Trade of dog and ferret puppies and kittens from EU-countries to Finland

Starting from 29th December 2014, puppies and kittens under the age of 12 weeks are not to be vaccinated. This only applies to puppies and kittens of the following species: dogs, cats and ferrets. The puppy or kitten must be at least 12 weeks old on the day of the primary vaccination against rabies. If for one reason or another the animal has been vaccinated against rabies once as a puppy or kitten under the age of 12 weeks, the animal must be vaccinated again before travelling. In that case after the vaccination a statutory 21 day waiting period must also be fulfilled before travelling. This rule applies regardless of if the animal has been born and vaccinated in Finland or in another country.

Starting on 29th December 2014, unvaccinated dog and ferret puppies and kittens under the age of 12 weeks are allowed to be traded from all EU-countries to Finland with the following requirements:

1. The animal is younger than 12 weeks during transfer

2. The animal has been identified by a microchip

3. The puppy has been treated against echinococcus 1-5 days before entering the country. The treatment has been marked in the pet passport by a veterinarian. The medication requirement does not apply to kittens or ferret puppies. Medication is not required if the dog is brought straight to Finland from the UK, Ireland or Malta.

4. The owner or an authorised person has to carry a signed declaration confirming that the animal has not been in contact with any wild animals susceptible to rabies between the time of its birth and movement. The declaration can be signed by the owner or an authorised person. The model for the declaration form can be found here and in the Commission implementing regulation (EU) No 577/2013. If the puppies or kittens are with their dam of which they are still dependent on, it has to show in the dam’s passport that she has been vaccinated against rabies before the birth of the puppies or kittens.

5. The animal is accompanied by a pet passport.

Starting on 29th December 2014 it is also allowed to transfer 12-16-week-old dog and ferret puppies and kittens that have been vaccinated against rabies from all EU-countries to Finland. In this case the 21 day waiting period after the vaccination does not have to be fulfilled. The puppy or kitten must be at least 12 weeks old on the day of the primary vaccination against rabies. 

1. The animal is 12-16 weeks old during transfer

2. The animal has been identified by a microchip

3. The puppy has been treated against echinococcus 1-5 days before entering the country. The treatment has been marked in the pet passport by a veterinarian. The medication requirement does not apply to kittens or ferret puppies. Medication is not required if the dog is brought straight to Finland from the UK, Ireland or Malta.

4. The owner or an authorised person has to carry a signed declaration confirming that the animal has not been in contact with any wild animals susceptible to rabies between the time of its birth and movement. The declaration can be signed by the owner or an authorised person. The model for the declaration form can be found here and in the Commission implementing regulation (EU) No 577/2013.

5. The animal is accompanied by a pet passport.

It should be noted that these exceptions concerning the rabies vaccinations of dog and ferret puppies and kittens do not apply to Norway, Switzerland, Iceland or any other third country. (Link to import requirements from eg. EEA-, EFTA- and Schengen-countries)

 

Evira’s recommendation is that only vaccinated puppies and kittens over the age of 16 weeks are moved between countries. The recommendation especially applies to countries where rabies cases have been found in the past two years. In recent years, most rabies cases in the EU have occurred in Romania, Poland, Hungary, Greece and Croatia. You can check the rabies situation in EU-countries from the following link: http://www.who-rabies-bulletin.org/Queries/Surveillance.aspx.

  • If an animal is dispatched to Finland without an accompanying passenger or it is intended to be sold or transferred to a new owner in Finland, the requirements for commercial trade must also be fulfilled.
  • If the young animal is transported to another EU country after transfer to Finland, the requirements must be verified from the Member State.

 

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