Some helpful information
It is now possible to travel abroad to certain countries with your dog or cat. Your pet will need a microchip and a rabies vaccination, done at least three weeks before they travel. There are also other recommendations depending on where you are travelling to and we recommend that you contact DEFRA to ensure you have all the information necessary. The majority of our veterinary surgeons are able to issue passports, but please ensure you advise our receptionists of the reason for your appointment.
This is intended as a general guide only and owners should always refer to the government website before travelling.
Before you travel with your pet, think about what is involved. Your pet may have to be confined in a car for a long time: does he/she get easily stressed when travelling? If you are going to a warmer area, can your pet cope? Dogs with thick coats may struggle in the heat. If you are unsure, why not book a pre-travel check?
During this check, we will:
Please contact the surgery to arrange an appointment. This should ideally be three weeks before you travel.
You cannot travel with your pet until 21 days after the rabies vaccination.
For all pets, you must show a valid passport before embarking on your return journey.
Dogs must be given a treatment against tapeworm 1-5 days (24-120 hours) before you are scheduled to arrive back in the UK.
The Veterinary Surgeon administering the treatment must record the details in your pet’s passport. This is not required for dogs entering directly from Finland, Ireland or Malta.
Different arrangements apply if you are travelling to a country that isn't on the Government list, if you have more than 5 animals or if you have other pets than cats, dogs or ferrets.
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