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.
Planning to take your pet abroad after 29th March 2019?
Currently nobody knows the outcome of Brexit negotiations but there is a chance that the existing Pet Passport scheme may not suffice for clients wishing to travel with their pet after 29th March.
If you need to travel in the first three months after 29th March we recommend taking a 'belt and braces' approach which means your pet will need additional tests and documentation to minimise the risk of disruption.
A rabies blood test will be needed in the worst case scenario and this will need to be done 4 months before travel.
Please plan ahead and make an appointment well in advance with one of our Veterinarians with an OVS qualification (Louise Hockley, Michael Jackin and Grace England) who are able to assist with the pet passport process.
We will keep everyone updated as we know more but please do not hesitate to contact the practice if you require further information.