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Veterinary in Zurich

Hello,

We need to find a veterinary in Zurich, preferably, close to Irchelpark to make a warm and ticks treatment for a cat, that we are taking to UK. We found a veterinary - Zurich Veterinary Clinic, but they work only on Friday and we need to make a treatment during the week. So, we would be really grateful if somebody knows a vet in the area and, of course, it is so difficult to make an appointment without any German.

Thank you in advance!
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Re: Veterinary in Zurich

I use the klein tier klinik near Spyriplatz. From Irchel you can take the 9 or 10 to Seilbahn Rigiblick then switch to the 33 for 2 or 3 stops. Should only take 10 mins to get there. The people there are fantastic, speak English, and are really nice with the animals. Here is the website: http://www.klein-tierklinik.ch/ and phone: 044 361 55 11 and map: http://map.search.ch/zuerich/spyristr.8
I have two cats and took them there for the initial shots/checkups and neutering. Can't say enough good things about them
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Thank you very much, I'm going to check it out


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I use the klein tier klinik near Spyriplatz. From Irchel you can take the 9 or 10 to Seilbahn Rigiblick then switch to the 33 for 2 or 3 stops. Should only take 10 mins to get there. The people there are fantastic, speak English, and are really nice with the animals. Here is the website: http://www.klein-tierklinik.ch/ and phone: 044 361 55 11 and map: http://map.search.ch/zuerich/spyristr.8
I have two cats and took them there for the initial shots/checkups and neutering. Can't say enough good things about them
I second that, the staff is very friendly and the location is quite good. I've taken my dog there and he's treated very well

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We need to find a veterinary in Zurich, preferably, close to Irchelpark
From Irchelpark you're within walking distance of the Tierspital.

http://maps.google.ch/maps?hl=en&cr=...num=1&ct=image

http://www.vet.uzh.ch/index.html
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Re: Veterinary in Zurich

Here is a link to a website that allows you to find a veterinarian anywhere in Switzerland.

http://www.vet-look.ch/

Of course, it is always good to know if someone else has used that vet and what their experiences were.

I have found that veterinary practices here can vary quite a bit, depending on how many doctors there are, and whether the practice is located in a village, town or city. What does seem to be standard in our experience is that most do not have a lab on site for analysis and sending blood or urine samples out for testing is quite expensive. Not only that, but waiting for results can be really frustrating. There is one lab called Diavet that is used exclusively by vets. Then there is another lab called Medica which is not just for animals but humans and I find the results with this lab are much faster.

We actually use the services of two different veterinarians. The one we used before we moved I still use exclusively for injections as they give us a discount for having 3 dogs . But the local vet is just 5 minutes away from our home which is a big advantage. She also had a Basset as her patient for years until he recently passed on. Bassets are not very common here and they have some problems unique to their breed so it is good to have a vet who has some experience with one. I am considering asking about the price of injections as it could be that she will not charge us for an "examination" as the other vet does when I take them for injections. It is not as though the dogs are examined at all - the vet just asks me if they are sick or not.

Hope all worked out well for you and your cat.
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Does anyone have an English speaking vet they could recommend in Zurich for a cat and dog? We are moving from the US in July and I want to find one before the move in case we need one upon our arrival in Switzerland. Thanks!
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Does anyone have an English speaking vet they could recommend in Zurich for a cat and dog? We are moving from the US in July and I want to find one before the move in case we need one upon our arrival in Switzerland. Thanks!
Good thing you are thinking ahead, as you will need to see a vet within 10 days of your arrival to register your dog in the ANIS database. Registration - which includes the chip, the dog's and your details, is mandatory and can only be done by a vet. Chipping and registration of cats is not mandatory but highly recommended, especially if your cat goes outdoors.

As to a recommendation... Do you know where in Zurich you will be living? City or one of the surrounding towns? If so it will help if you posted the location as you probably want someone close-ish to home.

Good luck with the move...
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Re: Veterinary in Zurich

Thanks for the information. I thought the microchip and other paperwork had to be done while we were still in the US and then after we arrived, we would register the animals with the Swiss government. Is that not correct?


As for where we will live, we have not decided yet and are making the house hunting trip to Zurich in mid-June. Do you recommend any area over another area? I hear Kreis 8 is a nice area. I assume since we have a cat and dog that housing will be a challenge and we will likely have to live outside of the city where housing is less competitive.
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Re: Veterinary in Zurich

Yes, microchip, paperwork, etc, has to be done beforehand for travel purposes, but the vet will also check the chip/paperwork and register your dog on the ANIS database. You'll need to inform your gemeinde (town's admin office) that you have a dog (licence to be paid for annually) and you'll also need to do a SKN course within a year of moving here. Again both are mandatory. Depending on your dog's breed/height/weight there may be other courses you're required to take.

Make sure to check and double check that having your pets will be okay with any landlords/agencies. If you can, try and get it written into the rental contract as well. Also expect to be asked to take out extra insurance to cover any pet damage - this can usually be added to your personal liability insurance and only costs a few francs more.

If you're thinking of looking for a house/garden for the dog then you'll probably need to look outside the city proper or expect to pay a very high rental in town.
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Re: Veterinary in Zurich

We're in Uitikon, just outside the city, and had very little difficulty finding a flat that would allow two dogs. There's a direct train to the main railway station, which takes about ten minutes and leaves every half hour - plus regular buses. The downside is that it is outside the Zurich city fare zone, so travel costs a little more.

On the upside, we're surrounded by fields and woodland, people are very friendly, there are loads of children and dogs, and the local vet speaks excellent English.
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Re: Veterinary in Zurich

Since you do not know where you will be living, rather than recommending practices that might end up being a good hour away - here is the Tierspital, the veterinary clinic and research center of Zürich University:

http://www.tierspital.uzh.ch/index.html

The Tierspital offers a general veterinary clinic, specialist veterinary services (where you have access to some of the most respected specialist vets in Europe) and 24/7 emergency services.

Once you know where you are settling, if you update this thread I'm sure someone can give you a recommendation for a primary vet in your area.

Just an FYI:

In general you will find that primary care vet practices are small, offering all the basic and routine services (which after all is 90% of what you need) but don't have all the bells and whistles. For non-routine care one is often referred to either the Tierspital or one of the large specialist clinics.

Most small practices organize an on-call cover group of area vets for after hours emergencies. If you need veterinary attention out of hours when you call your practice you'll be directed to whichever of the cover vets has call duty that night. Alternatively you could go to one of the clinics offering 24/7 emergency care (I go to one in ZG for instance) or to the Tierspital.

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And since we have touched on dog law:

Animal welfare is governed at the federal level - the registration and SKN training requirements apply Switzerland-wide, under the TSchV. There are two SKN training courses required, the SKN practical and the SKN theory course.

The theory course is required of all first time dog owners. Dog owners who move to Switzerland for the first time need to contact the cantonal Veterinaramt for a ruling as to whether their previous dog ownership is sufficient to excuse them from the theory course, or not. But even if you are excused I would strongly recommend that you take the theory course, as what is expected of a dog owner in Switzerland is very different from what is expected on many other countries.

In addition to the federal animal welfare law, animal control is the competency of the cantons, and each canton has it's own laws. You need to understand not only the law of your canton, but also each of the cantons you visit - that's a total of 26 sets of law in all.

As Medea mentioned, canton ZH's dog control law goes beyond the federal. So depending on the size of your dog you might have additional training requirements to meet. The good news is that if you fall under the ZH 'large' dog training course requirements these also meet the federal SKN practical course requirement, so you only have one set of practical training courses to take.

ZH has banned 8 breeds, and any dog whose DNA contains a 10% or greater match with one of those breeds. The banned breeds are American Pitbull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Bullterier, Staffordshire Bullterrier, American Bull Terrier, Pitbull Terrier, Bandog und Basicdog (both are pitbull variations.)

The grandfathering period has long since run out, so if your dog is one of these breeds or mixes you cannot live in canton Zürich.

Additionally, Zürich imposes additional training requirements on large dogs, defined as either 45cm to the shoulder and/or 15kg. These are called Type 1 dogs, and the list can be found here:
http://www.veta.zh.ch/internet/gesun...kblaetter.html

Click on 'Hunderassenliste'.

You can read all about the ZH training requirements for Type 1 dogs here:

http://www.veta.zh.ch/internet/gesun...ar-textimage_3

And a general summary of Zürich law, from Tierimrecht:
http://www.tierimrecht.org/de/tiersc...ht/zuerich.php

Summaries of each canton's laws can be found here, click on the appropriate canton:
http://www.tierimrecht.org


It all sounds more complicated than it really is.

Hope you and your four footed friends settle in easily, and enjoy your Swiss adventure.
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Re: Veterinary in Zurich

This is all such awesome and helpful information!


Also, I just secured temporary housing for the first couple of months at EMA House which is located at Sihfeldstrasse 27, Zurich 8004. If there are any recommendations for a particular vet in that area that would be helpful too!
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Hello to All,

I'm looking for a good veterinary in Zurich, who speaks English. Can you advise me a good one?

Thanks a lot

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Re: Veterinary speaking english

Hi
I use this practice I'm Wollishofen who speak English.

http://www.tierarzt-coradi.ch/
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