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Pet owners urged to revisit 5 animal travel rules ahead of Brexit

Country Living (UK) logo Country Living (UK) 11/06/2019 Lisa Walden

Young veterinarian with medical document touching dog neck and cuddling it during appointment © Getty Young veterinarian with medical document touching dog neck and cuddling it during appointment Pet owners across the UK are being urged to seek advice about travelling with their animals ahead of the Brexit deadline on October 31st 2019.

In the event the UK leaves without a deal, those jetting off with their pets may need to take some additional steps to ensure they are still allowed to travel to the EU.

While many owners will already be well-versed with the actions they need to take, Gov.uk are encouraging those travelling with pets to reacquaint themselves with the steps in case of a no-deal Brexit.

Some of the vital steps to remember before travelling with your pet include...

⚠️ Getting your pet a blood test a minimum of 30 days after their last rabies vaccination

⚠️ Have an up-to-date rabies vaccination

⚠️ Book in for a vet check-up three months before you leave the country

⚠️ You must have your dog, cat or ferret microchipped

⚠️ Your vet must send the blood sample to an EU-approved blood testing laboratory

For the full list of requirements before travelling after Brexit, see the GOV.UK guidelines

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Many of us are planning trips for later this year, but the looming Brexit deadline brings a sense of uncertainty. If pet owners are planning to travel abroad from November onwards, they should contact their vets three months prior for a check-up to avoid any complications.

Plus, as you pack your suitcase, make sure not to forget...

  1. Your pet's vaccination history
  2. Your pet's microchipping date
  3. A successful rabies antibody blood test result

Travelling with your pet later this year? Make sure you get clued-up on the essential guidelines before you head off.

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