Animal Health in Taiwan

Find out how to access vaccinations and veterinary care for dogs, cats and other pets in Taiwan, as well as information on pet threats...

Dogs and cats must be vaccinated against rabies, and all animals should be vaccinated against severe, life-threatening diseases. Consult a veterinarian for a list of recommended vaccinations.

Veterinarians

The National Veterinary Hospital offers an after-hours emergency service, as well as critical care and general practice. Some branches offer a call-out service for emergencies.

Pet Threats

Taiwan's tropical and subtropical location means that Dirofilariasis is present, which is dangerous for dogs; they can become infected when they are bitten by mosquitos. Dirofilariasis is caused by Dirofilaria worm infections and the parasite is known as Dirofilaria immitis. Adult worms can cause heart disease, specifically, pulmonary artery blockage; lung, liver and kidney functions are also affected. The disease is fatal if it is not treated. However, there is no vaccine.

The peak infection season is from March to June. Research indicates that stray dogs in Taiwan have a high infection rate - as high as 50 to 60 percent - while about 30 percent of house dogs are infected.

There is no other serious pet disease in Taiwan, unless pets are not vaccinated. Cities are safe environments, while mountainous areas are more disease prone.