Taking dogs and in particular dogs with you:
This is mostly applicable for EU and in specific Ireland, but will give you at least a good idea of what to expect for other countries.
Also, the Pet travel companies will do some of this at an extra fee but it is easy to do it yourself.
My experience and info so far:
(Disclaimer: note that you need to do your own research as laws and rules change ie quarantine is not required for most countries like they used to as long as Titer tests are done)
One important note:
You need to do Rabies Titer test. If you go to EU, you can have the blood sample tested in Germany for all EU countries and Sweden.
All other countries get tested at Onderstepoort.
Onderstepoort cost about R1734 per dog and take 4 weeks.
The Onderstepoort Lab closed on Friday last week and open sometime January again.
If you go to EU, you can have your Vet send the bloodsample to Germany and get the results in 2 weeks.
What you should do, is when they draw the blood, immediately have the Vet give the animal(s) another Rabie shot just in case the results come back negative and you need to do it again (That is if you are on a tight schedule else you can just wait and see what the results are. I did not know that and lost valuable time this way. It is putting me back 2 months effectively.
My one dog failed her blood tests and I had to take her back today for another tests but took her to a private Vet who quoted me R1200. I still need to pay when I get the results but that will be a good fee if true.
Some others did pay as little as R1200 and some up to R2300 per animal.
This Vet was the only one who did some trouble to find out what to do in the case of EU as all the other Vets send the blood sample to Onderstepoort by default and do not even know about Germany.
There are two ways the Vets in northern Pretoria will get the blood to Onderstepoort. Personal delivery or IDEXX as a courier. So if you ask if they use IDEXX, they will answer yes, but it still go to Onderstepoort.
You have to specify that the blood must go to Germany. That means a different form that need to be completed as well.
So they phoned IDEXX who send it to Germany and requested the correct blood sample tubes and correct forms.
Florandia Animal Clinic 012-565-5597 790 Brits Road, Tileba, Pretoria-North.
Get dogs Microchipped BEFORE Rabies Test (or same time). Microchip must be internationally recognised. Do 5-1 Inoculations and Rabies.
Virbac is recognised.
Wait 31 days before doing Rabie Titer tests.
Some do another Rabie shot when doing Titer test just in case there was a false positive to save in time and not to have to wait another 31 days.
R1700 per dog at Onderstepoort. Private vets range from R1200-R2300.
Do Rabies check at Onderstepoort or private Vet. If private Vet, blood sample get sent to Onderstepoort or Germany (IDEXX).
Waiting time for results Germany is 1-2 week, Onderstepoort 4 weeks.
https://ec.europa.eu/food/animals/pet-m ... I6iiqte1Ww
Get certificate that dogs passed. This is valid for a life time BUT:
Do Rabies injections every year on time.
Not allowed to be late not even one DAY else certificate expire.
This is for EUROPE. I believe some other countries do not accept a lifetime certificate.
Dogs can only travel 92 days after TITER test was done (Date of blood sample)
Treatment for Echinococcus (tapeworm) 120 hours and not less than 24 hours before the time of scheduled entry.
Vet must check dog and give a Health Certificate for EU.
It must be accompanied by a EU health certificate (also known as EU Annex IV Health Certificate), before entering an EU country, including Ireland.
Take Rabies certificate and Deworm certificate plus Health Report for EU to State Docter.
Make appointment State doctor. State Vet: 012-316-1600
State Vet will stamp documents. Must be done within 5 days of Travel.
Certify all copies of vaccinations, etc.
Some of the above can be done by the Pet Travel companies at an additional fee.
Dogs costs to transport depends on volume size of crate.
They get a calming collar around the neck for stress.
Snub nose dogs can only travel via Lufthansa in the summer and only on night flights.
in winter OK. Apparently, they get hot very quickly.
Specific to Ireland:
(Other EU countries may differ slightly in process but not requirements as the EU laws apply)
(Other countries in the world have different requirements so have a look on websites like Global Paws to see the requirements)
http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/mo ... UQz1-Qk7-M
https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets/bri ... 4Z7EM#Your
http://globalpaws.co.za/country-require ... countries/
Ireland: Send email 2-3 days before hand to tell them dogs are coming and on which flight when flight booked. Advance notice must be e-mailed to petmove[at]agriculture[dot]gov[dot]ie, at least 24 hours in advance of travel. Please complete the advance notice form which can be accessed on
https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets/euh ... os2JG8f34I
Alternatively please provide us with the details required within the form in the main body of your email to petmove[at]agriculture[dot]gov[dot]ie
No import permit required. EU allow 5 dogs to be imported. No quarantine required. No dogs on a banned list, but some dogs on controlled list ie must wear muzzle when in public and on leash.
Some other countries ie Thailand, AUs, NZ, etc you need to apply for Import permit, limit on number of dogs/pets to import.
Apparently Global Paws are good for dogs to Ireland but more expensive.
Quote Global Paws R148k excl extras - extras approx R25000 (4 Large dogs)
Petpassport R110k all inclusive from Pretoria to Cork which means a trip of 3-4 hours by road after landing in Dublin.(4 large dogs)
Get quotes from Animal Travel Services- apparently good and cheap
Get quotes from AeroPet-apprently good and cheap
Keringa Petwings (East Rand)
). (Paws resort do tests and rabies tests etc and Aeropets do the transport.
petport.co.za Speak to Beverly. Good review from Facebook
still to get a quote as per several people Facebook. Looks like one of the best.
Try keringa Cheapest. as per Facebook
Aeropets also suggested by Facebook"
Clearing might or might not be included depending on company used.
"Pet clearing agent in Ireland. Dean with Petport. his number is +353 860114692. He was excellent"
Pets must enter Ireland through Dublin Airport only and must undergo compliance checks on arrival.
Pets travelling to Ireland from non – EU countries must enter through Dublin Airport and must undergo a compliance check on arrival.
It is your responsibility to ensure that your animal undergoes the compliance check. You must organise compliance checks for your pet landing in Ireland in advance of your arrival at Dublin Airport.
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