Beware of foreign animals

The veterinary office in Oberberg is advised
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Beware of foreign animals

Travelers often come up with the idea of ​​taking a dog or cat home with them, especially when they are on vacation abroad. However, the official requirements for importing a cat or dog are quite high.

During the Corona period, homeschooling and working from home, the number of people who keep dogs has increased dramatically. “A large number of dogs have been introduced through animal protection organizations, Ebay, edogs and other internet platforms,” ​​said Philip Issing of the county administration’s press office. Many of these dogs come from Eastern Europe. The Veterinary Office in the Oberberg region generally advises against purchasing animals from questionable sources.

“In areas close to the border, but also throughout Germany, illegally imported puppies are frequently arrested by the police and placed in quarantine in animal shelters,” Ising reports. The animals will be transported for hours and days in trucks with many cages, often in poor conditions, without adequate food and water, and then preferably delivered to parking lots or offered for sale online on eBay, your animal world, Quoka or edogs.

The Veterinary Office strongly advises that dogs and cats be purchased only after seeing the mother. The head of the office, Dr. Stephen Koehler. Buying from the trunk or from the front door supports the illegal dog trade and the suffering that animals often suffer in such transportation.

During the holiday season, the district veterinary office is also receiving an increasing number of inquiries from Oberbergers who have traveled to countries such as Egypt or Turkey and now want to take a holiday with their dogs to Germany. “As much as it is understandable to want to take a puppy home that sees him relaxed and with time on vacation and is happy with donations and social contacts from vacationers, this must also be considered especially in southern countries where dogs can be infected with exotic pathogens, which necessitate complex treatments here. in Germany,” Issing confirms.

In many countries there are still regular cases of rabies in pets. Therefore, dogs are only allowed to enter Germany with a valid rabies vaccination and other health guarantees approved by an official veterinarian. Also in Oberberg, illegally imported puppies have been quarantined because the animals were brought into the area without rabies vaccination.

It doesn’t matter which neighboring EU country the animals come from. For isolation, the animal will be placed in an approved quarantine facility at the shelter at the owner’s expense. Then the pet owner quickly incurs several hundred euros for the dog’s stay.

The head of the department in charge of the Oberberg region, Birgit Hahn, also urges holidaymakers to think carefully about whether the pet will fit into the life of the family or spouses outside the trip and whether there is enough time to care for the animal. “In principle, the purchase of an animal should be well planned and well thought out, spontaneous decisions made on the basis of instinct are more likely to fail,” warns department head Birgit Hahn.

Dogs and cats can be vaccinated against rabies from the age of twelve weeks and then be protected against rabies after another three weeks. With a European pet passport, in which the pet’s chip number is also entered, you can then travel within the European Union, or four-legged friends from neighboring countries can find a new owner here. Extended admission requirements apply to countries outside the European Union.

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