Dogs can infect themselves in Tuscany with a disease called Filariosi cardio-polmonare, communicated through the bite of a mosquito that is functioning as a vector. The heartworm disease can be discovered only with specific tests. Please inform yourself in time about necessary prophylaxis at your veterinary.
In Italy you’ll find all the products customary in trade like for example Pedigree, Eukanuba, Hills etc. at pet shops or sometimes also in huge supermarkets. Please inform yourself also about the international regulations, in force from the 1st of October 2004 and inform yourself what you need to bring in order to travel with your pet. Some tips what to think about when travelling with your pet.
Tips and dog beaches in Tuscany…
Travelling with a dog, unfortunately is not always easy. In Italy, many restaurants as well as holiday accommodations do not admit dogs. Therefore it is recommended to inform the accommodation or the restaurant before booking, that you are bringing a pet with you (maybe informing also about weight and breed). Many accommodations do accept dogs only on request and some also just one pet, in order to prevent problems between the pets and the disturbance of other guests. Even if dogs are allowed, in some accommodations you might not bring your dog with you to common areas, such as pool or restaurant. Therefore, inform yourself exactly before reservation. Also in many museums dogs are not permitted, even if carried in a bag.
From the year 1991 until 2009, from the Month of June until September, it was not allowed for dogs to access the beach (except for “dog beaches”) and in case of infringement, there can be heavy fines. From the year 2002 on, the regulations are under the competence of the municipalities.
In October 2009, the Region of Tuscan has adopted a new law regarding the protection of animals. According to this regional law, dogs are permitted to access to public areas such as parks or free, public beaches. However, it is not sure if all public administrations have adhered to this law. There are a few municipalities such as Scarlino and Follonica, in southern Tuscany making their own local ordinances. Whereas Scarlino is opting for one, payable dog beach (on the right of the bridge at Puntone (next to the restaurant) and a free beach on the left of the bridge right in front of the campsite Baia dei Gabbiani, the city of Follonica has completely forbidden any access for dogs to public beaches, starting from the first of June and the weekend before until September.
However, please inform yourself at the moment of reservation that there haven’t been any changes. Most of the “dog beaches” (Spiaggie Riservate ai Cani) in Tuscany, until 2009 were indicated in general by signs with the writing Spiaggia Riservata ai Cani. These beaches were in general free beaches. It is always advisable to take a beach umbrella with you, in order to protect your friend from the heat of the sun and enough water, because the next bar might be far away. Some of the beaches are provided with special distributers of practical sets of plastic bags with a kind of “shovel” to remove excrements, even if it’s best to take them always with you.