Vaccinating your dog against Rabies


Rabies has been eradicated in the UK, due to the use of quarantine for animals entering the country and the introduction of Pet Passports.

This means that the vaccination is often no longer given to dogs who live in the UK and are unlikely to travel.


Travelling with your dog


However, if you are planning to travel in the EU then you will need to get a Rabies vaccination for your dog as part of their Pet Passport. Your dog will need to be at least 12 weeks old at the time of vaccination and already have a microchip. These are requirements of the Pet Passport, which you will need if you want to take your dog to the EU and then return to the UK.

As well as the initial vaccination, your dog will also need to have regular boosters for Rabies over time. If you are unsure if your dog’s Rabies vaccination is up to date, then speak to your Best Friends Vet to find out more.


Side effects of the Vaccination


As with any vaccination, the side effects far outweigh the harm that contracting rabies can have for your dog.

If your dog is having the vaccination then it is good to know what the side effects are, in case your dog is affected.

One side effect is anaphylaxis, which means that your dog will have an allergic reaction to the vaccine. This will present itself straight away once the injection is given, or within the first day. Symptoms to look out for include, vomiting and diarrhoea, trouble breathing, and a higher heart rate. If your dog has any of these then take them back to the Vet where you had the vaccination immediately.


With the Brexit deadline coming up, it is best to talk to your Best Friends Vet as soon as possible if you are intending to travel outside of the UK with your dog this summer. Talk to us about vaccinations today.

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