How to travel with your dog. 5 things you should Know

Pets

Travelling abroad with your pet hasn’t been easier. With universal recognised documentation, vaccination standards and fast tract quarantine times, you can travel with your dog to pretty much anywhere in the world with relative ease. While travelling with your dog is easier than it has ever been, the process is in your favour if you are prepared and have everything in order. To make sure you and your dog are well prepared, and you can enjoy the most out of your trip with your beloved dog, this piece is here to help.

More people are looking to travel with their dog or have the opportunity to move abroad than ever before. With people looking for extravagant trips to the USA, Canada, France and Italy with their dogs, only to name some, there are several important factors and steps you need to consider before it is possible to travel abroad. The factors will help you keep your dog out quarantine for as long as possible or more importantly allow you and your pet into the country.

Before some of the following points are explored it is important to highlight, the requirements may differ slightly from country to country.

Correct Documentation. E.g. Pet Passport

If you are planning on travelling with your dog throughout the 27 countries that make up the European Union or back into an EU member state from further afield, you will need to obtain a pet passport. Different from the traditional passport like we have, a pet passport provides evidence and documentation of vaccinations, microchip and evidence that your dog is fit to travel.

If you do not currently have a pet passport, you will need to obtain one before you travel. They can be easily attained and costs range between £150 and £200, issued within 24 hours of application. If you require further information, it is recommended you speak to your vets’ practise.

Insurance

Rather than a necessity, this is personal protection for you and your pet.

Similar to when we go on holiday or move abroad, it is recommended investing in a specialist pet travel insurance on top of your original insurance plan.

Insurance will cover the costs in the unfortunate case if your dog has to make an unexpected trip to the vet for urgent treatment or your dog gets lost or stolen. Similar to an insurance policy we may take out, it is more than likely to take into consideration the age, pre-existing condition, vaccinations and the country you are visiting.

Microchip

Across Europe, the USA and Australia, microchipping your pet is a compulsory measure. Furthermore, under the Pet Travel Scheme, to leave the country with your pet a microchip is a compulsory measure.

Alongside the formalities, microchipping your dog provides you with a level of protection and detection if your dog gets lost or stolen while abroad. As new countries are full of new, exciting or sometimes frightening sites, smells and sounds your dog may get distracted or attracted to something and runoff It is in your best interest to make sure your dog is microchipped and has all the relevant documentation.

On your travels, it is important to carry a copy of the certificate and relevant information to your dog’s microchip.

Up to date vet records.

While this is not a formal requirement, it is in your best interest to have the necessary documentation of your pet’s veterinary records. Although your pet’s records will be tied to their Pet Passport, having a physical copy to hand will speed up the process with the authorities or veterinary clinics if needed

Vaccinations.

Under the DEFRA guidelines for pet travel, your dog must be vaccinated against rabies and fully kept up to date with regular boosters. After the most recent booster, you must wait 21 days until your dog can travel abroad. This is a mandatory requirement your dog must meet before it is allowed and signed off by a vet to travel in or around Europe. If you are going further afield, you must make sure you are meeting the relevant requirements as they differ from country to country.