A number of pet turtle owners are concerned about their turtles’ health when they bring them back to the country from a pet express flight.
“I think the risk is quite high, but you don’t want to take them with you if you can help it,” said Karen Karp, owner of Karp & Associates, a pet-store chain in San Antonio.
“You don’t know what you’re getting into.”
Karp has been in the business since 1994 and has seen some of her customers take their pets to the pet express.
“I’ve seen them with the turtles and they get quite ill,” she said.
The reason is because the animals can’t be vaccinated with the same virus that is causing the flu in some people.
“A lot of pet turtles have a weakened immune system and so they can be susceptible to this virus,” Karp said.
“So I do think that the pet turtles would have a higher chance of getting the flu than people who aren’t in the pet store business,” Kars said.
Pet turtles are protected under the federal law that protects endangered species.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has said it does not want pets transported to the U.K., Australia, Canada, New Zealand or anywhere else without proper vaccines and treatment.
The CDC has said that pets can be transported to a quarantine area where the virus cannot be transmitted and then transported back to their home country.
The turtles are not protected under this law.
But some veterinarians and wildlife experts have said the turtles are more susceptible to contracting the virus than people.
The American Veterinary Medical Association has advised that people and their pets should not bring pets into quarantine until they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus.
And the International Association of Pet Veterinarians said that the most effective way to protect animals is to keep them at home.