Travelling with your pet
If you want to travel with your pet, it is always wise to consult a vet about this. Currently, all dogs and cats for abroad must have a:
- Chip, often a good readable tattoo is also approved
- European passport
- Vaccination against rabies
The vaccination we give is registered for 3 years for countries within the EU. There are some countries that have specific requirements. Some want a health certificate or legalization. A country may also want to know whether the animal has sufficient antibodies against rabies in the blood and/or needs deworming. It is best to contact your vet on time (sometimes several months) if you are going abroad. We can then see what specific rules you need to comply with from that country. Abroad, your animal can contract a number of diseases, including:
Leishmania is a sometimes-fatal disease transmitted by a sand fly. Symptoms fitting the disease are: hair loss especially around the eyes and muzzle, weight loss despite good appetite and inflammation of the skin especially on the head and legs. The disease occurs mainly in Latin America and in all Mediterranean countries (Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco). Sand flies appear mainly at dusk. You can protect your pet against this. There is a collar that works against both ticks and Leishmania. The collar is good for 5-6 months of protection and your animal can swim with it. You can get this collar from us.
Ehrlichia and Babesia
Ehrlichia and Babesia are two parasites that can be transmitted through ticks. Now, this is mainly seen abroad, but unfortunately a few ticks have already been found in the Netherlands carrying these diseases, so it is now being seen more here too. In Ehrlichiosis, the parasites live in white blood cells. Acutely ill animals often have high fever, lethargy, decreased appetite, swollen lymph nodes and bleeding. In Babesiosis, red blood cells are affected. Animals often have high fever, lethargy and pale mucous membranes. The parasites are still sometimes seen together. Since the parasites are transmitted through a tick bite, it is important to protect your animal from ticks. Our preference is the band mentioned above. Drops in the neck can also be chosen, this works against ticks for three to four weeks.
Heartworm (Dirofilaria Immitis): The larva is transmitted by female mosquitoes. The microscopic larvae migrate to the chest cavity and the eventual adult worm often lives in heart and pulmonary arteries. These in turn can produce new larvae. It is a very dangerous parasite that can lead to death. The infection can mainly occur is Spain, Majorca, Canary Islands, Portugal, France, Italy, Corsica, Hungary, Greece and Balkan countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. You can either give your pet drops in the neck that will ensure the mosquito's bite is kept out. The band against ticks and Leishmania also works against the mosquito bite. Finally, you can deworm your pet with a broad spectrum dewormer. The tablet we have is small and easy to give.
Do you have any questions following the above information? If so, please contact us.