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Old 20th October 2012, 05:42 AM
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Hello, my husband and I are moving to the UK from Sri Lanka in approximately 3 months (our settlement visa has just been approved). However we would like to bring our dog who is 18 months old. I have checked the DEFRA website ad I understand the procedures. He is already vaccinated against Rabies but I am aware he will need to be re-vaccinated again after being micro-chipped. After 30 days he will need a blood sample/test and then after a further 3 months he will be permitted to travel (after being tape wormed and with a health certificate). In total that will take about 4 months.

My question is, if we were to bring him with us in 3 months, what would happen to him? I'm assuming he will be kept in quarantine? Does anyone know for how long and what they would be checking him for? And also where they would hold him and how much this may cost??

I have to ask as we obviously have to confine to the rules of our visa and it will be almost impossible to get someone to take care of him in Sri Lanka for a month until he can join us.

Many thanks, looking forward to your response.

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Old 20th October 2012, 11:29 AM
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You are correct that he would be quarantined for the remainder of the "waiting period." But I'm not sure how that works since we were able to avoid that by bringing our dog over once that period had expired. You can get really great info by calling DEFRA and asking. The number is somewhere on their site.

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Old 22nd October 2012, 08:52 AM
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Thank you for your thoughts. I'll give DEFRA a call.

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Old 22nd October 2012, 09:22 AM
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That's right. When we came back to the UK five years ago we had to have our dog kept in quarantine for the remainder of his time, which was approximately three months. We contacted Little Acre Quarantine Kennels since they were the closest to where we were going.

They sent us all the paperwork that we would need. They also arranged to pick him up at Gatwick, and transported him directly to their kennels upon arrival. We followed one week later, and went to visit him the day after arriving in the UK. After that, we were able to visit him in kennels every Sunday during visiting hours. Afterward, we continued to use Little Acre as our kennels whenever we went on holiday.

While he was in quarantine, he would be taken out for a walk for at least one hour per day, and they also had a large run area where the dogs could get their exercise in 'the yard'. They also regularly bathed and clipped him. All the best care was taken!

So this is one example, but I can't imagine that many quarantine kennels would be much different. That is to say, I would think that the dogs are allowed their exercise time, and visiting hours would be quite standard.

Hopefully this has been helpful. I was actually just surfing the net for something else when I saw your post. Since I shared this experience, I thought maybe I could help. Good Luck!

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Keep in mind that of January 1st of this year, quarantine rules have changed. I don't know about Sri Lanka, but many other countries no longer have a quarantine/ serology requirement per these changes. Make sure you contact Defra and get the scoop on the new procedures (as they may be different than peoples experiences last year, due to these changes)

Good luck!

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Just trying to work out now whether it's better to put the dog on a plane when we leave and have him go into quarantine for a few weeks or to try to get some in Sri Lanka to take care of him and drop him to the airport etc for us.

Thank you for your replies.

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I would wait and see what defra recommends, if they recommend a short period of quarantine, at least you can go and visit, and see your dog, he won't feel totally abandoned, and he'll be safe. If he stays in Sri Lanka- no matter how good the person looking after him is, he may try to escape, to look for his real 'mum and dad' --you!, and you may never see him again, I heard of so many dogs this has happened to.

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Thank you for your thoughts. I'll give DEFRA a call.

We brought our dog to UK from South Africa. I was given a few tips before hand

1. Send the dog on an airline that has the ability to clear the animal on landing
British Airways has this facility.

2. Make sure the dog is measured for the kennel he will travel in - so that he can
turn around easily. If he can't turn around he may not be able to get to his water.

3. If your dog likes to chew things - make sure the water container is not plastic - you can request a metal one.

4. . Check out the kennels your dog will be coming to - check the reviews very carefully.

5. Make sure you can visit your dog while he is in quarantine - our dog would not
get out of bed in the kennels until we started to visit him. He was very confused and pining for us.

6. Price we paid was about 240 a month for 6 months + a collection fee from
Heathrow.

Good luck it is a heart breaking experience but worth it in the end.

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We brought our dog to UK from South Africa. I was given a few tips before hand

1. Send the dog on an airline that has the ability to clear the animal on landing
British Airways has this facility.

2. Make sure the dog is measured for the kennel he will travel in - so that he can
turn around easily. If he can't turn around he may not be able to get to his water.

3. If your dog likes to chew things - make sure the water container is not plastic - you can request a metal one.

4. . Check out the kennels your dog will be coming to - check the reviews very carefully.

5. Make sure you can visit your dog while he is in quarantine - our dog would not
get out of bed in the kennels until we started to visit him. He was very confused and pining for us.

6. Price we paid was about 240 a month for 6 months + a collection fee from
Heathrow.

Good luck it is a heart breaking experience but worth it in the end.
surely this was before the new rules which came into force on 1st January 2012?

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