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04-04-2012 21:48
spaniels Hi Aldra

i am not a vet but based on my detailed session with my vet -

1. Lungworm - he recommended Milbax or stronghold (some over the counter tablets he feels are not strong enough to guarantee killing the lung worm parasite but that was his opinion ). He says every 4 weeks because of the lifecycle of the parasite in the body. By dosing every 4 weeks you kill the eggs before they get the chance to develop.

2. Treatment before - our vet recommended 2 weeks before so our dogs had an immunity before they got there as a precaution.

3. See the vet before you go - should not need to, If you always use the same vet. I simply called mine to explain our travels they told me over the phone what they recommend and left the stuff with reception to collect and pay.

Talk to your vet.

Just to confirm though our 'prevention pack' consisted of
1. Milbax worming tablet for each month we are away - (given 2 weeks before travel and every month thereafter)
2. Frontline capsule for every month we are away
3. Scalibor collar ( also have a spare incase lost the one they are wearing. I noticed in Spain they were expensive to buy)
4. Can of frontline spray to be applied weekly to the legs etc

I have attached a copy of the fact sheet our vet provides for travel overseas for your info

Hope this helps
04-04-2012 19:59
aldra We are leaving on the 18 O4

Have always taken Shadow to the vet and he has provided a treatment we can buy over the counter much cheaper

What does he need to protect him from lung worm etc or

does that have to be given on the way out of Europe???

We have a Scalibor? collar and tick, flea treatment

Does he need to see a vet prior to leaving the country

Aldra
10-03-2012 12:45
spaniels
update

Some updated info on this long running topic. The decision to take your dog or cat to Southern Europe is an individual one which must be made based on the individual circumstances but for info.

We have brought our 2 dogs to Spain for the first time in January. In addition to the passport we have a very good vet who went through all the additional diseases listed in this thread in detail.

We are aware there is still a risk and on his advice use the following routine.

1. 2 weeks before departure - applied frontline, wormed with milbax and fitted a scalibor collar to both dogs. (Collars can be purchased on line from Vet.co.uk for as little as £9)

2. In Spain we frontline and milbax EVERY MONTH - not a problem according to our vet. Also they always wear the scalibor collar

3. Weekly we also spray legs, ears and tail with frontline spray

4. We try not to walk them near any 'marsh' type areas where there is likely to be stagnant water - sometimes you will just not know until you are upon an area in which case we do not dwell there.

5. We do not walk the dogs at dawn and try to avoid dusk as well

6. Dogs always sleep in the motorhome at night not in our awning.

7. whilst it is tempting and natural to allow your dog to interact with every dog it meets be selective and always avoid the stray dogs. (Although this can be very upsetting to those dogs lovers among us who naturally want to show kindness to abandoned dogs)

We have recently visited a very good vet in Oliva - La Safor (located in the Town centre and speaks very good English) for a minor problem who has also explained the' new vaccine' against Leichmaliasis that has been available sine Feb. Made by 'Virbac' - a brand most dog owners will recognize. Tested in Portugal which has the highest concentration of this disease. Similar to rabies the vaccine involves a blood test and an injection initially. this is then followed by 2 further injections at 3 week intervals ( 3 injections over a 6 week period). Unlike rabies though this needs to be boosted annually.

Although there has been good success with this vaccine, the vet still advocated the vaccination alone was not a replacement for the additional precautions our English vet had already advocated.

During this long running post there have been many examples of people who regularly take their pets abroad and never have a problem and in contrast those who unfortunately have not been so lucky.

So if you are thinking of taking your dog on your travels be aware of, and informed about the risks from professionals.
Consider the financial costs of various protections. ( I believe the new vaccine may not yet be readily available in the UK because the disease Leichmaliasis has luckily not yet reached our shores,)

Without a doubt there is a real problem in Southern Europe with this disease but it should not stop you travelling with your pet - just be an informed owner




16-12-2011 17:08
silverdreamers
spanish sand fly.

We took two boxers to costa del sol in the 80,s before pet passports.
One contracted Leichmaliasis. It only surfaced about 9 mos after return to UK. It killed our 4 yr old bitch,her litter of puppies and a cat that suckled from her. It is communicatable to vunerable humans i:e youngsters and the elderly. Our other dog was fine, and they were always together. We are taking a dog to Spain in Feb, but have been advised to get collars for spain.
regards
06-07-2011 22:24
javea We have a chip scanner which we carry with us and check our dog from time to time when out of the UK, gives us a sense of security and we know that when we get to the tunnel check in on thecway back that we will not have a problem.
06-07-2011 20:58
locovan Always pop along to the vet a day or two before you travel and have the chip checked so you know it hasnt moved.

Yes the 48hr window starts when the french vet has been visited.
We just camped up that day and travelled to the Tunnel the next day.

Above all dont panic the Pet Control are lovely and helpful
06-07-2011 20:44
locovan
Re: Taking our chihuahua abtoad for the 1st time.

Quote:
Originally Posted by rexos
We are really green on this subject and would welcome any advice. We have got his passport sorted and are taking him to the vets for his annual booster jabs and his chip reading a couple of weeks before we go at the beginning of Sept. We are driving down though France to a Spanish campsite just below the Bay of Roses. The info we need is
1. Do we need to do anything else before we go.
2. We need a vet at Calais that is within walking distance of the Aire by the port where we normally camp overnite before catching the morning ferry.
3. We have been told there is a 48hr window for having your pet checked out before returning home, please can anyone clarify.
4. We have heard horror stories about chips not being able to be read so dogs having to go into quarantine has this happened to anyone.

We would appreciate any replies on this subject.
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06-07-2011 20:33
MEES There is an English speaking vet on Rue Charles de Gaule in easy walking distance of the Aire.

The dog must be seen by the vet not less than 24 hrs before you sail and not more than 48 hrs before you sail.- Thus a 24 hour window.

PAY ATTENTION TO THE DAYS/TIMES OR YOUR RETURN FERRY.
Obviously the vet need to be open on the day/time you need to see them.

Pay close attention to the dates of your rabies booster in yeard to come.

Last year we foolishly missed our booster and our Dalmation had to remain in Europe for 7 months or face UK quarentine

We made the most of it an had a fabulous extentded trip but that is hardly the point!

Good luck but concentrate

margaret
06-07-2011 17:12
rexos
Taking our chihuahua abtoad for the 1st time.

We are really green on this subject and would welcome any advice. We have got his passport sorted and are taking him to the vets for his annual booster jabs and his chip reading a couple of weeks before we go at the beginning of Sept. We are driving down though France to a Spanish campsite just below the Bay of Roses. The info we need is
1. Do we need to do anything else before we go.
2. We need a vet at Calais that is within walking distance of the Aire by the port where we normally camp overnite before catching the morning ferry.
3. We have been told there is a 48hr window for having your pet checked out before returning home, please can anyone clarify.
4. We have heard horror stories about chips not being able to be read so dogs having to go into quarantine has this happened to anyone.

We would appreciate any replies on this subject.
14-03-2011 14:53
tontosordo Forgot to add that the scalibor collars are effective against ticks, sandflies and mosquitoes.
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