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New rules for travelling pets abroad

Victoria Vets in Glossop and Chapel-en-le-Frith are advising people about the Pet Travel Scheme and the new rule changes which will affect anyone bringing pets into and out of the UKfrom 1st January 2012.

Although the UK will maintain its high-level of protection against animal diseases from abroad, these latest rule-changes will mean owners are able to save time and money when it comes to travelling with their pets. It is estimated that these new measures will saveUKpet owners around £7 million in fees.

Rachel Short, head nurse at Victoria Vets comments, “Many pet owners may not know about the latest changes to travel regulations and they are going to have a real affect on anyone travelling with a pet so we think it is important to inform people.“

She continues, “The most important change is due to vastly improved rabies vaccines and treatments, which means that the usual six month waiting period has been reduced to just 21 days, following a rabies vaccination, before entry into theUKis allowed for most pets.”

Although pets entering theUKstill require a microchip, rabies vaccination and pet passport, they will no longer need a post vaccination blood test before entry. Only those from unlisted non-EU countries which includeIndia,BrazilandSouth Americawill be required to have a blood test and a three month wait before entry.

Rachel comments, “Although the latest changes to pet travel laws will make pet travel easier and less stressful for both owners and pets, you still need to be careful. We promote responsible pet ownership and strongly recommend a pre-travel consultation with a veterinary surgeon to discuss health and welfare issues to help make sure that your pet is protected and within the law.”

For more information about the changes to the law, visit www.defra.gov.uk or for advice please contact the Glossop practice (01457 852367) or the Chapel-en-le-Frith practice (01298 812066).

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