Pet Threats to Animals in Bali

Find out about the dangers your pets could face in Bali, and how to minimise risks...

The main dangers to pets in Bali are snake bites and rabies.

Rabies

In December 2008, the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture notified the World Organisation for Animal Health about a rabies outbreak in dogs in Bali, and as of June 2011, over 120 human deaths caused by rabies have been reported. There is now a vaccination programme in place to control canine rabies, and as of February 2011, it was estimated that the scheme was almost 80 percent complete.

There are an estimated 400,000 dogs in Bali.

  • Rabies Hotline, Tel: 0811 389 004

The provincial government of Bali is preparing new laws that will help to control rabies, by introducing rules and procedures affecting pet ownership. The draft legislation stipulates that:

  • Pet owners will be required to register their pets with local animal control authorities
  • Pet shops and pet dealers must be officially licenced
  • Owners will be required to keep their pets under control and provide preventative inoculations
  • Any dog, cat or pet monkey running loose on public streets will be subject to capture and detention
  • Pet owners will be able to claim their pets back after paying the cost of keeping them in a detention centre
  • Pets not claimed can be offered for adoption, but may be euthanised if new homes cannot be found
  • Failure to report suspected cases of rabies to the authorities could result in six months' imprisonment and a fine

Snakes

Snakes are a threat to pets as well as humans in Bali. A number of dogs and cats are bitten every year, and many die as a result. If a pet is bitten, it must be taken to a vet immediately for treatment.

The five venomous snakes that can be found in Bali are:

  • The Common Spitting Cobra: extremely venomous, only attacks if provoked
  • The Green/Bamboo Pitviper: common in wooded areas, living in trees, bamboo and bushes
  • The King Cobra: measures over 3m and found in Negara and the west coast forests north of Tanah Lot
  • The Blue Krait: may be found in Ubud or Canggu
  • The Asian Coral Snake: burrowers and seldom seen, although has been spotted in Ubud

However, Bali's snake population is said to be in decline as snakes are being killed on the roads, for use in traditional medicines and for their meat and skins. It is feared that this decline may result in a rise in the rat population.