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Old 06.07.2012, 13:12
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Re: moving to switzerland with a dog

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We moved here a month ago with our 5 yr. old Aussie/Lab mix. We had also moved to London from the US with her several years ago so I'll second all advice I've read so far and offer the following:

For example, the UK requires 6 months of blood work to show the dog is free of rabies to avoid mandatory 6 month quarantine. As spoken of earlier, there is a strict sequence for administering shots, the chip, etc. all of which must be documented properly.

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- We did not have to attend any classes

WSSM, for the benefit of anyone reading this considering a move to the UK, just want to point out that the rules changed as of 1 Jan 2012. The six month waiting period no longer applies - the UK has finally recognized that this was unnecessary and is aligned with EU norms.

So - Coming from the EU and listed non-EU countries (of which the US is one) the blood test/rabies titer is no longer required, and the waiting period after vaccination has been reduced to 21 days.

http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pet.../pet-owners/#a

(Note different rules apply to non-listed non-EU countries, for these the blood test/successful titer is still required, but the waiting period has been reduced to 3 months.)



And, (pedant mode on - because there seems to be so much confusion around this topic) the reason you are excused from the SKN classes is that your dog was born before 1 Sept 2008. Had he been born after that date, you would have been required to take the class.

(OF course it is recommended that all newcomers to Switzerland take the SKN even if not required, as the rules and regulations here are very different from other countries, as are society's expectations. )



Welcome to Switzerland - hope you and your dog enjoy your time here!

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