Traveling with your pet - Veterinary Nurse Advice

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Traveling with your pet - Veterinary Nurse Advice

What do I need to know when traveling with my pet?


Its very exciting going on vacation with your four-legged bestfriend, but its important to know that there are a number of requirements that you will need to prepare before traveling with your pet to ensure your trip goes as smoothly as possible. ✈️🐕


What do i need in preparation for my holiday with my pet?

Certificate or Pet Passport

To take you pet abroad, you will need to get an Animal Health Certificate (AHC) when traveling within the EU or Northern Ireland. If traveling to a non-EU country, you will be required to have an Export Health Certificate (EHC) for your pet, or a valid pet passport that’s accepted in the country you’re traveling to. Both documents require a Veterinarian’s signature and are required for both dogs and cats.


Your pet will need to be microchipped with all details up to date.


Your pet will be required to be up to date with rabies vaccinations. Your vet will fill in and stamp your vaccination card so you have proof of documentation.


Dogs will require a tapeworm treatment if you’re travelling directly to Finland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Norway or Malta.


Where can i travel with my pet?

When traveling with your pet, the rules you must follow depend on the country you are going to or coming from. It's advised to check government guidelines applicable to the country you’re traveling to as certain countries may have different rules and regulations.

What happens when i bring my pet back to the country?

When returning to the UK with your pet, there are some important considerations:

  • To enter or return to Great Britain, your pet:
  • has been microchipped
  • has a pet passport or health certificate (as above)
  • has been vaccinated against rabies - it will also need a blood test if you’re travelling from an country that is not ‘listed’. See the list here.
  • If a dog, has had a tapeworm treatment

Your pet may be put into quarantine for up to 4 months if you do not follow these rules - or refused entry if you traveled by sea. You’re responsible for any fees or charges.


Do i need travel insurance for my cat or dog?

If you’re traveling overseas, you can get pet insurance that will cover your pet whilst they’re abroad. Some insurance policies already cover foreign travel, so we recommend checking your policy if your pet is already insured.

Happy Holidays!

Sharna Beveridge, former Veterinary Nurse and Barking Heads.


How do i keep my dog cool during a heatwave? Read our blog by Vet, Dr Scott Miller and Barking Heads.

*The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified pet health provider with any questions you may have regarding your pet’s health*

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