The Travelling Pet: What are the Risks?

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Published on: 25.02.2015

Presenter:

Simon Tappin MA VetMB CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS
European & RCVS-Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Medicine (Internal Medicine)

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About The Webinar

Travel under the PETS scheme is becoming increasing popular with many animals having entered the UK through the scheme, which has become less stringent in its requirements in recent years. So far PETS has been successful in its goals, which were primarily to protect the UK from rabies, live tick vectors and Echinococcus multilocularius. However significant risks exist to individual animals from exposure to diseases which are not currently endemic in the UK.

Diseases such as Babesia, Ehrlichia, Leishmania and Dirofilaria are all present within mainland Europe, with evidence suggesting naïve, non-native animals may be at increased risk of developing severe disease. It is important firstly that owners recognise these risks prior to travel and take appropriate precautions to minimise exposure, but secondly that the veterinary profession is aware of these non-endemic diseases so prompt and appropriate treatment can be administered. This webinar will review the risk of pet travel to mainland Europe and discuss the possible precautions, in addition to the PETS criteria, that can be taken.

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