Did you know that you need an EU Pet Passport if you’re planning on bringing pets such as dogs, cats and ferrets across EU borders – even between Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK?
The pet travel scheme was introduced to protect people from the threat of diseases such as rabies. It also means that animals with pet passports don’t have to be quarantined, as prior to the scheme being introduced pets entering Ireland would have to be quarantined for six months before being reunited with their families.
There are some essential criteria for getting an EU Pet Passport:
Although the minimum age for sale of a puppy or kitten is 8 weeks, if being sold abroad the animal must be a minimum of 15 weeks old prior to being exported. This is because:
Dogs must also be treated for the tapeworm echinococcus unless travelling into Ireland directly from another echinococcus-free country i.e. the UK, Malta, Finland and Norway. This treatment must be given between 24 and 120 hours (i.e. one to five days) prior to travel back to Ireland.
For older animals that have already been vaccinated the 21 day period does not apply to revaccinations/booster vaccinations, provided there has been no break in vaccination history.
Rabbits and other small mammals do not require a passport. In most circumstances a veterinary health certificate, issued a few days prior to travel, is sufficient, however if you have any queries please contact us and we will be happy to help.
If you intend on travelling further afield please contact the practice. We have assisted in preparing animals for transport to Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East and USA, and are always happy to assist with any queries you may have.