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Old 02.12.2014, 21:35
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Re: How did your dog settle?

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Definitely not done for medical reasons, seems like we might lose our girl then?
Absolutely not, as Odile says there is an exception for people from abroad moving to Switzerland.

The ban on docking and cropping was brought in over animal welfare concerns, as the practice is not only cruel, but deprives the animal of an essential tool of communication with other dogs. However, as this is an animal welfare issue the BLV recognizes that forcing a family to abandon a long time pet is also an animal welfare concern, hence the exception in this very specific case.

The only other exceptions are visitors coming for a short stay to bring in docked/cropped family pets, and cases of medical necessity, duly documented by the vet performing the amputation, or if that is unavailable by a vet qualified to review the case.

When you import her - and do contact the customs office and the BLV to ensure that you do it exactly, to the letter - you will receive a an attestation to the fact that she has been correctly imported. This needs to be in your pet passport - without this attestation if you travel outside Swiss borders you would be unable to bring her back into Switzerland.

The ban on docking and cropping has been in force for a long time now - it is unusual to see a dog who has been docked, and you might need to steel yourself to getting comments from strangers.
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