Holidays & Pet Passports

  • If possible, avoid kennels/catteries. There are many alternatives, from daily feeders to live in minders to home from home minders. Details of some of these are on our websites.
  • Pet Passports only apply to Dogs, Cats, and Ferrets.  Rabbits, reptiles and raptors go free (or at least they don’t need a Pet Passport.)
  • The Passport is only good for the EU and a number of ‘listed’ countries. See
  • Rabies vaccination (given in the UK) is boosted every three years.
  • In an ideal world, your dog should accompany you on holiday, and most cats should not. (There are some cats who expect to accompany you, and this should be respected.)
  • There are many risks to animals who are new to the area/situation. Local animals will have some immunity to many local bugs, but we won’t. Different areas and territories present different risks. Talk to us before you travel.
  • If you are the owner, but another family member or friend is actually travelling with the pet, they must have a signed letter from you, or have their name added to the passport.  The checkers at the ports do not have the latitude to use common sense. If the name on the human passport differs from that on the Pet Passport (even just different first names) the pet cannot travel.
  • The current Pet Passport rules apply equally to all EU countries. This includes Ireland. There is a very small risk involved in taking your pet to Ireland without a Pet Passport (The ferry companies advise that the Passport is not necessary) and this is that in some circumstances – for example a Rabies alert – your pet will not be allowed to re-enter the UK without a Pet Passport. That is the point of the Pet Passport.
  • In the period 2-5 days before return your dog must have a tapeworm dose given by a local Vet and the passport signed with a time as well as a date. If you are just going for a weekend, we can give the tapeworm dose here, before you go.

For more on this topic, see our Podcast, or ask any of our clinical staff.