The BVA is looking on the Authorities to increase the ready time of post-rabies vaccination to 12 weeks to minimise the chance of rabies coming into the UK and concurrently scale back unlawful commerce in puppies on the market through the non-commercial route.
The decision comes as a part of 15 key suggestions issued by the BVA to strengthen laws governing industrial, in addition to non-commercial, motion of pets and safeguard each animal and public well being and welfare.
The suggestions kind a part of BVA’s new Pet Journey coverage, which has been developed in session with organisations, together with the BSAVA.
- The extension of the ready time post-rabies vaccination to 12 weeks.
- Obligatory tick and tapeworm therapy for all cats and canines travelling underneath the Pet Journey Scheme (PETS).
- Shortening the tapeworm therapy window from 24 to 120 hours to 24 to 48 hours earlier than entry from contaminated international locations.
- Proscribing the variety of animals that may journey underneath PETS to 5 per non-commercial consignment relatively than 5 per particular person.
- Enhancing enforcement companies and surveillance at entry factors to the UK.
To scale back the chance of importation of unique illnesses via ”trojan” pets, the BVA is recommending restrictions on the motion of stray canines from international locations endemic for illnesses not at the moment thought of endemic within the UK, akin to brucellosis, babesiosis and leishmaniasis, and the introduction of testing in stray canines for any such illnesses as a compulsory requirement earlier than journey to the UK.
Potential homeowners must also be inspired to rehome from the present UK canine inhabitants and UK rehoming charities or welfare organisations.