Dogs, cats and ferrets can now be vaccinated against rabies, which means they can travel to EU member states and certain approved non-EU countries with their owners under the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS). For a list of approved non-EU countries and information on the additional conditions which need to be met for travel to other countries please visit the DEFRA website or GovUK website. To travel under this scheme your pet will need to be at least 12 weeks old and must be microchipped before receiving the single rabies vaccination.
You will then need to complete the passport paperwork with a vet. Your pet will not be allowed to leave the UK until 21 days after the date of vaccination and as such you need to prepare in advance if you wish to take your pet abroad. For dogs, treatment for tapeworm is required 1-5 days before re-entry into the UK which needs to be certified by a vet. Although tick treatment is not a legal requirement, we would strongly recommend it. Annual boosters are recommended to ensure your pet stays protected and continues to comply with the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) regulations. For more information on the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) please ask one of our vets or visit the DEFRA website.