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Pet microchip and travel

Microchip dog rules to follow

Since 2016, it’s been the law for all dogs to have a microchip. Losing a dog, perhaps on a walk or if it’s stolen, is devastating for you, the owner.

Name collars and tags are all well and good, but these can fall off or be removed. However, a microchip, which is the size of a grain of rice, is inserted under the skin and remains in place for a lifetime.

If your dog is found, a pet microchip scanner at a vet practice or animal shelter reveals your pet’s details via a unique 15-digit code. They will then contact you for an emotional reunion. Ensure your contact details are kept up to date on the database.

We also pet microchip cats and rabbits, though it’s not a legal requirement.

The pet microchip is placed under the skin, between the shoulder blades, by a qualified veterinary nurse or vet. It holds lots of information that will prove invaluable in an emergency:

  • Your full name, address and telephone numbers
  • A unique ID number for your pet
  • The animal’s name, gender, breed, date of birth and colour
  • Details of the breeder’s licence (if this applies)

Contact our Ipswich vets team for more information about pet microchipping.

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Pet passport

There is current uncertainty about the rules for Pet Passports owing to Britain’s relationship with the EU.

At the time of writing, you can take your dog or even cat on holiday with you by getting its very own pet passport.

All EU countries and some non-EU countries have all signed up to the pet passport scheme. Check the Government pet travel website for full information, or contact the surgery.

Before you travel, and for most customers, this will be for their dog, you must ensure your pet:

  • Has a Pet Passport
  • Has a pet microchip
  • A rabies vaccination
  • Is at least 15 weeks old when it’s time to travel
  • Is treated for tapeworm

Other vaccinations your pet should have received in younger life can be recorded on the passport.

There are strict rules about which routes and travel companies accept pet travel. Visit the latest Government information here to avoid disappointment.

Get your pet passport early because readmission to the UK must be at least 21 days after the rabies vaccination.

When you make an appointment, please let the surgery know that you require a pet passport.