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Guidance on EU exit and pet travel

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Pet travel and EU Exit

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Pet owners are today encouraged to contact their vet on travel plans ahead of EU Exit.

This is covered in today’s Daily Telegraph and focusses on advice that those pet owners who wish to travel immediately after EU Exit.

In the unlikely event of a no-deal they may need to take some additional steps which includes a rabies vaccination followed by a blood test a minimum of 30 days afterwards.

Further information is available here.

Christine Middlemiss, UK Chief Veterinary Officer, said:

Today we are giving practical and straightforward advice for people who wish to travel to Europe with their pets after we leave the EU in the unlikely event of a no-deal situation.

I urge all pet owners who wish to travel immediately after 29 March 2019 to consult with their vet as soon as they can. This is about planning ahead to ensure their pet has the correct health protection documented and in place for all possible Exit scenarios.

In recent weeks we have been in contact with vets to highlight this issue. They are expecting pet owners to consult with them and plan ahead.

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