IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air must be housed within an IATA approved kennel which can be suited to how big is the dog being transported. Food and water must be within the kennel for long journeys and some airlines do exercise any dogs being shipped in the hang on significant stop-overs but for security reasons, this isn’t something that you (if you are travelling for a passing fancy aircraft) will be allowed to accomplish yourself.
Banned Breeds of Dogs
These breeds or their mixes aren’t permitted to enter or transit the UK: Brazilian Fila, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa Inu or American Staffordshire Pit Bull Terrier. Also some kinds of American Bulldogs have been found to be Pit Bulls. It’s illegal to enter or transit the UK with any of these breeds or their mixes.
Dogs can only be considered for exemption from UK Dangerous Dog Laws through the courts. Pet owners cannot apply fo exemption when importing their dogs.Only dogs which are returning to the UK after being placed on the exemption list can enter.
Please note that the ban also pertains to dogs that spend time in Great Britain during transit to other countries.
When you yourself have a wolf hybrid or Savannah cat, then you definitely must seek advice from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency when you travel.
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats must certanly be microchipped prior to international travel, so ensuring this is completed can be the first faltering step in preparing your pets for travel. The 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 extremely anxious about sending their pets on a flight, and that is, obviously, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly each year around the world and the risks of airline travel for them are exactly the same as a human of very same health status. The scare-mongering articles that may be on the internet listing death and injury as common occurrences for air travel more often than not 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 prior to airline journeys. The UK has strict welfare regulations governing international pet travel and animals could not be permitted to depart from any UK Airport within an unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.
Pets shouldn’t travel to arrive at any destination over a week-end 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 are allowed to arrive at weekends it usually incurs an additional fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, therefore it is always far better send for a weekday arrival. There are exceptions to the so please contact our office to learn more if this is something you require.
When taking your pet to a foreign country, please ensure they are only given water that is safe for humans to drink, we would strongly advise bottled water if you are in virtually any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals won’t have the natural immunity of native pets in your new country, so it is imperative they’re well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the danger of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It can be advisable to ensure that their routine vaccinations are up to date because it’s prudent to give them just as much disease immunity as possible.
Pets tend to be 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 brand-new country, there is no reasons why pets cannot settle well into your life abroad together.
The first faltering step to prepare your dog, cat or ferret to enter the United Kingdom is to own your pet microchipped by having an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip.
If your pet currently has a microchip that’s not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, then you definitely have 3 choices:
You may bring your own personal microchip scanner.
You can contact the officials at the Border Inspection Post where you will enter the UK and inquire regarding whether they have scanners that will read your pet’s chip.
If your pet’s current microchip can still be read, your veterinarian can implant compliant chip. The amount and implant dates of both microchips must certanly be documented on the EU Health Certificate (see step #5).
A tattoo is an acceptable kind of identification so long as it was handed just before July 3, 2011, is actually visible and your pet was vaccinated for rabies after the tattoo was applied.
All dogs, cats and ferrets should have evidence of a current rabies vaccination administered after a microchip was implanted to enter the United Kingdom.
The very first rabies vaccination following the microchip is implanted is called the principal vaccination and it should be a 12 months vaccine. If your pet’s previous vaccination had expired before being revaccinated, the following vaccination becomes the principal vaccination and additionally, it should be a one year vaccine.
All vaccinations which can be administered after the primary 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 should be administered no sooner than 21 days before entering the United Kingdom.
There is no waiting period after booster vaccinations provided that:
the prior vaccination was administered after having a microchip was implanted AND
the prior vaccination hadn’t expired when 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 key vaccination. You are able to get hold of your veterinarian about this.
Once your pet has entered the United Kingdom, a 21 day waiting period is not required for subsequent visits, provided rabies boosters are kept current, 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).