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Travelling Pets

Pets are seen as a member of the family by many owners and families in the UK.

Taking your pet to parts of Europe on holiday is well established after the introduction of the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS). The requirements of the scheme changed significantly in January 2012. Cats, dogs and ferrets can now leave and re enter the UK 21 days after microchipping and receiving their Rabies vaccination. One to five days prior to return, tapeworm treatment is required. Always come and see us at KGVS and consult the DEFRA website about taking your pet abroad well in advance of travel.

Further information about possible infectious disease risks to your pet when travelling abroad has been published by the European Scientific Counsel Companion Animal Parasites:

Travelling pets advice
Travelling with pets in the UK by car or train is easy to do, but does need some planning and forethought. If travelling by car, effective restraint of pets is recommended. Doggy seat belts, dog crates and secured cat and bird carriers are essential. Always have a supply of freshwater and a means of offering it. NEVER open a cat carrier at a service station – or you risk your cat escaping. Make sure before you embark on a train journey that pets are allowed to accompany you.

Exporting pets permanently out of the UK could be a very simple or an enormously complicated process. The rules and regulations of the importing country will reflect the need to exclude infections and diseases not present in that country at the time. We recommend that you discuss your plans with KGVS as soon as possible so we can assist you in getting the correct and most recent information. We can then arrange for any laboratory tests, vaccination, parasite treatment or export certificates to be done at the appropriate times.

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