Find out more about the rules and regulations when travelling abroad
Did you know that pet travel rules changed at the beginning of this year? Here’s our guide to the new rules and what it means to you and your pet…..
Companion Care’s support office vet Hugh Stacey says, “The new rules came into effect on 1st January 2012 and they essentially mean that the rules on rabies vaccination for entry into the UK have been brought into line with the rest of Europe. The new rules only apply to pet dogs, cats and ferrets – rules for all other pets such as birds and reptiles have not changed.”
Dogs, cats and pet ferrets travelling between the UK and an EU or ‘listed’ third country from 1st January 2012 must:
- Be microchipped
- Be vaccinated against rabies
- Have waited 21 days after vaccination before entering the UK, EU or listed third country
- Have an EU Pet Passport
Hugh goes on to say, “It is the pet owners responsibility for ensuring their pet meets all the rules for entering the UK and we advise all owners planning to travel to ensure they have had the procedures carried out in the correct order and have completed all documentation correctly.”
The best way to ensure you get everything right is to visit your vet for a pre-travel consultation. Your vet can discuss how to protect the health and welfare of your animals when travelling abroad and we can answer any questions relating to the new rules and general pet health when abroad.
A useful leaflet is available at http://www.defra.gov.uk/publications/2011/06/30/pb13582-bringing-pets-into-uk which provides further information and a full list of EU or ‘listed’ third countries.
If in doubt do not hesitate to contact your vet.
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