Don’t let your companion hold up your travelling plans – they need a passport too
Planning a holiday or adventures abroad can be extremely exciting, but it can also be stressful. There are lots of things to arrange before you leave, and the last thing you need is a passenger without a passport.
Animal passports can take a number of weeks to obtain, depending on the vaccinations your companion has had, so you’re recommended to begin the process of sorting a passport for your pet at least six weeks before you plan to travel.
In order for your pet to go away with you they will have to meet a number of requirements, including:
Having a rabies vaccination – If your companion hasn’t already been vaccinated against rabies, they may require a blood test a couple of weeks later to ensure they are protected (this can hold up the process)
Having a health check – One of our vets will examine your pet to make sure they’re healthy, up-to-date with their parasite treatments and don’t have any conditions that could be passed on to other animals
Authorisation – Once all of the above have been completed you can be issued with your pet’s passport
It’s important to remember that while on holiday your companion may be exposed to health conditions that aren’t present in this country. It’s therefore important that you speak with a member of our friendly team before you travel to ensure that you are taking all of the necessary precautions.
UPDATE OCT 18. The government has recently published guidelines for travel with pets following the UK’s withdraw from Europe, for more information follow the link below.
For more information about pet passports, or to book an appointment for your pet at Chapel House Vets, please contact our Chesterfield practice on 01246 222232, or our Staveley practice on 01246 477581.