Northdale Veterinary Practice

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Pet Passports

It is now possible to travel abroad to certain countries with your dog or cat. Your pet will need a microchip and a rabies vaccination, this need to be done at least three weeks before they travel. There are also other recommendations depending on where you are travelling to and we recommend that you contact DEFRA to ensure you have all the information necessary. The majority of our veterinary surgeons are able to issue passports but please ensure you advise our receptionists of the reason for your appointment.


This is intended as a general guide only and owners should always refer to the government website before travelling

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Before you travel with your pet, think about what is involved.  Your pet may have to be confined in a car for a long time: does he or she get easily stressed when travelling?  If you are going to a warmer area can your pet cope as dogs with thick coats may struggle in the heat.  If you are not sure, why not book a pre travel check?


Pre Travel Check

At the check we will discuss where you are going and what specific health risk your pet may be exposed to.

Carry out a clinical examination to ensure your pet is fit to travel abroad.

Check that the rabies vaccination and pet passports are up to date.

Ensure the microchip is working and reading correctly.

Discuss the preventative treatment needed to protect your pet against ticks, sand flies, heartworm and tapeworm whilst abroad.

Prescribe the most effective medication for your pet and show you how to administer it.


Please contact the surgery to arrange and appointment which should ideally be three weeks before you are due to travel.


Worthing branch 01903 202474

Lancing branch 01903 851158

Findon branch 01903 265968

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Guide To Travelling With Your Pet


1. Your pet must be implanted with an ISO standard microchip.

2.Your pet must be vaccinated against rabies.  The vaccination can be given at the same time as BUT NOT BEFORE the microchip.

3.Your pet must be a minimum of 12 weeks of age

4.Your pet must be issued with a passport.


You cannot travel with your pet until 21 days after the rabies vaccination.  



For all pets you must show a valid passport before embarking on your return journey.


Dogs must be given a treatment against tapeworm between 1 and 5 days (24-120 hours) before you are scheduled to arrive back in the UK.  


The Veterinary Surgeon administering the treatment must record the details in your pet’s passport.  This is not required for dogs entering directly from Finland, Ireland or Malta.


Different arrangements apply if you are travelling to a country not on the Government list, if you have more than 5 animals or if you have other pets other than cats, dogs or ferrets.

The pet travel scheme is designed to prevent rabies from being brought into  Britain but it is important to protect your pet against other diseases you may encounter when travelling.


Diseases you may encounter abroad:

1. Tick borne diseases such as Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis and Hepatozoonosis

2. Leishmaniasis – spread by sandflies

3. Heartworm – spread by mosquitos


There a number of measures you can take to protect your pet.

1. Avoid know tick affected habitats such as wooded 2. area and places where there is livestock.

3. In areas where sand flies are prevalent, keep animals indoors from one hour before dusk until one hour after sunrise.  Use insecticides to control flies inside.

4. Avoid mosquito infested areas

5. Consider giving a vaccine against Leishmaniasis (not available in the UK)


There are preparations available to protect your pet against ticks and sand flies, ask the vet for details.


More details can be found in a handy leaflet available to download at:

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