December 19, 2014

In case you haven't heard already, DEFRA are introducing some changes to the way you travel with your pet. These will take effect from 29th December 2014.

It's important to note, that if you already have a passport for your pets, you do not need to get a new one.

The new style pet passport will include laminated strips designed to cover those pages with the pet's details, microchip information and each rabies vaccination entry. This will help prevent anyone tampering with this information once it has been completed by a vet. Don't panic if your pet already has a passport; they can carry on using this until it runs out.

If you've just bought a new puppy and are thinking of taking them aboard, it will now need to be at least 12 weeks old before it can be vaccinated and taken out of the country. For more information visit DEFRA.

Most of the rules will stay the same, so if you're a dog, cat or ferret owner, they will still require a microchip, vaccinations and, of course, a pet passport.

Caroline Kisko, The Kennel Club Secretary, said: "The new changes coming into effect do not change the fundamentals of the Pet Travel Scheme which will remain the same. However the new regulations coming into force will introduce further changes to the EU pet travel rules which are designed to strengthen enforcement regimes across the EU and help increase compliance."

Before you head off, make sure you're up to date on these changes!

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