2004 saw the introduction of a new EU pet passports scheme allowing pets to travel freely across Europe without spending time in quarantine.
This new harmonised EU system of Passports for Pets allows cats, dogs and ferrets to travel between EU Member States.
To qualify for a passport a pet must be micro-chipped, vaccinated and certified as clear of rabies, at least six months prior to travelling abroad. Before travel to Ireland the pet also needs to be treated for tick and tapeworm between 24 and 48 hours before travel.
Reporter Jennifer O'Connell speaks to pet owner Lorna Swift, Aidan Murray Principal Officer with Animal Health and Welfare, and Gillian Bird of the DSPCA.
This RTÉ News report by Jennifer O'Connell was broadcast on 1 October, 2004.