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Moving to Portugal: Owning Pets in Portugal

Pets are part of the family, but bringing them in a different country can be difficult. Each country has its own laws on pet ownership. If you are staying with rent, owning pets can make things even more complicated. When you move to Portugal, you can bring your pet with you, buy a pet from a breeder, or adopt one. Cats and dogs must be identified with a microchip or a clearly readable tattoo. All pets taken into public areas must wear a collar with identifying information.

If you choose to bring your pet in Portugal, check out how things work in this country, such as whom to call if your cat or dog is missing and the best vets in your area. Adopting a pet is a bureaucratic and expensive experience. The legal minimum is to have your dog chipped and registered at the Junta de Freguesia (the Parish Council) offices, have shots for rabies, and keep him safely within your property. Ferrets are not allowed to be kept as pets in this country. Since there is no neutering policy in Portugal, most pets aren’t neutered and the unwanted animal population keeps growing.

Portugal has a warm climate, so the risk of parasites and diseases is higher. There are many diseases that do not exist in countries with colder climates, which is why your pet will need extra protection. In order to keep your furry friend safe, you have to take him to the vet to be vaccinated against hepatitis, distemper, parvovirus, and leptospirosis. It is recommended to use a spray, an anti parasite collar, or other product against ticks and fleas. These parasites can transmit diseases such as heartworm and leishmaniasis.

Don’t let your pets get in contact with stray dogs and cats. Doctors recommend giving dry food instead of canned food to your pets. Because of the warm climate, canned food alters faster. Your furry friend will need to have an internal deparasitation every three or four months. Pets must be revaccinated annually.

Cats and dogs in Portugal are allowed to travel on public transport as long as they are in a cage. They are not allowed on the seats and must not disturb other passengers. Assistance guide dogs can travel free. If you reside in an apartment building in this country, you may only have four animals, three of which may be dogs. The Portuguese usually don’t leash their dogs on the street, but keep them in chains 24/7 within their property.