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Travelling (flying) with a dog

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1. Posted by Ofelia (Respected Member 142 posts) 6y

So I've done a whole lot of research about taking a pet abroad and think I have it all sorted. However, I'd like to know if anyone has taken a dog from a non-EU country into the EU.

Basically, the dog has all the relevant vaccinations, she's microchipped, and has a little doggy passport. Usually dogs arriving outside of the EU need to have a rabies shot, but as she's a puppy (dogs under 3 months cannot have rabies and cannot also be vaccinated against it) I've followed the recommended guidelines and had a meeting with the veterinary inspector of the country I'm bringing the dog from, and they've signed a certificate saying there is no rabies in the area, and that the puppy has not been in contact with wild animals. I'm hoping this will be enough as the guidelines are a bit ambiguous on the matter.

Has anyone recently brought a pet to the EU from abroad? I'd love to hear how it all went!

2. Posted by emilyemily (Budding Member 82 posts) 6y

Hey Ofelia! Unfortunately, I don't have any helpful advice to give, but I want to say THEY HAVE LITTLE DOGGY PASSPORTS?? The cuteness factor is overwhelming me... I had no idea! Do they put her picture in it (no doubt with tongue flopping out the side) and put little stamps in it when she enters a country???

3. Posted by Ofelia (Respected Member 142 posts) 6y

Quoting emilyemily

THEY HAVE LITTLE DOGGY PASSPORTS??

But certainly. She does indeed have a little doggy passport, with a photo, and, more importantly, her microchip number, owner's details and vaccination and de-worming details.

I got her home now, and it was fine- a doggy plane ticket cost 50€, although this obviously varies between airlines, and she travelled in the cabin with me as she's a puppy (under 8 kilograms). The paperwork was the hardest part, but actually flying and sorting things with the airline was far easier than I thought!

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5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 6y

Quoting Ofelia

dogs under 3 months cannot have rabies

Is that really true? I've read different things. But this one the sidenote, I guess all things are well.

6. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 6y

Quoting Utrecht

Quoting Ofelia

dogs under 3 months cannot have rabies

Is that really true? I've read different things. But this one the sidenote, I guess all things are well.

No, that is not true. (And, yes all things are well, Michael. ;) )

There is no age limit as to when a puppy can be infected by the rabies virus. An infected pregnant female can pass the virus on to the puppies through the birth canal. It just more common to happen in feral dogs than in those with owners. Again, the percentages are very, very low. I mean very low (as in 0.00X%).

When a puppy can be vaccinated against rabies is dictated more by local laws than the age of the animal. In Ofelia's case, and the country of the dog's origin, that time period was 12 weeks. In the US, each state has it's own regulations. Some require rabies to be administered at 8 weeks while others say 6 months for the first inoculation. Illinois law requires it by the age of 6 months but does not dictate a minimum age. While working at the vet clinic, we administered rabies as young as 3 weeks because the puppies were being transported by air and the airline required it for all animals regardless of age.

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