Get your dog travel ready this summer, urge leading vets
PUBLISHED: 12:20 04 August 2016 | UPDATED: 12:20 04 August 2016
Holidays can be hazardous for pets, warns the British Veterinary Association
As holiday season begins the British Veterinary Association (BVA) is asking owners to make sure their dog is as travel ready as they are if they plan to take their pet abroad this summer.
Although holidays are exciting, they can be hazardous for dogs as going overseas exposes them to disease and illness they may not necessarily come into contact with back at home.
Some of these diseases can have serious effects on a dog’s health and may even be fatal. As part of the EU Pet Travel Scheme, owners need to be able to provide an up to date and correct Pet Passport with all appropriate areas completed. The BVA recommends visiting your local vet at least three weeks before travelling to make sure that your pet and its passport are ready for holidays.
Gudrun Ravetz, Junior Vice President of BVA, said: “Dogs are a big part of the family and it’s great that they are able to join their owners on holiday, however it’s important to ensure that the free movement of dogs overseas does not also mean the free movement of disease too. We encourage owners to contact their local vet for more information on pet travel and to book an appointment as soon as possible to make sure their dog is fully protected when it travels.”
BVA has created a handy Pet Travel Checklist to remind owners of what checks their dog needs, and when they should book an appointment with their local vet before the holiday:
• Book an appointment with your vet at least three weeks before travel to get started on the right medication at the right time.
• Check rabies vaccination and pet passport are up to date.
• Ensure microchip is working and reading correctly.
• Speak to your vet about preventive treatment needed to protect your dog against ticks, sandflies, heartworm and tapeworm.
• Talk to your vet if going somewhere hot to discuss prevention of heatstroke and how to recognise signs of the problem in your dog.