Taking your dog to France? Then this is the site for you! We’ve written this blog because, in preparing for our first time abroad with our three dogs (two greyhounds and a lurcher), we found it very difficult to find any decent information on what it actually is like to be away in a foreign country with your pets. There’s plenty to read about how to arrange the pet passports, but what about heartworm, lungworm, processionary caterpillars ….. The worries during the six months after arranging the passports grew and grew as we wondered whether we should just stick to the good old UK for our pet holidays!
This blog is about our first trip abroad with the dogs – five weeks in France during May and June 2009. It has the highs and lows with information about what we did to prepare our furry friends for their big adventure. Please feel free to leave your comments – it may help others who are thinking of going abroad. And do please follow us on Twitter. The more followers we have, the more encouraged we will be to tweet when we are on our travels. You can find us @dogtravelblog
In January 2012, the Pet Passport rules changed and became much simpler. For the up to date rules, see our page New DEFRA Pet Passport Travel Rules from 2012.
Please also be aware that this blog is based on our experiences. We won’t accept any liability arising from anything we’ve written here. Remember that it’s your responsibility to ensure you have everything in order for your pet’s travel. If you are unsure about anything, check with DEFRA before you travel or with the country to which you are travelling for country specific queries.
Incidentally, the University of Bristol is conducting a survey into dog travel trends and the perception of risk to those dogs from parasites found abroad. As many responses as possible are needed so click on this link to take part. The survey is running from Nov 2012 until further notice.