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No Deal Brexit: How it will affect your pet

Brexit will affect pet travel © Unsplash

There’s no avoiding Brexit updates in the news these days and with a looming deadline of October 31st, many are starting to wonder how it will personally affect them and their families. Well, there have been updates for those of us planning to travel with our four-legged friends and it’s not good.

By Natasha James, 4 Sep 2019

If, thanks to the advent of the brilliantly useful pet passports, you regularly take your dog or cat (or rabbit or ferret) on holiday with you, then this could all be about to change. If a No Deal Brexit goes ahead, then your current pet passports will no longer be valid.

You'll have to reapply for a pet passport

All hope is not lost though, as you will be able to reapply. However, this process of getting blood tests and applying for the appropriate paperwork is likely to take at least four months. These are the five steps that pet owners will need to take if they want to take their furry friend on holiday:

  1. Get your pet microchipped
  2. Get your pet a rabies booster or vaccination, followed by a blood test 30 days later
  3. Ask your vet to send the blood tests to an EU-approved testing facility
  4. If the bloods come back clear, you'll need to wait three months before you can travel
  5. Apply for an animal health certificate which will take around 10 days

Think ahead

Advice right now is to err on the side of caution. If you do have a holiday planned, then look into kennels or catteries, or ask friends and relatives to pet sit.

If you’re travelling next year then get in touch with your vet as soon as possible to ask about arranging the appropriate tests. It'll be worth it to see Fido enjoying the sunshine!