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Travelling with your Dog Abroad

Travelling abroad with your dog It is now more common to travel with your dog abroad due to the availability of dog passports. You need to check out local potential problems. Ensure that you have investigated any local dangers that may affect dogs, such as insects, snakes or poisonous plants.

One example of this is Spain. In some areas of Spain, where there are pine trees, dogs and animals are at risk in winter months from a caterpillar that nests in the trees. These caterpillars fall to the ground and travel in a procession. If a dog comes into contact with the caterpillars and inhales the tiny hairs, they cause an anaphylactic reaction, which can result in death. Initial symptoms include difficulty breathing.

Most pet owners in these areas have antihistamines prescribed by their vet; these must be administered immediately prior to veterinary care. Avoiding areas where there is a high density of pine trees is highly advisable, but care needs to be taken in all areas where there are pine trees during winter.

It is always advisable to give your dog bottled water when travelling to avoid possible stomach upsets, as tap water is different in different areas. This can be the same for humans.

When you plan to travel with your pet or if you are moving overseas,
talk to your vet now.
It can take months to get the correct passport for your pet. If you do not have the right paperwork, you may not be able to bring them back to
the UK

  • Make sure the dog’s paperwork is correct, otherwise you may not be able to bring your dog back into the UK
  • Have copies of all the paperwork and pet passports as a back-up in case of loss
  • Check out whether there are any risks where you are going
  • Make sure you know local a vet’s contact details
  • Make sure you can understand the vet, so have a phrase book, etc.
  • Carry a pet first aid kit
  • Always carry plenty of water for your dog, ideally bottled water


Sandflies and Leishmaniasis (not in UK)

sandflies carry leishmaniasis parasite

The sandfly is not a problem in the UK, but is a problem in some Mediterranean countries, and is a particular problem in countries like Malta, Greece, Italy, Southern France and parts of Spain, to name a few. When you travel with your pet, you must make sure you know all the local risks.

The sandfly is a carrier for a parasite called leishmaniasis, which is a problem to dogs and sometime humans, and is carried in the stomach of the sandfly. The sandfly is yellow-ish in colour (sand colour) and about 1-3mm in size, making it difficult to see. It feeds like a mosquito, finding a small patch of skin to suck on the blood of the host, passing on the infection. It feeds every 10-20 days and is active during warm sunny nights. It is not a powerful insect, not being able to fly higher than about one story on a house, but needs to be controlled. It breeds, unlike a mosquito, on dry organic material and not near water, so it is safer by the sea.

Dogs are at a high risk when they are sleeping, as a walking dog is harder for the fly to rest on. It is important to ensure that you get professional advice on the best treatment to repel the sandfly. Putting a fan over where your dog sleeps will help, as the fly cannot rest to feed with the air movement, therefore protecting your dog, but use this with a commercial product.

Leishmaniasis is always passed to the dog by the sandfly and is a severe, often fatal, condition in dogs. If a dog is infected, it is difficult to treat or cure, but there are drugs that a vet can inject into the vein of the dog if caught early enough. The definite way of knowing that your dog is infected would be by tests carried out by your vet.

The signs you are looking for are loss of hair, particularly in the area near the eyes and nose, and then it spreads to other parts of the body. The dog may have dry skin with dandruff, and sores and ulcers are common on the head and legs. Other signs include weight loss (but appetite is usually fine), kidney failure, eye problems, nose bleeds and claw problems.

Treatment for prevention can include impregnated collars, spot-on treatments and avoiding sandflies during the summer months.
This is not as fatal to humans and can usually be treated if found in time.



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