How to Travel With Your Pet

If you’re about to hit the road and plan to take your furry friend with you, it’s important to understand the rules and regulations of traveling with a pet. This can be extremely daunting, but once you get the basics right, having your buddy by your side shouldn’t be too difficult.

Rules can sometimes be complex because pets (mainly dogs, cats, and rodents) carry diseases which can be problematic to the country you’re traveling to. So, use this guide as an overview of the things you should pay attention to, but do your own research before starting your trip.

1. Necessary Documents

Although each country has specific requirements, the main documents you should carry with you are a pet passport (or third-country veterinary certificate), proof of rabies vaccination, possibly a blood test, and, if you have a dog, a tapeworm treatment.

You’ll also need to have your pet microchipped before entering some countries, including the whole of the EU. Some countries might ask for an Import Permit, as your pets are treated as cargo, pretty much like international trading.

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