In May this year, a case of canine rabies was found in Chambon-Feugerolles, France. The dog had bitten a family member and a neighbour's dog before being placed in quarantine by the local veterinary practice. The dog, a seven month old bull terrier, was presented to the vets on the 16th of May and died 24 hours later whilst still under quarantine. Rabies infection was confirmed by the Pasteur Institute following positive lab results.
The dog did not catch rabies in France. It is believed to have caught the virus whilst visiting Algeria earlier this year. Not only did it travel to Algeria without the necessary requirements, the dog originally entered France illegally from Hungary without rabies vaccinations, back in December 2014.
BSAVA President, Tricia Colville says, “Once again this case demonstrates the importance of complying with the requirements of pet travel legislation." Both the incident and this statement highlight how important the support and guidance provided by Superyacht Veterinary Services to our clients is.
The BSAVA reports that the occurrence of rabies in a single imported animal does not affect rabies status of the Country or affect normal movements under the Pet Travel Scheme. However, individual countries outside the EU are able to make their own regulations about animal imports and many have changed their requirements for French dogs following this case of rabies. With many superyacht pets based in or visiting the South of France, their travel requirements may be affected and SVS can ensure that all aspects of travel remains hassle-free.
This is by no means an isolated case in Europe (or worldwide). Ensuring both your dogs protection and constant compliance with every countries entry and exit legislation is essential. This is exactly what we are here for, and we would love to hear from you if you would like to know more about our support options.