If you’re planning to travel with your pet within the European Union (EU), it’s important to obtain an EU pet passport. An EU pet passport is a document that allows you to travel with your pet to other EU countries without having to quarantine them upon arrival. In this article, we’ll discuss the steps to one of these important documents for your furry friend.
Step 1: Check Your Pet’s Eligibility
To obtain an EU pet passport, your pet must meet certain eligibility requirements. These requirements include:
- Your pet must be microchipped with an ISO compliant microchip.
- Your pet must be vaccinated against rabies. You can get the pet passport at the same time as the actual rabies vaccination: however, you must wait 21 days to travel after receiving the vaccine.
- If your pet is traveling from a country outside of the EU, depending on the country it might also need a blood test to confirm the effectiveness of the rabies vaccination.
Step 2: Visit Your Veterinarian
Once you’ve confirmed that your pet is eligible for an EU pet passport, you’ll need to visit your veterinarian. Your vet will check your pet’s eligibility, administer the rabies vaccine if needed, and issue the EU pet passport.
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During the vet visit, your pet will receive a clinical examination to ensure it is healthy enough to travel. Your veterinarian will also verify your pet’s microchip and vaccination status. If your pet is not yet microchipped or vaccinated against rabies, your veterinarian will take care of these steps during the visit.
Step 3: Complete the Passport Application
Your veterinarian will complete the EU pet passport application form with pertinent details of you (the owner) and your pet. The application will also include information about your pet’s microchip and vaccination status, as well as your contact information.
Step 4: Receive Your Pet’s Passport
Once the application is completed, your veterinarian will issue the EU pet passport. The passport is a small booklet that includes your pet’s identification information, vaccination records, and microchip details. It is valid for the lifetime of your pet – assuming the rabies vaccine stays up-to-date.
Step 5: Keep the Passport Up-to-Date
It’s important to keep your pet’s EU pet passport up-to-date. Your pet will need to be revaccinated against rabies according to the schedule specified by vaccine (usually 1 or 3 years, depending on the manufacturer). You will need to return to your veterinarian for these vaccinations and to update the passport accordingly.
Obtaining an EU pet passport is an essential step for traveling with your pet within the EU. By following these steps, you can ensure that your furry friend is ready for safe and hassle-free travels within the EU.
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