What Dog Medications Do I Need To Bring During My Move Abroad?
Published on: May 19, 2016 | Author: Starwood Animal Transport
It’s natural to wonder about dog medications when moving abroad. You want to be sure your pup is fully protected against diseases and pests in his new home, just as he is now. Does that mean you should stock up on supplies before you leave? No worries, chances are very good you’ll be able to find what your pooch needs once you arrive.
Drug companies that manufacture pet medications sell their products virtually worldwide. Pets are ubiquitous, although they may be viewed differently and there may be different government regulations and local customers you’ll need to abide by.
If your pet has a chronic health condition and takes prescription drugs, you may want to take a supply of these dog medications when moving abroad. That way you won’t have to panic about choosing a new vet immediately. Of course you’ll want to do that soon for your own peace of mind. But you should give yourself enough time to meet and interview potential new vets rather than rushing into a decision.
Just like at home, vets in foreign countries often offer non-prescription medications, prescription food and a variety of pet supplies for sale at their clinic. And depending on where you go, you’re likely to find pet supply specialty stores as well. After all, pet parents in other countries love their fur babies and want to pamper them too.
Talk to your veterinarian
To learn about dog medications when moving abroad, start with a health and wellness visit here at home. That’s a requirement for international pet travel, and no one knows your dog’s health status better than his doctor.
For moving abroad, you’ll need documentation that proves your pup is disease- and pest-free. Exactly what paperwork is required depends on where you reside now and what country you’re moving to. For example, if you’re moving from the UK or any other European Union country, you dog will need a Pet Travel Scheme Pet Passport. If you’re an American, you’ll need USDA APHIS Form 7001, an international pet health certificate recognized by foreign countries.
But you may also need a country-specific health and/or import permit. And each country has detailed rules that state which vaccinations, tests and treatments your dog will need in order to be cleared for entry.
Your dog will certainly need:
- A microchip. This is his official form of identification, and his microchip number will appear on all his health-related paperwork.
- Current rabies vaccination. Some countries recognize the three-year vaccine, others do not.
He may also need all or some of these:
- Rabies Neutralizing Antibody Test (RNAT), a blood test that provides clinical proof your dog’s rabies vaccine is working properly in his bloodstream. This test takes weeks to complete. This test is required to obtain an EU Pet Passport.
- Vaccinations for distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, para-influenza (and possibly canine influenza), Bordetella and/or leptospirosis.
- One or more treatments for internal parasites (worms).
- Proof of ongoing preventive treatment for external parasites (fleas and ticks).
- Tests for other diseases.
All these things involve timing windows that can be tricky to coordinate. And making a mistake can mean quarantine or deportation for your dog instead of a smooth journey to his new home.
It’s also possible your dog will need medications in your new country he did not need at home. For instance, in some places dogs are not routinely vaccinated for leptospirosis. And in areas where heartworm is rare, vets often recommend annual testing instead of regular dosages of preventive drugs. Your new vet can tell you what is best to keep your pooch safe and healthy in his new environment.
Tranquilizers are off the list
Most veterinarians, the SPCA and RSPCA discourage sedation for dogs and cats traveling by air. Professional pet transporters and airlines prohibit tranquilizers. For pet parents new to international travel with their furry companions, this may seem counter-intuitive. Or even cruel. After all, you want your pup to be as calm as possible while he’s en route.
But sedatives and tranquilizers can be more harmful than good. They impair coordination, so your dog won’t be able to maintain his balance. That lack of control will frighten him. Drugs also make pets woozy, and confusion is frightening for animals, too. So it’s going to be a drug-free trip for your pooch.
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