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Real life experience of travel with dogs and Pet Passports in France

Would we do it again?

June16

Absolutely, without hesitation. All my worries about the Pet Passport and the process you need to follow when in France before the return to the UK were unfounded. I just wish that I could have read about it all in more detail before going so that my mind could be put at rest. That’s what this site is about – to give you confidence if you’re thinking of going abroad with your dog. Just make sure that all your documentation is in place and that you visit a vet between 24 and 48 hours before your return to the UK. You’ll be fine. If you don’t speak French and you need help making an appointment, ask Reception staff to help you in your hotel or campsite or visit your local Tourist Information Office where they will help you find a vet and make an appointment for you. My feeling is that vets near or in a channel port will know exactly what to do and that you won’t have a problem so I would advise spending a couple of nights close to your ferry port before your travel date.

Regarding being abroad with your dog, just remember that you’re not at home and be aware of the local issues and creepie crawlies which we don’t have at home. Make sure you’ve given them worm and flea treatment and, if you’re heading south, make sure they’re wearing their scalibor collar. Take worm and flea treatment with you if you’re going for longer than a couple of weeks.

I can’t wait for our next trip. I’m already thinking of the Pyrenees, Aquitaine, Dordogne …. and maybe Spain or Portugal! But, I like France and the French seem to like my dogs, so maybe I’ll just stick with France!

Bon voyage!

At Chamonix Mt Blanc

At Chamonix Mt Blanc

 

Ready to go somewhere!

Ready to go somewhere!

 

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14 Responses to “Would we do it again?”

  1. Sandra says:

    Hi there! what a useful source of information. We are hoping to take our westie over to France next year and the facts in your blog have allayed allot of worries I had. Do you know if dogs are banned from public beaches as they are in England during May to September?
    Kind regards
    Sandra

    • Editor says:

      Glad it helps. Yes, dogs are banned from beaches in a similar way to the UK. The local tourist information offices (which are in most towns, big or small) would give you more details on the local areas. Many of the individual regions also publish on the internet which beaches allow dog access. Most beaches we visited had dog friendly areas and were clearly signed. Have a great time!

  2. Maria says:

    Hi, fantastic blog, thank you so much for putting the time and effort into answerring all the questions so many of us are thinking before we set off for the first time with the dogs. The vet details are especially helpful.
    Best Regards
    Maria

  3. Eli Lindsell says:

    Hi, great site with loads of info. We are taking our two mini schnauzers to France this April. They travelled with us to Spain a couple of years ago and we were so worried about health issues, i.e. creepy crawlers carrying diseases.

    What we would like to find out is how often do pets need to be innoculated against rabies in France. Our dogs are covered up to September this year so they will be fine when entering the UK. However, will they be required to have yearly boosters when entering France? My Vet doesn’t seem to know.

    Please help!!

  4. Editor says:

    Hi there. I would suggest you call Defra on this for clarification but, as I understand it, you will be fine with the vaccination you have. If you are in France for more than 3 months, your dogs would be classed as canine citizens and you would need to vaccinate against rabies on an annual basis (the same in the whole of the EU mainland because they do actually have rabies as a disease there). Here in the UK, we only need to vaccinate once every two or three years (dependent on the vaccine your vet has used on your dogs) because we don’t have the disease here and the vaccination is only for the purposes of the pet passport. So, basically, even if you spent from now until Sept in France, you’d be ok with the vaccination you have now. But, even if you still had two years left on the vaccination and you decided to move to France permanently, you would have to get the dogs vaccinated by a French vet after 12 months to adhere to their policies re rabies. This is how Defra explained things to me last year because we often think about running away somewhere hot for six months or longer! By the way, in September, don’t miss your vaccination deadline in the UK by even one day – the vaccination MUST be done by the expiry date or you’ll have to start the whole expensive process all over again! Yikes!

  5. Sue Jackson says:

    Thank you so much for taking the trouble to create this website. We are talking our 8 yr old Collie to France in 5 weeks and like you, I have been very worried about the whole process. This has put my mind at rest and I will now ask my vet about any other treatments my collie will need to visit the Loire valley in particular the collars. My dog has had a passport for 5 yrs and I have kept the treatment up to date but this is the first time aboroad for her.

    Thanks again!!!

  6. Sue Jackson says:

    Hi

    Just wanted to thank you very much for writing this BLOG. We have now returned from our first visit to France with Holly our collie. We all had a wonderful time and thanks to you we felt really well prepared and informed. The Pet passport control turned out to be very straight forward and hassle free. (I was a bit worried about this bit!)
    We took our dog to a vet based in Gien he was recommended by the caravan site, (pre booked by us before we went) and he was a lovely english speaking vet and allowed us to use our own medication bought from our English vet. I would be happy to supply his details.

    We can’t wait to go back next year; perhaps twice! And we feel confident to take our dog in to other countries as you have done.

    Thanks again

  7. Craig Durno says:

    Hi,
    I just wanted to say a big thank you for producing this superb site. Its given us the confidence to take Monty our Jack Russell with us to France next year.
    You seem to have answered all our concerns and we’re soon going to start the ball rolling for next year.
    Just one question. Monty wil be 12yrs old (though he is mega fit) when we go. Can the rabies vaccination have adverse affects on older dogs and can anyone think of other things that may disadvantage an older dog abroad?

    Many thanks

  8. Craig Durno says:

    Hi,
    I just wanted to say a big thank you for producing this superb site. Its given us the confidence to take Monty our Jack Russell with us to France next year.
    You seem to have answered all our concerns and we’re soon going to start the ball rolling for next year.
    Just one question. Monty wil be 12yrs old (though he is mega fit) when we go. Can the rabies vaccination have adverse affects on older dogs and can anyone think of other things that may disadvantage an older dog abroad?

    Many thanks

  9. Alys says:

    Your site is fantastic!

    My partner and I are hoping to get a Greyhound from the UK and bring it to France where I live. We will register it in the UK where moh has an address. I was wondering a) how long must the dog wait from being vaccinated against rabies and having the blood test b) how long does it take to get the Pet Passport through (although this might depend upon the vet being used c) I don’t think you’ve mentioned insurance. Does a UK company cover ailments/accidents when in another country?

    P.S don’t take your beautiful doggies to Spain where there is a terrible problem with Greyhounds (Galgos). Gypsies use them to illegally race and hunt. A sickening number are cruely treated and barbarically slaughtered. The majority of Spanish people see Galgos as a pest (certainly not a pet) because there are so many roaming the streets.

  10. Sue Jackson says:

    Hi Craig

    I would ask your vet about the rabies vaccination. My only thoughts would be about the difference in temperatures from UK to where you intend to travel and the journey itself. We chose the tunnel as our dog was able to stay in the car with us and we decided on how many hours a day we would travel for.

    Also not sure whether pet insurance would pick up any bills overseas if your dogwas taken poorly etc.

    Hope that helps.

  11. jay says:

    Don’t let the vet give your dog a rabies jab at the same time as any other boosters. The drug literature recommends a two week gap between them but our vet did both together and we nearly lost our dog due to an allergic reaction which caused a sterile abcess which burst. The skin died over the site of the abcess and the dog needed two operations to rejoin skin over the six inch square wound. All this was avoidable if the vet had followed the drug company’s protocol.
    The dog had had the rabies and booster injection before but at different times and had been fine.

  12. Nikita says:

    Hi there!

    What a fantastic website!!

    Me and my partner are moving to France in our motorhome and obviously want to take our dog!! This website has put our minds at rest and we cant wait for our new adventure!!

    :-)

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