How to get a pet passport?
Is your pooch dreaming of strutting their paws outside the Eiffel Tower, sniffing those beautiful French poodles before stopping for a chilled bowl of water at a chic café. Or, are they more adventurous looking to hit the ski slopes and play in the snow? All they need is a pet passport. Here’s how to get a pet passport so you and your pooch can take a dog friendly holiday together.
Where to start?
Couple of things you need to do to get started. Firstly, your precious pooch will need to be at least 12 weeks old before they can travel. They’ll need to be up-to-date with their injections and microchipped. Then once those boxes are ticked, they’ll need a rabies vaccination, which must be done at least 21 days before you travel.
Once you’ve completed these steps, any vet can issue a pet passport for your pooch. No need to try and balance your dog on a stool in the photo booth, while telling him not to smile! The easiest way to get started is to phone up your vet and tell them you’re looking to get a pet passport. They can tell you whether or not your dog is up-to-date with their vaccinations, and what they need to book you in to complete the process.
How much will it cost?
Vets can set their own fees for issuing pet passports so costs will vary. But as a rough idea, the entire process should cost around £200, that’s including all vaccinations and microchipping. Obviously, if your dogs up-to-date with vaccinations and has been microchipped then the only cost will be the rabies vaccination and passport itself.
How to get from A to B?
Once your pup is passport ready, it’s time to travel. The quickest and easiest way is to travel is on the Euroshuttle with your car. It takes 35 minutes so you can spend less time traveling and more time exploring. They even have dedicated areas with artificial grass and complimentary poop bags. Sadly, the Eurostar (train) is a no go for our dogs – boo!
Perhaps your pup is a salty old sea dog? You and your pooch can take the ferry. Some boats have rules meaning your dog has to stay in your car during the crossing, while others offer dog friendly cabins and exercise areas. Your dog may be required to wear a muzzle in public areas. You can check the different ferry regulations here.
Your pooch is now free to visit all EU countries and if they fancy, even somewhere a bit further! Take a look at this full list.
Come fly with me?
Is your pooch an international jet-setter? We know how important it is for your pooch to travel safely and in comfort. There are some professional pet carriers out there who take care of all this for you, but it’s much cheaper to do it yourself. Everything you need to know about traveling with your beloved pet, from taking your dog on a plane, to airline carrier fees is available on the Sky Scanner website.
Pitstop on your way home
Don’t forget this part! So many dogs end up stuck in quarantine because dog owners haven’t prepared for this in advance.
Before you pack your bags to go home, your globe-trotting hound will need to visit a local vet for tapeworm treatment, not less than 24 hours, and not more than five days before you enter the UK. They will also carry out a quick health check, to certify your pooch is in tip-top shape and sign your pup’s passport for the journey back.
We suggest you find a local vet at the beginning of your trip and book an appointment ahead of time. Your hotel will be able to point you in the right direction.
Before you, board officials will check your pet’s paperwork and scan him to make sure his microchip ID matches the records.
Top traveling tips
- If your dog needs a travel carrier, start getting them used to it before you leave.
- Make sure your dog wears an ID tag at all times. Update the tag with the contact details of your holiday destination.
- Try to exercise your dog and give it an opportunity to go to the toilet before a long journey.
- Make regular stops if you can to let your pet stretch their legs. Make sure there is always water available to drink.
- Check your pet insurance to make sure your pet is covered when overseas.