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Is your pet going abroad with you? Make sure they’re fully prepared for the trip

If you are planning a trip or permanent move abroad and intending to take your pet with you, make sure you’re up-to-date with the criteria they must fulfil before they can travel. It is often best to start this process as early as possible.

It is a standard legal requirement that all pets travelling outside the UK must have a rabies vaccination ahead of travel. This must be administered at least 21 days before the date of departure, and cannot be done at the same time as normal or booster vaccinations. If your pet is not already microchipped this must be done before the rabies vaccine is given.

On your return, it is likely that your pet will need to be treated for ticks and tapeworms by a local vet, between 24 and 48 hours before re-entering the UK. If this condition is not met your pet will not be able to travel home, so make sure you plan ahead to avoid delays or unnecessary hassle at the end of your trip!

Depending on where you are travelling to, your pet may also be required to have specialist vaccinations against harmful conditions in your destination country, such as leishmaniasis and heartworm, for example.

Full details of the specific requirements for your pet and the country you are travelling to can be found on the DEFRA website.

We are more than happy to help you prepare your pet for travel, and make sure they have all the treatment and paperwork they need.

For more information about travelling with your pet, or to book an appointment, please call us on 01474 534891.

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