Ensure your pet’s safety and good health while abroad.
  1. Check that travel documents are in order. For European countries all you need is an up to date Pet Passport.
  2. Ticks on the continent may carry Lyme Disease (Borrelia) but two other serious conditions as well, Ehrlichia and Babesia. If you plan to visit a wooded area apply a tick preventative such as Advantix or Frontline before departure.
  3. Throughout Mediterranean Europe but also across Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece and into the Midi of France, sandflies transmit Leishmania, a serious, often fatal disease. Before visiting these regions apply sandfly prevention such as Advantix. If your dog is outdoors any time from just before dusk until just after dawn, add a Scalibor insecticide collar. If you visit these regions routinely we recommend that your dog is vaccinated against Leishmaniasis. There inoculations are given a three week intervals then boosted yearly.
  4. Mosquitoes in Spain but also throughout Mediterranean Europe and especially in the Po River Valley region of Italy can transmit heartworms. Visiting dogs should be treated with Milbemax tablets and Advantix both before departure and on their return to London.
  5. Wherever you visit, register your dog’s microchip number with a local vet. With the number added to the local database you have additional security in case your dog goes missing.
  6. Before you return have a vet treat your dog for internal and external parasites as presently required by the Pet Travel Scheme. We can provide you with these treatments before you go abroad.

Lyme Disease – Borreliosis

Borrelia causes few or no clinical signs at first but later it may cause joint stiffness, swollen lymph nodes and joints that are warm to the touch. Symptoms come and go. Early treatment is much more effective than later treatment


Ehrlichia causes a variety of clinical signs that initially may include lethargy, fever or stiffness weeks, months, even years after infection. Early and intensive treatment may be effective while later treatment is unlikely to cure.


Babesia causes a wide variety of clinical signs, from mild lethargy to acute collapse and death. Extensive treatment may reduce but not completely eliminate the parasite.


Leishmania often causes skin sores and hair loss at first, especially around the ears and face. It may also produce a fever and weight loss. Treatment is prolonged and does not always cure.

For up to date maps of where these disease occur in Europe visit: http://www.cvbd.org/3838.0.html

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