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Before you go investing in some designer doggy shades, we recommend that you carefully consider the impact on your pet of taking them abroad. A long journey, warmer climate, and upset in your pet's routine, can all be detrimental to their health and wellbeing. In addition, your pet will be exposed to various diseases that we do not currently have in the UK.
If you do decide to take your pet abroad, you will need to meet the Pet Travel Scheme requirements. The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) was launched in February 2000. This is the system that allows pet dogs, cats and ferrets from certain countries to enter the UK without quarantine as long as they meet the rules. It also means that people in the UK can take their dogs, cats and ferrets to certain countries, and return with them to the UK, without the need for quarantine.
The rules changed from December 2014 - please click here to see an overview of the current Pet Travel Scheme requirements.
These rules are designed to keep the UK free from rabies. However they do not protect your pet from other disease, such as those transmitted by ticks, sandflies and mosquitoes. Be aware that routine parasite control which is adequate in the UK, is not sufficient to protect your pet abroad. Therefore once your pet has met the requirements of the Pet Travel Scheme, and has been issued their Pet Passport, we recommend booking a Pre-travel Consultation with one of our Veterinary Surgeons to discuss your plans prior to going abroad - please telephone to make an appointment.
For more information on Exotic Diseases, please click here.
The permanent export of pets abroad requires compliance with various specific requirements in addition to those of the Pet Travel Scheme. Depending on the destination country, these can be considerable and time-consuming. We therefore recommend that if you are considering emigrating, you plan well-ahead and contact the government department Defra at the earliest opportunity. The local Defra office will be able to advise you on 01162 787451. See their website for more information http://animalhealth.defra.gov.uk/imports-exports/exports/whatyouneedtodo.html.