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Importing Pets

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

To be able to comply with your rules you will need to do these (In Order).
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Check the guidelines applicable to your pet on the https://www.gov.uk/bringing-food-animals-plants-into-uk website and make your plans accordingly.
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Have your animal fitted with a microchip.
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Have your pet vaccinated against rabies.
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For qualifying countries, after an amount of 21 days following your pet’s vaccination, your pet may then happen to be the UK.
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When you yourself 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 could be helpful.
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Between 1 and 5 days prior to the date of departure your pet (this doesn’t apply to 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 remember that there are different rules applicable determined by where your pet has travelled from. If your pet can certainly be identified (because thet have been fitted with a dog passport microchip) then importation will be much easier. Always try and travel together with your pet so you are readily available to answer any questions because they arise.

There are other considerations you should take into consideration before bringing your pet back into the U.K. for example the route your pet travels must be approved by DEFRA. The airline that you employ must be an approved carrier and the nation that you’re flying from needs to be a qualifying country.
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The above information should only be properly used as a guide, while the regulations are constantly changing. A full listing of regulations is found by using the link below to the DEFRA website.

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There’s no getting around it – taking your pet travelling by air outside the UK, whether on a short holiday or more permanently, is expensive, time-consuming and may be complicated.

There are always a host of regulations which need to be followed, both country and airline specific, and they very often change.

Generally speaking, the farther away or maybe more exotic your destination, the more work is needed to meet import regulations, veterinary requirements and to navigate through the area rules.

Our job at Pets by Plane is to help you find the right flights (many airlines will not carry snub-nosed breeds of dogs and cats) navigate the rules and regulations, advise on the right travel kennel and make sure that your pet can travel comfortably, securely and as economically as possible.

With over 25 year’s experience in transporting animals all over the world, we’ll ensure everything is as stress free as you are able to and we is likely to make the calm well-being, comfort and safety of your pet our top priority. We take our motto of’We care in the air’extremely seriously and pride ourselves on giving a dedicated, efficient and caring service.

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All pet dogs and cats must be microchipped just before international travel, so ensuring this is done will always be the first 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 very anxious about sending their pets on a journey, and that is, obviously, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly each year across the world and the risks of airline travel for them are the exact same as a human of very 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 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 could not be allowed to depart from any UK Airport in an unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.

Pets shouldn’t go arrive at any destination over a week-end or Bank Holiday because at most airports abroad you can find no cargo handling arrangements during these days and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they are allowed to arrive at weekends it usually incurs yet another fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, so it is always better to send for a weekday arrival. You will find exceptions to the so please contact our office for more information if that 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 will not have the natural immunity of native pets in your country, so it’s imperative they are quite well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the danger of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It can be advisable to make sure that all of their routine vaccinations are updated because it is prudent to offer them as much disease immunity as possible.

Pets tend to be 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’s no reason pets cannot settle well into your life abroad together.

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