Paws for thought? Life in France for pets

Pets are very much part of the family and also your new life in France. There are nearly as many pets in France as people – so here are some tips for bringing yours across the channel.

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The first thing to note is that dogs and cats must have an identifying tattoo on their ear, or an electronic chip, or the owner may be fined. If your pet has been microchipped in the UK, you will still need to register its identity with the French National Register (your French vet can help with this). Find a good vet by seeking recommendations and compare prices – some vets mark up medicines more than others – so have a look around. Vaccinations are not compulsory but if you travel around as well as an up to date passport, it is advisable that you do get certain jabs: distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, leptospirosis, kennel cough, rabies and babesiosis (dogs); and rabies, leucosis, typhus, chlamydia and flu for cats. Finally, the French have a great system on Facebook, Pet Alert, for finding missing pets.