Bring your Pets To and From Spain

Pet lovers out there will be pleased to hear that the introduction of the European Pet Passport Scheme together with the loosening up of EC quarantine regulations means that bringing your beloved cat or dog to and from Spain just got easier! Owners can now avoid having to leave their pets behind for both long and short term visits to Spain providing a few specific conditions are met.

Please beware that although lengthy quarantine stays are thankfully no longer necessary - the conditions that must be met are strict and we would recommend that you consult with your vet a good few months in advance to make sure you have everything covered.

Your pet will be provided with a pet passport which will contain all of the details you require including details on all of the below:

1. Identity Chip or Microchip

You must have you pet injected with an identity chip or Microchip which will contain yours and your pets information, allowing lost/injured pets to be easily identified. Your pet must be microchipped in accordance with an ISO spec so that it can be read by a standard microchip reader. The main purpose for this is to identify your pet.

2. General Vaccinations

All general vaccinations should be up to date such as Hardpad and Distemper in dogs, as well as typhus and feline gastro enteritis in cats.

3. Rabies Vaccination

Pets travelling back and forth from Spain will be required to have the approved rabies vaccination a minimum of 30 days before travelling. From here on booster shots will need to be kept up to dat. Your vet will tell you when the next shot is due and it is your responsibility to make sure you do or they won’t be allowed to travel. Please note that pets need to be older than 3 months to have this vaccination and you should have a blood test taken to make sure they have the required amount of antibodies needed.

4. Tick and tapeworm

Your pet must be treated for ticks and tapeworm 1-2 days before arriving in the Uk. This treatment must also be noted in the pet passport.

5. Vet Check

You will need written proof from your vet that they deem your pet fit to travel and that it has no contagious diseases. confirm this for you in writing.

We would also recommend that before you book your flight or travel arrangements; that you check the airline or carrier will transport your pet. Although only a choice few do not, but the ones that do will only have a limited amount of space for transporting animals and after getting the microchip, vaccinations, rabies shot, treatment for Tick and tapeworm and your pet’s vet check, it would be a shame to fall at the last hurdle! The price is around a pretty reasonable 5 kilos per kilo (unless you own fat cat!) and they will usually travel in a well lit, warm, separate area designed for transporting animals, although some airline will allow your pet to travel in the cabin but in a soft transport box as oppose to a hard one. You should expect to pay around 5 Euros per kilo. Some airlines do allow the pets in the cabin, though they should be in a soft carrier rather than a hard one.

Emergency pet treatment is easy to find in Spain with well trained vets available in most towns, many of which are 24hours providing piece of mind around the clock. Along the Costa del Sol, particularly from Fuengirola to Marbella where there are an increase in ex-pats; you will find that most of the vets speak perfect English.

If you want to rent a property in Spain and bring your pet with you whether that be for a short term holiday rental or a more permanent long term rental in Spain, you will need to advise your landlord or agent beforehand. Although most landlords are happy to allow pets, some will require a previous landlord reference and some will require a more of a security deposit as the risk of damage would be higher. We at  have a list of ‘pet friendly’ rental properties and a list of those who do not allow pets into their property - so providing you tell us at the outset, we won’t be wasting any of your time!

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  2. Guide to Renting Property - Searching For Suitable Rental Properties
  3. Advantages of Renting Property in Spain
  4. Things to Look Out for When Renting a Property
  5. Information on Long Term Rental Contracts in Spain
  6. Extra Costs Incurred When Renting Long Term in Spain
  7. Bring your Pets To and From Spain
  8. Why Rent Out Your Spanish Property
  9. Short Guide to the Costa del Sol for Long Termers
  10. Spanish Property Owners Guide
  11. Step by Step Guide to Making a Profit from your Rental Property