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Importing Pets

The Pet Travel Scheme is really 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 should do these (In Order).
1)
Check the principles applicable to your pet on the https://www.gov.uk/bringing-food-animals-plants-into-uk web site and make your plans accordingly.
2)
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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If you have any evidence that the pet is fit and healthy (like a letter from a vet stating that the pet has recently been examined and what the findings were), then this will be helpful.
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Between 1 and 5 days ahead of the date of departure your pet (this doesn’t apply to cats or ferrets) must be treated against tapeworm. You must have this treatment completed by way of 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 there are different rules applicable determined by where your pet has travelled from. If your pet can certainly be identified (because thet have now been fitted with a puppy passport microchip) then importation will be much easier. Always try and travel with your pet so that you are on hand to answer any questions as they arise.

You can find other considerations you will need to consider before bringing your pet back into the U.K. as an 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’re flying from needs to be a qualifying country.
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The above information should only be properly used as a guide, because the regulations are constantly changing. A complete set of regulations is found utilizing the link below to the DEFRA website.

Taking your pet on your own flight

Pets can travel on most scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to almost every the main world so in most cases, your pet should have the ability to travel on a single flight as yourself if this really is what you would like. The majority of the ‘low-cost’airlines do not carry pets however, and you will find few points that is highly recommended with this type of pet shipment.

Firstly, pets arrive in to the cargo or freight element of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you cannot be in two places simultaneously! If you’re held up attending to your own customs and visa formalities, your pet may be left waiting for longer than essential to be collected and released from their travel kennel.

Also, it’s worth bearing in your mind that a lot of airports require you to take your pets travel kennel away with you. In the event of large or multiple pets, the travel kennel/s may prove very difficult to transport, especially if you have all your own personal luggage to manage too.

Lastly, you’ll have no use of your pet from the time they’re checked in at the departure airport and soon you collect them at the destination airport, and for some countries such as for example Australia and New Zealand where quarantine on landing is applicable, you won’t have the ability to see your pets before they’re taken to their quarantine accommodation.

If you’ve considered these points and still want your pet traveling for a passing fancy flight as yourself, we’ll come together with you to allow for this whenever possible.

We’re happy to generally meet clients who’re travelling for a passing fancy aircraft as their pets at the London airports on the afternoon of shipment. We would require seeing copies all Veterinary paperwork to be certain they’re suitable for travel and whilst we will always ask you to check and check how big is your pet and travel kennel ahead of time, we unfortunately cannot accept any responsibility for last-minute delays or problems occurred on the day of travel with this type of shipment. The single most common reason behind these eleventh hour problems at the airport may be the measurements being incorrect and the travel kennel being refused as too small for the dog. With the years of experience we’ve with these kind of issues, we will sometimes ask you many times if you should be sure in regards to the size as a wriggly dog is nearly easy to measure and we can usually tell if the measurements don’t sound right for the breed of dog.

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Many pets which have previously travelled in to the UK in a particular size kennel might not manage to travel back out in the same kennel due to the stringent rules applied when leaving the UK. Heathrow and Gatwick airports are amongst the strictest on the planet for animal welfare, and therefore the message listed here is that if you’re unsure please say so even as we can then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not a adequate fit.

Pet Shipping Advice

All pet dogs and cats must certanly be microchipped prior to international travel, so ensuring this is completed will 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 extremely anxious about sending their pets on a flight, and this really is, of course, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly every year around the world and the risks of airline travel for them are the same 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 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 can be required just before airline journeys. The UK has strict welfare regulations governing international pet travel and animals would never be allowed 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 weekend or Bank Holiday because at most of the airports abroad you will find no cargo handling arrangements during today and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they are allowed to reach at weekends it usually incurs yet another fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, so it’s always best to send for a weekday arrival. You will find exceptions to this 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 are only given water that is safe for humans to drink, we’d strongly advise bottled water if you’re in virtually any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals will not have the natural immunity of native pets in your brand-new country, so it is imperative they are extremely 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 their routine vaccinations are updated because it is prudent to provide them the maximum amount of 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 new country, there’s no reasons why pets cannot settle well into your new life abroad together.

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