We’re authorised to issue pet passports and can help you with all the red tape
The pet passport scheme means pets can now travel abroad to various countries and return home without going through six months of quarantine. To be issued with a passport they need to have a microchip fitted and be given a rabies vaccination. Not all vets are authorised to issue pet passports but we are and can help you through the process.
Please note: DEFRA consider it is solely the responsibility of the pet owner to be aware of, and compliant with any regulations before taking any animal abroad on the expectation of returning it to the UK, in the same way that you would ensure that your own passport is legitimate.
The scheme operates for dogs, cats and ferrets. The time taken to prepare a passport for your pet can be up to several months depending on the country you are going to, because there may be number of stages to go through:
Your pet must first have a microchip to identify it
Your pet needs to have a rabies vaccination more than 21 days before you are due to leave the country.
The vet needs to perform a health check ensuring the animal is healthy before giving the rabies vaccination and issuing the passport.
Dogs have to be given a worming treatment before they return to the UK.
For some countries a blood test is still needed before travel. Click here for more information.
While you’re away it’s important to maintain your pet’s protection from parasites. You will also need to get a vet to carry out a certified treatment for tape worms between 24 and 120 hours before you return home.
The pet passport system can be quite complicated and changes frequently so we would advise a consultation with a vet to discuss everything in detail. Please contact the surgery for more information or go to www.defra.gov.uk for information about pet passports and small animal export.
Alexandra Vets, Clevedon
Hillyfields Vets, Winscombe
Monday-Friday: 9am – 6pm
Saturday : 9am to 11am
(Hillyfields Vets, Winscombe)
Consultations: 9am – 10.30am
Saturday:11am to 1:30pm
(Alexandra Vets, Clevedon)
Consultations: 12pm – 1.30pm