4 Tips For Hassle-Free Pet Travel
1. Microchip your pet
The pet should be taken to the veterinary doctor before going on a vacation so that he can be microchipped. This microchip is an integrated circuit, which is placed inside the skin of your pet. This has to meet all the standards of the International Standards Organization (ISO) as well as the 11784 specifications. The doctor should make sure that the microchip is readable. There is an identification number for every pet. The dog will not be allowed to travel if it does not have a microchip.
A pet, which is being taken on vacation, should be vaccinated against rabies. Inflammation of the brain takes place in a dog, which has rabies. Once the pet has been microchipped, the vaccine can be administered but the doctor should make sure that the microchip could be read properly and that the identification number of the pet should be written in the pet vaccination record. All other information about the pet like the date of birth, the date of installing the microchip, the date of vaccination, and a name of the vaccine, the batch number and the date of the booster dose should also be available.
The pet is allowed to enter any European country only after 21 days of the rabies vaccine. If more than one vaccination is needed, then the pet can enter after 21 days of the final vaccination. The booster dose of the vaccine should also be given regularly.
3. Pet Passport
The local veterinary inspector will issue this. The local animal health office will tell you the location of the inspector. The dog should also be taken to the inspector along with his vaccination record and blood test results. All countries in the European Union accept the passport. The microchip number of the pet, the date of planting the microchip and the date of vaccinations should be in the passport. But a blood test is needed when entering countries like UK, Malta, Sweden and Ireland. The pet should be treated for tapeworms before entering Sweden. Tapeworms are mostly found in the intestines of cats and dogs.
4. Contact Embassy
Make sure that you contact the embassy of the country that you are visiting to reconfirm all their requirements.