Please  note that the new “MICROCHIPPING OF DOGS REGULATIONS 2015″ comes into operation on the 1st June 2015. Click on the PDF link below.



Restricted Dog Breed Information

The Control of Dogs Regulations 1998 (S.I. No. 442 of 1998) impose additional rules in relation to the following breeds (and strains/cross-breeds) of dog in Ireland, read full information here.



Under the provisions of the Control of Dogs Act, 1986, the Local Authority is responsible for the control of dogs in the County of Roscommon.

Roscommon SPCA has no responsibility directly or indirectly in the management or administration of the Dog Shelter/Pound in Co. Roscommon.

  • Roscommon Dog Shelter (Pound)  Opening Times: 11-2. Mon-Sat – 090 6662992
  • Phone – 0906662992
  • Email –

Finding of Stray Dogs
13.—(1) Any person, other than a dog warden or a member of the Garda Síochána, who finds and takes possession of a stray dog shall, forthwith—

(a) Return the dog to its owner, or
(b) Deliver the dog to a dog warden, or
(c) detain the dog and give notice in writing containing a description of the dog, the address of the place where it was found, and the address of the place where it is detained to the member in charge at the nearest Garda Station to the place where the dog was found, or to a dog warden.

Stray dogs that are reported or picked up out of hours by Roscommon SPCA are handed over to the pound at the earliest opportunity. All stray dogs picked up by Roscommon are reported to the Dog warden immediately.


Protect Your Pets in Summer

Leaving a pet in a car in hot weather is just asking for disaster. Many people don’t realize how quickly a vehicle can heat up or what a short amount of time it takes for a pet to succumb to heatstroke.



ISPCA calls for a ban on using wild animals in circuses

Big_Stop_with_ISPCA_logo_small_for_landing_pageHelp us bring an end to this cruel and out-dated practice

The ISPCA is calling on our supporters to join The Big Stop campaign and help us in calling for a complete ban on the use of wild animals in circuses in Ireland.

The ISPCA believes that the complex welfare needs of wild animals such as elephants, tigers, lions, zebra and sea lions, cannot be met in the travelling circus environment. The ISPCA is opposed to the use of wild animals in travelling circuses.  Circuses serve no conservation purpose and fail to educate their visitors about the animals used by them.  Instead, sentient, intelligent wild animals are held for their lifetimes in substandard and wholly inadequate conditions for the sole purpose of performing for circus audiences. Animals can suffer from long-term psychological and physical problems as a direct result of their use in circus shows and many spend the majority of the year caged in beast waggons.

Animals used in travelling circuses are subjected to constant travelling, cramped and barren accommodation, regularly forced to perform unnatural behaviors, as well as being denied the natural space, climate and social opportunities that their species requires.


Moving Pets Within the European Union

Passport & Government regulations
EU pet passport rules apply throughout the European Union. All Dogs, Cats and Ferrets travelling between member states need an official recognized EU Pet Passport with veterinary endorsements certifying compliance with tests, treatments and vaccinations. The endorsements must be dated (including expiry dates), stamped and signed by an authorized Vet. It is your responsibility to ensure that all of the entry conditions are met.
Government regulations for pets – Ireland /Britain/Ireland routes only
• Microchip – The microchip number on the animal must correspond with the number on the passport presented. The microchip should comply with ISO standards 11784 & 11785. Clearly legible tattoos are also accepted – the tattoo must have been applied before 3rd July 2011.
• Rabies – All dogs, cats, and ferrets must have a current Rabies vaccination (administered at least 21 days prior to entry into Ireland). The Rabies vaccination must be administered by a registered Veterinary Practitioner and entered into the E.U. Pet Passport (Section IV. Vaccination Against Rabies), signed, dated and stamped.
• Tapeworm – this treatment is not required for entry into Ireland from Britain, Finland, Norway or Malta or for entry into Britain from Ireland, Finland, Norway or Malta
Procedures when travelling with pets
Car passengers
• Your pet must be taken on board the ship in your car and must remain either in your car or in the kennels provided by Irish Ferries for the duration of the voyage.
• The kennels can be booked in advance and are free of charge.
• Family pets are not allowed on the passenger decks at any time.
• Pets (all dogs and cats) must be transported to and from the ferry in a secure, rigid and appropriate pet cage or box (please bring your own).
• The animal must be able to stand or lie down in comfort.
• The owner of the animal must be able to carry the cage or box from the terminal to the ship.
• All animals must travel on the car deck in their cages or boxes.
• If you turn up at the port without an appropriate pet cage or box you will not be allowed to bring your pet on board. There are no exceptions to this rule.
Guide and Assistance dogs
Irish Ferries are delighted to welcome specially trained “Sight”, “Hearing” and “Feeling” dogs on board. All guide and assistance dogs must be pet passport compliant
The dogs are allowed to remain with their owner on the passenger decks for the duration of the voyage if they are an officially registered working dog. When on the passenger decks they must wear the special guide dog harness or jacket at all times. Please contact us a few days before you travel so that staff on-board can be notified and will be ready to assist.

Car passengers – your guide dog must be taken on board the ship in your car and then brought up to the passenger decks.
Foot passengers – you are permitted to walk your guide dog through the terminal building and onto the ship.
Movement Restrictions
Movement Restriction on the Number of Pets.
• From the 29th December 2014, the maximum number of pets that can travel with one owner or authorised person under the pet travel scheme will be five. Anyone wishing to travel with more than 5 pets will therefore need to comply with the commercial movement rules (see below).
• An exemption from this requirement will be introduced where more than five pets, aged over six months, are travelling with their owner, or an authorised person, to attend a show, competition or sporting event (or training for such an event). Written evidence of attendance/registration will need to be provided. In all cases the transport vehicle must be fit for purpose, for example, in relation to size, type and ventilation. Kennels are available on board and can be booked with Irish Ferries.
Commercial Movement of Animals.
• Any other shipment of animals that exceeds five, (not including those attending shows or sporting events) or any movement of animals for commercial purposes (for sale, for breeding or commercial gain), cannot be booked on Irish Ferries Passenger services. A booking will need to be made with Irish Ferries Freight Services (contact +353 (0) 818221560.
• Customers should also note that there are separate requirements for commercial shipments of animals, including additional approval documentation, for the animals, the vehicle type and in some cases, for the driver of the vehicle. Further information can be obtained from the office of your nearest Animal Health Veterinary Inspector.
There are restrictions in place curtailing the free movement of birds due to the risk of bird flu.


Guidance Note: The Movement of Dogs from Northern Ireland to Great Britain

The Movement of Dogs from Northern Ireland to Great Britain


????????????????The EU Dog & Cat Alliance was established in 2014 and brings together dog and cat welfare organisations from across the EU.The Alliance is calling for EU action to build a better Europe for dogs and cats. Yesterday (24th March), the EU Dog & Cat Alliance launched a National Legislation Report which was commissioned to provide important information on the current legislation in all 28 of the EU’s Member States.



Charlie July 2014 Diagnosed with EPI, Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency

EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency)

If your dog has Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI) it basically means there is a progressive loss of digestive enzymes needed for your dog to break down and absorb their food properly.
The progressive loss of pancreatic cells that produce these enzymes is most commonly caused by pancreatic acinar atrophy.

The atrophy itself can be the result of a previous infection, a blocked pancreatic duct or it can be simply down to genetics. Loss of digestive enzymes leads to maldigestion and malabsorption of nutrients which is why dogs with EPI struggle to maintain their weight and are constantly hungry even though they can eat copious amounts of food. They can literally waste away, even die a painful death from malnourishment, starvation or organ failure. A lack of nutrients sometimes even results in temperament changes which may express themselves in aggression or even fear.


It is most commonly found in German shepherds (around 60% of all cases) where it is predominantly an inherited condition. Other breeds are now reported to show signs of EPI such as border collies, boxers, cairns, cavaliers, chihuahuas, cockers, dachshunds, jack Russell, Labradors, retrievers, rottweilers, schnauzers and westies. Please note that these are not the only breeds now affected.

Typical Symptoms

In most cases, not until 80-90% of the pancreas has lost the ability to secrete the enzyme will the symptoms present themselves. What makes it an even harder disease to diagnose is that not all dogs display any or all of the symptoms all of the time. The diet will often need complementing with additional enzyme powders and in some cases a boost of Vitamin B12 injections.

The most common symptoms include:
A gradual wasting away even though there is a voracious appetite
Eliminating more frequently – even every hour or two
Stools are often greasy voluminous yellowish cow-plops, but can also be greyish
Eating their own stools or other inappropriate substances
Increased passing of wind
Increased rumbling sounds from the abdomen
Some dogs don’t show typical signs
Some experience intermittent watery diarrhea or vomiting
Some dogs even display personality changes such as fearfulness or sudden aggression


Without question you should seek proper veterinary advice as to diagnosis of EPI.

How does a grain and cereal free diet help?

It is the wheat gluten and other grains/cereals typically found in other brands of dog food that EPI sufferers have particular problems digesting. All our recipes are wheat gluten free. And two of our recipes – Duck & Potato and Fish & Potato have no grains or cereals in them. We have had excellent results with EPI dogs that have been fed our Duck & Potato recipe, as shown with the numerous testimonials we have received.

This info has been taken from website.

 Enzymes can be found here CLICK HERE

You can find the appropriate dog food on this site CLICK HERE

This is a very well informed site for any information you need CLICK HERE


no stixsEmergency Vets Issue Warning to Dog Owners over the Dangers of Throwing Sticks.

The emergency Out Of Hours vets with 32 clinics across the UK is issuing a warning to dog owners about the dangers of throwing sticks, following a recent case in which a dog was admitted with horrific injuries following a trip to the park. Commenting on the case; Karen Booth, Senior Veterinary Surgeon at Vets Now in Telford said; “Throwing sticks for dogs to chase can result in horrific injuries and each year, many dogs are killed retrieving sticks which are thrown for them.



hotheat-stroke.jpgDuring the hot summer weather many of us want to be outside; relaxing, playing with the children, sunbathing – generally enjoying time with friends and family, including our canine pals.Enjoy the fun, but please remember that dogs (and cats) can suffer from the same   problems that humans do from over exposure to the sun, including overheating, dehydration and even sunburn.Here are some tips to follow to prevent your dog suffering in the heat:




'Me, I'm not scared of storms, but I use them as an excuse to sleep in my Master's house...'For many dogs, thunderstorms mean fear and trembling — for the unluckiest dogs, they mean outright panic. This week, thunderstorm phobia – why it’s so common, and which treatments may help.It is unknown why some pets become afraid of noises such as thunder and fireworks; it is a common problem in dogs, but less so in cats. The fear can soon become a phobia, which is defined as a persistent, excessive, and irrational fear response. In the case of thunderstorms, pets may also be fearful of storm-associated events such as a change in barometric pressure, lightning, electrostatic disturbances, and even smells associated with the storms. Noise phobias can include fear of thunderstorms, fireworks, gunshots, and even the sound of birds.


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 Understand why your pet is behaving badly and find help to change it.




petpassportImport into Ireland of dogs, cats and ferrets

The EU Pet Passport system is designed to protect citizens from the threat of rabies and certain other diseases. EU rules apply to the movement of pet dogs, cats and ferrets into EU Member States. Pets entering Ireland from the EU require:

Pet dogs, cats and ferrets entering Ireland from the EU require:

  • Passport/certificate showing identification
  • Subsequent rabies vaccination with first vaccination at least 21 days before entry
  • Specific tapeworm treatment of all pet dogs

(For full details click here)

Pet dogs, cats and ferrets travelling from other qualifying (lower risk) countries can also travel into Ireland on the same conditions as set out above.

Pet dogs, cats and ferrets travelling from non-qualifying (higher risk) countries can also travel into Ireland without quarantine provided the pet has a passport/certificate showing identification and a subsequent rabies vaccination. At least 30 days after rabies vaccination the pet must be blood tested to confirm a neutralising antibody titration at least equal to 0.5 IU/ml.  The pet may enter Ireland only when at least three months has expired since a successful blood-test.


How to get an EU Pet Passport in Ireland

Every Irish pet that is brought out of Ireland to another EU Member State or re-enters Ireland must have an EU Pet Passport. In Ireland this is issued by private Vets directly to pet owners.

If you wish to have your pet’s photograph on its passport (this is optional), you should bring a photograph with you to your vet. The photograph should be no bigger than 6 cm wide and 4 cm long, should feature the pet only and show its colour and markings clearly.

On receipt of the Pet Passport from your vet check all entries are legible and correct, as any errors could lead to your pet being detained.

Further information can be found on the DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE WEBSITE


logoDepartment of Agriculture

 PRA Building, Golf Links Road, Roscommon.

 This office deals with the following issues:
Veterinary, Livestock, AES.

 Tel: 090 6630100


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bat-circleFound a grounded bat?

Bats sometimes appear in houses or on the ground outdoors during the day time. There is a range of options to help a bat back on the wing again, but what to do depends on the situation. Follow the link below for all the information you need.







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Hedgehogs & Other Wildlife








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