Pet Travel

(Dogs, Cats and Ferrets)

Which animals can get a passport?

Dogs, Cats and Ferrets can all travel on the Pet Passport scheme.

How old does my pet need to be to apply for a Passport?

12 weeks for the rabies vaccination but you can’t travel until 3 weeks after the injection.

Which countries can I travel to?

The Passport is commonly used to travel freely within Europe. For a full list of countries see DEFRA’s website PETS helpline on 0870 241 1710.

Please be aware that some countries also carry extra restrictions so we would always advise contacting DEFRA to check up to date rules before you travel.

You can take your pets to non passported countries by following their import and export guidelines, also provided by DEFRA. If your pet requires a flight we would strongly recommend using a third company carrier company such as Air Pets or PetAir.

How do I apply for a passport?

Make an appointment at the practice and we will run through the current requirements then issue your passport

  • Microchip
  • Rabies Vaccination (can be done on the same day as the microchip)
  • Issue Pet Passport , wait 21 days from Rabies Vaccination before travelling

How long does it take?

We can issue your passport within a a few days but you must wait 21 days following the rabies vaccination before you leave the UK

Do I need to get my pet checked before coming back to the UK?

24-120hrs before re-entering the UK, whilst abroad, your pet (DOGS ONLY) must be treated for tapeworms by a vet and have his/her passport stamped.

Does my pet need a blood test for rabies?

You no longer need to have a rabies titre test to check the efficacy of your vaccination.

While the risk of rabies in much of Western Europe is relatively low there are a substantial number of countries in the EU and on the non EU list where there is still a problem with rabies eg. Italy, Poland, Russia, USA. If considering travelling to these countries you should consider running the rabies blood test for peace of mind, to ensure your pet is protected.

Should I be aware of any other disease on holiday?

Leishmania

Leishmaniasis is an infectious disease transmitted by sand-flies. Sand-flies are blood sucking insects mainly found in Mediterranean coastal areas. Disease is spread when the flies bite in order to feed. Symptoms include skin infections, weight loss, liver and kidney disease and possibly death. Symptoms can develop up-to six years following a trip abroad.

Heartworm(Dirofilaria Immitis)

This is primarily a disease of dogs and is transmitted by mosquitoes. It is widespread around the world, but especially in Southern Europe. The immature worms are passed into the dog’s bloodstream via mosquito bites where they migrate to the major blood vessels and heart and can cause serious heart and lung problems.

Babesiosis

This is transmitted by certain ticks. These ticks are common in southern and central Europe and are now spreading further north. When ticks feed, saliva is injected into the host together with the Babesia organisms, which invade and multiply in red blood cells. Affected animals develop fever, anaemia, weakness, lethargy, weight loss and red or dark brown urine. Without treatment death can occur.

Ehrlichiosis

This is another disease spread by ticks and is widespread in southern Europe. Symptoms of this disease vary widely and may include fever, swollen glands, bleeding into the eyes, from the nose and into the skin. It can be diagnosed by a blood test and if caught in the early stages can be treated.

What are the best ways to prevent parasites spreading disease aborad?

Region of travel Risk Factors Preventative technique
Northern Europe/Alps Ticks Bravecto tablet (start 1 week before departure)
Southern Europe/Warm climates Ticks

Sand-flies

Mosquitoes

Bravecto Tablet (start 1 week before departure)

Scalibor collar  (start 1 month before departure)

Avoid taking your pet out  in the evenings/night time when biting insects are most prevalent