Sainsburys Bank sent us this Infographic on exercising your dog, and having fun at the same time.
Would be rude not to share it!!
Moving house can be incredibly stressful, especially on the day when the removal men arrive and the house is put into utter chaos. Well if you think this is stressful, imagine what it’s like for your dog! Random men bowling through the house, moving all your things without your permission and having to get out of their way all of the time. What a nightmare!
Felixispace have sent through a guide to make the day far more enjoyable for your canine pal, and of course we would be more than happy to help with one of our scheduled Pet Transports, or perhaps you need a Bespoke Pet Transport Service.
It covers what you should do before, during and after the move, and provides some fun games you can play to keep them entertained, as well as travel advice and some products that can chill out a dog that’s getting hot under the collar.
Two obvious things to say about Brexit and the future of the UK ‘outside’ of the EU. 1) at this stage nobody knows anything at all about what the ongoing negotiations will result in, and 2) nobody knows how long the agreement will take to implement in two years time.
The sensible thing therefore is to carry on as normal, keep monitoring the official updates as and when they start to emerge, and as far as pet and rescue animal transport into and out of the UK is concerned be prepared to adapt as necessary.
Of course human nature being what it is that is not happening and people are already speculating and making statements as to what will (and wont) happen post Brexit. The world of pet transport is no different so there is already much speculation as to the nature of the TRACES Scheme and the PETS Scheme.
With regards to TRACES I have been told of a Spanish Government Vet who said that post Brexit he (the Spanish Government Vet) wouldn’t be able to issue TRACES Certificates into the UK and transporters would need to stop in Calais and have the animals TRACES done.
This was basically repeated by a person in DEFRA who claimed that post a ‘hard’ Brexit they would not have access to TRACES.
Effectively the same message, but let’s not forget: nobody has made any announcements or decisions yet!
Personally I have the view that very little will change post Brexit, in most areas! Consider how many things need unraveling post Brexit, with inevitable cost and confusion for both ‘sides’: governments and their citizens.
My guess is that they will leave as much as possible in place “if it isn’t broken don’t fix it’ and concentrate on the big ticket items: immigration, border controls etc.
I think it is also worth recapping what TRACES is about. It was NOT created for the movement of re-homed cats and dogs! It was put in place to protect the integrity of the food chain in relation to the movement of livestock, and protect the health of said food chains consumers. Think Mad Cow, Foot & Mouth, High Levels of residual pesticides etc.
In it’s simplest form when a animal is transported from Owner A to Owner B TRACES records the transfer of Ownership, and ensures that the ‘life history’ of the animal can be tracked down and monitored at each point of ownership. So Owner A holds all the records relating to the treatment of their animal while under their ownership, TRACES records the movement of the animal to Owner B via an approved and registered transporter, and Owner B holds all the future records of treatments relating to the animal while in their ownership. The more complex the Ownership history in the food chain the more relevant this becomes.
A little OTT for cats and dogs? Possibly, but it’s aim is to protect against Rabies, and the illegal transport of young puppies etc. So you see it is about transparency, integrity and welfare of the animal: the core values of TRACES.
TRACES is a EU wide scheme, so it is tempting to say that post BREXIT the UK wont have access to the system, BUT let’s take a moment to look at Bosnia. They are not in the EU but if you want to legally transport a rescue (re-homed) cat or dog from Bosnia to a EU country a system exists. In Bosnia they complete a Health Certificate which is pretty much exactly the same as the TRACES Certificate in all but name. It looks the same. It requires exactly the same information. As you leave Bosnia and you enter the EU you have to enter via a BIP (Border Inspection Point) where they transfer the Health Certificate details onto the TRACES system. As the information is exactly the same on both forms, and in the same format, and both held electronically this is little more than linking the Health Certificate number to the TRACES Certificate number. At which point the animals are on the TRACES System, so when the transporter arrives at Pet Passport Control at Calais they can just check the Certificate number as they usually do.
My point? That there already exists a process for a non EU country to transport an animal under TRACES into the EU.
My point? TRACES was not devised for the transport of cats and dogs, so post Brexit do you really think that the whole of the EU will want to stop a) selling livestock related produce to the UK or b) stop buying UK livestock related produce?
If it isn’t broken …… who actually benefits from the UK not having access to TRACES post Brexit? Nobody! Do the citizens of the UK and EU benefit from removing TRACES? No. Does it cost anything to leave TRACES in place post Brexit? No.
Remember TRACES provides integrity, welfare and accountability of livestock and those that consume it. Would the UK or EU want to reduce this? Could they replace it with a ‘better’ system? MY guess is that those that have complained that TRACES is ‘overkill’ for cats and dogs being re-homed into the UK may live to regret that and be thankful instead that TRACES exists for livestock and the re-homing of cats and dogs is just a small element of what it is used for.
What about the PETS Scheme then?
The prime objective of the PETS Scheme as far as the UK is concerned is that it protects the UK from Rabies, and in the case of dogs Tapeworm. When the quarantine rule was replaced with the PETS Scheme the UK was instrumental in the negotiations (they wanted the 1-5 days Worming requirement) so again: since the introduction of the PETS Scheme has rabies returned to the UK? No. Has Tapeworm become an issue in dogs in the UK? No.
I could (and will) argue that the PETS Scheme isn’t really an EU wide scheme anyway. It is a good example of how two parties different requirements can be accommodated.
A pet cat or dog entering the UK will be checked: it’s microchip will be read and pet passport checked for correct microchip date, correct rabies and worming dates, that the owners details and signature are the same in the passport as on the microchip registration form, and that the vet who administered the rabies has their phone number in the pet passport.
A pet cat or dog entering the EU from the UK isn’t checked at all, nor is it checked when crossing a EU border (the sheer land mass of the EU means stoping an animal roaming is impossible).
So again, why fix something that isn’t broken? In fact, thinking about it, maybe the pet passport approach is a good blue print for a number of the other border related issues that will need resolving post Brexit?
Anyway, as I said nobody knows anything yet, nor will we for a while but the above is my two pennies worth, and for now we will continue as ever and if we need to adjust in the future we will.
It is after all, just about the animals!!!!
It is very easy to take the view, form the opinion, that the Spaniard as a nation have little tolerance, or love, for their animals and I wish I had a € for every time I have been told “The Spanish hate animals”.
Abuse of the Galgos, Bull Fighting, Social Media daily showing horrific abuse of cats, dogs and other animals. Hard to argue against the perception.
On the other hand over the years it has been noticeable how many more younger Spaniards Sands has been working with on our cat re-homing project, and there are many thriving vet practises (we have three here in Almerimar) as proof that many Spaniards do indeed love and look after their pets.
A recent census by the Madrid Association of Small Animal Vets (AMVAC) supports this, with 20 million pets owned in Spain (which has 46 million inhabitants), and one in four households owns at least one pet. In fact there are more dogs and cats per household in Spain than children, with the number of both cats and dogs per household is higher than the number of children, which sits at 1.32 per woman of fertile age, taken as those between 15 and 49 but who are fast diminishing in number, making the average per household around 0.8%.
Other ‘interesting’ facts from the census:
Rather alarmingly, as it is the law to have your cat or dog microchipped in Spain (if they go outside), with so many not being chipped the census puts a caveat on their figures.
More details from the census:
The AMVAC estimates that, including food, litter where necessary, shampoo and other cleaning products for dogs, vet bills – sterilising, vaccinations and medication in the event of illness or injury – owning a pet can cost from €376 to €814 per year.
They calculate the cost at €2.23 per day for a dog, €1.47 per day for each cat, and €1.03 per day for other small pets.
In practice, the main running costs for pets who rarely need to see the vet are much lower – not counting vaccinations, which Spanish vets prefer to give only every two to four years, keeping a cat is around €2 a week or 30 cents a day.
Spain currently has around 6,000 veterinary surgeries, and 5,000 specialist animal care shops, although a high number of cats and dogs live on food bought from the pet section of mainstream supermarkets.
Veterinary clinics have been struggling more than ever since 2013 when IVA on medication and other services was forced by the government up from 8% to 21%, meaning pet-owners now avoid taking their animals for treatment or check-ups unless absolutely necessary, and leading to surgeries’ turnover plummeting.
As a result, 730 clinics have closed in less than four years, says the Association of Pet Industries (ASAC).
Whilst the idea of IVA increasing was to earn more money for the State, in practice the government is making less than ever because of vet bills becoming prohibitive and owners avoiding incurring them where they can.
In fact, ASAC fears the increased IVA could lead to a ‘public health problem’, with general pet health declining.
Animal-loving politicians have tried to push through motions to cut IVA on all veterinary-related services and products to 10%, the middle bracket – which used to be the band that applied and was previously 8% – stressing that affordable pet care would mean healthier fluffy friends and, in the long run, even more money for the government and for vets.
Some vets prefer to keep costs down for general care to encourage owners to continue to bring their animals to see them, but in order to do so and stay in business, need to make a greater mark-up on less-regular and traditionally more expensive services.
A decade ago, an antibiotic injection for a cat would be in region of €10, but is now €25; sterilising a tomcat costs at least €75 compared with about €40 in 2007 – figures which double for sterilising a queen-cat.
That time of year again, World Galgo Day, a day when Galgo lovers are urged to do just that little bit extra to unite and speak with one voice about the plight of these beautiful dogs.
One way in which you can help? Purchase a Diá del Galgo T-Shirt here
Obviously we are huge lovers of the Galgo, and regularly transport them to Germany, Holland, Belgium and the UK so here is another way in which you can help:
We will make 2 spaces available to the UK and 2 spaces available to Europe, at half price. If you donate either 75€ (EU) or 140€ (UK) we will match that which means that you can fund the transport of these 4 spaces for half the regular price.
Email email@example.com to sort this out.