Sabrina A.

Planning your trip abroad

Yes! Traveling with dogs! IV

Welcome to our 4th Post of Yes! Traveling with dogs! from Sun with Style. Today we are going to dive a little deeper in planning your trip abroad for those who decided for traveling with their pets. As I mentioned on my previous post there are some country regulations that have to be followed. So without delay, let’s go for it…

Countries around the world have different laws about almost everything and this is a consequence of their economical, environmental, political and demographic status. So if your are in a country that is full with stray dogs and cats and go to a country that isn’t familiar with these situation, you will probably have to show a lot of documentation proving that you little fellow doesn’t have some kind of disease. Don’t feel intimidated by that, it doesn’t mean that they have some kind of prejudice against you, your dog or country. They are just preventing that an eradicated disease becomes active in their country again.

Once we understand why these documents are needed, now we have to make them ready. The first thing is to research what the country you are going to requires.

Basic research for planning your trip abroad

If you read my previous posts I talk a lot about research, and I will tell you why: Information is the key to avoid stress. If you know what to expect, you will be prepared.

Most of the countries will ask you the following:

  • Pet Microchip
  • Vaccinations
  • Rabies Titer Test
  • Health Certificate
  • Import Permit
  • Ticks and Tapeworm Treatment
Pesquisa básica antes do planejamento de viagem ao exterior

There are some countries that quarantine your pet if the required documents are not complete, or will ask of you an attested quarantine document. As you can see, the Veterinarian is the one who gives most of the documentation required. There are other things that you have to have in mind, some countries have a banned breed list. That is right! So you have to check if your dog is on that list.

So, now that you know where you are going to, you can click here and find out which documents will be required.

Pet Passport

Passaporte para animais de estimação

A Pet Travel Scheme, or PTS, was developed to help people between member countries to travel with their pets without undergoing them quarantine. It is a document that officially record information about an specific animal.

It was originally created to facilitate the entrance of animals between United Kingdom and countries members of the European Union. Over time other countries such as United States, New Zealand, Australia and Canada adopted this kind of document as well. A Pet Passport can be emitted by your Veterinarian.

If the country you are entering doesn’t recognize the pet passport as a legal document, an import permit has to be issued., or all the required documents have to be updated. To know if the country accepts the passport click here.

Pet Microchip

If your are planning your trip abroad a pet microchip helps the authorities from where you staying in contacting you, if your dog gets lost.

Microchipping your pet is a very controversial subject, but if you are traveling abroad, it may be a must. Not all countries require it, but depending on where you are going you might be denied entry without it.

Countries require this procedure to avoid stray dogs and cats. You may not know that, but there are many people that travel from one country to another in the EU just to leave their dog and cat behind. Most of us may not even consider such a thing, but this is a way to control disease within the country. A rabid dog left behind can be catastrophic. You can find more about the subject here.

Microchip para animais de estimação

Vaccination

There are a lot o diseases that can be prevented with vaccination. Puppies that aren’t vaccinated can die and every dog owner knows that. One of the most terrible diseases is rabies. Rabies can affect humans also and that is why most countries require a vaccination report from your dog.

There are countries that have not only controlled the rabies disease but they also managed to eradicate it from their country. And they intend to stay that way, therefore they classify other countries as rabies-free, rabies-controlled and rabies high-risk. With this classification they adapt their import regulation and demand different kinds of documents and procedures based on the country of origin. Take a look at the links above for more information.

Rabies titer test

Now that you read about the importance of the vaccination report and rabies control, there are some countries that go beyond the vaccination report. They also want to be sure that the vaccine has worked and your pet is immune to the disease. To prove that, your dog has to pass thru a rabies titer test. That means after the administration of the vaccine, within 1 and 30 days, your dog’s blood will be tested for antibodies. The Veterinarian has to send it to a certified lab to do so. More information about it can be found here.

Ticks and Tapeworm Treatment

Before traveling, there are some countries that require the treatment against internal and external parasites. This must also be done by your veterinarian. He will then provide a certification, in your dogs passport or other document, that the procedure has been done. Check out this video to see how it is done.

Health Certificate

It is an official document that certifies that your pet is, according to the physical health criteria of the country your entering, healthy. This document is issued by a federal, state, tribal, or accredited veterinarian. Read more…

I hope have helped you with your planning, in what concerns your pet’s health and health requirements! See you next week!