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Whats the vet visit cost to get EU Passport?

Does anyone know how much it would cost to visit a veterinarian in GE region to obtain a dog EU passport?

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Re: Whats the vet visit cost to get EU Passport?

I belgium and greece it was free, it is the same as his vaccination booklet.so it came with the vaccinations. being switzerland It will likely cost
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Re: Whats the vet visit cost to get EU Passport?

Depends on what you need to get done. If you need the full treatment (rabies vaccination, microchipping, and passport) count on between CHF300-400.
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Re: Whats the vet visit cost to get EU Passport?

Thanks for response. No, the vaccinations and microchip have been done already in a non-EU country. I guess I just wanted something Swiss/EU to avoid hustles. Also, I was told I need to register dog in Swiss AVIS tracking system during that visit.
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Re: Whats the vet visit cost to get EU Passport?

Some vets do it 'gratis' when you book a consultation for something else, or as part of a new client visit. Your best bet is to call the Praxis and ask.

With all my newly adopted dogs I book a general check-up as a matter of course; in addition to the 'getting to know the vet' and the health stuff, we go over all the administrative fol-de-rol then as well. If the newbie doesn't have an EU pass the vet fills one out for me, transfering the vac. data, etc. (I keep the original proof in the passport, at least until the next booster.) He also adds the dogs to the ANIS database while I am there.

My vet just charges a general consultation fee for the whole visit, he doesn't break it down further - I usually figure on CHF 100.
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Re: Whats the vet visit cost to get EU Passport?

I think I paid 50CHF each for my pet passports. If I had known it could be free elsewhere I might have protested. but, meh, it's done, I have it, and the world is a better place.

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Re: Whats the vet visit cost to get EU Passport?

I paid 25 CHF each for my cats' passports. I didn't think ANYTHING in Switzerland was free!!!
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Re: Whats the vet visit cost to get EU Passport?

England has more strict rules that the rest of the EU regarding rabis. It gets more complicated if you are going there.
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England has more strict rules that the rest of the EU regarding rabis. It gets more complicated if you are going there.
And just a reminder: As of 1 Jan 2012 the rules for bringing a dog/cat/ferret/etc into the UK will be relaxed, in line with EU norms:

Heads-up: New UK PETS Scheme Rules
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Re: Whats the vet visit cost to get EU Passport?

When we brought our dog over from the USA in Oct 2009 the vet bill was approx chf65. She had already been microchipped and had had her rabies shot. The vet did a quick exam, gave us the EU pet passport and registered her microchip for us. This was in the Zurich region.
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Re: Whats the vet visit cost to get EU Passport?

If I live in Switzerland and I bought my dog in Switzerland, does the dog have to be present to acquire a pet passport? Can I go to Germany or France to buy a passport?
The dog is vaccinated and chipped.. do I need to visit a vet with the dog for the passport and for a check up?
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If I live in Switzerland and I bought my dog in Switzerland, does the dog have to be present to acquire a pet passport? Can I go to Germany or France to buy a passport?
The dog is vaccinated and chipped.. do I need to visit a vet with the dog for the passport and for a check up?
Thank you..
Yes, you need to take the dog to the vet. The vet will need to check that the microchip in the dog works, and record the number in the passport.

You can't go to Germany or France to get the passport because you need to take the dog, and you can't take the dog without first having the passport.
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Re: Whats the vet visit cost to get EU Passport?

When I got my dogs their passports I also had to get them an updated rabies shot. I paid 130 CHF for the exam, shots & passports for two dogs. I don't know the breakdown. Supposedly, I can take them to any EU country with it.

I am now the only one in my family with that little red passport.
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Re: Whats the vet visit cost to get EU Passport?

Thank you for the information. When I bought the dog is was microchipped and vaccinated at the vets in Oberville. So this will also be the vet that I will use. Do I need to have the vet check out the chip again, or can he just issue the passport?
Sorry for my ignorance, but I want to make sure I get it right.. to avoid fines and also I don't have lots of spare cash to pay for vets fees if they are not required.
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Re: Whats the vet visit cost to get EU Passport?

Muppetskin, it sounds like you might be confused about two different requirements, the Pet Passport, and registration in the ANIS database. Possibly three things, as registration with the Gemeinde is also required.

So a quick recap:

Microchipping and registration of the dog's and owner's details in the national ANIS database is federal law.

A Microchip must be implanted in a puppy by the latest three months after birth, and specifically before the puppy changes hands. So if in Switzerland, a puppy must be chipped by the breeder before you purchase him and take him home. So in this case, the breeder will chip and register the dog in ANIS, then complete the 'change of ownership' blue form with ANIS that allows registration of the dog in your name.

In the case of a dog adopted from a shelter in Switzerland the process is similar. The dog will first be chipped to the shelter, the shelter will complete the change of ownership form allowing registration in your name. Note that most (but not all) shelters list you as the 'Halter', ownership remains with the shelter.

If you acquire an older dog from a private sale or adoption in Switzerland again the current owner must do the change of ownership form.

If the dog is already registered in ANIS, registration in your name is not possible without the change of ownership form submitted by the breeder, shelter or current owner. This is (obviously) put in place to prevent theft.

In all cases where there is no previous ANIS entry registration must be done by a vet, and all new registration must be done within 10 days of entering Switzerland or aquiring the dog. Change of ownership registration must also be done within 10 days.

ANIS charges CHF 40 for the registration, which the vet usually includes in the cost of the consultation.

If you run into problems with a change of ownership form, have your vet liase with ANIS.

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That's how it's supposed to work. As with everything in Switzerland, YMMV.

When I have adopted from outside Switzerland, I have brought the adoption papers to the vet, checked the chip number, and had the vet register the dog in my name.

When adopting in Switzerland, back in 2005, 2007, and 2009 even though the shelter did the change of ownership form I had to have the vet complete the registration. This most recent adoption 2 weeks ago, the shelter's submission of the change of ownership form, according to the shelter and vet, should be enough - but I just checked and I am still not registered in ANIS. I'll give it another week for the wheels of the bureaucracy to turn - if not, I have a copy of the change form and will have the vet deal with ANIS.

Once duly registered you will receive a conformation letter from ANIS with your ANIS account and pin numbers. Keep this letter safe. All the dogs you register in Switzerland will go under this account number.

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OK - That's ANIS registration, now on to passports:

The passport is simply the document that records the dog's chip number, the owner's details, and a record of vaccinations. (Picture of the mutt optional ) It is an EU standard document and used for travel across the border.

This is issued by the vet, and whenever you vaccinate the dog the vet will put in the label from the vac, record the date and the expiration, sign and stamp the entry.

The cost of the passport itself will depend on the vet. IIRC, I've never been charged for the document booklet, only for the consultation and of course for the vaccinations.

Be aware that the format of the passport has changed as of 1 Jan 2015 to include additional security measures in line with the EU regulations. Passports issued before 1 Jan 2015 will remain valid for the life of the animal, but if you are getting a passport for the first time in Switzerland you should make sure that you have the new format.

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Finally there is registration with the Gemeinde. This too should be done within 10 days. Simply pop down to the Gemeindehaus or call - there will likely be different procedures in each community, but usually there is a form to fill out. Some communities might even have online registration available. Some communities will require a copy of the ANIS confirmation letter, some will require a copy of your liability insurance policy, if your dog is a listed dog in a BSL canton obviously the registration process will be more involved.

The annual dog tax is determined by registration in the Gemeinde - some communities prorate the tax if you adopt mid year, some do not.

Some, but not all, communities control compliance with the federally mandated SKN courses and/or cantonally mandated courses. The date of registration with the Gemeinde sets the clock ticking.

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As an aside, when I popped down last week to register the newbie with the Gemeinde, the nice lady - who I swear I have never met - before I even gave my name or why I was there, said "Oh Frau Collie, we have been expecting you. How is your new dog settling in?"

That's small village life for ya.

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If I live in Switzerland and I bought my dog in Switzerland, does the dog have to be present to acquire a pet passport? Can I go to Germany or France to buy a passport?
The dog is vaccinated and chipped.. do I need to visit a vet with the dog for the passport and for a check up?
Thank you..
And of course, the SKN course which is mandatory, plus any others that might be required by your canton depending on what type of dog you get.
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Re: Whats the vet visit cost to get EU Passport?

Dear Meloncollie...Thank you so much for the very detailed information! I am now clear on what I must do! I have searched for this information and you have clarified a 3 hour cross search!!

I have also been told that I do not need to pay tax on the dog until it is 6 months old.. is that also right?
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Dear Meloncollie...Thank you so much for the very detailed information! I am now clear on what I must do! I have searched for this information and you have clarified a 3 hour cross search!!

I have also been told that I do not need to pay tax on the dog until it is 6 months old.. is that also right?
Thanks again.
Muppetskin, no that is not quite right.

The tax is an annual tax, the amount is canton/Gemeinde dependent but is usually in the range of CHF 50-150 per dog (except in those who use a multiplier for multiple dogs.)

When did you acquire your dog? If in 2014, your Gemeinde might prorate the annual fee, but be aware that not all do. You certainly need to pay the full 2015 tax. The Gemeinde will send you an annual bill - ours usually come in the first quarter of the year.

Just ask your Gemeinde - my experience has always been that local officials are very helpful.

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Please forgive me if you already know all this, but since your questions are basic ones that an experienced owner would already know and/or should have been covered in the SKN Theory class...

Is this your first dog owned under your own name as an adult in Switzerland? If so, you were required to take the SKN Theory class before you acquired the dog.

If you owned dogs previously outside of Switzerland but this is the first dog you have owned here, you should have contacted the cantonal Veterinäramt for a ruling on whether your proof of previous ownership is sufficient to excuse you, or not.

The only case where you have an automatic exemption is having previously owned a dog registered in ANIS under your name.

So if you fall into one of the categories where the SKN Theory course is required, and if you haven't already done so, take the Theory class ASAP.

(And, given that you have questions about the legalities surrounding dog ownership here, I really would urge you to take the course even if not required - there is much information you that you need to know about dog ownership here in Switzerland that might be quite different from what is asked of dog owners in other countries.)

In addition to the Theory course, you must also complete the SKN Practical course - this applies to all dog owners. You have 12 months to get this done.

Each course costs ca. 150-200, so quite inexpensive. The Theory course is usually done in 2 sessions, the Practical, done with your dog, in 4-5 sessions.

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And an FYI, a summary of the ZG dog law can be found on the Tier Im Recht website here:
http://www.tierimrecht.org/de/tiersc...-recht/zug.php

And more on the federal law can be found on the BLV's Mein Heimtiere site:
http://www.meinheimtier.ch/de/hunde
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As an aside, when I popped down last week to register the newbie with the Gemeinde, the nice lady - who I swear I have never met - before I even gave my name or why I was there, said "Oh Frau Collie, we have been expecting you. How is your new dog settling in?"

That's small village life for ya.
There are no secrets in village life. We are known as the "family with the Bassets." I have friends in my village who I refer to as the family with the Beagles.

Registering your dog with the Gemeinde is a requirement and they should record the microchip number.
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