Pet Travel Question: Blood Test Requirements for Importing a Dog to Ireland

Name: Lanna
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Golden Retriever
From: Ireland
To: Austria and back

Hi, I plan to bring my 11.5 year old Golden to Austria this winter and then back to Ireland in the spring. She just had her initial rabies vaccination but failed the blood test. We just went for a 2nd rabies vaccination. I know that size and age can increase the failure rate. My question is - can I have the second blood test done one week after the 2nd shot? Waiting the full 3 weeks makes the return date too late. Thanks for your advice. -Lanna

Hi Lanna,

Thanks for your inquiry. According to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University (the lab we advise our pet travel customers to use), the standard recommended waiting period for the FAVN test is 21 days following the rabies vaccination, however it's ultimately the country of import that should be consulted.

Check with the Ireland Customs Office for more information about when it would be permissible for you to have another blood test done:

Department of Agriculture & Food
Agriculture House
Kildare Street
IRL Dublin 2
Tel  +353 1 607 2827

Good luck in your travels, Lanna, and let us know if you need anything else!


PetRelocation Team




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