People who are planning on emigrating to Spain have a number of things to consider before they make the move. For dog owners, one of the most important considerations is whether or not they will be able to take their beloved dog to Spain. Fortunately, emigrating to Spain with your dog is not only possible, it is fairly easy and the good news is dogs are not forced to go through quarantine. Here are the steps you need to follow if you are planning on travelling to Spain with your dog.
Applying for a Pet Passport
If you are thinking about travelling to Spain with your dog, you will need to ensure that you have an up to date pet passport. To obtain a pet passport, your dog must be more than twelve weeks old, while it also needs to be micro-chipped, be treated for tapeworms and have up to date vaccinations.
Getting Your Dog Micro-chipped
The first step in preparing to take you’re your dog to Spain is getting a microchip implanted. It is important to note that the microchip needs to consist of fifteen digits and must comply with ISO 11784/11785.
Vaccines and Boosters when taking your dog to Spain
Just like their human counterparts, dogs need to have certain type of vaccinations before they are permitted to travel. After it has been micro-chipped, your dog will need to receive a rabies vaccination. It is important to get this done as early as possible, as your dog will not be allowed to travel within 21 days of receiving the vaccine. However, if your dog is receiving a booster shot rather than the original rabies vaccination there is no waiting period before travel is possible.
Pet Health Certificate for Spain
You will need to obtain a pet health certificate from a licensed veterinarian and carry it with you at all times while you travel with your dog. The veterinarian needs to complete a non-commercial EU health certificate specifically for Spain to show that you are travelling with your dog for personal rather than commercial reasons and this must be done within 10 days of travelling. People who are travelling from the United States must seek assistance from a veterinarian who is accredited by the USDA and the health certificate either needs to be endorsed by the State USDA office, a civilian government veterinarian who is employed by the military or completed by a military Veterinary Corps Officer. This form will allow you to travel in Spain with your dog for four months.
Travelling with Your Dog by Air
Although taking the dog to Spain on an aeroplane may seem a bit daunting, it is really quite simple. It is important to note that unless your dog is a service or emotional support animal it will have to travel as manifest cargo on a specially approved airline. The type of carrier that your dog is permitted to travel in is also regulated and this should be checked with the airline of your choice as well as your veterinarian to make sure that the journey is as stress-free as possible.
Travelling by Car
This is perhaps the easiest way of taking a dog to Spain, as you can keep your right by your side throughout the journey. Dogs are likely to feel more comfortable if they are able to travel in a familiar car, while you will also have the luxury of being able to stop whenever you need to in order to let your dog stretch its legs or go to the toilet. The great thing about taking a trip with your dog by car is that you can allow plenty of time to explore Europe on the way and perhaps check into a pet hotel for the night somewhere such as France so that you can arrive at your destination feeling refreshed and relaxed, while dogs are allowed to travel through the Eurotunnel as long as they remain in the car during the 35-minute crossing.
Crossing by Ferry
A special pet transportation service is offered by Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth to Santander and Bilbao. These ferries come complete with special per exercise areas where your pooch will be permitted to stretch its legs any time that is desired. Around 70,000 pets make the crossing each and every year and most dogs take to travelling by ferry fairly easily.
Relocating to Spain with a Puppy
Just like dogs, puppies need to be vaccinated against rabies before they are permitted to enter Spain. However, this vaccination cannot be administered to a puppy that is younger than twelve weeks old, while it is necessary to wait twenty-one days after the vaccination has been administered before the puppy will be cleared to travel to Spain.
Essential Items to Pack
Taking a dog to Spain is sure to be smoother if you are fully packed and prepared. In order to help your dog remain calm during the journey, it is a good idea to bring a familiar blanket that smells like home as well as their favourite toy. You also need to keep your pet passport close to hand along with details of vaccinations and any medications that your dog regularly takes.
Brushing or combing your dog can help to keep them calm on long journeys, while it is a good idea to pack plenty of dog food as well as special dog treats such as edible chews that are particularly long-lasting. Of course, you will also need to pack a portable water bowl and make sure that your dog drinks regularly in order to avoid dehydration. Other essential items include a lead, a spare collar and lead and plenty of poop bags. Also, consider putting together a special dog first aid kit and installing a dog seat belt if you will be travelling by car.
While it may seem a little overwhelming at first, relocating to Spain with your precious pooch in tow is fairly simple. As everyone knows, a dog is man’s best friend and there is no need to leave your precious pooch behind when you start life in a new country.