Dog Confirmed to Have Rabies in Europe
One of our chosen charities this year is Mission Rabies. They are a little known charity working hard to eradicate Rabies through education and the mass vaccination of dogs in 3rd world countries. However, Rabies is not just a 3rd world problem. It is something that we all need to work towards eradicating. This week we hear reports that Rabies is close to our borders with a confirmed case in a dog in France. The dog was located close to Saint-Etienne in the Loire Valley. The seven month old bull terrier died between 17th - 18th May, while under quarantine at a veterinary practice. The had bitten a family member and the dog of a neighbour. Tests at the Pasteur Institute confirmed rabies infection.
BSAVA President, Tricia Colville says, “Once again this case demonstrates the importance of complying with the requirements of pet travel legislation. Anyone acquiring a dog (or a cat or a ferret) from abroad has to be sure that it is fully compliant with the regulations. There is now a minimum age of 12 weeks for rabies vaccination under the Pet travel scheme as well as a requirement to wait 21 days before travel within Europe, this means that any animal under the age of 15 weeks will not be compliant.
“We would urge pet owners in the UK to only take their animals overseas if they are confident that they comply with the requirements of the Pet Travel Scheme – and to also consider if travelling with that animal is really in its best interest. At the same time veterinary surgeons should always remain vigilant for pets exhibiting clinical signs that might fit within the rabies spectrum, especially if there is a recent history of travel abroad.”