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Pet Travel Scheme (PETS)

Taking your pet abroad then bringing it back into the UK (if you’re not permanently relocating) used to involve months of separation while the animal was quarantined against diseases such as rabies, however, this is no longer the case. Since early 2012, the new Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) means it’s far easier to take your dog or Cat on holiday.

Here’s all you need to know; The Pet Travel Scheme allows you to take your pet to EU and certain non-EU countries without the need for lengthy periods of quarantine or extensive blood testing.

Here’s what you’ll need to qualify for the PETS scheme…

  • Fitment with microchip
  • Vaccination against rabies: You will have to wait 21 days after the vaccination before travelling with your pet.
  • Treatment for tapeworm using Milbemax or Drontal (dogs only): The treatment needs to be given to your dog not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours before a dog enters (or re-enters the UK).

Please note – if you’re out of the country for more than five days, you’ll need to find a registered vet to administer the tapeworm treatment before you return to the UK. The treatment must also be recorded in the dog’s EU Pet Passport.

Pet Passport: You can freely travel with your cat, dog or ferret if it has a valid European pet passport. It must contain the following details:

1) Pet’s date of birth/age
2) Microchip number, date of insertion and location in your pet
3) Date of rabies vaccination
4) Vaccine manufacturer, product name and batch number
5) Date by which the booster vaccination must be given

For more information please visit or have a chat with one of our team.

  • Alder Veterinary Practice
  • 137 Worplesdon Road
  • Guildford
  • Surrey
  • GU2 9XA
  • Telephone: 01483 536036