Life for your pets in the UK

by Stripes Europe
Stripes Europe

If you’ve brought your pet or plan to get one, familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of life for you and your pets while living in the U.K.

REGISTERING YOUR PET

Registration will take place on RAF Feltwell’s veterinary clinic.

  • Documents to bring to registration:
    • DD Form 2343
    • Veterinary Health Record
    • Copy of PCS orders
    • ID card
    • Copy of the pet’s vaccination/medical records

VACCINATIONS TO OBTAIN

  • Rabies - Both dogs and cats must get an annual rabies vaccination if you’re planning to obtain a pet passport. The vaccination is good for three years.
  • Worming, flea and tick - Ensure pet is on these preventive medicines year-round.
  • Distemper - Annual vaccination.
  • Hepatitis - Annual vaccination. 
  • Parvovirus - Annual vaccination.
  • Leptospirosis - Annual vaccination.

Note: Vaccinations can be completed on RAF Feltwell or an off-base vet clinic near you.

OFF-BASE VET CLINICS

Taking your pet to an off-base veterinarian clinic is recommended for emergency, specialty needs and basic care.

LOCAL PET REGULATIONS AND LAWS

  • It’s essential to ensure your pet has a collar with ID tags on at all times. The information on the tag should include their name, your phone number and address.
  • Must have their 15-digit international microchip.
  • You must pick up after dog when out in public. You could face large fines if seen by authorities without bags to clean up your dog’s mess.
  • For a full list of laws regarding dogs visit www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare or www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-advice/laws-all-dog-owners-need-know.

TRAVELING WITH YOUR PET

Bringing your pet along for the ride as you tour Europe? Follow the requirements below to avoid any issues:

  • Rabies vaccination must be up to date and given after 15-digit international microchip was implanted.
  • If you plan to take your dog on a trip that is longer than one to five days outside of the U.K., you have to find a vet in the country you’re traveling to get your pet a worming shot before coming back to the U.K.
  • Pets must be contained while riding in vehicle (carrier, harness, or seat belt).
  • A pet passport must be with you and your pet at all times.
  • Check www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad/pet-passport for the most current information regarding pet passports.

As always, it is best to check with your local vet in advance to ensure you have everything in order before your trip.

TRAVELING WITHOUT YOUR PET

There may be some trips where your pet can’t tag along. Find a local boarding facility that you trust to take care of your pet while you explore Europe. Ask friends and colleagues for recommendations and tour the facility for yourself.

THINKING ABOUT GETTING A PUPPY?

Whether you’re looking to adopt or purchase a dog, it’s best to understand the following information.

  • Reflect on if you have the time and money to take on the responsibility.
  • Research the shelter or breeder intensively to ensure they are legitimate.
  • Watch for warning signs of the facility or breeder.
  • Know the signs of a healthy puppy.
  • For in-depth information on legitimate facilities, warning signs, health standards and more, visit www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-advice/buying-puppy.

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