Pet Travel Post Brexit

If the UK leaves the EU with no deal, the rules for travelling with your pet abroad may change.

Currently, you have to identify by microchip and then vaccinate your pet (cat, dog, ferret) against rabies before they travel. A Pet Passport is then issued.

However, in the case of a ‘no deal Brexit’, the UK may be treated as an unlisted country.  This means that pet owners need too be ready for any possible scenario, especially if you are planning a journey within 4 months from the 29th  March 2019.

We strongly advise that:

  1. You ensure your dog, cat or ferret is microchipped and vaccinated against rabies. If your pet has already got a pet passport, then speak to one of our vets, to find out if we recommend an extra booster before the next step.
  2. You bring them in at least 30 days after the vaccination for us to take a blood sample to send to an approved laboratory to test rabies antibody titre – An antibody level >0.5IU/ml equates to a “Passed” test.
  3. You will then have to wait 3 months from the date of blood sampling that gave a “passed” titre.
  4. Then obtain a health certificate from an Official Veterinarian (OV) no more than 10 days before travelling. (All of Portland Vets branches have an OV)

If you are planning to travel abroad with your pet, please contact us at least 4 months prior to your journey, so that we can arrange all the documents and tests.

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