- The PET scheme enables pet dogs or cats, entry, or return to Britain, from certain overseas destinations (mainly EU countries) without quarantine.
- Your own private Veterinary Surgeon has details of the scheme, and issues the passports.
- The PET Scheme currently involves microchipping, Rabies vaccination and blood testing. This must be completed six months before your intended return to Britain.
- From January 1st 2012, the requirement for blood testing after rabies vaccine will no longer be required, when travelling from EU and other listed countries.
- You may enter or re-enter the UK 21 days after the rabies vaccine course is completed.
- From January 1st 2012, the requirement for Tick treatment will be removed. Owners are advised to ensure their pets are protected against insect attack whilst away from the UK. Your private vet will advise you on this.
- Tapeworm treatment is currently required in the overseas country before your pet returns to Britain. You must travel by an approved route. Pets cannot enter by private boat or plane.
- Further details can be found on the DEFRA website www.defra.gov.uk or by contacting the PETS Helpline on 0870 241 1710.
- Pet animals cannot be landed directly in the Isle of Man by private air transport or private boat.
C A U T I O N :
Please be aware that your pet can still contract other diseases whilst abroad.
Most blood-borne diseases are spread by flies /ticks e.g. Hepatozoonosis, Ehrlichiosis, Leishmaniasis, Heartworm or Babesiosis. Your pet will have no immunity to these diseases.
Talk to your own vet about minimising the risk to your animal.
Although the Pet Passport allows your pet to travel with you on holiday, you must be aware of the disease and climate risks.
Remember your pet is not used to the high temperatures of your destination. Is it really necessary to take your pet?