An overview for pet owners

Pet owners will still be able to travel to Europe with their pet after the UK leaves the EU, whatever the outcome of the Brexit negotiations. However, in the event of no deal, they may need to take some additional steps to be able to travel with their pet to the EU.

If pet owners are planning to travel after 29 March 2019 the Government will recommend they contact their vet at least four months in advance to check what they need to do.

Those wishing to travel to the EU on 30 March 2019, for example, should discuss requirements with their vet as soon as possible and by 28 November 2018 at the latest.

The requirements for travel would include making sure that pets are effectively vaccinated against rabies before they travel. This involves having an up-to-date rabies vaccination and a blood test to demonstrate sufficient levels of rabies antibody.

The blood test would need to be carried out a minimum of 30 days after any initial rabies vaccination and a minimum of three months before their travel date. This means that pet owners will need to talk to their vet about health requirements in good time to make sure they are able to travel with their pet.

The Government has published further guidance for pet owners on its website.


To all Rabbit owners

We would like to make you aware that we have had several reports of VHD 2 and myxomatosis in the Watford area. Both of these diseases are frequently fatal and have limited treatment options. We would strongly recommend that all rabbits are vaccinated against both VHD 1 and VHD 2, as well as myxomatosis. Unfortunately there is not yet one single vaccine which will cover all three diseases. We are therefore advising a combination of two vaccines, given two weeks apart which will provide full protection for your rabbit.

While Myxomatosis is spread by fleas, VHD is spread from contaminated soil and bird droppings etc. These can easily be brought into your home or garden on shoes and clothing or even in the hay or straw, so even indoor or isolated rabbits are at risk.

For more information on VHD please go to the following expert’s website –

Please contact the surgery if you wish to discuss your rabbits vaccination status or arrange an appointment.




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