Pet passports

Going on holiday? Your cat or dog can pack too with their very own pet passport.

The Pets Travel Scheme (PETS) has been in operation since February 2000 and means that with a Pet Passport your pet can re-enter the UK without having to be quarantined, meaning your pet can enjoy a holiday too.
At Streetly Vets we are able to walk you through the pet passport application with ease. The main purpose of the scheme is to keep the UK free from Rabies and certain other foreign diseases that are transmitted by biting insects and parasites. UK pets are susceptible to exotic diseases which in most cases are not easily treated and can often prove fatal.

What do I need to do to apply for a pet passport?

You will need to book an appointment for a pre-travel consultation in good time of your intended holiday. This should be at least four weeks before you travel. This check will involve:
• Discussing the countries you intend to travel to
• A clinical examination of your pet to ensure it is fit to travel abroad
• Checking that vaccinations are up-to-date including rabies vaccination
• Ensuring the microchip is working and reading correctly
• Discussing the preventative treatment needed to protect your pet against ticks, sand-flies, heartworm and tapeworm whilst abroad
• Updating or issuing pet passport
• Any other queries you may have regarding travel including travel sickness and more.
We would also recommend contacting the DEFRA helpline 0370 241 1710 prior to making any travel plans to discuss any recent changes or specific restrictions about travelling pets regarding the country you are visiting.
To find out more information about the country you are travelling to, please visit the DEFRA website.

Before you travel, your cat or dog must meet the following:

If you will be returning from an EU or listed non EU country:
• Have had a microchip implanted
• Be at least 15 weeks old at the time of travel
• Be up-to-date with all annual vaccines
• Be vaccinated against Rabies
• Been treated for tapeworm (dogs only)
• Been issued with a Pet Passport and passport kept up-to-date

If you will be returning from an unlisted country:
• Have had a microchip implanted
• Be at least 15 weeks old at the time of travel
• Be up to date with all annual vaccines
• Be vaccinated against rabies
• Been treated for tapeworm (dogs only)
• Have satisfactorily passed a Rabies blood test (at least 30 days after rabies vaccination)
• Been issued with a Pet Passport and passport kept up-to-date

This may seem complex but don’t worry, the team at Streetly vets will be more than happy to talk you through the process.

Pet passports at Streetly Vets

Pet passports at Streetly Vets, Sutton Coldfield