There are numerous pet insurance companies on the market nowadays, offering reasonable monthly payments. It is advisable to have your pet insured (third-party insurance cover) regardless of whether your are going on holiday or not as you never know when you might need to take your pet to the vet, or be covered incase your pet bites someone or gets bitten. Veterinary fees are expensive enough and particularly so in Italy.
In areas where there are poisonous snakes, some pet owners keep anti-venom in their refrigerator (which must be changed annually).
The Ente Nazionale per la Protezione degli Animali (www.enpa.it) is the main organisation for animal welfare in Italy and it operates shelters for stray and abused animals, and inexpensive pet hospitals in many cities.
The following regulations apply in Italy;
- All dogs should be kept on a lead on the street or in open air public spaces.
- All dangerous dogs should have a muzzle and be kept on a lead for walking on the street or in open air public spaces.
- Owners should always clean up their dogs’ faeces otherwise you can be fined (approx €30).