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Travelling to the EU or Northern Ireland with a pet

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The rules regarding the transport of your pet to another country changed as of January 1, 2021. Be sure to be aware of the new rules prior to when you leave for your vacation.

If you decide to travel with your pet or let them be in the hands of a responsible individual It’s crucial to take the necessary steps to keep your pet relaxed and happy. A lot of pets feel the changes in their routine, surroundings and traveling stressful, and you’ll have to determine what is the best option for them.

If you’re planning to take your dog on vacation ensure you have a prepare before booking. Smaller animals that aren’t used to travel and new locations should not be taken on vacation as it’s likely to be stress-inducing for them.

Pets traveling out of the country

The regulations for taking pets, cats or a ferret overseas differ based upon the location you’re heading to or are coming from.

The possibility of traveling to EU and Northern Ireland with a pet

The passports of pets are not valid anymore. You’ll need to get a new certification of health from your veterinarian on every journey in Europe and Northern Ireland – whether your pet has previously been there or otherwise.

It is necessary to bring your pet to a vet for a certificate. It should be done not more than 10 days prior to your leave for your trip. It is important to plan ahead, since the vets are extremely busy right now and might not be able appointments on short notice.

Contact The Export Vet for advice on pet export….

Microchipping and Rabies vaccinations for your pet

Your pet needs to be vaccinated against illnesses which aren’t found in the UK which includes the rabies virus. Ask your vet for advice.

If the pet you have adopted hasn’t been on a trip, or their vaccination against rabies is out of date, it’s best to see your veterinarian within 21 days in advance of your trip. The pet should be at twelve weeks old or older to receive the rabies vaccine. Following the rabies vaccination you are not allowed to go on a trip for 21 consecutive days.

It is also necessary for your dog to be microchipped because it is the most effective way for returning the pet you in case it is lost.

Tapeworm treatment is mandatory for some countries

Your pet may also require the treatment of tapeworms if going to:

Northern Ireland

Your pet is required to make to see a veterinarian to undergo this procedure between 5 and 24 hours before your arrival in that country. You might be able to receive this treatment once you have received your Animal Health Certificate if the time frames allow.

Learn about the illnesses your pet could be exposed to within this Animal Welfare Foundation leaflet ‘Taking your pet abroad’.

Pet checks before your holiday

Make sure the place you’re staying in includes everything your pet will need and includes an emergency number to a veterinarian, as well as an out of hours’ assistance.
Make an appointment with your veterinarian at least a month prior to traveling. Consult your veterinarian to make sure all vaccinations for your pet, worm and flea treatments are current. The vet issues a health certificate which must be utilized within 10 days after it is issued.
In addition to having a microchip as well, your pet must wear an identification tag that contains your name, address for holidays and contact information so that in the event of a lost pet, you will be found in the shortest time possible.

Let your pet enjoy an enjoyable, secure journey Check out our information sheet about the transport of your pet.

Going on holiday with your dog

Holidays are a wonderful opportunity to spend time with your dog, however there are some breeds that don’t like the change, and might not have the same fun you do. Consider things such as their age and their health prior to making a booking, since sometimes it’s a better option to let someone else look after your dog while you’re away.

Talk to your vet to make sure your pet is healthy and fit to travel and is able to keep up with the kinds of activities you’ll be engaging in.

Before taking your dog

Make sure to check the weather. Dogs must be kept safe from heatstroke.
Request the hotel’s policy of the place you’re staying. Tell them you’re bringing your dog along and inquire about amenities they have for dogs to help you determine what you might or not require to bring.
Find local dog-friendly events and other places such as bars, cafes, and pubs.
Use a smelly object that you are familiar with, such as blankets, favorite toys , or treats.

While you are on holiday, take your dog along

Try to adhere their routines the best you can (same walking times, eating and bathroom breaks).
Maintain the same food plan as they do at home in case of an abrupt change can cause upset stomach.
Put the smelly item inside your dog’s bedding or in a place where they’ll be spending a lot of time. This will make them feel more secure in a new environment.
Give your pet the time they require to explore their surroundings.
Don’t let them go for too long, as it could cause them to be upset.
Rest and relax – during all the excitement and fun of the holidays, make sure your dog gets plenty of time to relax in a peaceful and comfortable area.

Make sure your dog is safe on the holiday

Take your dog for a walk on a leash only if you’re confident that it’s safe for you to let them run free from other roads and dangers.
If you are walking your dog in darkness or under dim lighting wear a collar with an LED or light on the collar so that other people are able to be able to see your dog.
Be sure to check their behavior frequently and any changes in their behavior could indicate that they’re stressed, bored or sick.
Don’t let your dog wander around in places in a place where they can cause harm, for example, if they’re hanging out in a shop in the scorching heat.

Other pets with you during holidays

If you choose to bring your pet or cat to the beach with you take a look at our top suggestions to ensure that they are safe and at ease.

Cats on holiday with a pet

Cats are always capable of hiding, since it makes them feel secure. If your cat is at home, offer your cat a place to hide, such as an igloo or an empty cardboard box.

Many cats feel stressed in their pet carrier. Help them feel secure in their carriers by placing it in a peaceful area in the home, adding cozy bedding, and frequently placing delicious treats and their favorite toys inside. When you are transporting your cat around, always have something familiar in the pet carrier.

Take rabbits and other smaller animals on holiday

Take them all together – if you must move your rabbits or other animals of a small size, transport them together with their trusted companion(s) to reduce stress and prevent potential difficulties with reintroductions.
Small animals such as hamsters can be transported within their own cages. If that isn’t feasible then transfer them to an easier, safer pet carrier.
Remove some old, unoiled nesting materials into the travel bag and into its it can be familiar to your pet and be comforting.
Food and drinks Make sure that rabbits and other small animals are always able to access water and food when they’re in motion.
Be sure to keep them away from cats and dogs Make sure they’re separated from cats and dogs to ensure that they aren’t afraid.