Taking Your Pet Abroad

It is now easier than ever to take your pet abroad, particularly to mainland Europe where a Pet Passport is usually required. In order to do export work, vets have to be qualifed as Local Veterinary Inspectors (LVI) by DEFRA. All the vets at Withy Grove are LVIs.

Different countries have different requirements and we can help you find out what is needed in your particular case.

Pet Passports

In order to travel to Europe your pet will need to be microchipped, have had a rabies vaccination and then a passport issued. There are also some important health issues to consider;


This presents a significant threat to dogs travelling abroad and there is a vaccination to protect against this disease.

The disease is spread to dogs by bites from infected sand flies.  It is endemic in countries in southern Europe, including Spain, the South of France and Italy, where 2.5 million dogs are already believed to be infected.  It is spreading northwards as more people travel with their dogs or import infected animals from endemic areas.

Aside from vaccination, the only preventative measures available are fly repellent ‘spot-on’ preparations and collars and keeping your dog in at dawn and dusk – the times of the day when the sand fly is most active. The disease is also transmissible to humans.

If you’re planning to travel to a region where the disease is endemic, vaccinating your dog is a simple and effective way to protect your pet and to give you peace of mind.  It will also help to slow the disease’s spread into non-endemic regions.  The vaccine can be given from six months of age and requires three injections given at three week intervals, thus you need to plan at least 10 weeks before you travel.

If your pet has already travelled to any of these areas, we recommend a blood test to check that your pet does not already harbour the parasite before starting the vaccination course.


Heartworm is a parasite that lives in the heart and lungs and can be fatal, it is spread by mosquitoe bites. Collars and spot ons as above are used to prevent transmission. There is an antiparasitic pill that is given once a month to prevent infection as well.

Tick Borne Diseases

See the section on ticks in the Flea and Tick section of our website.


There is a potentially fatal, and infectious to humans, tapeworm called Echinococcus, a pill can be taken to treat this too.

Contact the Vets

Please ask any of the vets for further details on taking your pet abroad.

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