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Overall strategies for parasite prevention in travelling and imported pets
In addition to giving pet owners parasite prevention advice while travelling abroad, Veterinary professionals should.
· Treat imported and travelled dogs for tapeworm – Dogs should be treated for E.multilocularis with praziquantel within a month of arrival from E.multilocularis endemic countries. There is a legal requirement in Finland and Norway.
· Check pets for ticks on arrival from other countries – Check- ing for ticks and identifying them is vital to limit spread but also to identify possible exposure to tick-borne disease abroad.
· Be aware of relevant clinical signs in travelled and imported pets – Clinical signs should be cross checked against parasitic diseases endemic in visited countries or the country of origin.
· Screen for exotic disease – imported pets should be screened for Leishmania and tick-borne diseases so if clinical disease devel- ops it can be detected early and so exposure to endemic vectors can be limited.
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