Dog Passport and Insurance

Insuring and taking your dog abroad

The Pet Passport allows the entry of your dog to all members of the most European countries without any additional health certification being required. For a Pet Passport to be issued there are certain criteria that must be fulfilled. All animals need to be 3 months of age before they can be vaccinated.

Before a Pet Passport can be issued your dog must have:

Your dog will only be allowed to enter an EU country 21 days after the Rabies vaccination has been administered.

Countries outside the EU may have additional requirements which require a health check and a certificate by a DEFRA nominated Official Veterinary Inspector at Towy Vets, a few days before the travel date. For these countries, application for the appropriate paperwork should be made to DEFRA at least a month before the travel date.

Before returning to the UK your dog must be treated with a specific worm and tick treatment. This needs to be done 24-48 hours before their return to the UK, and be done by a Veterinary Surgeon abroad, who will then issue the appropriate certificate.

Provided rabies booster vaccinations are given at the correct time and the passport signed by an official veterinary surgeon, it will remain valid. Some countries may require more frequent vaccinations.


Does quarantine still exist?

Yes. All dogs entering the UK that do not have a valid Pet Passport must undergo a period of 6 months quarantine. It is essential that all documentation is valid and correct.


It is important that when considering overseas travel with your dog, you contact DEFRA to ensure that all requirements are identified and a pre travel plan to be created.

Where can I get further information?
The PETS Helpline:
Tel: 0870 2411 710 (8.30am – 5pm, Mon – Fri)
DEFRA Website:


Pet Insurance for dogs

It is cited that 1 in 3 pets will require veterinary treatment this year. This could be for a long term condition such as arthritis or Diabetes Mellitus, or a ‘one off’ occasion such as a broken leg.

As veterinary medicine becomes more advanced, costs increase and in some cases become a deciding factor on the treatment plan. This is where insuring your dog can help you provide the best possible treatment, no matter the condition.

There are many pet insurance companies available which will insure against accident, illness and injury.

However, policies can vary greatly and so should be considered very carefully. It is not a decision where comparisons are made just on price.

When looking for an insurance policy for your dog, check the following:

  • Make sure that the policy is a LIFETIME or a LIFE POLICY
  • There is no limit on the time that can be claimed for each condition
  • There are no exclusions at renewal for ongoing conditions
  • The company is a pet insurance specialist
  • Whether the excess will increase after each claim

We recommend a Covered for Life Policy from Pet Plan. This type of policy covers conditions such as arthritis which would require long term, regular veterinary treatment. Provided that the policy is renewed annually, then cover continues for life.

The Cover for Life policies are available provided your dog is between 6 weeks and 8 years of age. If your dog has any illnesses or injuries prior to insurance being organised, then these will not be covered by the company.

When you take out a policy you should always check your terms and conditions in conjunction with your Certificate of Insurance to see what is and what is not covered.

As the insurance policy is between the client and the insurance company, clients are responsible for settling accounts with Practice. These costs can then be reclaimed by the client from the insurance company.

You are far more likely to claim on your pet’s insurance policy than your home insurance policy and yet we don’t think twice about insuring our homes!

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