Information about pets from Ukraine in home isolation

Published 12.04.2022     Modified 17.06.2022

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority has agreed to allow refugees from Ukraine to bring their pets into Norway. However, we must also ensure that this does not present a risk of spreading infectious diseases to humans or animals in Norway.

The animal health status in Ukraine differs from Norway and the EU/EEA countries with respect to rabies, as well as other serious infectious animal diseases.

On this site, you will find information about:

  • Conditions of keeping animals in home isolation
  • Requirements applying to pets in home isolation
  • Information about rabies and echinococcus multilocularis
  • Where to find more information

See also: Pets from Ukraine

Conditions of keeping animals in home isolation

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority determines which animals must be placed in home isolation.

The pet owner must live in a place where it is permitted to keep animals, the requirements below must be met, and the animal must be taken care of in accordance with Norwegian animal welfare regulations.

Be aware that the Norwegian Food Safety Authority is also responsible for monitoring animals, including those in home isolation.

In most cases, dogs, cats and ferrets should be microchipped, vaccinated for rabies, and have a rabies antibody titre blood test taken (with satisfactory results) before home isolation can be considered.

Species of pets other than dogs, cats and ferrets must at minimum undergo a clinical examination by a veterinarian.

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority has prepared its own supervision certificate for each animal, regardless of the species. If an animal does not have this certificate, it has not been properly checked by the Norwegian Food Safety Authority.

Pets in home isolation must live with the pet owner.

Requirements applying to all pets from Ukraine in home isolation:

  • Dogs, cats and ferrets must be kept on a lead when outdoors. They must not be permitted to approach other animals or humans outdoors. Choose more isolated areas when taking pets out, and avoid parks or busy trails and paths. Pets in home isolation should be secured to prevent them from running off when they are indoors without a lead.
  • Caged birds, rabbits, rodents (e.g. guinea pigs and hamsters), and reptiles (e.g. snakes, lizards and turtles) should be kept indoors throughout the isolation period.
  • During the isolation period, the animal must not be in contact with other animals, apart from animals they have normally been in contact with in Ukraine.
  • Avoid contact with people outside the household. Contact with other people should essentially be avoided, or at least kept to a minimum.
  • If a visit to a veterinarian is necessary while the animal is in home isolation, the pet owner must inform the veterinarian that the animal is in home isolation.
  • The pet owner must cover the costs of feed, veterinary treatment, equipment etc. for the animal while it is in home isolation.

Pet owners with responsibility for a pet in home isolation are required to:

  • Alert the Norwegian Food Safety Authority of any changes to the animal’s health or behaviour. Alert the Norwegian Food Safety Authority by phone: 0047 22 40 00 00.
  • Keep the Norwegian Food Safety Authority continually updated on any changes to the location of the animal while in Norway. E-mail any change of address to ukraina@mattilsynet.no and attach scans/pictures of the supervision certificate accompanying the animal.
  • Cooperate with the Norwegian Food Safety Authority and facilitate monitoring and testing. The Norwegian Food Safety Authority is responsible for monitoring animals, including those in home isolation.

Posters: Home isolation of Ukrainian pets

If the conditions for home isolation have not been met or owners have failed to comply with the requirements, the animal will be required to quarantine under the Norwegian Food Safety Authority’s supervision throughout the quarantine period. In cases where pet owners have failed to comply with requirements, the pet owner may be responsible for costs.

Possible risk of infections from animals coming from Ukraine to Norway 

Pets from Ukraine may have a different health status from that of pets in Norway. They may also be carrying infectious agents that could infect humans and animals in Norway.

It is therefore essential for everyone who has been in contact with animals from Ukraine to be aware of the risk of infection from these animals..

Rabies

Rabies is a viral disease that infects animals and people. This disease has frequently been detected among animals in Ukraine.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI) recommends rabies vaccinations for all persons in a household where dogs, cats or ferrets from Ukraine are in home isolation if the animal does not have a valid certificate of rabies vaccination or a rabies antibody titre test, and if the animal has not undergone a 4-month quarantine upon arrival in Norway. This is consistent with the advice FHI generally gives to persons who, through their work, are in frequent, prolonged or close contact with imported mammals.

FHI also recommends that everyone who handles these animals should avoid allowing the animals to lick their faces (mucous membranes of the eyes and mouth), or bite their hands and fingers while playing, as wounds may ensue with consequent exposure to potential infection.

What to do if you are bitten

If an animal in home isolation bites, scratches or licks you in the mouth or eyes, all bite wounds and scratches should be cleaned immediately (preferably within minutes) for at least 15 minutes. Use soap and generous amounts of running water.

Contact healthcare services immediately so that treatment can be initiated if this is considered necessary (post-exposure prophylaxis). This also applies to people who have been vaccinated against rabies.

Echinococcus multilocularis

All dogs entering Norway from Ukraine must be treated for echinococcus multilocularis before they are placed in quarantine.

All faeces must be responsibly collected, removed and disposed of to prevent infection. Use a bag or gloves and wash your hands thoroughly after removing the faeces.

For faeces indoors, wash and disinfect the spot in contact with the faeces (using Virkon S or similar product). The faeces should be disposed of as general waste.

Ensure good hygiene

Pets from Ukraine may be carrying parasites, bacteria and viruses that are not found in Norway, or that are rare in Norwegian animals. Please be meticulous about maintaining good hygiene.

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority recommends vaccinating animals with core vaccines as needed and treating them for parasites (internal and external) as soon as possible after arrival.

Remember that most diseases are infectious before symptoms appear.

 

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