will be required to have a tapeworm treatment administered by a vet who must record this in your pet passport accordingly. However, the timescale for this treatment is now 24-120 hours. In other words, it must be done at least 1 day before you return to the UK, but not more than 5 days. This is to give more leeway for travel over Bank Holidays and for unforeseen delays. Cats do not require a tapeworm treatment any more. In addition, treatment against ticks is no longer mandatory, but is strongly recommended for your pet's health. The reason for tapeworm treatment is to try and prevent the entry of a parasite called Echinococcus into the UK. This is a tapeworm that can cause fatal illnesses in people, and although it is pretty rare, it is very important that we keep it out of the UK. Strangely enough dogs that carry Echinococcus are not ill in the slightest!
- You must travel by an approved route - in practice this means ferries and the Shuttle, or arriving at certain ports and airports only
- Generally when returning to the UK, at some stage before getting on the ferry or the shuttle, the transport company will check your paperwork, and make sure it matches your pet's passport. The official will usually pass the scanner to you and explain how to use it. Once the animal has been scanned, the number of the chip is checked with the passport