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cat being idchippedWe strongly advise that all cats are microchipped and are happy to report that we manage to reunite a large number of pets with their owners throughout the year. If animals are brought in unwell without a microchip, then it becomes very difficult to decide on treatment without knowing if there is an owner out there with specific wishes.

By laws all dogs should be microchipped and registered on an authorised database by 8 weeks of age. Owners are also required to keep their records up-to-date on the database.

Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and are inserted under the skin between the shoulder blades. They can be done in nurse clinics. Cat owners often choose to have their cat microchipped at neutering when they are under anaesthetic, but they can equally be chipped conscious.

Microchips implanted under general anaesthetic or sedation are charged at a reduced fee and animals are obviously unaware of the procedure being done. We try to avoid microchipping animals at their first vaccination appointment as some individual animals can find implantation uncomfortable and we aim to make the first visit to us as positive an experience as possible.

EU Pet Passport/Export Guidelines

At the Park Veterinary Centre we can provide all the Veterinary Services necessary to obtain a Passport or Export your pet. Many of our vets are OV’s (Official Veterinarians) which means they are certified to sign any documentation required.
To travel within the EU or Non-EU listed country you need to do the following
  • Microchip your pet
  • Vaccinate against rabies, pets need to be over 12 weeks old
  • Be issued with an EU passport
  • Wait 21 days before travelling


Before your return to the UK your dog must be treated for tapeworm 24-120 hours before your scheduled arrival time back in the UK. Any country not in the EU or on the Non-EU list is considered an Un-listed Country.

Export rules to enter one of these countries vary and some can be time consuming and costly. We advise you start researching several months before your planned departure date and many people choose to employ the services of an Export Agency for those countries with multiple requirements.

cavalier with a pet passport
In all cases you must use an authorised airline/transportation company and an approved route – Details can be found at the link below. For further assistance or prices contact the surgery

Useful links/contacts

Email pet travel helpline

Defra imports and exports tel 01228 403600

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