The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) is the system that allows pet dogs, cats and ferrets from certain countries to enter the UK without quarantine as long as they meet the rules. It also means that people in the UK can take their dogs, cats and ferrets to other European Union (EU) countries, and return with them to the UK. There are also certain non-EU countries that are included in the scheme. The rules are in place to keep the UK free from rabies and some other diseases.
The rules are:
We strongly advise that you visit the government website www.defra.gov.uk for the most up to date information on PETS.
You will need to consider that depending on where you travel to there are exotic diseases (not usually found in the UK) that your pet could contract and which are not preventable by vaccination. The most serious of these are: Leishmaniasis, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis and Dirofilariasis (heartworm disease). All of these can have severe consequences in your animal; some can also cause disease in humans.