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Taking a Pet to a Foreign Country
Taking a pet to a foreign country involves preparation and planning far in advance of your departure date. If you are you travelling to another country and bringing along your pet youll need to meet the animal health requirements of the country you are visiting. Take your pet from the United States to a foreign countryYour destination country may have specific health requirements that must be met before your pet can enter the country. Further InformationAPHIS Pet Travel – Not all animals qualify as petsFind out which animals qualify for travel as a pet. Jet Blue: Pet and Service Animal Vaccination and Documentation RequirementsFind requirements for pet travel within and outside the United States.
LuciaSwitzerlandTrinidad and TobagoUnited KingdomUnited StatesUnited States – AlaskaUnited States – Hawaii Anguilla Pet import requirements: an original Health Certificate issued by a vet in the country of origin stating that animal should be free of any infectious or contagious diseases and should not be in contact with any animal suffering from the same for the past sixty days; animal must be vaccinated against rabies more than one(1) month but less than one year before the date of importation. A serological test for rabies is required for each animal that does not originate from a third country entered into the specific third country list in Annex II of Reg.(EC) No. 998/2003. Pet owners must first obtain an import permit, along with a health certificate issued by the animals country of origin. If you wish to import your animals from a country that is not listed, you may do so by first exporting the animals to one of the above countries, satisfying ALL their quarantine requirements and then applying to re-export the animals to Fiji from that country. If you have a certificate for the animal issued by the responsible government agency of the country of export containing necessary information such as the microchip number for individual identification, dates of rabies vaccinations and rabies antibody levels as well as stating that the animal underwent 180 days wait in the country of export, the quarantine period will be completed within 12 hours.
United KingdomAll pet dogs, cats and ferrets can enter or re-enter the UK from any country in the world without quarantine provided they meet the rules of the Pet Travel Scheme, which will be different depending on the country or territory the pet is coming from. London Heathrow Airport Guide – Pet Travel SchemeThe regulations surrounding transporting animals are dependent on what type of animal and the country in question.
Pet ownership and human health: a brief review of evidence and issues
Accepted 4 November 2005.Research into the association between pet ownership and human health has produced intriguing, although frequently contradictory, results often raising uncertainty as to whether pet ownership is advisable on health grounds. Death of a pet can cause grief similar to that in human bereavement, whereas threat of loss of a pet may be met with blunt refusal and non-compliance with advice on health. We examine the current evidence for a link between pet ownership and human health and discuss the importance of understanding the role of pets in people’s lives. Three potential mechanisms have been proposed to explain the association between pet ownership and benefits to human health. 13 The first is that there is no real association between the two, rather that cofactors such as personality traits, age, and economic or health status impact on the decision to own a pet and thus produce an apparent link between pets and health. So far evidence is lacking that any of these cofactors account for both health promoting attributes and propensity to own pets, suggesting that health benefits, when reported, may be attributable to some aspect of pet ownership.
The third proposal focuses on ways in which pet ownership may exert a direct effect on human health and wellbeing through the nature of the relationship. Figure 2 illustrates the inter-relationship between functions served by pet ownership and human health outcomes. Why pet ownership should be taken seriously The question of whether a person should acquire a pet or continue to own a pet requires careful consideration of the balance between benefits and potential problems. Conflict between health interests and pet ownership can cause non-compliance with advice on health. Some sources estimate that up to 70% of pet owners would disregard advice to get rid of a pet owing to allergies,w5 whereas reports abound of older people avoiding medical care through fear of being admitted to hospital or residential care as this often means giving up a pet.
People do not own pets specifically to enhance their health, rather they value the relationship and the contribution their pet makes to their quality of life.20 Greater understanding among health professionals is needed to assure people that they do not need to choose between pet ownership and compliance with health advice.
The Impact of Pets on Human Health and Psychological Well-Being: Fact, Fiction, or Hypothesis?
Because of extensive media coverage, it is now widely believed that pets enhance their owners’ health, sense of psychological well-being, and longevity. While some researchers have reported that positive effects accrue from interacting with animals, others have found that the health and happiness of pet owners is no better, and in some cases worse, than that of non-pet owners. Google Scholar, SAGE Journals, ISI Allen, K., Shykoff, B.E., Izzo, J.L. Pet ownership, but not ACE inhibitor therapy, blunts home blood pressure responses to mental stress. Google Scholar, Medline, ISI Becker, M.
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Animal companions and one-year survival of patients after discharge from a coronary care unit. Google Scholar, Medline, ISI Gilbey, A., McNicholas, J., Collis, G. M. A longitudinal test of the belief that companion animal ownership can help reduce loneliness. Google Scholar, Crossref, ISI Gillum, R.F., Obisesan, T.O.
Living with companion animals, physical activity and mortality in a US national cohort. Google Scholar, Crossref, Medline, ISI Headey, B., Grabka, M. Health correlates of pet ownership from national surveys. Google Scholar, Crossref, ISI Miltiades, H., Shearer, J. Attachment to pet dogs and depression in rural older adults.
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