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Travelling abroad with your pet

Pet Passport scheme

Since January 1st 2012 the rules on pet passports have been relaxed. In order to travel with your dog, cat or ferret within the EU and other listed countries your pet needs to :-

  •  Be microchipped
  •  Be vaccinated against rabies
  •  Not re-enter the UK until 21 days after the rabies vaccination.
  •  Be dosed, by a vet, with an approved tapeworm treatment 24-120 hours before return to the UK.

We can usually issue your pet passport on the same date we give your pet the rabies vaccination. Our vets will discuss with you any questions you have, and also discuss preventative measures you may need to take to protect your pet against diseases not present in the UK.

Please contact us to make an appointment.

When and why does my pet have to be treated for tapeworm?

There is a tapeworm present in Europe called Echinococcus Multilocularis which though the adult worm is harmless to dogs can cause a disease called Alveolar Echinococcosis in people which is a very serious condition. All pets returning to the UK must be treated with an approved tapeworm treatment 24-120 hours prior to return to the UK.

What diseases are present abroad but not in the UK, and how can I reduce the risk to my pet?

Babesiosis is a disease carried by ticks in mainland Europe and elsewhere, and recently found in the UK. We advise pets are protected with a Seresto collar.

Leishmaniasis is prevalent in the Mediterranean basin but has been found much further North. It is carried by the sandfly and is a zoonotic disease which means people can also be affected. A vaccine is now available. Scalibor and Seresto collars have been shown in studies to significantly reduce the risk. Keeping dogs indoors in the early morning and in the evening when the risk of being bitten is greatest is sensible.

Ehrlichiososis is another disease carried by ticks and present in many countries in the South of Europe. We advise owners use a Seresto collar on their pets whilst abroad.

Hepatozoonosis is a protozoan disease carried by ticks present in warmer climates bordering the Mediterranean.

Dirofilaria Immitis better known as heartworm, is present in Southern Europe and many other parts of the world, carried by mosquitos. In affected countries regular preventative treatment is given. Our advice would be to use Advocate.

Canine Brucellosis is present in Eastern Europe. It causes abortion or stillbirth in pregnant animals. It is not usually a problem for travelling dogs.

Tick borne encephalitis  is a risk particularly in mountainous and hilly areas in Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Slovenia.

For further information please read the Pets Abroad leaflet from the BVA Animal Welfare Association, refer to the DEFRA website, or contact us.

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