Travel Precautions

Information you’re recommended to know before travelling with your pet


There are lots of diseases that we don’t have in the UK which your pet could be at risk from when they’re abroad. At Bay Vets we strongly recommend that you speak to one of our veterinary professionals about the necessary precautions to take when you travel abroad.


Heartworm is transmitted to dogs via mosquitos and is most prevalent in Southern France, Spain, Italy and the Mediterranean area. Larvae (baby worms) enter your dog via mosquito bite and will make their way to your pet’s heart where they will turn into adult worms. They can then cause heart failure if not treated.

Killing the adult worm can be life threatening to your pet. It is therefore essential that treatment to kill the larvae is administered. If your pet has travelled abroad before it is essential to test for heartworm before you use these medications.

There are various treatments for Heartworm but the most popular include:

[icon name=’icon-minus-sign’]Milbemax worming tablets – given at the normal dose every 4 weeks; from 2 weeks into your holiday until at least 4 weeks after you return

[icon name=’icon-minus-sign’]Stronghold or advocate spot on treatment – every 4 weeks from the beginning of your holiday until at least 4 weeks after you return


Leishmaniasis is an incurable wasting disease that is spread by sand-flies, which are mostly found in Mediterranean countries. In the sand-fly season (May to September), your dog could be bitten up to 100 times per hour.

Prevention relies on repelling and avoiding sand-flies:

[icon name=’icon-minus-sign’]Avoid known sand-fly areas when flies are most active; for example dawn and dusk
[icon name=’icon-minus-sign’]Use a ‘Scalibor protector collar’ which is like a flea collar but with different drug in it which repels ticks and sand-flies for 5-6 months
[icon name=’icon-minus-sign’]Use ‘advantix’ spot on treatment every 2 weeks which repels ticks and sand-flies

Tick-borne Diseases

Serious diseases such as Babesiosis, Monocytic Ehrlichiosis, Granulocytic Anaplasmosis and Borreliosis are spread by tick bites. It is therefore important to prevent a tick from biting by using a ‘scalibor protectorband’ (repels ticks for 5 months), ‘advantix’ spot on (every 3 weeks instead of the normal 4 weeks) or bravecto flea and tick tablet (given every 2 months instead of the normal 3 months).

At Bay Vets we highly recommend that if you want to reduce the risk of ALL these diseases for your dog whilst travelling abroad, you should either:

[icon name=’icon-minus-sign’] Use advantix spot on every 2 weeks, PLUS milbemax tablets from 2 weeks into your holiday, every 4 weeks until at least 4 weeks after you return


[icon name=’icon-minus-sign’] Use a scalibor protectorband PLUS advocate every 3 weeks

If you would like more information about the diseases your pet is at risk of when they’re abroad, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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