Life for your pets in the UK

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 with RAF Feltwell’s veterinary clinic.

  • Documents to provide for 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:

  • Pet passports from the European Union are no longer used in the U.K. To travel abroad with your pet you will need a health certificate from a UK licensed official veterinarian. This is not provided through the on-base Veterinary Clinic.
  • For the latest information check https://www.gov.uk/taking-your-pet-abroadu   Pets must be contained while riding in vehicle (carrier, harness, or seat belt).

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.

 

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