Get your passports at the ready!
The Eukanuba World Challenge inaugural event was hosted at the AKC/Eukanuba Nationals in Long Beach, California in December 07.
To assist the UK exhibitors Eukanuba is issuing a guideline to enable a Pet Passport to be acquired in preparation for travel between the UK and the USA. The entire process takes 7 months from start to completion (after which you are allowed to bring your dog back into the UK). Once a Pet Passport is issued it will last the lifetime of the dog providing the rabies vaccination is updated and is given in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.
The 2008 Challenge will take place in Long Beach on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th December.
To prepare for the event, you will need to have your dog’s Pet Passport ready and comply with regulations for re-entry into the UK. You will be required to visit a DEFRA Licensed Veterinarian Inspector. Pet Passports can only be issued by LVI vets. They will need to administer the rabies vaccination before 12th May 08. This is the latest recommended date to ensure eligibility for the event. The dog will require a microchip (ideally using an International Standards Organisation microchip). This can be done on the same day prior to the rabies vaccination. Should your dog have been previously micro chipped then you will need to supply the vet with the full details including the date of micro chipping. Subsequently a blood sample will be taken, DEFRA recommend that the blood test is carried out no less than 30 days from the date that the rabies vaccination has been administered. This blood sample is sent off by the vet to the DEFRA approved laboratory for analysis.
When the blood test results confirm that your dog has the required level of antibodies (this can typically take 2 weeks for test results to be confirmed) the vet will be able to issue your dog with a Pet Passport. This will enable you to depart the country but not allow you to re-enter the UK until 6 months from the date that the bloods were taken providing you comply with the Tick and Tapeworm treatment. (More details on this to follow).
The blue coloured UK Pet Passport is divided into sections which need to be completed by the LVI vet. The sections are as follows: Owners details; Description of the animal; Identification of animal; Vaccination against Rabies record; Rabies serological test which requires the Official LVI stamp with the vet’s unique DEFRA number. The last three sections are for recording the Tick and the Tapeworm treatment (an official requirement to enter the UK -see details under preparation to travel back into the UK); other canine vaccinations and a clinical vet examination. It is recommended that the vet transfers your dog’s vaccinations onto the relevant page (otherwise it would be advisable to travel with your vaccination card) and that the vet examines the dog prior to any air travel and completes this section.
Before you fly your dog you will be required by the airline to have a current private health certificate from your vet. Usually these certificates are good for up to 10 days from date of issue.
STEP BY STEP GUIDE FOR PROCEEDURE TO PREPARE YOUR DOG FOR A UK PET PASSPORT:
1 Microchip (ensure it is an ISO chip). 2 Vet to administer rabies vaccination. 3 Vet to take a blood sample (advisably 30 days later) and send to the laboratory. 4 Pet Passport Issued by vet (once satisfactory test results are received). An example to prepare a dog for the Eukanuba World Challenge:
1st May The dog is micro chipped and given a rabies vaccination by an LVI vet.
31th May The vet takes a blood sample from the dog (the microchip must be read before the blood sample is taken to verify the dog’s identity).
From 16th June The vet can issue your dog with a Pet Passport providing the satisfactory test results have been received. You are then set to depart the UK and in the above example you would be able to return to the UK from 1st December.
In order to comply with UK regulations you would be required to have a USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) vet administer the Tick and Tapeworm Treatment at the required time and complete the required paperwork within the Pet Passport.
Tick and Tapeworm Treatment is required to be carried out by a licensed vet no less than 24 hours and no more than 48 hours prior to the dog being checked into the approved airline and flight into the UK. Regulations require that the tapeworm treatment must contain ‘praziquantel’, and be administered in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. The tick treatment needs to be a veterinary product authorised and licensed for use against ticks.
Some travel tips: Check and verify Pet Passport is fully compliant with current regulations. Check and secure the IATA approved crate prior to departure. The original documents must travel with the flight crate (they are usually in a wallet and fixed to the crate. – it is advisable to take copies of all documentation and carry them with you for reference). Travel with a water bowl securely fixed inside the crate – carry some spare water with you for your dog’s arrival. If your dog has a microchip other than an ISO then it is advisable to carry a compatible chip reader.
There are many sources listed on the internet however the ultimate website to visit for current information on the Pet Passport is the official government DEFRA WebPages. To ensure that you comply completely with the current Pet Passport scheme you can visit the Pet Passport website http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/quarantine/PETS/index.htm.