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KC Dog: Protecting Dog Owners' Rights

The European Union (EU) Pet Travel Scheme began in 2004 as a means of protecting animal and human health from rabies and other exotic diseases while allowing for the movement of animals.

The UK harmonised their regulations with the EU rules in 2012 which allowed easier pet travel for dog owners. The current requirements are listed here:

The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) have announced changes to the Pet Travel Scheme which will come into effect on 29th December 2014.

The current requirements will remain the same but there will be a number of changes which you will need to be aware of if you are planning to travel abroad with your dog:

There are other changes being introduced that will affect you less directly, but are still important to be aware of:

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