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passport logo Changes to Pet Travel Scheme From the 1st of January 2012, there have been some major changes to the Pet Travel Scheme. If you wish to take your dog or cat to Europe on holiday, you are still required to have your pet micro-chipped and vaccinated against rabies, but it is no longer a requirement for your pet to have a blood test.

A Pet Passport is still required. On return to the UK you no longer have to have your pet treated against ticks, but it is still a requirement to have tapeworm treatment performed between 1 and 5 days before returning to the UK. Dogs and cats can return to the UK, 21 days after the first issuing of a Pet Passport.

Rabies however has only been one of the health risks that animals travelling abroad are exposed to and many of these disease are transmitted by ticks and biting insects. We therefore strongly advise that all animals going to the continent are at all times protected against these disease by wearing an anti-tick and fly collar.

For further information check out the Pet Travel website: www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife/pets/travel