For many people going on holiday without your pet is unthinkable because they are so much part of the family. An increasing number of pet owners are now taking their animals abroad and here at Littlecroft we can advise on getting them a Passport.

For guidance, it is good to visit https://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad/pet-passport

It is important that you abide by the rules to allow you to bring your pet back into the UK on your return from Europe without them going into lengthy quarantine.

Your pet will need to be microchipped and vaccinated against rabies three weeks before the Passport is valid. It must also be wormed 24 to 72 hours before return to the UK. Go to the website for full details.

Apart from rabies, your pet is at risk of other disease while abroad including Leishmaniosis, which is transmitted by sand flies to dogs. Heartworm, as the name suggests, is a parasitic worm which lives in the heart of the animal while babesiosis, ehrlichiosis are both tick-borne diseases.

Prevention is always better than cure so please talk to us here at Littlecroft if you are taking your pet overseas and we will advise on the best course of action.