Print Posted By Lost in France on 23 Oct 2008 in Living in France - Pets

Travelling with Pet Rabbits and Rodents

Pet rabbitUnder current regulations (as long as they are pets) rabbits, rats, mice and other pet rodents do not require a Pets Passport and can be moved freely with out restrictions within the EU as well as Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican.

They are not subject to any requirements with regard to Rabies and have no quarantine restrictions on return to the UK. They are however subject to the agreement and conditions of carriage of the transport company. Check in advance that the transport company is willing to transport your pet.

When abroad your pet may come into contact with animal diseases which are not present in the UK, e.g. diseases transmitted by ticks, and parasites like heartworm. These could kill your animal or make it seriously ill. Some can affect humans.

Before you take your pet abroad, consult your vet about any preventative treatment necessary and how to look for signs of ill health in your pet.

If your pet becomes ill after returning to the UK, explain where it has been so your vet can consider diseases not normally found in the UK.

You should also consider the welfare needs of your pet when travelling abroad and whether it will benefit from travelling with you. You should also consult your vet before taking your pet abroad to ensure that your pet is fit and well enough to travel.

More information and updates can be found at http://www.defra.gov.uk/

 

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