Issue Date: 24 September 2008
Amended pre-export requirements for tick treatments for dogs and cats for export to Australia
Biosecurity Australia (BA), the Australian government agency responsible for the risk assessment and policy development for the importation of dogs into Australia, has advised the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) of new requirements in the import conditions for dogs and cats.
BA has advised that all dogs and cats for export to Australia must be examined by an accredited veterinarian for the presence of external parasites, including visible or palpable ticks within 4 days prior to export. A thorough examination for external parasites must be performed, with particular attention being paid to the body regions of the forelegs, chest, neck, head, ears, eyes, shoulders, axillae and inner thighs.
BA has also advised that all dogs must be re-treated for external parasites within 4 days of export. This treatment is in addition to those required at the time of blood sampling for Ehrlichia canis and for the maintenance of protection.
AQIS has implemented the new condition from September 2008 for all cats and dogs imported from countries other than New Zealand.
AQIS information packages for the importation of dogs into Australia and the web information provided to AQIS clients have been amended to reflect the new requirements.
For further information about this requirement or other issues concerning the importation of dogs or cats to Australia, please contact our section at the addresses and numbers below:
AQIS Live Animal Imports
Phone: +61 2 6272 4158
Fax: +61 2 6272 3110