We 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
- 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.
Useful links/contacts www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad
Email pet travel helpline firstname.lastname@example.org
Defra imports and exports tel 01228 403600