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13 Dec

5 Common Myths About Pets Quarantine

Animal quarantine is a protective measure taken to safeguard the ecology of an area. Every country prescribes their own varying lengths of animal quarantine; this is done to prevent the spread of any zoonotic diseases an animal me be infected with. As the health and well-being of humans is central to the functioning of a country, governments take special steps to ensure no such cross-species infection occurs. To do so, they quarantine animals being imported for a period of time.

Pet quarantine is a necessary practice, once observed in a majority of international pet relocations. However, while the premise of quarantine brings images of your pet being detained in something akin to a prison, the reality is far from it. The process surrounding pet quarantine has various myths surrounding it.

Here Are A Few Such Myths Busted

Myth 1: Pet Quarantine Facilities are Barren and Prison Like

This could not be further from the truth. A quarantine station is a government run facility, and is designed to keep infectious, zoonotic diseases out of a country. Due to the nature of this job, such a facility is run by professionals of animal health and care. While such a facility does not resemble a five-star pet resort, it is far from a barren prison most pet parents think it to be.

Think of quarantine as more of a pet day-boarding facility, run and managed by professionals of pet health and disease control. Certain quarantine facilities will even let you visit your pet while they are under quarantine, so it all depends on the country you’re moving to and their rules. Regardless of your destination, quarantine facilities are clean, hygienic, and comfortable/safe, as any facility designed to keep diseases in check must be.

Myth 2: All Countries Prescribe Mandatory Pet Quarantine

This is a common assumption to make, and one almost every pet parent makes when researching for their move overseas. While quarantine is a necessary practice to curb potential infections from abroad, the period of quarantine and whether you need to quarantine at all depends upon the rules and regulations of your destination country. While some countries have stringent quarantine regulations, others do not. The length and mandatory nature of quarantine changes from country to country.

Australia, for instance, has strict import and quarantine regulations to prevent the spread of rabies into their diverse and delicate ecological system. The United Arab Emirates, on the other hand, does not require you to quarantine your pet, provided their vaccinations are in order and valid at the time of import. It all depends on the country you’re deciding to go to.

Myth 3: Pets Undergo Drastic Changes While in Quarantine

No, your pet does not undergo any significant changes while in quarantine. If, for example, you’ve been prescribed 14 days of quarantine, then there is not much that can change in your pet during that fortnight. While your pet may suffer from some separation anxiety (this is normal, especially if you’re always around them), there is no change in a pet pre and post quarantine. You’ll find your pet resuming their day-to-day activities soon after they return from quarantine.

Myth 4: Pets Cannot Receive their Food or Medication Inside a Quarantine Facility

Once more, the terms and conditions for access to the insides of a quarantine station depends upon the country. However, such facilities are not prisons, and if you provide detailed instructions to the facility, they should help take care of your pet.

You will need to mention specifics of medication and dietary requirements. Provided you do, there should be no problem keeping your pet up to date with their course of medicine. You can always check the rules of a specific quarantine facility, so you don’t run into issues further down the line.

Myth 5: You Can Avoid Pet Quarantine Through Insider Sources and Extra Payments

This is one of the things you shouldn’t attempt, regardless of how apprehensive about your pet being quarantine. It is a safety practice, and after the COVID-19 pandemic, humanity can agree that some preventive measures must stay in place to protect the health of a country. Most countries which mandate pet quarantine do so for seven to ten days. You will get into much more trouble attempting to skip this period before your entry, and this process is not one which is avoidable through money, fame, or forged paperwork.

Quarantine mandates can be scary at times, especially when planning a move by yourself. International pet relocations are a tedious process, with numerous mandates to observe. It is recommended to hire pet relocation experts for this process, to avoid any issues upon your arrival, and help reduce the stress you face during a quarantine process.

If you have any queries or questions about animal quarantine, you can reach out at enquiry@carrymypet.com.

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