Travelling abroad

Pet passport

Thanks to the pet passport scheme our faithful companions can now travel with us around Europe with relative ease. But that should not make us complacent.

There are numerous virulent parasites found outside the UK that our pets are not usually exposed to. For example, we don't have heartworm in the UK but this potentially fatal parasite is spread in southern Europe by infected mosquitoes. Likewise a type of tapeworm known as Echinococcus multilocularis does not occur in the UK, but is found across much of central Europe. This worm can cause very serious liver disease in humans.

Prepare and be aware

If you are thinking of travelling with your pet it is important to do your research, and talk to your vet, well in advance. Many countries have different laws relating to pet travel but it is important to remember that these regulations are to protect human health, and the spread of exotic diseases. Their purpose is not to protect pets against parasites so do find out about the kind of parasites your pet could be exposed to in the particular area you are visiting and devise a treatment plan to protect him accordingly.

There is a brilliant parasite map you can check out here

Did you know...

Dogs entering/returning to the UK must be treated for tapeworms by a vet between 1 and 5 days before their scheduled arrival time back in the UK.

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