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Old 22-08-13, 19:42
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This is by no means a definitive guide but its a good guideline of how to do it and what to expect. I hope you find it useful.


Preparation - The Passport.


See your vet about getting the passport sorted.
- Plan ahead, it takes a while to get, up to a few months (recent legislation has made it much simpler).
NB - A pet passport is valid for life but you will need to take it with you to the vets when boosters are due so it remains up to date.

Your dog/s will need;
- up to date vaccinations,
- a Rabies vaccination (this is not a one off, its another one requiring a booster)
- micro chip.

Its also advisable to have (I'm not sure if any are compulsory)
- a worming program
- a tick treatment (ticks in Southern Europe can be a nasty experience for your dog).
- an ID tag
- Pet Insurance - inform them you are going.
NB. we had ID Tags made with the colour/type/reg of our van along with the dogs name, mobile number etc.


The Crossing:

We have only ever used the tunnel when taking our dogs.
The reasons are simple, its fast and it allows us to sit with our dogs in the van.
I have no experience of the ferries with dogs so cannot comment but I understand the dog stays in the van.

You wont be suprised to find out that dogs dont travel for free, there is a small cost (15 euro return I think/dog)

As with the humans on board, you will need to confirm the number of furry passengers on board at check in.
NB - You will not need to show the border control their passports

Thats it, your through, wait for your lane letter to be called and take the opportunity to take the dog/s for a walk.

The Tunnel terminal does have a doggy excersice area which is fenced

Once your called and lined up, bording, the crossing and the disem'bark'ing takes about 45minutes - so very quick

The Trip;

French for dog is Chien.
The French are pretty dog friendly when it comes to camping but some campsites dont allow dogs.
We only found a few campsites that didnt take dogs so dont panic
(perhaps more likely to be refused at higher rated sites were swimming pools and children play areas are key attractions)

You will be expected to keep your dog on a lead at all times
Do not allow Rover to mess on the site - if he does, bag it and bin it.

We found the French simillar to the British regarding dogs;
some dont like them, some are scared of them and some love them.

It is still the norm to leave dog mess on the pavements!! We didnt, we bagged and binned it - and watched our step.

Some shops allow dogs most dont - its like here. Dogs are not allowed in Supermarkets.
We did see dogs in Tabacs, its common courtesy to ask before you take your dog in a building.

Dog food is readilly available in supermarkets so dont feel you need to haul everything with you - your call.

There are plenty of wonderful beaches in France, Dogs are not allowed on all of them but I would say the majority of beaches we went to do did allow dogs.

The return:

Your dog will need to be seen by a vet between no less than 24 hr before and no more than 5 days before your return.
Make your appointment earlier the better, you do not want the stress of trying to find a vet to do it at the last minute.

The vet visit -
they will scan your dogs chip
They will ask you a question or two about the health of your dog and if there has been any probs during the visit.
A visual and non invasive inspection of the dog
They will weigh the dog to determine the dosage of worming tablet - and give the dog a worming tablet.
You can take your own worming tablets if you wish - you can provide a treat to wrap the tab in - our vets did this all for us.
The Passport will be filled in with the relavant details - this must be done correctly and dated correctly so check it before you leave.
You pay - budget around 30-35 euros per dog. In our case it worked out less because it was two dogs on one appointment.

We internet searched vets a few years ago for this service, vets in Calais were coming up with silly amounts, as high as 60 euros.

There are many vets in France and with such a big return window now it makes it much easier.
We have used a vet in St Omer for our last 2 visits and are very pleased with them. They speak a good level of English.

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Originally Posted by Rogbik View Post
When you get your pet passport stamped and signed by the vet
MAKE SURE YOU CHECK IT, AND MAKE SURE THAT IT HAS BEEN FILLED IN PROPERLY!
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At the Tunnel;

Once you have checked in at the self check in booths, proceed to Passport Control. As you are nearing the check point, keep a look out for the big Yellow sign with a dogs paw print on it. - Its on the RHS
Turn into the little carpark.
Take your dog and its passport into the building (I cant remember if you need your passport aswell ) so it may be worth taking it with you anyway.

Your dog will be scanned and the information checked.
You will need to give them the Registration of your van.
Thats it,
back to the van, stick the little tag on the window by your rear view mirror and re-join the flow of traffic going through Passport Control and security.

Thats all.
Additional Info; (courtesy of MyloXyloto and TonkaToo respectively)

"You've also got to be breed aware. Rottweilers, mastiffs and English Bull Terriers are a no no in some countries.
Staffies are ok most places. Even if your dog passes a vet test you are obliged to register them with the local authority EVERY time you stop. A lot of campsites will refuse all those breeds."

"in addition to having them muzzled in public places (I can understand that one) apparently I had to get permission from the Mayor of where I was in France!"

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Old 22-08-13, 21:46
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Thanks very much for that. It's all well and good knowing the theory, but it's better coming from someone with experience of how it all works.

My dog has had a passport from early days, but I've never actually taken him. However, I've just got another dog and I'll be getting her a passport this winter (timing it to tie in with his renewal), so I may get brave in the future and take them both!



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Old 22-08-13, 22:07
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Nice doggy tips there thanks
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Old 22-08-13, 22:16
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I'm definitely taking my two abroad next year so that's really helpful - thanks.
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Old 23-08-13, 07:57
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Some great advice.
We take our's to Europe a few times a year but we travel on the ferry (Dover Calais)
Hope its ok to add the following.
We usually stop before the ferry port to give the dog a run,
there is a small dog area in the port but its just a tarmac area.
The pet passport is not checked when entering the port.
As stated above the dog will have to stay in the van for the duration of the crossing (hour and a half)
so make sure you leave a water supply and maybe some chews/toys to keep them happy.
If you are going to the South of France (anywhere below Paris) It is recommended to get a Scalibor Collar (in addition to any other tick flea treatment)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Scalibor-Col...bor+dog+collar

There are some different ticks, fleas and sandflys in the south, this collar seems to deal with them well.

As stated above you will need to visit the vet before your return to the UK,
We usually book in for a couple of nights here....

http://campinglachaumiere.com/

Its a nice little site about a 10 minute drive from St Omer,
English speaking and the owners wife works at 2 of the local vets so she will arrange your vets appointment for you when you book your plot,
and supply you with an easy to follow map to the vets on your arrival.

When its time to return home you turn up at the ferry port, pass through passport control
(no need to show pet passport here)
Proceed to check in (for P&O check in with animals is off to your right)
Hand over your tickets and your pet passport
The booth operator will hand you the scanner to read your dogs microchip,
scan your dog, hand it back, and they check the microchip number against the passport.
You will be given a sign to stick to your windscreen stating you have an animal onboard.
DO NOT remove it untill you CLEAR THE PORT on arrival UK.
That should be it, although we have been stopped on arrival Dover by DEFRA just to check the paperwork was in order.
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Old 23-08-13, 08:33
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superb mate well done the information is very useful and will help a lot of forum members .big thank you


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Old 23-08-13, 10:16
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Some great advice.
We take our's to Europe a few times a year but we travel on the ferry (Dover Calais)
Hope its ok to add the following.

We usually book in for a couple of nights here....

http://campinglachaumiere.com/
Extra info welcomed, many thanks.

We used the same site as you originally. ITs a nice site but we prefer another one we know.

We do still use the same vets connected with the site as we found them to be excellent (will post their details later if people are interested)
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Extra info welcomed, many thanks.

(will post their details later if people are interested)
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Old 23-08-13, 13:40
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Clinique Vétérinaire du Haut Pont.

5 Rue de Belfort
Saint-Omer
+33 3 21 88 87 54

There are many other vets to chose from but we like the service and people here.
Parking outside is in the street but has never been a problem. There is a wide section of pavement righ toutside the door which people park on aswell.

It may be of interest to some but when were there just over a week ago we saw they were building an Aire directly opposite.
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Old 23-08-13, 19:14
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Brittany Ferries used last 6 years with the dog. They like you there half a hour earlier and usually want to see the dog when coming back into the country

Take a muzzle as a courtesy to them in any open plan book in desk situation, as they don't know your dog like you do
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