Many people like to take their pets with them on holiday abroad. With Brexit, the rules are changing so visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-after-brexit and https://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad/pet-passport for the most up to date advice. Here at Dunedin Vets, we can help to advise on the rules and regulations, but it is your responsibility to check that your travel arrangements are compliant with the regulations that apply.
Up to 30.12.2020, during the transition phase of leaving the European Union, there are no changes to the pet travel rules. After this date, different rules are likely to apply for travel to and from the EU depending on how the UK is “listed” by the EU.
The worst case scenario is below:
To enter the European Union from the United Kingdom your pet will need:
• Microchip and rabies vaccine
• A blood test to confirm that the rabies vaccine has worked
• 3 month wait period after the required positive blood test
Certification required to enter the EU:
• An Animal Health Certificate (AHC).
This is totally different from the previous EU pet passport.
• Certified copy of Rabies Serology Certificate
You and your pet will need to travel through an approved route.
The above-mentioned Animal Health Certificate (AHC) is valid for 10 days from the date of issue. It is a bilingual certificate. The second language being that of the port of entry. The AHC is valid for a period of 4 months for return to the UK.
Margot Hunter, Christopher Monk and Catriona McHardy have been appointed as Official Veterinarians as designated by the Animal Health and Plant Agency (APHA) and are authorised to issue the relevant certificates.
It is imperative that you abide by the rules to allow you to take your pet to Europe (including the Republic of Ireland) and to allow you to bring your pet back into the UK on your return from Europe without them going into lengthy quarantine.
Your pet must also be wormed 24 to 120 hours before return to the UK (see above website for further details).
Aside from rabies, your pet is at risk of other disease while abroad including Leishmaniosis, which is transmitted by sand flies to dogs. Heartworm, as the name suggests, is a parasitic worm which lives in the heart of the animal while babesiosis, ehrlichiosis are both tick-borne diseases.
Prevention is always better than cure so please talk to us here at Dunedin Vets if you are going abroad and we will advise on the best course of action.