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    traveling with pets to France

    Now with the Pet Passport in the UK. Pet’s can now come and go, it’s a Dog’s life on the Riviera and Sherpa will show them how to travel safely and comfortably.

    Just so you know, rules have changed coming into France. FYI for your readers –French Embassy –Travelers may bring their dogs and cats from the United States into France, or transit in France, under the following conditions:

    each family is limited to 5 animals. Every animal must be at least 3 months old. If it is younger, it must be traveling with its mother

    every animal must be identified by a microchip or a tattoo

    every animal must be accompanied with a valid rabies vaccination certificate

    a health certificate (in French) executed no more than 10 days before the arrival of the pet(s) into France must accompany the pet(s).

    WARNING: The health certificate requires that the pets have had shots for the following diseases:

    for cats: feline leucopoenia

    for dogs: canine distemper, viral hepatitis, leptospirosis and canine parvorirosis

    Moreover for dogs and cats, a blood test to confirm the rabies vaccination anti-body level must be done at least 3 months before arrival into France. The dosage must also be done at least 30 days after the pet has been vaccinated against rabies for the first time.

    There is no need to revaccinate the pet if the vaccination is still valid. There is no need to do a new blood test if one has already been done on the pet.

    Thanks, Gayle

    –December 14, 2002

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