Brexit…… What does this mean for my pet?

From day-to-day hopefully Brexit won’t have any impact on your pets. However if you are used to having the freedom to take your pet abroad over the summer months Brexit may have a much larger impact!

We are hoping that as a veterinary profession the supply of medications has been protected to a degree by the government so we are hoping there will be minimal impact on our patients and their owners.

However regarding the pet passport this is a little more out of our control at the moment. It is still in the balance whether we will leave with or without a deal. At the moment we can only try to advise on the worst case scenario to try to ensure we can prepare our clients and their pets as far as possible for travel into and out of the EU.

In the event of a no deal Brexit and the UK becomes an unlisted third country then any travel into the EU will need a rabies vaccination and a blood sample to show the rabies vaccine has been effective in your pet. The rabies blood sample has to be performed at least 30 days after the rabies vaccination. Travel can only occur at least 3 months after the date of the rabies blood sample being taken.

Therefore you can see that to be able to travel with your pet in August we are talking to owners in the next 1-2 months to ensure their rabies vaccines are up to date and then to contact your local Swaynes branch to book in for a blood sample.

We understand that this may not be needed but the other option is that you will not be able to travel with your pet and they may have to stay home for any trips to the continent in the near future.

It is likely that as well as having the correct paper work regarding the rabies vaccine and blood sample you will need a health certificate from an Official Vet (OV). Many of our vets at Swaynes’ are OV’s and all that is needed is within 10 days of travel we will need to give your pet a thorough health check and provide a health certificate.

New information is emerging daily from the government and we will try to keep our clients up to date with this as much as possible. But we also suggest checking out this helpful link below:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-after-brexit

If you want to speak to any of our vets regarding Brexit and travel we will try our best to help.