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DOGS travelling under European pet travel rules could still be required to be treated for the zoonotic tapeworm Echinococcus multilocularis before they enter the UK if a regulation recently adopted by the European Commission (EC) is also agreed by the European Parliament and European Council.
The derogation from the European rules that has allowed the UK to impose extra controls on travelling pets is due to expire on December 31 this year. However, on July 14, the EC adopted a regulation that will permit listed member states – currently the UK, Finland, Ireland and Malta – to require that dogs entering their territory have been treated for tapeworms by a veterinary surgeon. Details of the treatment …