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Sat, 27 Aug 2011 23:00:00 +0000

Animal Care in Crete

Photo:Crete Catalist, Greece

If you are a pet lover, beyond cats and dogs, you may find Animal Welfare on Crete a bit of a controversial, even sad subject sometimes, for the Greek culture has not traditionally been what we mainly urbanised British ex-patriates would call animal friendly. In truth, the mainly rural Crete lifestyle reflects the practical side of day-to-day existence on the island, such as rearing and killing animals for consumption and their products.So when it comes to domesticated animals, here's the rub, that is where we may misunderstand and find contradictions that conflict with our own views on caring for pets and other creatures.Most cats are feral and there are many stray dogs wandering around. Perhaps with the cats being feral, this a throwback to the Minoan period on Crete akin to the Ancient Egyptians where cats were revered in those times?


Crete Snakes and Reptiles

Mon, 03 Oct 2011 09:33:04 +0000

Crete Snakes and Reptiles - Are they Poisonous?


John McLaren of Aquaworld Aquarium kindly answers that question in the Brits in Crete Forum after a British ex-patriate resident in Crete wrote about an unexpected guest in her house one hot summer's evening. (...more)

DEFRA Pet Travel Scheme

Mon, 03 Oct 2011 09:30:15 +0000

  Good News!! Free Movement for Pets In/Out of UK From 2012 How to ship your pets under the Pet Travel Scheme Approved Air Routes For Crete Airports A reminder from DEFRA that under the UK's Pet Travel Scheme (dogs, cats and ferrets) can only be carried by air between Heraklion or Chania and the UK, as per the approved airports and carriers listed: For Chania Airport pets can be carried on flights to and from London Gatwick or Manchester. The UK Authorised carrier is Thomson Arways. As for flights between Heraklion and Manchester you can use any of the authorized carriers, Thomas Cook Airlines, Jet 2. Between Heraklion and Bristol, you can use Thomson Airways, and between Heraklion and London Gatwick the choice is between Thomson Airways and Thomas Cook Airlines. Approved Air Routes For Other Places in Greece Athens Airport Athens - London Heathrow,  British Airways World Cargo, KLM Cargo (via Amsterdam), Olympic Airlines Athens - Manchester, Sterling Airlines Athens - London Gatwick, Maersk Air Cargo  (via Copenhagen) Corfu Airport Corfu (Kerkira) -  Bristol, Thomson Airways Corfu (Kerkira) -  Doncaster,  Thomson Airways Corfu (Kerkira) -  London Gatwick, Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines Corfu (Kerkira) -  Manchester Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines Kavala Airport Kavala - London Gatwick, Thomson Airways Kavala - Manchester, Thomson Airways Kephalonia Airport Kefalonia - Bristol, Thomson Airways Kefalonia - London Gatwick, Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines Kefalonia - Manchester, Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines Kos Airport Kos - London Gatwick, Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines Kos - Manchester, Jet 2, Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines Mytiline Airport Mytilene - London Gatwick, Thomson Airways Rhodes Airport Rhodes - Doncaster, Thomson Airways Rhodes - London Gatwick, Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines Rhodes - Manchester, Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines, Jet 2 Santorini Airport Santorini - London Gatwick, Thomson Airways Santorini - Manchester, Thomson Airways Skiathos Airport Skiathos - London Gatwick, Thomson Airways Skiathos - Manchester, Thomson Airways Thessaloniki Airport Thessaloniki - London Gatwick, Thomson Airways Thessalonik-  Manchester, Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines Zakinthos Airport Zakinthos - London Gatwick, Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines Zakinthos - Manchester, Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines Defra List as per: September 22, 2011 For Sea Ferry Routes, read DEFRA's dedicated page. For more information on sending pets between Greece and UK, (and vice versa), send an e-mail to pets (dot) helpline (at) Notes: 1. Greece's conditions of animal entry are more relaxed than UK's and therefore to ship pets from UK by air has more choices. 2. Rules change, so check the latest information from DEFRA. Between Greece and the UK See the Travel Condition Changes Effective January 1, 2012 Details updated: November 1, 2011[...]

Leishmaniasis :: Developments

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:38:32 +0000

Leishmaniasis Latest vaccine for Dogs available in Greece and Cyprus By Pluto: A BritsinCrete Forum Member Introduction:  The purpose of this article is to update extensive coverage concerning canine leishmaniasis in the BritsinCrete Forum. That information is far from being out of date, but became incomplete since more recently a vaccine has become available and introduced to Greece and Cyprus. For the Dog Owner   If you own a dog, you should be aware that Canine Leishmaniasis is a serious and potentially lethal bacterial disease. The good news is that advances in treatment mean that it can be prevented and treated. This debilitating disease is mainly transmitted by sandflies (vectors), which are common in tropical and subtropical areas and found locally in the Mediterranean region such as in the Greek Islands, mainland Greece and Cyprus. Unfortunately efforts to control leishmaniasis in dogs have been largely unsuccessful, though as more research is being carried out, progress is being and will continue to be made. Etiology and Epidemiology Leishmania are protozoa, single-celled bacteria that cause cutaneous, muco-cutaneous and visceral diseases in dogs, human beings and other mammals. Rodents and dogs are primary reservoirs, people and cats are incidental hosts. There are about 35 species of Leishmania; 20 infecting humans and about 10 infecting dogs. Transmission of the disease is different in the Old and in the New World. In the Old World dogs act as reservoirs for the bacteria and a sand fly, Phlebotomus, is the vector. Sand flies are infected during feeding on an infected subject. They are endemic around the Mediterranean basin spreading towards more northern European countries. In the New World the vector is also a sand fly but of a different genus, Lutzomyia. They are present on the eastern coast of the Unites States and Canada, in Central and in South America. The spread of the disease can occur from dog to dog through transmission by fighting, breeding and congenitally (being present from birth). Clinical features Dogs generally develop visceral leishmaniasis. This means that after an incubation period, a sub-clinical phase of infection, the dog has no symptoms and which lasts from 1 month to 7 years. Then, cutaneous lesions appear. These may include all or some hardening and swelling of the epiderm (hyperkeratosis), scaling, thickening, muco-cutaneous ulcers, hair loss particularly around the eyes and intra-dermal nodules on the muzzle, ears, pinnae (outer ear) and foot pads. Common symptoms of visceral leishmaniasis are: weight loss, increased appetite, polyuria (excessive urine), polydipsia (excessive drinking), muscle wasting, vomiting, diarrhea, cough, sneezing, epistaxis (nose bleeding) and melena (blood in the faeces). Later facial alopecia (hair loss) occurs, fever, rhinitis, dermatitis uveitis (affecting the colour of the eye), conjunctivitis and swollen lymph nodes. Most dogs die of chronic kidney disease. Diagnosis Diagnosis is based on the history, clinical symptoms and evolution, more objectively on a blood test demonstrating the presence of antibodies against Leishmania. Treatment The main drugs used for therapy of the disease are able to improve clinical signs and/or clinico-pathological abnormalities temporarily or cure dogs clinically, but none of these treatments reliably eliminates the infection. Studies on treatments with these drugs, alone or in combination, have shown that most treated animals cure clinically but remain carriers of the parasite and might relapse back to a clinical disease. The only drugs licensed currently in Europe specifically against Canine Leishmaniasis are meglumine antimoniate, allopurinol and miltefosine. The combination of meglumine antimoniate (N-methylglucamine antimoniate, 75-100 mg/kg for 4 – 8 weeks, S.C.) with allopurinol (10 mg/kg twice a day for at least 6-12 months P.O.) is considered as the most effective therapy and constitutes the first line pro[...]

Licensed Vets in Crete

Sun, 06 Nov 2011 07:55:10 +0000

Veterinarians/Tierärtzte Name Tel. Area Badouvas 2810-317870 Heraklion Fillipakis 2810-325508 Heraklion Souranakis 2810-243190 Heraklion Antonakis 2810-225329 Heraklion Piperakis 2810-315910 Heraklion Fragoulis 2810-211483 Heraklion Polychronis 2810-322917 Heraklion Litinas 2810-234420 Heraklion Melidoni 2810-317737 Heraklion Tsatsaki 2810-220540 Heraklion Spiridakis 28420-80390 Ierapetra Antonakakis 28310-54390 Rethymnon Lioudaki 28310-50345 Rethymnon Stayroulakis 28310-55999 Rethymnon Aeriniotakis 28210-50417 Hania Kampouraki 28210-42920 Hania Maroulaki 28210-79390 Hania Pantelis 6936518451 Agios Nikolaos Sfakianakis 6973004113 Agios Nikolaos  [...]

Margaret Clurow Wild Animal Rescuer

Sat, 27 Aug 2011 23:00:00 +0000


Great Britons in Crete: Margaret Clurow

"Call Margaret, She'll Help You Rescue Wildlife in Distress" 
Location:  Sissi, Lassithi, Crete





Left: Rehabilitated Buzzard, which Margaret nicknamed the "Capodimonte Buzzard".

No one knows what it means to rehabilitate injured birds and rescue wildlife such as hedgehogs in Crete better than British ex-patriate and resident, Margaret Clurow. The plight of any protected animal species is close to Margaret's heart.

This interest goes as far back as to her childhood when at the age of 4 her parents gave her a pet rabbit to take care of. Dogs and cats were to follow over the years and right through married life, once prompting her husband to ask if he or the animals got fed first!