With the summer holidays just around the corner, a Cornish veterinary practice is urging pet owners to act now if they are thinking about taking their four legged friends abroad with them.
Renay Rickard, practice manager at Kernow Vets with vet surgeries in St Austell, Bodmin, Liskeard and Wadebridge, said:
“If you’re considering taking your pet on holiday with you, now is the time to act to ensure everything is sorted in good time before you travel.
Your pet pooch, favourite feline or even your pet ferret will need their very own ‘pet passport’ when travelling to, or returning from, countries in the EU. These are issued by your vet.
A pet passport contains a record of all your pet’s important vaccinations. This ensures that any animals returning to the UK are vaccinated against rabies but it’s also good to make sure you are up to date with all your pet’s vaccinations. So, think about what else they might need and not just the passport.
If you need to have your pet vaccinated against rabies then you have to wait at least 21 days after this before you travel, so it pays to be organised well in advance. Your pet also needs to be microchipped before it has a rabies vaccination. Don’t forget that, by law, all dogs must be chipped anyway.
Once you have a pet passport, you only then need to make sure that you keep your rabies vaccinations up to date. How often that is can vary with vaccine type and also with the countries you are visiting. Keep checking with your vet practice to make sure all is OK.
Before you travel you need to make sure that you have everything you need to protect your pet from diseases they might meet over the Channel. Dogs are especially at risk. Diseases like Babesia, Erlichia and Leishmania as well as heartworm are present in several countries in the EU. You need protection against ticks, mosquitoes and sandflies to decrease the risk of picking up these very serious infections. They can be life threatening so it’s really important to get all the protection you can for your pet.
Call into your vet practice to get all the information and protection that you need so that you and your pet can have a happy and heathy holiday with a safe return home.”
For more information on pet passports and travelling abroad with your pet, call any of the Kernow Vets surgeries or for more information check out www.kernowvet.com
Kernow Vets are open 7 days a week and have clinics in Bodmin, St. Austell, Lostwithiel and Liskeard.