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Are you Travelling Abroad with your Pet?

One of the hardest parts of going abroad is having to leave behind your beloved pet; it is always a heart-breaking feeling knowing a part of you is remaining in the UK. However, thanks to the introduction of new laws, you are now able to take your furry friends with you! 

Taking your pet away with you will require a lot of preparation, and the process is often time-consuming, so it may be a good idea to start preparations as soon as possible. The Pet Travel Scheme permits the movement of pet animals to and from the UK without the need for quarantine. Pets in the UK are not exposed to many of the diseases found abroad, so it is crucial to book an appointment with your vet pre-travel.

Your vet will discuss a variety of things with you, including whether your pet is fit to travel, whether they have an up-to-date pet passport, and available preventative treatments. We’d like to use this as an introduction and outline for taking your pet abroad, but if you require further information then please contact your local Medivet practice.


Pet Checklist

Rules will vary from country to country, however there are general requirements for travel in and out of the UK:

  • Microchip
    • A microchip is required for identification purposes. This should be done before the rabies vaccination so we can record your unique microchip number on the pet passport.
  • Rabies vaccination
    • All pets must be at least 12 weeks old before they can get a rabies vaccination. GOV.UK contains more information on travel from specific countries.
  • Pet passport
    • The passport remains valid as long as your pet meets UK entry requirements
  • A tapeworm treatment
    • Dogs must be treated no less than one day and no more than five days before they re-enter the UK


How to make it easier for your pet

If you are transporting your pet in a carrier, it must be large enough for them to stand up and turn around in. Try to put a few blankets inside their carrier for added comfort.

To get your pet used to the carrier, place treats inside the carrier a few days before you travel so they get used to going in. Once they are comfortable going all the way in, begin closing the door for brief periods. Do not let them out if they start barking, as they will think that barking is the key to being released.

Assuming your pet will be anxious for the duration of your travels, it would be a good idea to spray Adaptil or Feliway in their carrier and on their blankets. This will make them feel more secure and relaxed.

On the day of travel, feed your pet as early as possible to avoid travel sickness, but ensure they have a sufficient supply of water for the trip. Absorbent bedding may also be a good idea for longer trips.

If you are planning on travelling abroad with your pet, contact your local Medivet practice to ensure you meet all the correct requirements. Your vet will be more than willing to give honest and specialised advice for your pet.

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