As holiday season begins, dog owners make sure their dog is as travel ready as they are if they plan to take their pet abroad this summer. Holidays can be hazardous for dogs as going overseas exposes them to disease and illness they may not necessarily come into contact with back at home. Some of these diseases can have serious effects on a dog’s health and may even be fatal.
As part of the EU Pet Travel Scheme, owners need to be able to provide an up to date and correct Pet Passport with all appropriate areas completed.
It is recommended visiting your local vet at least three weeks before travelling to make sure that your pet and its passport are ready for holidays.
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has created a handy Pet Travel Checklist to remind owners of what checks their dog needs, and when they should book an appointment with their local vet before the holiday:
- Book an appointment with your vet at least three weeks before travel to get started on the right medication at the right time
- Check rabies vaccination and pet passport are up to date
- Ensure microchip is working and reading correctly
- Speak to your vet about preventive treatment needed to protect your dog against ticks, sandflies, heartworm and tapeworm
- Talk to your vet if going somewhere hot to discuss prevention of heatstroke and how to recognise signs of the problem in your dog.