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19-10-2014 06:48
patp Our old girly failed the rabies titre test years ago. We just had a second vaccination and she passed. If you wanted to be certain of immunity now you could always ask for a rabies titre test to be sure.
18-10-2014 22:58
Gailey So good to hear all your posts on this subject.
Our girls are 9 1/2 and 11 and I am concerned about Zara, our older girl - as whilst she seems a spring chicken in comparison she's mainly GSD and her legs give her problems. I tried to get a passport for her years ago too and she failed the "rabies test", which is a concern too - albeit I understand the repeat bloods aren't mandatory now.
I must say that we'd resigned ourselves to UK for that reason...but will maybe now think of venturing further afield??
29-09-2014 21:34
Roverdave Brittany sounds nice, but we are going mid dec to mid February, so are really looking for a bit of sun. We've always had dogs (five Scotties in a caravan) so always holidayed in the UK. Milo is our only dog now, and since we just retired figured we'd all like a winter away from east coast wind and snow. This will be our first trip abroad so we're alternately nervous and excited. I'd heard France is very dog friendly, though places up here in Scotland are beginning to cotton on to the fact that tourists who spend money also have dogs and to let them into the restaurant boosts their takings.
29-09-2014 21:08
Penquin France is very dog (and motorhome) friendly and vets are easily located and less expensive than the UK (or so I am lead to believe but will find out for sure I suspect in the next few weeks..... - not that I am giving hints...... but tomorrow we are going to have a little look......)

I also would suggest the North - Brittany is brilliant with lots of wide open space and lots of large beaches to play around on - and the dog could too if he wants.......

29-09-2014 20:37
aldra Quite right Lesley,

But he is an old dog, so make sure you don't accidentally overdose him

And as you say he is unlikely to be rushing through the undergrowth

29-09-2014 20:28
Roverdave Thanks Aldra, we will talk to him nearer the time. It's been a bad year for ticks (here in Scotland), we've removed no end from Milo. But although they can carry lymes disease here, the ones abroad (according to the vet) can carry much worse things, so we'll take no chances.

29-09-2014 20:22
aldra The only thing I would add is if you use the scalibor collar

Make sure that you don't overdose buy using another product

We used the collar and a another product to cover all eventualities

Shadow was like a dog gone mad and we had to remove the collar

Speak to your vet

There is a new product Vectra 3D

But again take the advice of a vet before combining treatments

And also you need to consider where you are going and how prevalent is the particular ticks etc at that time if year

We went to the Welsh coast and found ticks on Shadow

29-09-2014 18:18
daffodil The French love dogs NO BANS in restaurants etc ,once when it was RED HOT about 42 c we were in a climate controlled car with Jolie our 9 year old lab, we stopped at a restaurant the waiter INSISTED on giving said pooch cool water before he would even talk to us CEST MAGNIFIQUE bring it over remember the last years are so so precious be a pack
29-09-2014 18:06
Roverdave Yes, the vet said to get a collar a week before we go.

29-09-2014 17:43
greygit As has been said as long as he's with his pack he will be happy. We never think about it ,when we travel the dog (down to one now) goes with us.
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