The Pet Travel Scheme – Pet Passport
The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) is in place to enable you to take your pet on holiday with you to certain Listed EU countries, without the need for 6 months quarantine. PETS applies to dogs, cats and ferrets only and there are very strict rules that must be adhered to in order to avoid your pet being placed in quarantine for a period of 6 months.
For up to date information and requirements please visit Taking Your Pet Abroad
Hazards Of Pet Travel
Climate – Pets that were born and bred in the UK may experience difficulties in extremes of climate unless allowed time to acclimatise in other countries. Very hot or very cold weather or high altitudes can cause distress and illness, so please ask your vet for advice before you travel, particularly if your animal is young, elderly or has a chronic medical condition.
Your animal may be exposed to a number of potentially fatal diseases in different countries and it is important to consider the risk of these before you travel. You can help to keep your pet safe by applying preventative treatments such as Sprays, Spot-ons or Collars, so we recommend you discuss this with your vet before travelling.
Leishmaniasis is an infectious disease that is found on the Mediterranean coastal area of Southern Europe and is transmitted by sandflies. Signs of leishmaniasis may take a few months to several years to appear after a visit abroad. Affected animals develop a fever, sow signs of hair loss, weight loss and develop skin sores and nail disease. As the disease progresses it leads to anaemia, polyarthritis and also eye, liver and kidney disease.
Babesiosis is transmitted by ticks and is caused by the Babesia organisms that invade, multiply in and destroy red blood cells. Symptoms include fever, anaemia, weakness, lethargy, weight loss, anorexia and blood in the urine. Infected animals can die within a couple of days of the clinical signs appearing and animals from the UK are particularly vulnerable because they have no natural immunity to the disease.
Erlichiosis is transmitted by ticks and is seen throughout the world. Symptoms can include immunosuppression, depression, fever, swollen glands, nose bleeds, lameness, inflammation around the eyes, arthritis, neurological disease, convulsions and haemorrhages because the blood clotting ability is effected.
Heartworm is transmitted by mosquito bites and is common in Southern Europe, the USA and tropical countries. a mosquito bites it transfers the larval form of the heart worms into the animal’s blood, they then go on to develop inside the heart and the lungs. Symptoms can take several years to appear and include a soft cough, tiredness, weakness, loss of weight and condition. Eventually heart failure may ensue, leading to death.
Hepatozoonosis is transmitted by ticks, bloodsucking insects and mites. It is commonly found in Europe, Africa and Asia, with symptoms including fever, lethargy, weight loss, anaemia and secondary liver, lung and kidney disease. The disease when found in the Southern States of America can cause severe pain, lameness, paralysis and abscesses in the muscles.