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Fetchapet are specialists in taking dogs, cats and birds to all European destinations, we are BA recommended pet shippers with 30 years’ experience.

Fetchapet offer a bespoke pet export service by air to Europe’s international airports or alternatively via road on our door to door service within the UK and Europe.

Pick up service from your residence anywhere in England, Scotland or Wales

Dog & cat boarding facilities are available for long or short periods at our partner kennels prior to shipment.

IATA compliant air travel containers are manufactured in our own workshops and each kennel is tailor made to suit your pet's measurements which ensures maximum safety and comfort during the journey.

For road journeys, a travel kennel is not required as we will loan you a crate for the duration of the journey ensuring maximum safety and comfort for your pet.

Full veterinary procedures and documentation can be undertaken at Fetchapet including the issuance of Pet Passports by our experienced Veterinary Surgeons.

Pet dogs and cats must be microchipped and have the microchip number recorded on all veterinary certificates. Microchipping must be undertaken before the required vaccinations are given to enable the Official Veterinarian (OV) or Local Veterinary Inspector (LVI) of DEFRA to identify the animal when completing the pet passport.

A UK Pet Passport for dogs and cats travelling within the EU must contain confirmation of microchip number and the date of insertion, date of vaccination against rabies; there must be a waiting period of at least 21 days after initial rabies vaccination (given when the animal is at least 12 weeks of age) to the date of shipment. The rabies vaccination must be valid on the date of travel and any booster vaccinations must be kept current in order for the passport to remain valid. Any lapses in rabies vaccination mean a new initial vaccine must be administered and the pet is then subject to an additional 21 day waiting period.

Regular booster vaccinations just before the due date ensure the pet is always able to move freely around all European Countries.

Please note that currently an additional treatment for Echinococcus multicularis (a type of tapeworm that can also infect humans) is required for pet dogs entering Finland, Ireland, Malta, and the United Kingdom and this treatment must contain either praziquantel or its equivalent, and be given between 24 hours and 120 hours (1-5 days) prior to checking in to travel. The worming treatment is also recommended for pets entering Norway but is not compulsory for pets travelling directly from the UK to Norway.

A health certificate indicating that the pet is fit to travel is required by all airlines and is also required by Fetchapet before undertaking any road journeys.

All details must entered into the Pet Passport by an OV (Official Veterinarian) or LVI (Local Veterinary Inspector) of DEFRA or equivalent EU licensed Veterinarian in other EU member states together with the health certification which appears on page 28 of the UK Passport booklet. Most surgeries have at least one OV working in the veterinary practice.

Rabies serology (blood) tests are not required for animals moving within the EU.

Please note Switzerland and the Russian Federation are included in the pet passport system and governed by the same rules even though they are not EU member states, however both of these countries ask for rabies vaccinations to be given 30 days prior to entry instead of the usual 21 days so it is prudent to do the vaccination a little earlier when taking pets to these countries.

Fetchapet are animal handling agents for most major airlines and can arrange for delivery in the destination country by one of our network of IPATA agents.

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