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Is your pet ready for Brexit?

Is your pet ready for Brexit?

Thursday 24 October 2019

Is your pet ready for Brexit?

Thursday 24 October 2019

Cat, dog and ferret owners are being reminded that their pets need to be vaccinated against rabies before travelling to EU countries - or face having to leave them behind.

As part of local preparations for the UK's departure from the EU, islanders intending to travel with cats, dogs or ferrets have been encouraged to speak to their vet about rabies vaccinations and later have a blood sample taken to check that the vaccine has protected their pet from the virus.

Within 10 days of travel, pets must be checked by a vet who will issue an animal health certificate which is required for each trip. 

The whole process can take four months from start to finish and States Vet David Chamberlain said it is important that those who are planning trips, and who have not already discussed this with their vet, do so as soon as possible.

"We know many people like to take their pets with them to France. We want to avoid a situation where someone finds they aren’t able to take their pet with them at the 11th hour," he said.

"Owners are strongly advised to contact their vets as early as possible when planning a trip to Europe to avoid any unanticipated problems and upset."

Further guidance and updates are available at including information for those travelling with horses and endangered species.


Pictured: Brexit may affect your pet's travel plans so be prepared.  

The UK is due to leave the EU on 31 October, although that deadline looks likely to be extended again.  

This week, Guernsey's States said the latest delays were 'disappointing' because a disorderly exit is not going to benefit the Bailiwick. 

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