I'm sure this thread will no doubt have been covered in the past, so apologies for this, but has anyone got any experience of taking their dogs out to Corfu? We are taking our 2 terriers over this year and are travelling by ferry from Venice to Corfu, and wondered if anyone has any helpful tips or recommendations please?
Any advice is gratefully received!!
Message posted by cannock girl on 19 January 2007 at 11:57am - IP Logged
HI, The ancona crossing is much better, down through france to lyon then over to ancona, good roads plenty of road side exercise places for the dogs, 14 hr crossing, dogs on top deck,, the numerous long tunnels on the swiss route terrified my dog i would,nt go this way ever again,but many do. may we wish you luck in your venture,
Message posted by mandandads on 19 January 2007 at 3:15pm - IP Logged
We brought our dog over last year and did the Venice crossing. We used Ibis Hotel chain on the way down as they allow you to have dogs in your room. Some of the hotels charge (about 5E) and some just didn't seem to ask for any money.
There is a "dog hotel" on the Minoan Lines ferry although my dog is a little Shih Tzu who is very spoiled and he's never been in a cage in his life so I didn't want to put him in the dog hotel. Therefore, I just put him in my bag and smuggled him into our cabin.
I cannot comment on the Ancona route as I have only ever done the Venice route. However, if you are bringing your dogs to Corfu remember to get the tick prevention treatment that includes sandflies and heartworm (both of which can be a problem here in Corfu). The vets in England do not always necessarily tell you about this as sandfly infestation is not a common problem in England so does not necessarily automatically occur to English vets.
Our dog travelled well and has settled in nicely to his life in Corfu (he loves his daily beach walks) and has had some new friends to play with over the months when another stray puppy finds it way into our garden!
Message posted by alikee on 19 January 2007 at 3:42pm - IP Logged
Many thanks both, good to hear 2 different view points. Hotelwise, we are going to use Formule 1 who do take dogs, and will probably try to smuggle them into the cabin on the ferry as they are both terriers and not too big, but either way, I am hopeful they will travel okay, and I cannot wait to start those beach walks!!!!
Thanks also Manandads for the vet advice, we are heading for the rabies vax on Monday, so will mention that!!!
Message posted by Terry and Julia on 19 January 2007 at 7:27pm - IP Logged
The best flea collar is Scalibor which prevents the sandflies too, pet shops will sell those. You can buy heartworm tablets on Corfu, but unlike Drontal (you will need that as well) which you can get from any pharmacy you will probably have to go to the vetinary pharmacy in Corfu Town. I think we used Interceptor, but there are several brands; this is quite interesting:
This is probably preaching to the converted and if so I apologise but remember to clear up after your dogs. Not all Greeks like dogs and the less trouble yours are, the nicer life will be.
Also, if you are walking in the countryside beware of turkey flocks or roosting birds. Where we lived the locals used to breed them in the open. I was once snake-hunting and carefully lifted a piece of corrugated iron only to find a turkey on her eggs. It gave me such a shock - the bird wasn't thrilled either but fortunately by then I had experienced turkey flocks, herds of goats etc and my dog was on the lead. On one occassion I was out walking and we came across a huge pig wandering around!
Message posted by Deedee on 21 January 2007 at 11:57am - IP Logged
Message posted by mandandads on 21 January 2007 at 9:41pm - IP Logged
Just a word about the Scalibor collar that Julia has mentioned.
My dog had a very bad reaction to it and ended up with weeping sores around his neck and was very dopey for two weeks when I first put it on him. Apparently, this can be a side effect of the collar when used on dogs that haven't been used to wearing them from a young dog.
I know several other English people who have reported the same side effects in their dogs, so just something to watch out for if your dogs start suffering if you decide to use the Scalibor collar. Of course there are lots of dogs who wear them with no problems but just something to be watchful of.
Message posted by Angela T-A (Agni Animal Welfare Fund) on 21 January 2007 at 10:02pm - IP Logged
The best thing you can do for your dog if you are taking it to Corfu is to make sure that its passport is in order for taking it BACK to the UK. Many people come here with dogs and then when they suddenly have to return to the UK urgently (for whatever reason - and many seem to have to ) the dog cannot go because it is not passported for returning to the uk. They have to have a rabbies injection and a blood test one month afterwards and then six months quarantine period (they can live with you normally - unlike in the UK) before they can return to the UK. This is the most important thing you can do for your dog. Taking it on the Minoran Ferry is nothing compared with having to leave it here when you have to return and cannot take it with you.
I have often come across this situation so please look into it if you are bringing your dog to Corfu and make sure that it can return, should you have to.
Majority of the stray dogs we find here in Corfu are from English people having had to return to the UK and cannot take there dogs with them - so they DUMP them!!!!
Message posted by Terry and Julia on 21 January 2007 at 10:14pm - IP Logged
Sorry to hear about your dog. I haven't come across that before but it doesn't surprise me. All those chemicals....! Be very careful about handling the collar too and wash well afterwards.
I wish there was a good alternative. You can use drops but particularly for dogs with long hair it isn't easy to know that you have actually succeeded in dosing adequately.
There is also a bio collar but I don't know how effective it is. I would strongly suggest using the collar despite the risk and see how it goes. So many dogs suffer horribly as a result of sandflies, protection is better than hoping it won't happen because it does.
I hope your dog is ok now, Amanda. Have you found an alternative form of protection?
Message posted by alikee on 21 January 2007 at 10:29pm - IP Logged
Thank you all for your thoughtful advice. We are due at our vets tomorrow for the rabies vax and will ask about sandflies and heartworm and what protection we can get for this and Julia, I totally hear and understand what you are saying, we are looking into this as well, but we will not be adding to the list of dumped dogs - we are bringing 2 dogs and 4 horses and are coming over to Corfu to live, and work, and if we find we have to go home for an emergency visit, then will take full advantage of this wonderful website to find boarding kennels for the dogs, and if it is a longer return to the UK then we will be following the correct procedure to ensure our animals return with us.
That said, I really do appreciate the advice offered!!!
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