A vet has started a Government petition to reverse the “bonkers” decision to remove compulsory tick treatment for dogs entering the UK.

Natalie Morris said she hadn’t even qualified when the pet passport rules were relaxed in 2012, but is deeply concerned about the increasing risk of tick-borne diseases being brought into the country.

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Dr Morris, a small animal vet who works at Malthouse Surgery in Minsterley, Shropshire, said she was aware of an increase in tick numbers in the area where she has worked since qualifying in 2013. She had also seen cases in Cypriot rescue dogs.

Appealing to all UK vets

Dr Morris has launched a petition under Government legislation and is appealing to every vet and VN in the country to sign it, as well as make clients aware of it and the importance of protecting animals and humans from new pathogens that may not yet be in the UK.

The petition runs for six months, until 16 December 2016. At 10,000 signatures, Dr Morris will get an official response from the Government and at 100,000 signatures, the petition will be considered for debate in Parliament.

Change something

Dr Morris said: “The more you read, the more you realise removing compulsory tick treatment for dogs entering the UK is bonkers.

“We need to pull together as a profession. I don’t know how many vets are in this country, but if we all sign the petition, that, in itself, is a good number and if we made others aware of it, we could change something instead of grumbling about it in our individual practices.”

Dr Morris said she was trying to make clients, family and friends aware of the situation and, hopefully, they would sign the petition as well.

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G.M Lamping
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G.M Lamping
8 months 23 days ago

Very good petition. We must protect our animals .

Kate Hughes
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Kate Hughes
8 months 23 days ago

I am not a vet or a veterinary nurse, just a responsible dog owner of long standing, who knows what damage ticks and tick-borne diseases can do to dogs and humans, and how the danger has increased with easier access of dogs to Europe – when a simple test would provide a frontline safeguard for our pets, working dogs and people.

Marcelle
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Marcelle
8 months 23 days ago

Please I found so many ticks on my puppy last week, if this will lessen the tick population, then yes please.

HJM
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HJM
8 months 24 days ago

Yes, but not as before with the dog having to be treated x number of days before entry to UK. If an appropriate treatment had been administered by an appropriate vet, this should be valid for the life of that product, with a valid until date on the passport. So that dogs that travel frequently do not have to be treated more than once a month ( or 3 months for some products)

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