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Pet Travel

What is required to bring pets abroad?

Under EU Regulations 576/2013  all cats, dogs and ferrets must be identified by a transponder (microchip), or a clearly readable tattoo, have a valid rabies vaccination and be accompanied by a valid EU pet passport. Passports are issued direct from our practice.

A primary rabies vaccination must be given a minimum of 21 days prior to travel. The pet must be a minimum of 12 weeks of age prior to the rabies vaccine being administered. Not all EU countries accept the three year vaccination period.  It is advisable to check with the country you are travelling to directly.

Vaccination against rabies

It appears that Greece and the Ukraine do not recognise the three-year rabies vaccination.  It might be pertinent to check if the country being entered recognises the three-year rabies vaccination by contacting the relevant authority in the country of intended travel.

Echinococcus treatment

Treatment for Echinococcus multilocularis is generally not required when leaving Ireland or when re-entering Ireland from Finland, Malta and the UK. However it is required when re-entering Ireland from all countries/territories (i.e. non-EU as well as EU Member States and territories). The treatment needs to be given by a veterinarian not more than 120 hours (five days) and not fewer than 24 hours (one day) before the scheduled arrival time of the dog in Ireland.


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