What is the best way to get my pets to the UK from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic? If all the blood work, rabies and inoculations are up to date, do they need to go into quarantine, and if so, how long for?
Lily is not the friendliest cat around, and Jessie will literally go with anyone who calls her or feeds her.
Thanks for your help,
Thanks for your question. First, it's important to know that the Dominican Republic is classified as an “unlisted country” in relation to UK pet import procedures. For more information about what this means, please refer to the official UK government website
Essentially, your dog and cat will need a microchip, rabies vaccination, blood test, third country official veterinary certificate and tapeworm treatment (for dogs only). If you meet all of these requirements correctly, quarantine is not necessary. Again, please refer to the government website for more details, and you can also take a look at a similar pet travel Q&A
from our blog.
We also recommend looking over these basic pet travel tips
as you prepare for your trip, and since your cat sounds like she might be a reluctant traveler, it will be well worth it to spend some time helping her to get acclimated to her travel crate. Here are a few crate training tips for cats
to assist you in this process.
Hopefully this information helps you get started, Julie. If you're considering hiring a pet relocation company to arrange your move, you're welcome to give us a call or fill out our online consultation form
Thanks again for reaching out, and good luck with everything!
Pet Travel Question Details:
Estimated Move Date: End of August 2015
From: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
To: London, United Kingdom
Pets: Jessie is a 6-year-old Golden Retriever, weighing in at 78 lbs. Lily is a cat, a street rescue, and is currently 10 lbs, and is about 5 years old.