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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Hudson87, Sep 1, 2013.


  1. Hudson87

    Hudson87 PetForums Member

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    After the many threads asking questions on this topic and the wrong information being given out. I have decided to write up the rules for everyone and ask for it to be made a sticky.

    For dogs coming into the UK from the EU and listed countries these include but are not limited to USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and U.A.E. For a full list please check this here for the list http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/pets/countries/. Are as follows: -

    • A microchip must be inserted before or on the same day as the vaccination.
    • Following this have your dog vaccinated against rabies. All animals must be at least 12 weeks old when this is done if your dog has been vaccinated before 12 weeks old a booster is still required at 12 weeks and the 21 day wait only begins after the booster.
    • Then wait 21 days before entering the UK.
    • In the case of dogs a tapeworm treatment must be given between 24 - 120 hours at time of arrival in the UK.

    Documentation that is required from Europe is a European pet passport. Please ensure all vaccinations and treatments listed in your pets passport have been stamped and signed by your veterinarian.

    In the case of other listed countries you will need a third country health cert which must be endorsed by the government in the case of the USA this is the USDA. You must also send your rabies vaccination certifiate and microchipping certifiate as supporting documents. These documents must all have your animals microchip number displayed.

    Please remember to ensure both the product and the manufacturer of the rabies vaccine are recorded on all documents as they are both required.

    For Dogs wishing to enter the UK from an unlisted country there is a different system which is as follows.

    • A microchip must be inserted before or on the same day as the vaccination.
    • A rabies vaccination is given. All animals must be at least 12 weeks old when this is done if your dog has been vaccinated before 12 weeks old a booster is still required at 12 weeks.
    • After waiting for 30 days a blood sample must be taken and sent off to an approved lab for testing. The list of approved labs can be found on defras website.
    • You must then wait for a period of 3 months before entering the UK.
    • Dogs have to be given a tape worm treatment between 24 - 120 hours at the time of arrival in the UK.

    Documentation that is required from unlisted countries are a third country health cert which must be endorsed by the government in question.

    You must also send your rabies vaccination certifiate, microchipping certifiate and blood test result as supporting documents. These documents must all have your animals microchip number displayed.

    Please remember to ensure both the product and the manufacturer of the rabies vaccine are recorded on all documents as they are both required.

    Lastly the active ingredient required to be used in the tape worm treatment is praziquantel only treatments using this ingrdient are approved.

    Animals can only travel to the UK as manifested cargo.

    For further information on travelling with your pet to the United Kingdom please visit our official website that includes information on travelling containers and top tips for settling your pet while travel. Pet travel scheme and quarantine
     
    #1 Hudson87, Sep 1, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2013
  2. LolaBoo

    LolaBoo PetForums VIP

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    All Apples shots, worming and rabies also her microchip number are all in her passport
    Ive no need to but i always take it 2 the vets with us when she goes
     
  3. MariaB

    MariaB PetForums Member

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    Some good information

    More and more UK residents are starting to take their dogs on overseas holidays these days. Its nice that English dogs can now travel.

    There is however a word of warning I would give to any UK resident wishing to bring their pet out of the UK and that is; make sure your vet gives the correct rabies vaccine and not the outdated one that so many UK vets still, for some strange reason, give. Insist your vet gives your dog or cat 'Virbac' 'Canigen Rabies vaccine', because this vaccine has the least side effects.

    The 1-year rabies vaccine can be given as young as 3 months and another is given a year later, then every 3 years thereafter. Many British vets are still giving out the yearly vaccine which carries substantial risk of illness and even death. DO NOT have your dog vaccinated yearly after its 2 initial shots unless you are entering a country that requires this by law. Its absolutely unnecessary and puts your animal at huge risk of some very nasty side effects.
     
  4. Yorkiesturm

    Yorkiesturm PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks for the information. Very helpful! :)
     
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