The very tight restrictions imposed by New Zealand in order
to limit the introduction of disease are legendary. A friend
on holiday there last year nearly incurred a large fine
for arriving with an apple in his luggage! A sniffer dog
discovered the "contraband" at customs which was
left over from an on flight snack. Whilst this protection
of their indigenous flora and fauna may appear overzealous
the threat of "fruitfly" and the subsequent devastation
of farmer's crops is genuine enough.
"KeeKee" - whose future lies "down under"
will have to be tested for Brucellosis, Leptospirosis, Ehrlichiosis,
Hookworm and Heartworm as well as receiving routine treatments
for various other worms and external parasites prior to
Additionally, as a result of a previously diagnosed heart
abnormality "KeeKee's" owners took the additional
precaution of having her heart analysed by a cardiac specialist
to ensure that she was fully fit for the long journey. If
all those steps appear daunting it is worth bearing in mind
that transport costs alone for "KeeKee" to New
Zealand are in excess of £2000!.......a popular dog
Given the similarity of scenery in Scotland I wonder whether
KeeKee's owners have considered the cheaper option North!
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