In 2000 the Government launched the PETS pilot scheme to enable
pet cats and dogs (including guide dogs and hearing dogs) to enter
the UK from certain countries and territories without having to go
through 6 months quarantine. This means that you can take your
pet(s) abroad and return in relative freedom, providing certain
requirements are satisfied and that you accept some restrictions
regarding travel arrangements.
To take advantage of this change in the quarantine regulations,
you should arrange the following with us:
Get your pet identichipped.
Vaccinations against rabies. Both may be carried out in a normal
consultation in the same way as a booster vaccination. We
recommend two vaccinations against rabies, given two weeks
apart, to ensure enough antibodies are produced.
After a minimum of 30 days we will take a blood sample to check
that your pet has been adequately protected against rabies. This
can take up to a month to return.
A Pet Passport can be completed once we have the blood test
results. You will have to wait for SIX months
after the blood test is taken to travel back to the UK with your
pet. The whole process therefore takes a minimum of 7 months so
leave plenty of time to make sure your pet can travel on holiday
Before you travel we have to see your pet for a health check.
This is to make sure they are fit to travel and must be carried
out during the week before travelling.
Within 48 hours of returning to the U.K. you will have to visit
a vet in that country for worming and flea treatment. The vet
must sign and stamp your pets passport for this or you may not
be able to re-enter the U.K.
Find a list of vets in France from www.pagesjaunes.fr
At present the scheme is only available on certain routes in and
out of the UK and only qualifying countries are applicable.
Current information can be found on the DEFRA
There is a slightly different procedure for bringing pets to the
UK from qualifying EU countries and non-EU countries or
territories – contact DEFRA for more details.
The above details relate to anyone who is bringing pets into the
UK from abroad. If you are thinking of emigrating, and want to
take your pets with you, you will need to contact DEFRA to find
out what the regulations are for exporting animals into the
There are several diseases which you should protect your pet
against whilst abroad. These are very unpleasant diseases which
are very difficult to treat but may be prevented. These are
Babesiosis, Leishmaniasis, Erlichiosis and Heartworm.
A Scalibor collar will protect dogs against sand flies which can
Frontline which can protect against fleas and ticks.
Stronghold or Milbemax will protect against Heartworm.
Cats can be protected using Frontline or Stronghold/ Milbemax.
Should you require further information please contact:-
Pet Travel Scheme helpline
Telephone: +44 (0)870 241 1710
Monday to Friday - 8:00am to 6:00pm UK time (closed Bank
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