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PET PASSPORT SCHEME – INFORMATION FOR PET OWNERS.

As of 1st January 2012 it becomes much easier to travel with your pet within Europe.
Please be aware that his information only applies to travel to European and certain other ‘listed countries’, which include the US and Canada. If you are travelling to unlisted countries please be aware the requirements may be much stricter, you should contact Defra for more information.

STEP 1 – IDENTIFICATION:

    • The animal must have an ISO standard identification microchip implanted beneath the skin. This can be done any time before rabies vaccination or even on the same day, but it must be before the vaccination.
    • Also Please remember that you Must register your microchip as this is also checked when you travel.

STEP 2 – RABIES VACCINATION:

    • This must be given by a veterinary surgeon and the microchip will be read immediately before vaccination.
    • FROM 1ST JANUARY 2012 A BLOOD TEST IS NO LONGER REQUIRED.

STEP 3 – COMPLETION OF THE PET PASSPORT:

  • Now that a blood test is longer required we can issue the passport at the time of the vaccination. At O’Shea & Bramley we supply and issue the passport.
  • HOWEVER, your pet cannot travel till 21 days after the rabies vaccination has been administered.

Step 4 – RETURNING HOME:

  • Pets must be treated with a wormer between 24 and 120 hours before embarking for travel back. These treatments must be given by a vet.
    From 1st January 2012 the requirement for tick treatment will be dropped although we do strongly recommend having this done.
  • WHILE OVERSEAS it is important to realise that the Pet passport scheme is designed only to protect human health, not the health of your pet.
  • We strongly advise the use of tick prevention (please note Advocate DOES NOT protect against ticks) while travelling due to the risk of serious tick borne disease, such as Babesia and Ehlichia which are not currently in this country.
  • Please speak to us about the best treatments before you travel In addition Heartworm (Advocate is effective) and Leishmania are present in some parts of Europe.
  • KEEPING YOUR ANIMALS’ PET PASSPORT UP-TO-DATE: WE CANNOT OFFER RABIES VACCINATION REMINDERS.
    We do send them but, it is your responsibility to ensure the booster is administered in time.
  • Following the first vaccination the passport will have a ‘valid until’ date. To keep the passport up-to-date, a rabies booster vaccination must be given on or before that expiry date.
  • If you miss the revaccination date, even by one day the 21day rule will be re-applied before you can travel again .

PARTICULAR COUNTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Certain EU countries have their own requirements on top of the Pet Travel Scheme. Currently Sweden requires tick and tapeworm treatment no more than 10 days before entry. Malta has certain additional entry requirements.

  • There are no requirements for pets travelling directly between the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
  • You are advised to contact DEFRA or the particular country’s Embassy or ministry of agriculture to confirm requirements.

TRAVEL TO NON-EU LISTED COUNTRIES:

Many non-EU listed countries have additional requirements for importing animals. You are advised to contact DEFRA and the country’s Embassy to confirm requirements.

  • We advise you do this in plenty of time. It is your responsibility to find out what treatments and paperwork your pet requires for travel to a particular country.
    Please see our separate leaflet on exports.

REGARDING LONG-STAYS:

If a pet stays in another country for more than a certain period of time, it may become subject to that country’s rules. For example, pets staying in France for more than 3 months are classed as residents of that country and must therefore have annual vaccinations against rabies.

PARTICULAR BREEDS:

Certain breeds of dog, classed as dangerous dogs, may be forbidden entry to certain countries. For some countries this includes Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

  • Bengal cats require documentation proving that they are status F5 or beyond and a certified pedigree certificate.
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