Pet Travel is Easy if Rabies Free

by GuestPoster on April 4, 2012

Since the 1st January if your pet is entering Britain and is coming from a rabies free country with a significantly low risk of rabies after living there for no less than six months, they will not have to be quarantined if they have a microchip and have been vaccinated at least three weeks before entrance to England. Also, with this method of pet travel there is no necessity for a blood titre test.

Your local veterinanary surgeon must vaccinate your animal with what is is termed an inactive rabies jab once the microchip has been inserted. If your animal was vaccinated prior to the fitting of a microchip, it will be necessary to vaccinate again once the microchip has been inserted.

All pet dogs and cats have to be no less than three months old before receiving vaccinations.

Just prior to travel, an accredited vet must then go ahead and complete the EU 998 form for entry to England, which must be endorsed by the USDA if travel is from Canada or the USA. If you are not actually travelling from any of these countries, the governing office of your current country of residence should sign the forms. A hard copy of a rabies certification should also be included.

Before your pet dog or pet cat can come into England, it has to be treated for particular tapeworms twenty four to forty eight hours before entering England using an approved method of treatment. Any vet with a current practicing licence can do this.

NeitherIreland or Scotland require the blood titre test but ask your accredited vet to give you a blue pet passport.

Any pet coming from a country that has a high frequency of rabies which include cats, dogs and ferrets have to be put into quarantine for a period of 6 months in England. However, if they are entering Ireland quarantine will not be necessary if the pet has a blood titre test three months before entry takes place.

Pets have to be micro chipped with the 15-number pet microchip.

If you fail to follow these rules it will mean that the pet might be denied entry and the respective authority in conjunction with an accredited vet will have to decide whether to repatriate the pet back home, or put the pet into quarantine at the cost of the actual owner or the current person who has responsibility for the pet, or if nothing else is suitable the pet will have to be destroyed if the return trip back home or the quarantine period can’t be organised.

All other animals including invertebrates, birds, tropical fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals like rabbits and rodents are not covered by these regulations when it comes to anti-rabies vaccination but must meet other requirements that are specific to their particular species. Owners of pets are advised to find out more information from the respective authority of their country or the country they wish to enter.

When it comes to issuing a vet’s certificate, each country has its own format that is acceptable for pet travel.

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