The European Market:
The European Commission will allow pets to travel throughout the EU countries this summer (2005), although the new passport system is not completely in place. The exceptions will be Britain, Ireland, and Sweden. These countries have opted not to use the system, which covers dogs, cats, and ferrets, for five years. All pet owners who have the pet passports or a certificate stating the pet’s country origin can travel with their pets until October 1, although the monitoring system is not in place. The passports are helpful in showing a pet’s medical history, which is important for the pet and countries involved.