Before you take your pet abroad they need to be in great health and have a valid passport, just like you. At Bay Vets we can provide your pet with the necessary travel documents. We recommend that you begin the process of acquiring a pet passport at least one month before you travel, as your pet will require a rabies vaccination and microchip. New legislation also requires a waiting period of 21 days after the primary rabies vaccination before being allowed to travel abroad.
There are several things that need to be done before your pet goes on holiday. These include:
A microchip – Your pet must be microchipped before they enter another country. For more information visit our microchipping page.
A rabies vaccination – One injection from 12 weeks of age will protect against this horrible disease for up to 3 years.
A health assessment – One of our vets will ensure that your pet is in great shape, has been treated for both internal and external parasites, and has no medical conditions that could potentially be passed on to other animals. The vet will then complete a health certificate.*
Authorisation – A pet passport can be issued by a vet authorised by DEFRA once they are satisfied your pet meets all of the requirements to travel.
*Proof is only required by certain countries
DEFRA website: https://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad
Helpline: 0370 2411710
At Bay Vets we strongly recommend that you are educated about the diseases your pet is at risk of catching before they travel abroad. Please take the time to read our travel precautions page whilst considering taking your pet away with you. Click here to visit the Travel Precautions page.
If you would like more information about pet passports, or to begin the process of acquiring one for your pet, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.