From coming New Year, new and more stringent requirements is required for the treatment of dogs before they are entered to Norway.
The requirements also apply for day trips to Sweden and the FSA asking people to consider whether the dog can stay home.
The new requirements are designed to prevent spreading of the parasite fox dwarf tapeworm in Norway. The parasite is harmless to dogs and foxes, but can be fatal to humans if they are infected, says the FSA.
The key point of the new rules is that dogs taken during travel abroad, must be treated for the parasite abroad, before it is taken back to Norway.
Treatment must be between 24 and 120 hours before entry into Norway.
It must be implemented by a vet, who also must confirm treatment in the dog passport.
If you are only traveling within the EU / EEA area, the dog is treated twice with a minimum of one and a maximum of 28 days apart before departure.
It must also be given treatment after returning home. Also this must be confirmed in pet passport by a veterinarian.
– You need to carefully consider whether the dog needs to be on short trips, ie a few hours, or if it can be at home in Norway, says senior adviser Ole Herman Tronerud from FSA.
If you are traveling directly from a country where fox dwarf tapeworm does not exist, like the UK, Ireland, Finland and Malta, you do not need to treat your dog.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today