Islanders travelling with pets are being urged to check the latest advice ahead of a possible Brexit on 31 October, or risk leaving their animals behind.
Anyone intending to travel with cats, dogs or ferrets to the European Union is being encouraged by States Vet David Chamberlain to ensure the correct precautions are taken.
‘We know many people like to take their pets with them to France. We want to avoid a situation where someone finds they aren’t able to take their pet with them at the eleventh hour. Owners are strongly advised to contact their vets as early as possible when planning a trip to Europe to avoid any unanticipated problems and upset,’ said Mr Chamberlain, who has been contacting local vets and discussing possible changes to pet travel with Condor Ferries.
Owners must ensure their pets receive a rabies vaccination and later have a blood sample taken to check the vaccine is working. Within 10 days of travel, pets must be examined by a vet who will issue an animal health certificate which is required for each trip. This process can take four months, so pet owners must discuss it with their vets as soon as possible.
While debate continues and a number of outcomes are still possible, the UK Government’s policy remains that it will leave on the 31 of this month, with or without deal.
For more Brexit-related advice, islanders can use the online resource provided at gov.gg/Brexit.