Written by Mikey (K9)
New rules will make it easier and cheaper to take pets to the United Kingdom from January 1st 2012.
Dog and cat owners will notice the difference as the UK will harmonise its pet movement rules with the rest of the European Union, bringing the UK’s Pet Travel Scheme into line with the most recent science.
The UK will maintain its high level of protection against animal diseases after the changes, which have the potential to save pet owners hundreds of pounds in fees.
However, forcing pets to spend six months in quarantine, a practice dating from the 1800’s is no longer necessary because of vastly improved rabies vaccines and treatments.
All pets will still need to be vaccinated against rabies but pets from the EU and Tenerife will no longer need a blood test and will only have to wait 21 days before they travel. The changes will ensure the risk of rabies coming to the UK remains extremely low.
The Health Protection Agency considers Spain a ‘no risk’ country for rabies. It is estimated the possibility of a person dying from rabies obtained from a pet, is once in 21,000 years!
The EU pet movement scheme has been working well for a decade and it makes sense for the UK to come into line with everyone else, making it easier and cheaper for those who wish to travel with their pets to the UK.
Dog tapeworm is common in Southern Spain so the UK must continue to protect the public against the risk of serious tapeworm infections, so tapeworm control will remain in force.
Tick treatment for pets returning to the UK will no longer be required.
Detailed information on what pet owners and vets need to do before bringing a pet to the UK can be found at "http://defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel" http://defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel or obtained from +44(0)870 241 1710