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Dogs and cats from approved countries

We have completed our review of biosecurity import requirements for dogs and cats and their semen from approved countries.

Steps to complete this risk analysis

When we do a risk analysis, we:

  • start the risk analysis by reviewing the science on pests and diseases of concern
  • assess and analyse biosecurity risks
  • develop proposed risk management measures
  • consult the public on the draft report and then review comments
  • publish a final report
  • develop import conditions
  • publish import conditions in our Biosecurity Import Conditions System (BICON)
  • This analysis was completed in 2013. Read more about importing cats and dogs to Australia.

Learn more about why we carry out risk analyses and our international obligations.

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Updates

Due to changing global distribution of canine influenza virus, we completed a review of the canine influenza virus chapter in 2019.

Download revised canine influenza virus chapter

Department of Agriculture, 2019

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Review of risks associated with canine influenza virus PDF22519 KB
Review of risks associated with canine influenza virus DOCX22790 KB

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About the final report

We recommend that the import of dogs and cats be allowed from approved countries. All imports must meet the agreed biosecurity import conditions.

The final report details:

  • diseases of biosecurity concern
  • risk assessments for the identified diseases
  • recommended risk management measures.

Diseases

The final report names diseases and disease agents that need risk management measures. These are:

  • canine brucellosis
  • canine influenza virus
  • canine piroplasmosis
  • canine monocytic ehrlichiosis
  • hepatozoonosis
  • leishmaniasis
  • leptospirosis
  • Lyme disease
  • screw-worm fly myiasis
  • rabies
  • tularaemia
  • yersiniosis.

Risk management measures

In summary, required risk management measures include:

  • country or zone freedom
  • quarantine periods
  • diagnostic testing
  • veterinary inspection
  • veterinary treatments.

Download final report

Department of Agriculture, 2013

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Importation of dogs and cats and their semen from approved countries PDF2451.7 MB
Importation of dogs and cats and their semen from approved countries DOC2451.3 MB

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Contact us

For more information about this review email Animal Biosecurity.