From January 2012, new rules on pet travel replaced the previous Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) which required pets to be treated for ticks not less than 24 hours, and not more than 48 hours, before checking in with an approved transport company. Under this scheme, animals were still reported to be entering the UK carrying infected ticks. As of January 2012 there is no mandatory requirement for tick treatment. Find out what pet owners need to do to take their pets abroad.
Although treatment for ticks is no longer mandatory, pets travelling abroad can be exposed to serious diseases, such as Babesiosis, which can be fatal. Untreated pets could also carry exotic species of ticks back into the UK. It is therefore still recommended that all pets are protected against ticks before and during their travels abroad.