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Pet Passports To Be Easier And Cheaper

UK Dog News
Easier and cheaper rules on pet passports have been welcomed by owners keen to travel with their cats and dogs.

Currently pets need an anti-rabies jab six months before they travel, plus a blood test to check the vaccination has worked.

From 1 January 2012 new regulations mean pets can be taken to the vet for their injection up until three weeks before a trip to the EU, America or Australia. Blood tests have been dropped and the Government estimates the change could save owners GBP7 million a year in vets' fees.

Animal lovers who fall foul of red tape and cannot produce the right paperwork will no longer have to see their cherished companion consigned to quarantine for six months.

While owners welcomed the change, posting their approval in internet forums for cat and dog enthusiasts, some wished the new regime could have been in place in time for them to holiday with their pets this summer.

Meanwhile a tongue-in-cheek article in The Independent suggested Labradors might enjoy visiting Labrador in Canada, ferrets the French resort of Cap Ferret, cats could feel at home in Siam (or Thailand, as we now know it), while there were 101 reasons for spotted dogs to love the Croatian region of Dalmatia.

Announcing the changes, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said:

'It's time we changed these outdated rules which have caused hardship to generations of pets and pet owners, and those who rely on assistance dogs, with too many animals cooped up unnecessarily.' She mentioned Britain's 19th century quarantine system was far behind modern science

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