As your pet has had a rabies vaccination at my Clinic in the last few years, I am writing with an update on the situation regarding Pet Passports and BREXIT for your immediate attention.
Due to the continued uncertainty regarding BREXIT, there is no clear advice, however the likelihood is that all animals travelling to the EU after 29th March will need not just a microchip, and valid rabies vaccination, but also positive rabies antibody titre test in order to travel to Europe.
This antibody test is a blood test which needs to be performed at least 30 days after the Rabies vaccine, and can be done in an appointment at the Clinic by our Vet Team. Once we receive a positive result from the Government Lab, there will likely be a 3 month wait from the date of the blood test before your animal can travel to Europe.
If your pet does not have the required level of antibodies, they will fail the blood test, they will need a repeat rabies vaccination, wait 30 days and then a repeat blood test.
Therefore, if you plan to travel in the 4 months after March 29th 2019, please call us TODAY to book your animal in to see one of my Vet Team to discuss these requirements, and to perform the rabies antibody blood test, in order to mitigate any risk from the BREXIT law changes and ensure that you can travel freely next summer.
Further information can also be found on the government website about taking your pet abroad if there’s a no deal Brexit. Please remember that it is your responsibility to contact the Vet to discuss appropriate action.
When visiting the practice for a pet passport, make sure to have a chat with the Vet for further advice on protecting your pet abroad against ticks and other biting insects, as well as what preventative treatment is available before you go.
Helen Spencer MRCVS
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