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Pet Passports

Microchips are required for every pet that you wish to take abroad. The process involves an injection to insert the chip between the shoulders and is relatively painless.

A rabies vaccination will need to be administrated to your pet once a microchip has been inserted. This can be done during the same consultation. Your pet can travel to Europe 21 days after rabies vaccination, with the day of the vaccine being day 0. Your pet must be at least 12 weeks old before they can have the rabies vaccine.

To re-enter the UK from Europe, tapeworm treatment must be administered to your pet, by a vet, 24-120hours before return.

The expiry date for each Passport will be the date that a rabies vaccination booster is required (yearly boosters are needed). As long as your Pet’s vaccination is kept in date, further blood tests will not be required.

Individual countries will still have criteria that will need to be met to allow your pet admission. This is (in most cases) covered by a health certificate provided by the Ministry and issued by the Practice. We advise that you contact the Ministry (telephone: 0118 959 6695) as soon as you have firm arrangements and dates for your holiday.

Please go to www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad for further information

How do I arrange these steps?

Due to the amount of paperwork involved with the Passport procedure an appointment is preferable. We request that you inform the Nursing staff of the nature of the appointment so that any paperwork can be prepared. For any further information or queries please contact the practice.

The regulations relating to pet passports, can and do change. We advise that you check with DEFRA and the relevant authorities of the countries you intend to travel to with your pet, to make sure you are aware of any changes in the regulations and specific local regulations.

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