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Old 06.08.2011, 19:15
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Re: Travelling by car to the Uk with my dog.

Many times I used to take my dog with me on the shuttle. Where you have them checked most times i would see someone who was refused entry to the UK.
One of the most common reasons was not the fact that they didn't have the papers, jabs or microchip it was because the vet had not filled the time of the tic treatment etc in properly.

I can not stress enough that you must check all the paperwork before you leave your vet and begin your travels.
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Re: Travelling by car to the Uk with my dog.

Make sure the vet checks the microchip is still in place before you leave. They have been known to mysteriously move around the body over time. A couple in front of me at the Calais desk had a well travelled dog with a 'missing' microchip. They kept saying "but it was there last year...".
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Re: Travelling by car to the Uk with my dog.

Our dog has 2 microchips, as the earlier one cannot be read by all machines now. We arrived at the Vet in Calais for the pre-crossing check a few years ago (we would then stay the night at a local hotel awaiting the 24hrs required before the pre-cross check) and there was a family in floods of tears in the waiting room. I first thought the dog was very sick, and they were speaking in a language I didn't recognise. I asked them what was wrong after a while- but they didn't speak French, so I asked in English. They explained that they'd been living in the UK for a year near Manchester- and had left the dog with her mum in Poland until they were settled and the rabies test, etc, were all OK for the passport. They'd just been on hols in Poland, and were taking the dog to the UK to join them. Unfortunately, the microchip used in Poland was from an older Model, which could not be read by the vet's modern machine. I went to see the vet and asked if a new chip could not be inserted, and the number on the passport changed, but she said she couldn't. I offered to pay in case money was the problem. But she said she couldn't as she could not guarantee that the dog was indeed THE dog, and that she could get into big trouble. She came back to the waiting room to explain that they could:
either go back to Poland to get the chip replaced, or to borrow the vet's machine to bring back to her in Calais, to check - then replace chip!! Or: check into a hotel and get the vet to send his machine to the vet in FRance (3, 4, 5 ??? days) so she could check and then replace chip. They obviously couldn't afford to do either. I was heart broken for them. The vet then called us in, and we never know what happened. Did they try and smuggle her? Or did they just leave her in Calais, as they had no choice??
I still often think of that little dachshund and wonder?
They are VERY VERY strict, any little thing wrong and they will refuse entry.
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Old 07.08.2011, 18:12
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Re: Travelling by car to the Uk with my dog.

I've even had problems because the vet used two different pens, one black and one blue, to fill in the form/time etc (he had about 3 or 4 pens lying on his desk). In the end they couldn't refuse me entry because everything else was correct, all the info was correct, the chip was readable etc.
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