Can my pet come with me on our Summer holidays?

Being ever the optimist we are hoping Summer is just around the corner. So we wanted to ensure we provide all the information for our clients who are interested in travelling with their four legged friends this summer.

Pet travel:

We are lucky at the moment to be able to provide Pet Passports which allows travel with your pet (dog, cat and ferret) through Europe. There are a few important things to remember though.

1. Your pet must be microchipped – all dogs over the age of 8 weeks, by law, must be microchipped but this is not compulsory as of yet for cats and ferrets apart from the requirement for a passport. The reason for microchipping is to be able to identify your pet with their passport.

2. Rabies vaccination – your pet requires a rabies vaccination which must be given at least 21 days prior to travel. There is a 21 day wait period where you are unable to leave England with your pet, which means a bit of planning is needed. There is no longer a requirement for a 6 month blood sample. The rabies vaccination must be kept up to date and booster vaccines will be given every 2-3 years. It is the owners responsibility to remember to book appointments for any booster vaccinations.

3. Tapeworm treatment – this is a wormer required 24-120 hours before returning to the UK. It is a wormer that must be given by a vet and the passport must be signed by a vet in your country to which you have travelled. This is to allow re entry into the UK. It is advised to make contact in advance with a friendly veterinarian at your destination abroad. Not only for the tapeworm but just in case you need any veterinary advice whilst away.

What else should I think about?

The climate on the continent is not quite the same as ours so consideration should be given to other parasites. It is no longer compulsory to cover your pet with tick prevention or for sand fly protection, however depending on your destination it is recommended. There are different species of ticks abroad which carry certain exotic diseases such as Babesiosis and Erlichia. These are becoming increasingly common in England likely brought back from pets travelling abroad and becoming infested with ticks. We hope you all have safe travels with your pets and we are here if you need any help or advice, contact your local Swaynes branch.

If you have any questions about travelling with your pet abroad speak to your local vets.
Article by Aimee Barker MA VetMB MRCVS