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Feline health
Protocol for assessing imported cats
  1. Vanessa Whitfield, clinician and
  2. Ian Wright, head of ESCCAP UK & Ireland
  1. RSPCA Greater Manchester Hospital, 411 Eccles New Road, Salford M5 5NN
  2. Mount Vets, 1 Harris Street, Fleetwood, Lancashire FY7 6QX
  1. email: vanessa.whitfield{at}

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There has, rightly, been much focus recently on the risk of introducing foreign pathogens into the UK from imported rescue dogs and on protocols to limit this risk. One such example is the four pillars set out by the European Scientific Counsel for Companion Animal Parasites (ESCCAP) UK & Ireland, which encourages a thorough veterinary health check, screening for exotic parasites, tick and tapeworm treatment and physical screening for ticks. The aims of such protocols are to protect individual households into …

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