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Information about pets in Andalucia

An adorable tabby kitten ©iStock
An adorable tabby kitten

Now that the EC regulations have eased regarding quarantine, an increasing number of people are either bringing their pets with them when they move to Spain, or else acquiring them here, reassured by the fact that, if they have to move for any reason, their pet doesn't have to be left behind. Veterinary surgeons are well trained in Spain where it's a popular profession and emergency veterinary care is available in animal clinics, many providing 24-hour service. There are also several multi-lingual professional practices which can be located by picking up one of the English language publications. If you intend to live permanently in Spain you should have your pet vaccinated and issued with a health certificate from a vetinary surgeon in you home country 15 days before your departure.

It is also advisable to have dogs vaccinated against rabies and other diseases such as distemper and hardpad, and cats immunised against feline gastro enteritis and typhus. Most airlines will transport domestic animals in a suitable transporting cart provided it has a rabies vaccination not more than 30 days before the flying date and a veterinary examination and a paper signed by the vet saying that the animal is in perfect condition to fly and doesn't have contagious diseases.

The cost from the UK is around 5 € per kilo. Animals travel in a special hold which is heated and lighted. Be sure to book on time because there is a limited amount of places for the animals.

Domestic pets in Spain should be chipped by a local vet. Health insurance is available from a number of insurance companies.

Veterinarians - Many excellent veterinarians operate clinics in Andalucia.

Pet supplies - Find your pet supplies at various types of retail outlets in this region.

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