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Travelling Abroad With Pets

Cute little cat helping out a friend standing up on its hind legs holding a toothbrush cleaning a dogs teeth which is standing there obligingly with its mouth wide open, isolated on white


Summer is here and it’s time to start thinking about your 2017 holidays! 

This doesn’t necessarily mean your pet has to be left at home. The PETS travel scheme makes it easy for your dog or cat to come along on vacation with you – so long as you they meet certain criteria.

Your pet will need a passport, a microchip and a rabies vaccination. He will then need to wait 21 days until he can travel, so make sure you leave yourself plenty of time. In order to re-enter the UK at the end of the holiday your dog will need to see a vet to have a tapeworm tablet administered.

Although not a legal requirement, it is recommended that your pet is up to date with his annual vaccinations as well as his flea and tick treatments to protect him from catching exotic diseases. Extra protection against diseases that are not within the UK may also be required, for example leishmania and heartworm.

If you are travelling outside of the EU the process of preparing your pet can take longer and a blood test after the rabies vaccination may be required. A health certificate may be required and a vet may need to certify that your animal is fit to travel.
If you are thinking of taking your pet abroad talk to your vet as soon as possible to ensure you leave yourself enough time to prepare your pet for travel. We at Crossroads Veterinary Centre are happy to help prepare your pet for travel.

Dr. Kathryn Miller MRCVS

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