Taking Jäger To Morocco
Posted on December 6, 2014
Long before I left the Army in Jan 2014, Shaun and I had made up our minds about going to Morocco for our first winter of travelling.
There was only one issue, our little four legged friend and companion, Jäger. As mad as a box of frogs, English Springer Spaniel.
Even before leaving England, I had been searching the web for advice on taking dogs out of Europe and into Morocco but I could not find a definative answer. Most of the blogs and advice said, “just don’t bother taking pets”. This was not an option to us and we knew the French Motorhomers did it, so we asked our vet in Portugal for some advice. This is what we were told:
Jäger’s Medical Stuff
Jäger had to have an upto date European pet passport.
In this passport he had to have all his booster jabs Upto date.
He had to have a rabies stamp and it be signed by the vet. The vet informed us that we would need the original Rabies Diagnostic Test Report attached to his passport that showed he had his rabies blood test and that he had passed. This is very important as the Spanish authorities will need this in order for Jäger not to go in to quarantine on his return from Maroc.
He had to have been wormed and treated for ticks and flees. The vet had to sign and stamp this in his passport to show that this had been completed.
Jäger also had x2 extra medication treatments whilst being in Portugal and Spain,(not compulsory). This was for Dirofilaria Immitis (heart worm disease) and Leishmaniasis, which is a parasite contracted from a sand fly bite-that invades the dogs organs, which can result in death.
Maybe we were being over cautious, but better to be safe than sorry, prevention is better than cure as they say.
Jäger On The Boat
We didn’t have to show any paperwork, passport or vaccinations at either the Spanish or Moroccan ports on the way out. We had read that dogs had to be crated while they were on the ferry. We found this not to be true during our passage over to Tangier Med from Algeciras. We decided to leave Jäger in the Motorhome and closed all the blinds so that he could sleep. We did see a few small dogs on the upper decks outside with their owners.
I will update the blog again how we get on when we return to Spain in a few weeks.
Points To Note
Moroccans do not normally have dogs in their homes as pets. They are normally guard dogs chained up outside. There are lots of feral dogs roaming around sometimes in packs. Feral dogs are scared of humans and also kept well clear of Jäger.
Some Moroccans had a great interest in jäger asking what type of dog he is, etc. But in General Moroccan people have been scared to go near him, we have tried to encourage people including children to come stroke him to see how gentle and friendly he is, but to no avail.
Moroccans don’t recycle glass they smash it anywhere, beaches, waist ground and the side of the roads. Unfortunately Jäger cut one of his pads under his paw on some of this glass and it has taken weeks to heal. It has now finally started to fully close, after Shaun kept bathing it antiseptic and taping it up.
There are some vets around and they normally have signs outside their clinics. We used a vet in Tafraout who actually came to the cafe we were sat in to administer the treatment to a puppy we found. You could tell the vet was more used to treating larger animals then cats and dogs.
Some Pharmacists in Morocco do hold veterinary supplies, they are normally advertised on the signs outside the shop.