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The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS)

PETS is made to halt the spread of rabies and other diseases while still allowing pets to travel.

Northern Ireland has been free from rabies for many years, however in some other countries there is still a danger of the disease to mammals. The largest risk for rabies entering here could be via an infected animal smuggled in illegally.

All rabies-susceptible animals entering the UK are normally required to spend four months in quarantine, unless they arrive under and meet most of the conditions of PETS.

All pet dogs (including assistance dogs), cats and ferrets can enter or re-enter the UK without quarantine under PETS provided they meet the principles of the scheme, which differ with respect to the country the pet is travelling from.

They may then manage to get early release if they may be shown to meet up the necessary pet travel requirements.

Countries participating in PETS include most elements of Europe and many non-European destinations.

IATA Approved Flight Kennels

All dogs shipped by air must certanly be housed in a IATA approved kennel that will be suited to the size of the dog being transported. Food and water should also be contained in the kennel for long journeys and some airlines do exercise any dogs being shipped in the hang on significant stop-overs but also for security reasons, this is not something which you (if you are travelling on the same aircraft) would be allowed to do yourself.

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All pet dogs and cats must certanly be microchipped ahead of international travel, so ensuring this is done will always be the first faltering step in preparing your pets for travel. One other 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, of course, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly annually across the world and the risks of airline travel for them are the identical as a human of the equivalent health status. The scare-mongering articles that may be located on the internet listing death and injury as common occurrences for air travel more often than not occur when the rules for airline travel are flouted, such as for instance animals being cramped into inappropriately sized travel kennels and not given the rigorous medical examinations that are required prior to airline journeys. The UK has strict welfare regulations governing international pet travel and animals could not be allowed to depart from any UK Airport within an unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.

Pets shouldn’t go arrive at any destination over a weekend or Bank Holiday because at most of the airports abroad there are no cargo handling arrangements during these days and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they’re allowed to arrive at weekends it usually incurs yet another fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, so it’s always far better send for a weekday arrival. You will find exceptions to the 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 is safe for humans to drink, we would strongly advise bottled water if you are in any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals won’t have the natural immunity of native pets in your brand-new country, so it’s imperative they are well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the chance of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It is also advisable to make sure that all their routine vaccinations are current because it is prudent to provide them as much disease immunity as possible.

Pets are far more adaptable than they’re 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 why pets cannot settle well into your brand-new life abroad together.

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