Taking Your Pet Abroad - The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) 

The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS), or Pet Passport as it is often called, is designed to protect human health. It is the system that means people in the UK can take their pets to certain countries and bring them back without the need for quarantine. It also allows pet animals from these countries to enter the UK without quarantine as long as they meet certain conditions. 

To enable your pet to travel within the EU, it will need microchipping and a vaccination against rabies.  A pet passport can then be issued which allows for travel from 3 weeks of the date of Rabies vaccination. There are requirements for worming treatment to be administered by a veterinary surgeon before re-entering the UK, and Rabies vaccinations need to be repeated every 1-3 years.  

Further information can be found on the DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) website - www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/pets

Pets are likely to need extra medication to protect them from foreign diseases and parasites. We at Heene Road Vets will be able to advise you on the most suitable precautions to take.

Other considerations

  • take your pet for a health check by your vet in advance of your journey. Get advice from your vet on pregnant animals.
  • speak to the carrier in advance to ascertain the conditions that your pet will travel in and to ensure that you have the required paperwork.
  • do not use sedatives unless advised by a vet.
  • give your pet only a light meal about 2 hours before travel.
  • check with the carrier that your pet will have full and constant access to fresh water.
  • use a container which enables your pet to stand, sit and lie down in a natural position, and to turn around easily. The container should contain absorbent bedding and provide ample ventilation. A familiar toy can help your pet get used to the container.
  • ensure that your pet will not be exposed to extreme temperatures.
  • try and match your pets sleeping patterns by travelling overnight where possible

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