Taking your Pet Abroad

It has been possible to take your dog, cat or ferret on holiday abroad to an EU or non EU listed Country with you for many years, using the Pet Passport scheme.  Changes were made to simplify the rules, but there are still hoops to jump through.

Your pet has to be microchipped and health checked.

A Rabies vaccine can then be administered.  Depending on the vaccine used, this single dose will last for several years, so check your passport carefully for expiry dates.  We do not send out reminders for rabies vaccinations.

The passport must be completed by an OV.  An Official Veterinary Surgeon who has an Official Controls Qualification – we currently have two in the practice.  Please note that the passport may not be  available on the day of vaccination and we  prefer to go through the passport with you, when you collect it, to explain how it works.

Your new passport will not be valid for travel until 21 days after the Rabies vaccination.  If a booster is not given before the expiry date of the previous rabies vaccination, the 21 day delay will again be put in place.

Depending on your holiday plans, your pet may need specific protection against diseases and parasites, prevalent in your destination.  Further information can be obtained from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs website  https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/travelling-pets or ask us for advice before you leave.

Before returning to the United Kingdom, your dog will need to be given an approved worming dose by a vet, who will sign and stamp the Passport.  This has to be done at least 24 hours before you reach the UK, but we advise that you check for up-to-date information.

For full information, and details of countries covered by the Pet Passport, go to   https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/travelling-pets