Do breed restrictions apply to dog toys?
Dog toys can be regulated as long as they are non-animal products, do not have a health or toxicity risk to animals, do not contain any material which can cause adverse reactions in humans – which can be any of the listed allergens, chemicals, or bacteria.
So which products fall into this legal category and can be regulated? Here are a few examples –
Dog treats are regulated by the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA)
Dog toys have not been banned by the FSA, so toys that can be found at an animal health health shop can be regulated by the FSA.
Please note the FSA does not regulate pet supplies such as hair collars – which you can find at a pet store, for example – this is because these supplies are legal in all parts of the world. However, all fur or body parts and other items are regulated in the UK by the FSA.
If you’ve any concerns about products being mislabeled, should you report them please call the FSA directly on 0300 123 2040.
What about pets allowed on buses and trains?
The Government’s regulations for pet transport vary considerably. This is due to the fact that there aren’t any standards for the transport of pets within the UK to reduce the risks of sickening or injuring pets.
The regulations are set out in the Pet Transport Regulations – the UK’s pet transport regulations – which are based on EU Directive (EC Directive 2005/60/EC) on the transport of animals and require all carriers carrying, or intended for transport, pets to ensure all animal health and safety requirements are met. Some transport operations may have to comply with some local regulations.
Where the transport is carried out by the owner of the animal it must require proof of a health and safety certificate – in some places this is a document issued by a veterinary professional but in other areas, such as rural and regional roads or airports, the requirement may be waived.
These regulations have been used to enforce Pet Transport Regulation within the EU since 1995.
This isn’t always the case. For example, the current European Commission regulation on pet airlines means that airlines that are regulated by the UK government do not have the burden of proof that they meet the requirements of the EU regulation.
For dogs, the regulations cover:
What are the guidelines regarding food and water?
The rules for dog food and water in the UK
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