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    Settle BD24 9AA

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    Main Street
    High Bentham LA2 7LE

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    BB7 4ES

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Travelling Abroad with your Pet

Pet travel rules changed on 1 January 2012 when the UK brought its procedures into line with the European Union. 

Under the new rules pet dogs and cats returning from other EU Member States and listed Third countries will not need a blood test and can return to the UK 21 days after their rabies vaccination (rather than having to wait 6 months after their blood test).

Under the new rules there is no requirement for pets to be treated for ticks before their arrival in the UK. The UK is in discussion with the EU about continued controls on tapeworm for dogs.  Pre 1 January 2012 requirements were for tapeworm treatment plus a Vet Certificate of Treatment to be carried out 24-48 hours before returning to the U.K.  This has now been changed and is to be carried out between 1 and 5 days before returning to the U.K.  For more information, contact DEFRA. 

Under the new rules pets from unlisted Third countries will be allowed to enter the UK through approved routes (or approved airport for assistance dogs) without quarantine as long as they meet the EU entry requirements (microchip, rabies vaccination, blood sample at least 30 days after vaccination), and then wait a further 3 months after the blood sample was taken for the test before being able to enter the UK.

We usually make a double appointment with the vet for the Pet Passport. Your pet will need to be microchipped (if it is not already) and vaccinated for rabies. The vet will complete the necessary paperwork and the pet passport will then be issued. You may leave the UK with your pet as soon as you receive the passport but it is important to remember that certification allows your pet to re-enter the UK no earlier than 21 days after being vaccinated against rabies.

Whilst you are abroad your pet may be at risk of diseases spread by biting ticks/mosquitos/flies. We recommend you protect your pet against ticks whilst you are abroad (once a month Certifect spot on, or a Bravecto chewable tablet every three months). If travelling to Mediterranean countries treat against Heartworm (once a month Milbemax) and take precautions against sandflies (Scalibor collar) Please discuss these with vet at the P.E.T.S. appointment. 

The “P.E.T.S Pet Passport” does not necessarily guarantee animals entry into the country of destination.  Import requirements vary between countries and may involve blood testing and Export Health Certification by a local Veterinary Inspector (Dalehead Veterinary Group), so check with DEFRA well in advance.

For more information visit the ‘Travelling with pets’ section of the DEFRA website www.gov.uk/pet-travel-information-for-pet-owners or call the DEFRA Pet Travel Scheme Helpline on 0370 2411710. 

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