8. Tapeworm treatment (dogs only)

A vet must treat your dog for tapeworm and record it in the pet passport or third-country official veterinary certificate every time you want to enter the UK.

You don’t need to treat your dog for tapeworm if you’re coming directly to the UK from Finland, Ireland, Malta or Norway.

The treatment must have been given within 1 and 5 days (between 24 and 120 hours) before you’re going to enter the UK.

Your pet can be refused entry into the UK or put into quarantine if the treatment hasn’t been given between 24 and 120 hours.

The vet must record the following details in the ‘Echinococcus treatment’ section of your dog’s pet passport or certificate:

  • the name and manufacturer of the product
  • the date and time they treated your dog
  • their stamp and signature

The treatment must:

  • be approved for use in the country it’s being given in
  • have praziquantel or an equivalent as its active ingredient

Day trips from the UK

Your pet must be treated before you leave the UK. To return to the UK, the treatment must have been given within 24 and 120 hours by the time you return the UK.

You should give another treatment within 28 days of returning to the UK.

Ticks and other parasites

Ask your vet about diseases or parasites that your pet may come in contact with when you’re travelling.