Taking dogs abroad

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  1. Kev and Carolyn

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    Hi Guys .

    Anyone taken their pets abroad at all? Can you advise us what's best to do?
    We have two small dogs and both are microchipped and extremely well looked after by our vet here at home.
    Gladly appreciate whatever info you can give us please.

    Kind regards Carolyn ( and Kev of course!)
     
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    Are you going away for a long-term stay or a holiday?
     
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    What is it you want to know in particular?

    Pete
     
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    Hi Trev.

    We are looking at following our late Fathers trip to portugal. He and mom spent the 3 months away around january every year until they couldn't due to ill health.
     
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    It's very easy. Pet passport from your vet's, a worming tablet/jab from a vet from the country you are in, 24 to72 hrs before embarking on your ferry or train back home, job done. Been taking Nellie across the water for the last 3 years without issue (touch wood ).
     
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    What is required ?
     
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    For some reason , we thought it to be a little more difficult?
    Sounds a lot more simpler?
     
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    Calling at the Vet may look daunting at first but in fact is very simple once you have been through the procedure as many others who take pets abroad will testify.

    Most French Vets speak at least a smattering of English and many speak better English than you and me.

    Whatever the length of time, one day or one year, you are abroad you will need the Passport signing and dating by a Vet before being allowed back to the UK.

    You already have a Pet Passport and I presume the dogs medical requirements and Rabies treatment are up to date.

    On your return to the UK you must visit a European Vet within a time scale of 24 hours and 120 hours (1 – 5 days) of your Train or Ferry ARRIVAL time in the UK..

    The Vet will give a tablet for the 'Echinococcus Treatment' (Tapeworm) (pages 14-21 of the Pet Passport) and must stamp, sign and date correctly the relevant page.

    You may be able to use your own tablet, make sure it is the correct dose for the size/weight of dog, but the Vet can insist on providing the tablet and refuse to use the one you provide.

    The Vet should, but it is not obligatory, also examine the dog to ensure it is fit to travel and sign and date 'Clinical Examination' (page 28).

    I think it's worth having the 'Clinical Examination' page signed just for peace of mind.

    The five day window for having the Passport procedure means you can be almost anywhere in Europe and still get back to the Ports within the 120 hours allowed.

    The further you are from the Tunnel/Ferries when you see the Vet it's usually cheaper – but not always!

    At the Pet Passport Office you will need to have the Pet Passport, travel booking form and to know your vehicle registration number.

    Also you should know the position of the Microchip on your animal (see page 3 of the Pet Passport) as you have to scan the animal to show the Microchip number corresponds to the one in the Pet Passport.

    PLEASE NOTE - You MUST check that the Passport has been correctly signed and dated by the Vet for the Tapeworm treatment as it the responsibility of you, and only you, if it is not correct when presented at the Passport Office.

    Any Pet Passport that appears to have been altered in any shape or form will almost certainly be rejected.

    :france: :france: :france: :france:
     
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    It really is that easy,as I said we have only been doing it for 3 years but there are lots of funsters on here that have more experience. I'm sure some will be along soon to tell you likewise.One thing I would advise is to make sure you get your pets insured.
     
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    Hi
    We took our dog to France for the first time this year. Pet passport sorted by our local vet. We use the tunnel so she stays with us in the MH. Easily found a vet in France in a town to administer the worming tablets and sign the passport prior to our return home.
    No problems encountered but if you need reassurance on any particular question don't hesitate to ask
    Chris
     
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    Been taking ours for years dead easy a lot better than leaving him at home or even worse prison (kennels). Only thing to be aware of is some countries (Portugal this year) seem to have quite a few sray dogs roaming arould.
     
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    Just to clarify..Both dogs are fully insured and up to date with everything required here at home. Just was not sure if there was something else we had missed ? Looks like it is all in hand . Thanks for the speedy replies folks . Really appreciate the help.

    Carolyn
     
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    Make sure your own vet has filled in the details correctly, ours didn't fill in the name and address of the clinic and it cost us 20 euros and a lot of aggro to put right.
     
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    Have they had rabies vaccinations? ask your vet they will know the details.
     
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    Yes they both have. Something we have always have done recently
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    PLEASE NOTE - You MUST check that the Passport has been correctly signed and dated by the Vet for the Tapeworm treatment as it the responsibility of you, and only you, if it is not correct when presented at the Passport Office.

    Any Pet Passport that appears to have been altered in any shape or form will almost certainly be rejected.

    Can vouch for this. Had my dog checked and wormed in Montendre and arrived at Caen check in to find it hadn't been signed. She gave us the name and number of a vets in the town, he fit us straight in and signed it, and we managed to catch our original ferry!

    :france: :france: :france: :france:[/QUOTE]
     
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    Hi Kev & Carolyn,
    We took our dog twice this year,very easy, get your vet to fill the passport out etc ,cost us about £100 for our cocker , but lasts for 3 years,
    We used the tunnel, no problem leaving Folkestone,
    or Calais on the way back.

    gps for pet passport office Calais -- N50.93744 E1.81265

    We used a vet at Forges Les Eaux , 113 miles from Calais
    Dr Patrick Pattyn
    Cabinet Vétérinaire Saint Nicolas
    1 Rue Neufchatel
    76,440 Forges-les-Eaux
    Seine-Maritime, France
    gps n49.613243, 1.544545
    He speak perfect english & very helpful & good with dogs.

    Hope this helps
     
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    Carolyn have you got their pet passport ? And have they had their rabies done recently and had the blood test ? You must have the rabies jab every year coming back before the year expires.

    When you go outward you will have paid for the dogs with your booking and be given a sticker for your windscreen until you pass through control, as already been said before you come back you visit a Vet to have the wormer administered and your pet passport stamped, not less than 24 hrs and not more than 5 days before departure, at the port or tunnel in our case we go into the pet control were they scan the dogs microchip compare with their passport and examine the passport to make sure the Vet has filled it in properly.

    I can recommend a Vet at Marquise just off the 16 that is very reasonable, the ones in Calais are more expensive, but others will be able to recommend Vets further away if you prefer.

    It isn't complicated as the Vets all know the procedures now and most of them do speak English
     
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    Makes you wonder if its all really necessary I don't know of any scare stories about rabies for years in France and life seems to go on just as normal!
     
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    I have just read Fidgets post and see their Vet does it for three years! That is good but our Vet wanted it done every year ! I do know Minxy girl used to have hers done two years, we haven't bothered last year as our oldest now has health problems, your dogs will love being with you enjoy while you can.
     
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