Travelling abroad with your chihuahua
It is always fun to bring your dog on holiday with you or perhaps it is necessary to travel with your dog for work, but travelling abroad with your chihuahua can be very stressful and requires plenty of preparation. It is particularly more complicated as there are many regulations to follow and certain actions must be taken weeks in advance of your journey.
Visit your Vet
Before travelling abroad with your chihuahua, it is wise to book an appointment with your vet. Your vet will be able to give you invaluable advice and will be able to assess your pet to ensure they are fit to travel. During this appointment, your vet will be able to talk to you about country rules and ensure that you are prepared with the correct documentation.
Pet passports & microchipping
Vets can issue pet passports and documents the treatments your dog has had as well as any identification measures. A pet passport is necessary if you are travelling from the EU into the UK, or when you are returning to the UK, and there are some countries that will require a pet passport, and you can check specific country information with your vet.
What vaccinations will my chihuahua need?
One of the primary vaccinations that the pet passport records is the rabies injection, and you will not be able to enter the UK after your pet’s rabies vaccination has expired. Your dog must have a rabies vaccination at least 21 days before you travel, so it is wise to prepare your travel plans in advance.
Before your dog receives the rabies injection, the dog must first be micro-chipped. Micro-chipping is necessary for identification purposes as airlines, ferry companies and train operators may want to read the microchip. If these businesses cannot read the microchip, your pet may be put into quarantine or refused entry. If your pet isn’t micro-chipped, the rabies injection will be invalid, and they will have to be vaccinated again once they are micro-chipped. Both the rabies vaccination and microchip code are necessary for documenting on the pet passport
Blood samples may be taken if you are travelling to an unlisted country, which will happen 30 days after the rabies vaccination. Your vet will be able to explain all this information if you are making a journey to an unlisted country, but it’s best to prepare well in advance of your travel plans.
Treatments & regular vaccinations
As well as the important rabies vaccination, a vet must also treat your pet for tapeworm and note this in the pet passport as well. A Tapeworm treatment must be administered one to five days before leaving and returning to the UK. For a short journey, your dog will still need to be treated by a vet and must wait 24 hours before re-entering the UK but must return within 120 hours or else your dog will need to be treated again abroad.
Your chihuahua will also need to have undergone his usual vaccinations as a puppy. But don’t get hoodwinked into ‘booster’ vaccinations that are not required. They do not give your dog any more protection and can, in fact, make him ill. Read: Are we over vaccinating our dogs?
For any journey, it is wise to speak to your vet so you can fully understand the preparation required and ensure your trip with your pet can go without a hitch.
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