Pet Care Advice*
Pet Care advice relating to the Covid-19 Pandemic:
Government guidance states that it is rare for an animal to catch coronavirus and there is no evidence to suggest that pets directly transmit the virus to humans.
There is also no evidence to suggest that this virus is circulating between pets in the UK. All available evidence indicates that the spread of coronavirus in the UK is due to human-to-human transmission. If you're social distancing or self-isolating because of Covid-19 you may not be able to exercise your dog as you normally would. Whether Covid-19, the weather or your pet's health prevents them from enjoying the outdoors there are other great ways to keep them mentally stimulated. Playing with your dog a few times throughout the day can stop them from making up their own games and keeping their minds distracted from other possible destructive habits. Of course, this also applies to cats or other small animals within the home. It is very important to spend time with your animal companions to develop a strong bond and play is the best way to do this. Feeding your pets should also be more of a game than simply filling up a food bowl each day. Place a portion of their food in a special foraging toy and hide this around or in their cage. Your pet will have to seek it out and then manipulate it to obtain the food. It’s a much more active, stimulating and rewarding activity for them.
Vet care during the pandemic.
You will still be able to access your vet during the pandemic, although they may be offering an altered service due to reduced staffing and government guidelines. Always contact your vet if your pet becomes unwell, but please be patient and wherever possible, call before going to the practice.
Overseas Travel with Pets, some information:
The main change for pet travel out of GB is that UK pet passports are no longer valid for travel into the EU. An Animal Health Certificate is now required for each trip to the EU, unless your animal already has a valid non-UK EU passport issued in an EU country. Requirements for travel from GB to EU or NI • Microchip (placed or recorded before rabies vaccination) • Rabies vaccination (at least 21 days before travel/certification and when the pet was at least 12 weeks of age. • Animal health certificate (AHC) issued no more than 10 days before travel. • Tapeworm treatment if travelling to Finland, Northern Ireland, Ireland or Malta. (To be given and certified by a veterinarian 24-120 hours before entry to EU/NI) Travelling back to GB • Microchip requirements as above • Rabies vaccination requirements as above • AHC that was used to exit GB can be used if within 4 months of issue. • Tapeworm treatment unless travelling from Finland, Northern Ireland, Ireland or Malta. It is the responsibility of the owner to know the requirements of travel for all countries travelled to and from. Please read the full guidelines before arranging travel at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-and-from-great-britain
Useful Pet Care Contacts
Here you can find some useful lost, found, rehoming & general support links*
Moving Home: There is useful information about pet care and pet arrangements when moving home on the GoCompare website.
Adopting & Caring for Rescue Animals: There is useful information in this topic from the Direct Line website
Stray Dogs: If you have found a dog straying please contact your local City Council and speak to the dog warden.
Lost Pet: If you have lost a pet it would be worth calling local vets, police and rehoming centres. There are also two national sites: www.doglost.co.uk & www.animalsearchuk.co.uk If your pet was microchipped contact the microchip company (two of the main microchip companies are Petlog and Anibase) to let them know a pet is missing.
Rehoming: PFSS is not a rehoming charity. If you need to permanently rehome your pet or are looking to adopt a pet there are numerous charities who may be able to help. It is impossible for us to list every charity here but a useful site which numerous charities advertise on is: www.rescuescottishpets.co.uk
The three well known charities who take in animals for rehoming are:
*please note that the above links are for information only and not specifically endorsed by PFSS.