We’ve been visiting Chamoissiere with our own dogs for over 10 years. Travelling in Europe is not as difficult as it may seem.
First of all, they need a pet passport. This can be arranged with your vet. As all dogs must now be microchipped by law, that is the easiest part, and the first step in the process. Next, make an appointment with your vet for a rabies vaccine. This lasts for 3 years in the UK. Your vet will check and record the microchip details, then vaccinate your dog. Once the vaccination has been done, and the pet passport completed, you must wait three weeks before travelling. There is no longer any requirement for blood tests for travel in Europe.
Finally, before returning to the UK, you must take your dog to the vets where you are staying to have a tapeworm treatment (this isn’t necessary for cats).
This has to be done between 24 and 120 hours (1-5 days) before your return crossing/train to the UK.
Vet will again check the microchip, see that it matches the one in the passport, and record the date and time of the treatment in the pet passport.
This will be checked before you board your ferry or Eurotunnel, so make sure it is completed correctly before you leave the vets.
More details and information can be found on the DEFRA website.