As of 1st January 2012, the requirements for the Pet Travel Scheme will be altered significantly making it much easier for you to travel abroad with your pet. For many years now, it has been possible for pets to receive vaccinations for rabies and then confirming that these vaccinations have worked by looking at blood samples, a Pet Passport can be prepared for the pet. The requirement for the blood sample is no longer required and a vaccinated pet can return to the country just 21 days after its vaccination so no more waiting around! The implications of this are that any pets vaccinated between now and January would be able to travel at the same time!
The announcement of the changes only came through on the 1st July and some requirements are still being ironed out so refer to www.defra.gov.uk to obtain reliable and up to date information about current recommendations.
There are a number of diseases that may be encountered in mainland Europe that we do not have to worry about in the UK. For more information, please contact us and we can send you our factsheet and more information about protecting your pet whilst on holiday.