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Importing Pets

The Pet Travel Scheme is really a UK Government scheme that enables pet cats and dogs to enter the U.K. without spending time in quarantine.

In order to comply with these rules you will have to do the next (In Order).
1)
Check the rules applicable to your pet on the https://www.gov.uk/bringing-food-animals-plants-into-uk website and make your plans accordingly.
2)
Have your animal fitted with a microchip.
3)
Have your pet vaccinated against rabies.
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For qualifying countries, after a period of 21 days following your pet’s vaccination, your pet may then go the UK.
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If you have any evidence that your pet is fit and healthy (like a letter from a vet stating your pet has recently been examined and what the findings were), then this will be helpful.
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Between 1 and 5 days prior to the date of departure your dog (this doesn’t affect cats or ferrets) should be treated against tapeworm. You’ll want this treatment completed by a vet and ensure they issue you with a certificate to this effect/stamp your pet’s passport.
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Please know that you will find different rules applicable determined by where your pet has travelled from. If your pet can quickly be identified (because thet have now been fitted with a puppy passport microchip) then importation is likely to be much easier. Always try and travel along with your pet so you are on hand to answer any questions while they arise.

You can find other considerations you will need to take into account before bringing your pet back into the U.K. for example the route your pet travels must certanly be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you employ must be an approved carrier and the nation that you are flying from needs to become a qualifying country.
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The above mentioned information should only be properly used as helpful information, while the regulations are constantly changing. The full list of regulations is found utilizing the link below to the DEFRA website.

Pet Microchip

The first step to prepare your dog, cat or ferret to enter the United Kingdom is to have your pet microchipped by having an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip.

If your pet currently features a microchip that’s not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you then have 3 choices:

You would bring your own personal microchip scanner.
You are able to contact the officials at the Border Inspection Post where you will enter the UK and inquire regarding whether they’ve scanners that could read your pet’s chip.
If your pet’s current microchip can still be read, your veterinarian can implant compliant chip. The quantity and implant dates of both microchips must be documented on the EU Health Certificate (see step #5).

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A tattoo is a suitable type of identification provided that it was presented with ahead of July 3, 2011, is obviously visible and your pet was vaccinated for rabies after the tattoo was applied.

Rabies Vaccination

All dogs, cats and ferrets must have proof of a current rabies vaccination administered following a microchip was implanted to enter the United Kingdom.

The first rabies vaccination following the microchip is implanted is known as the primary vaccination and it must certanly be a one year vaccine. If your pet’s previous vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, another vaccination becomes the principal vaccination and additionally it should be a twelve months vaccine.

All vaccinations that are administered after the principal vaccination are called booster vaccinations.

If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from a rabies-free (click here) or rabies-controlled country (click here), the principal rabies vaccination must be administered no prior to 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.

There is no waiting period after booster vaccinations as long as:

the last vaccination was administered after a microchip was implanted AND
the previous vaccination had not expired once the booster was given.

The United Kingdom does honor the 3 year rabies vaccination for dogs, cats and ferrets; however, it will only be administered as an enhancement, not as a principal vaccination. You can confer with your veterinarian about this.

Once your pet has entered the United Kingdom, a 21 day waiting period isn’t necessary for subsequent visits, provided rabies boosters are kept updated, and one other entry requirements are met.

If your pet is entering the United Kingdom from the high-rabies country, it must await at the least 30 days after vaccination before finding a rabies titer test (see step #3).

Pet Shipping Advice

All pet dogs and cats must be microchipped ahead of international travel, so ensuring this is done will always be the first faltering step in preparing your pets for travel. Another veterinary requirements vary immensely between every country, so please check the relevant page on our website or contact us for more in-depth information.

Most owners are very anxious about sending their pets on a flight, and that is, needless to say, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly every year across the world and the risks of airline travel for them are the exact same as an individual of the same health status. The scare-mongering articles which can be found on the internet listing death and injury as common occurrences for air travel almost always occur once the rules for airline travel are flouted, such as for example animals being cramped into inappropriately sized travel kennels and not given the rigorous medical examinations which are required just before airline journeys. The UK has strict welfare regulations governing international pet travel and animals would not be permitted to depart from any UK Airport in an unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.

Pets shouldn’t happen to be arrive at any destination over a week-end or Bank Holiday because at most airports abroad there are no cargo handling arrangements during today and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they’re allowed to arrive at weekends it usually incurs an additional fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, so it is always better to send for a weekday arrival. You will find exceptions to this so please contact our office to learn more if this really is something you require.

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When taking your pet to a foreign country, please ensure they’re only given water that’s safe for humans to drink, we’d strongly advise bottled water if you should be in virtually any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals won’t have the natural immunity of native pets in your new country, therefore it is imperative they’re well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the chance of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It can be advisable to ensure their routine vaccinations are current because it is prudent to offer them as much disease immunity as possible.

Pets are more adaptable than they are often given credit for, and with some common-sense precautions regarding changes in climate, natural dangers, standard of veterinary care and relevant laws in your country, there is no reason pets cannot settle well into your new life abroad together.

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