EU Pet Passports - Changes due to BREXIT
Contingency Planning Countdown to October  2019


Unfortunately we have no clear information from official sources about the future of the Pet Passport scheme after October 2019.
The only accurate source of information remains on the DEFRA website.

The “worst case” scenario is that the UK will become an unlisted country for the European Scheme. This would mean that in addition to rabies vaccination, a blood test would be required antibody titre to demonstrate adequate response to the vaccination.  This would have to be done at least 30 days after vaccination, and assuming an adequate response is shown you would still have to wait a further 3 calendar months (from the date the blood sample was taken) for the passport to become active.

Unfortunately, the antibody titre levels set for the test assume recent vaccination; animals vaccinated several months or years ago, although still protected from rabies, are unlikely to have titres high enough to pass the test.

Suggested action;

1.       If you are not planning to take your pet abroad this year then we would suggest waiting to see what happens in October 2019 by which time we should have some more definite information from DEFRA. Keep checking the DEFRA website for further updates.

If you need to be certain that you can take your pet to Europe before the UK leaves the EU the safest course of action would be to revaccinate (to ensure a high enough titre) and blood test 31-35 days later. Remember it is a further 3 months before the passport is then active so this whole process will take at least 4 MONTHS.  Currently the cost for this (including revaccination and the laboratory fees) would be £178.00


A new strain of Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD2) has arisen and we have recently had confirmation that the virus is in this area. The disease spreads rapidly and is usually fatal within 24 hours.

Unfortunately the normal myxo/VHD1 vaccine does not protect against this new strain of the disease.

We are strongly recommending a new vaccine which has just become available ("Eravac") that protects against VHD2.

Immunity Eravac lasts for 9 months, the current cost is £25.00.

Please ring the surgery to arrange an appointment. When booking your appointment it would help to avoid confusion if you could specify this is for VHD2 Eravac vaccination.

In summary:
The myxo vaccine is given every 12 months.
The VHD2 Eravac vaccine is given every 9 months


The VMD is aware of media reports and concerns raised on social media following cases of serious adverse events in dogs given the vaccine containing four strains of Leptospira bacteria.

The VMD receives adverse event reports from veterinary surgeons, animal owners and marketing authorisation holders (MAH).

We would like to reassure vets, and through them dog owners, that we are constantly reviewing adverse event report data to ensure that the benefits of each UK licensed veterinary medicine product outweighs the risk posed by their potential side-effects.

There are a number of vaccines authorised in the UK containing either two (L2) or four (L4) strains of Leptospira. Based on the most recent periodic safety update report data received for each product, the incidence of adverse animal reactions for all L2 vaccine products combined is 0.015%; for L4 vaccine products this figure is 0.069%.

In other words, the VMD has received fewer than 2 adverse reactions for L2, and fewer than 7 for L4, for every 10,000 doses sold. This includes every suspected adverse event reported, even cases that were considered unclassifiable or were later found to be unrelated to the vaccine.

The overall incidence of suspected adverse reactions for both L2 and L4 vaccine products is therefore considered to be rare.

Further information (PDF, 9.02KB, 1 page)


Anyone breeding puppies after 1st October 2018 should be aware that if you make a profit of over £1000 the council can count you as a business & you will need a breeding licence. You will also have to register with HMRC. Any money made from selling of a litter also counts as undeclared income with the benefits agencies .
This also applies to anyone breeding three or more litters per year, or breeding dogs for financial gain .
You will need a licence number to advertise the selling of your litter on websites in future.


Requirements for a PET PASSPORT

1. Microchip
2. RABIES vaccination, can be given from 12 weeks ( previous advice in 2017/18 was 3 calendar months of age)
3. Issue of an EU pet passport
Due to a dramatic rise in the number of stolen animals being taken abroad, DEFRA have advised us that the Pet Passport which you have can only be in the name of a single person.
If anyone, other than the person on the passport takes your pet abroad using the Pet Passport, it must be accompanied by a letter, signed by the passport holder, giving them permission for that person to take the animal abroad. This applies even if that person is your spouse. Passports cannot be held in joint names.
Only fill in the second name, address etc. if there has been a change of ownership or address, and draw a line across the first entry. If this section is filled in it takes precedence and the first name, address etc. is no longer valid.
Write and sign a letter to accompany the passport giving permission for anyone else who might take your pet abroad without you and keep this with the passport.
4. Dogs only: treatment against tapeworms 1-5 days (24–120 hrs) before entry to the UK.
This must be done before each entry to the UK and the details entered into the passport by an approved veterinary surgeon (not required if entering the UK directly from Finland, Ireland or Malta).

The 3 Week Rule

Microchip, rabies vaccination and passport must be completed at least 21 full days before travel.

6th APRIL 2016 is a Red Letter day for Dog owners

It will be Law in England that all dogs must have a microchip and all details held on a national database must be up to date.

Dogs must be micro-chipped by the time they are 8 weeks old, there are no exceptions to this Law.

It will be the responsibility of the seller of any puppy, or dog, to register the new owners details on a national database.

Failure to comply could result in a £500.00 fine.

Please do not leave it until the last minute, ensure your dog is microchip'd and that your details are up to date.

MicroChip National Databases

There are 4 National Databases, your pet could be registered on.

If you are unsure then visit this website, enter the chip number and it will tell you who to contact

If micro chipped at this practice it will be recorded on Identibase (previously Anibase).

Identibase (was known as Anibase)

01904 487600

There is a charge of £6.00 for each request to amend records, or you can join their ‘Locate’ scheme for a one off fee of £17.95 per animal, which lasts for 8 years and allows multiple changes to contact details