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Here, on Our Site, you’ll find the resources and expertise needed to protect and monitor your pet from countless diseases and conditions. Scan the links and photos below for information relevant to you and to see what advice our veterinarians have to offer. We’re confident that these articles will help you strengthen your bond with your own veterinarian and put you in position to be your pet’s best advocate when it comes to healthcare concerns. Please, explore our webpage and use this knowledge to your advantage as a proud and loving pet parent.

Diabetes in Dogs and Cats

Diabetes Mellitus Overview

Because diabetes mellitus most commonly occurs in older patients the signs are easily overlooked.
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Diabetes Mellitus in Cats

Diabetes mellitus is a common condition in people and relatively common in cats as well.
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Diabetes Mellitus in Dogs

Even though diabetes is a common human disease, our four-legged friends can get diabetes, too.
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Hypoglycemia in Dogs

Low blood sugar is not a disease itself; rather, it is a symptom of an underlying disease or problem.
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Dr. Ruth's Diabetes 101

Diabetes mellitus is a multifactorial disease influenced by both inherited and environmental factors.
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Hypothyroidism / Hyperthyroidism in Dogs and Cats

Hyperthyroidism in Cats

It occurs when the thyroid glands, located in your cat’s neck, produce an excess of thyroid hormone.
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Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism in Dogs

Thyroid disorders are more common in middle aged and older dogs.
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Hypothyroidism in Dogs

What should you keep an eye out for if you suspect your canine friend is hypothyoid?
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Pancreatitis in Dogs and Cats

Acute Pancreatitis in Cats

Cats instinctually hide the fact that they are sick, and cats with pancreatitis are no exception.
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Chronic Pancreatitis in Dogs

There are many suggested causes of pancreatitis including obesity, high-fat diets, liver disease, and toxins.
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Acute Pancreatitis in Dogs

The introduction of a large amount of fatty food all at once can cause acute pancreatitis.
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Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency in Dogs and Cats

Pancreatic inflammation may also destroy the insulin producing cells—resulting in diabetes.
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Insulinoma in Dogs

Both mixed breeds and pure breeds can be affected by this type of tumor.
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Pain Management

Pain Management During Surgery

Surgery cannot possibly be 100% comfortable; fortunately, in the vast majority of cases, we can keep patients mostly pain-free.
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Aspirin Toxicity in Cats

Aspirin is a drug that has many benefits for both pets and people; unfortunately, it can also be dangerous.
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Anesthesia in Dogs and Cats

Anesthesia and Your Dog

There are always risks when any anesthetic agent is administered to a patient, regardless of the length of time the patient is anesthetized.
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Anesthesia and Your Cat

Several safeguards are put into place to help reduce your cat’s risk during anesthesia.
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Preanesthetic Testing
and Your Pet

So what exactly is your veterinarian looking for during preanesthetic testing?
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Regular Checkups

My Pet's Perfectly Healthy! Why Should I See my Veterinarian?

It’s actually really important to have your pet examined, blood work and all, at least once a year.
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Five Questions to
Ask Your Veterinarian

To optimize your pet’s next routine appointment, make sure you ask your veterinarian these 5 questions!
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Why Should You Take a
Seemingly Healthy Pet to the Vet?

There are early warning systems in pets but they are subtle. Certainly one is age.
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A search of Google for “Our Site” turned up nearly 350 million hits in just 2.5 seconds.
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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Import Pet To United Kingdom


Dogs and cats imported to the UK are required to be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip.

Rabies Vaccination

A valid rabies vaccination is required for dogs and cats entering the UK. The Rabies vaccination must be administered within the acceptable timeframe after the microchip implant.

Other Vaccinations or treatments

Dogs are required to receive deworming treatment with an approved brand prior to flight. General health vaccinations are recommended for travel to the UK.

Rabies Titer Blood Test

A passing rabies titer blood test result (>=0.5 IU/ml) by an approved lab is required to enter the UK with dogs and cats. The blood testing must follow the UK requirements of when and where the blood is tested. There is a three month waiting period after rabies titer blood testing prior to import to the UK.

Health certificate

All dogs and cats entering the UK must have a health check and health certificate endorsed by a government vet prior to flight. The timeframe for this is dependent on the country of export.

Import Permit

Import permits are not required for dogs or cats entering the UK.

Banned Breeds

The following breeds or their mixes are not permitted to enter or transit the UK: Brazilian Fila, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa Inu or American Staffordshire Pit Bull Terrier. Also, some kinds of American Bulldogs have been found to be Pit Bulls. It is illegal to enter or transit the UK with any of these breeds or their mixes.


There is no quarantine for healthy dogs or cats that are imported to the United Kingdom if they have followed proper import regulations.

Preparation Time

We recommend you start preparing your dog or cat atleast four months in advance of your planned flight date. Puppies and Kittens may take longer to prepare.

In order to import into the United Kingdom, all pets must travel as manifested cargo.

Bringing Pets To United Kingdom? Let Us help You.

Terminal4Pets posts up to date information reflecting current regulations for pet import to the countries listed to the best of our ability. Country specific import regulations and policies are updated by government veterinary authorities. Noncompliance with import regulations may result in quarantine of pet, denial of import and return to country of origin or euthanasia.

Terminal4Pets will not be liable due to information posted here. Compliance with all import regulations to the destination country is the sole responsibility of the importer.

We recommend using our Pet Flight Management Service prior to flight to consult with our pet flight specialists and to never take unnecessary risks

Pet vaccinations and medical costs

Ah, the vet: your pet’s favourite place! To ensure that your pet is allowed to fly, you need to take it to the vet for a proper health assessment. Domestic animals are welcome in most countries but not if they’re bringing diseases with them.

The health checks your pet needs is different for each country, but in general, your pet will need to be micro-chipped and have a rabies vaccination. A microchip will cost around £ 20 ( GBP ) , while a rabies vaccination will cost about £ 20 ( GBP ) to £ 40 ( GBP ) , depending on if it’s a one-year dose or a three-year dose.

Here is the typical cost of microchips and rabies vaccinations in the UK, USA and Australia. Prices will vary depending on the type of animal you have and the clinic you visit.

Microchip and rabies vaccination cost

Some countries also require additional vaccinations for specific diseases with very long names (such as Leishmaniosis), but we’ll go into them in more detail later. Make sure your pet has all the necessary health checks before it travels, or it could end up in quarantine when it touches down in its new country.

What pet owners must do

Preparing your animal for pet travel under the PETS scheme is not complicated but you need to plan ahead and get the process in the works well ahead of time - at least four months if you are traveling from outside the EU. Here is what's required:

  1. Have your pet microchipped - Your vet can carry this out and it is not painful for the animal. It must be done first, before any inoculation. If your dog has been inoculated against rabies before being microchipped, it will have to be done again.
  2. Rabies vaccination - Have your pet vaccinated against rabies after being microchipped. There is no exemption from this requirement, even if the animal already had been vaccinated.
  3. Blood testfor pets entering from outside the EU - After a 30-day waiting period, your vet should test your animal to make sure that the rabies vaccination has succeeded in giving sufficient protection. Dogs and cats entering from and vaccinated within EU or non-EU listed countries do not have to have a blood test.
  4. The 3-week/3-month rule The first time your pet is prepared to travel under the PETS system, you must wait three weeks before you can travel and return to the UK if you are coming into the UK from an EU or listed country. The day of the vaccination counts as day 0 and you must wait a further 21 days.
    If you are traveling to the UK from an unlisted country outside the EU, your pet must have a blood test 30 days after the vaccination (with the vaccination day counting as day 0) and then wait a further three months after the valid blood test before the animal can enter the UK.
  5. PETS Documents Once your animal has passed all the required waiting periods and has had a valid blood test, if that is required, the vet will issue PETS documentation. In EU countries, this will be an EU PETS Passport. If you are traveling to the UK from a Non-EU country, your vet must complete a Model Third Country Official Veterinary Certificate which you can download from the PETS website. No other certificate will be accepted. You must also sign a declaration stating that you do not intend to sell or transfer ownership of the animal. Download the declaration form here.
  6. Tapeworm treatment Just before you enter the UK, your dog must be treated against tapeworm. This must be done not more than 120 hours (5 days) before entering the UK and not less than 24 hours. This treatment must be carried out by a licensed vet every time your pet enters the UK. If your dog does not have this treatment during the required period, it can be refused entry and placed into a 4 month quarantine. Dogs entering the UK from Finland, Ireland, Malta and Norway do not have to be treated for tapeworm.

Once you've fulfilled all the requirements, your animal will be free to travel to the UK as long as rabies vaccinations are kept up to date.

There are some exceptions. Pets coming to the UK from Jamaica must be prepared for travel under the PETS requirements in a different country, outside Jamaica. Special extra requirements apply to cats coming to the UK from Australia and for dogs and cats arriving from Peninsular Malaysia. Find those requirements here.

You will still be able to travel with your pet from England, Scotland and Wales to the EU, but you will need to follow a different procedure.

The EU has agreed that Great Britain should be given "part two listed" status, allowing pets to travel within its borders if the owners obtain an animal health certificate (AHC) first.

The AHC confirms that your pet is microchipped and vaccinated against rabies.

You will need to get a new certificate each time you travel with your pet and you must obtain it within 10 days of the date you travel. The document is valid for four months, for a single trip into the EU, onward travel within the EU and for re-entry to Great Britain.

The certificate will be issued by your vet.

On arrival in the EU, you will need to enter through a designated travellers' point of entry, listed on the EU website here.

The rules apply to guide dogs as well.

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