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Moving my two terriers from England to Zurich in June

Hi! I am a newbie to the English Forum so I hope I don't make any mistakes! I was wondering if anyone had any advice on whether to drive my dogs out or what their experience was of transporting them by air. I'm very concerned for their welfare Thanks.
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Old 27.03.2011, 11:59
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Re: Moving my two terriers from England to Zurich in June

This wasn't really in the wrong place in Transport, but our doggie experts who know about bringing pets over are more likely to see it here.

A nice little Introduction in the right place would give you a couple of Brownie points.
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This wasn't really in the wrong place in Transport, but our doggie experts who know about bringing pets over are more likely to see it here.

A nice little Introduction in the right place would give you a couple of Brownie points.
Whoops! Thank you for the advice. Clare.
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Re: Moving my two terriers from England to Zurich in June

On doggie matters, we have a couple of resident experts. Meloncollie is probably out with her dogs again but will surely be around sometime soon. Until she gets here, you can check out other Threads in this area and try the Search function. It brings up a load of stuff you don't want, but you might just strike lucky.

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Re: Moving my two terriers from England to Zurich in June

Thank you.... much appreciated. This is all very new to me!
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Re: Moving my two terriers from England to Zurich in June

We had our pooch driver out by a pet courier. It was cheaper than flying him out here and I didn't like the idea of him being in the cargo hold.

We actually moved a little before him, so the pet couriers collected him from my parents. He arrived looking well with his little bag of belongings. All very smooth and easy process.

The best advice is to start the rabies shots process as soon as possible. It took about a month for that process to finish, as you have to wait about 3 weeks for them to do the final blood test and get your stamp in the pet passport.
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Re: Moving my two terriers from England to Zurich in June

(Back from our walk through the Barlauch woods... now I have a pack of nicely garlic-scented mutts. )

You are too kind, Longbyt I'm not an expert - I just happen to have had a lot of mutts, and so have had an opportunity to gather a lot of... unusual... experiences.

It's been a while since I traveled back and forth between CH and the UK, but in those days we always drove - I try to avoid flying the dogs whenever posssible. We usually made it a bit of a holiday, stopping overnight at our favorite chateau in Burgundy.

We took the tunnel, not the ferry. Although my mutts regularly sailed the South China Sea without problems, the one time we tried it the Channel crossing did them in. (Hint: If you take the ferry, you just might need to have the car professionally cleaned. )

I'm sure the folks who have recently flown will be along shortly with their experiences.

The rules for importing a dog into Switzerland can be found here:

http://bvet.bytix.com/plus/dbr/default.aspx?lang=en


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Once you arrive, you will need to register your dog with your Gemeinde and with ANIS. Only a vet can do the ANIS registration, so you'll want to find a vet soon-ish. You are supposed to do the registration within 10 days of arrival, but don't stress too much - as long as you get it done you won't run into problems if you take an extra week or so.

Hope your dogs have an easy journey, and an easy time settling into their new home.
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Re: Moving my two terriers from England to Zurich in June

Hi Claire
I'm a newbie too but having brought our dog out two months ago this might be useful.

We had heard stories of dogs in unheated cargo holds and although I'm sure that they were horror stories, we are a bit fussy when it comes to our pooch and decided to use a pet courier. We used these guys

http://www.animalcouriers.com/

They were AMAZING. They have a blog http://animalcouriers.wordpress.com/ which they update all the time with photos of your pet on the road/at their place and with news about how they're all doing. Our avatar photo was taken by them when they reunited Paul with Martha

OK it wasn't cheap..about 500..but it was exactly what we wanted..it was stress-free and easy and it was a door-to-door service. She was at their house for 5 days whilst all the other pets destined for transport to places in the area were collected and she had a lot of fun meeting the other dogs. They do everything in their own van and drive it personally, they are a smallish family firm and I really couldn't fault them at all.
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Re: Moving my two terriers from England to Zurich in June

This is the first of several posts about Martha that cheered us up after she'd been picked up http://animalcouriers.wordpress.com/...e-new-recruit/

Clearly I'm a little biased but I couldn't recommend this company highly enough!
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Re: Moving my two terriers from England to Zurich in June

It's a long time ago now but we flew our English Setter and three cats from the North of the UK to Italy, then from Italy to Holland and finally just two cats to Italy from Holland.

No big problems - the vet prescribed a gentle tranquilizer and all were fine on arrival.

A question of personal preference, price or practicality whether to fly or drive.
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Re: Moving my two terriers from England to Zurich in June

Hi there!

Well my experience...
I moved my Border Terrier and Labrador (along with myself and my OH) from Plymouth UK to Switzerland last November. We left at 3.30am UK time and arrived here in Canton Solothurn at 6pm swiss time. We had roped my brother in law into driving us and so the 3 adults and 2 dogs plus all our worldly goods were packed into his Audi estate car.

My dogs are used to car travel but the longest Journey I had done was a 6 hour one but they were brilliant. We drove straight from Plymouth to the euro tunnel and had a pee break (all of us!) and I gave the dogs their breakfast (they travel really well - no risk of sickiness). We took the tunnel because of the dogs. I would STRONGLY recommend NOT taking the ferry. This will mean leaving your dogs unattended in a hot noisy area with alarms going off and I have also heard of a car that was unfortunate to be placed in the sun (there is a small amount of outside parking on ferry) anyway the sun hit the car... 1.5 hours later.... doggie no more.

Anyhow, the tunnel is stress free. You stay with your pets in the car. Job done. I would personally try and do the whole journey in one day. Stop regularly and run around with your dog around the service stations (yes you will look a little odd but hey the french think the english are odd anyway) to burn some energy and offer water etc. If you do it in one day then yes it is a lonnng drive but only one long drive, not 2 long drives in the eyes of your pets. I kinda think best to get it over with.

I am assuming your pet passports are done but if not all you need is a rabies vac, microchip and stamp in passport and then 3 weeks after you are safe to travel to europe. However YOUR DOGS will NOT be able to return to the UK with your dogs until you have had a rabies blood test (3 weeks post vac) and then 6 months after the date of blood testing (provided you're dogs passed) you can then come and go. For our dogs we done the whole hog because we are gonna go back to the UK on hols with the dogs.
Our passports and the dogs were only checked once and that was in the UK side. We traveled through the french, german and swiss border without so much as second glance. If you want any further advice please feel free to email me. BTW I personally wouldnt go through the sedative route. Firstly there is NO sedative that any reputable vet will provide for you that will last the whole 16 hours so your pups will be awake half way through anyway, alot cause nausea (its a looonnngg journey with the smell of doggie sick) and also sedatives such as ACP (Acepromazine) just sedates the dog so he's not thrashing around but he is still aware of his surroundings and still feeling stressed but just cant do anything about it. Personally I think its unfair to expose an animal to a stressful reaction and then chemically stop them from reacting (imagine being restrained whilst some one comes at you with a knife - you just wanna move!!)

Anyway, hope this helps and good luck with your journey, Its really not as bad as you think it will be!

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Re: Moving my two terriers from England to Zurich in June

I know this is a little late, but in my opinion, there is no universal answer to this question.

I have a Border Terrier and we took him on a hiking holiday in Finland last year. Up to that time, he had never been in a plane and I was a little worried. Some people give relaxants before a plane ride, but we decided not to.

After 2 transfers and many hours of travel, we picked up the dog from the luggage area and he walked out of his kennel like nothing had happened! It looked to me like he just slept the whole time.

On the way home, we could hear other dogs barking in the hold, but our dog didn't make a sound. (Would've recognised him...)

So, I think you just have to do what works best for you. It may sound heartless, but it's impossible to know how your dogs will react. Just because it's a plane and they've never flown doesn't mean they'll freak out. And if you're worried they will, consider the use of relaxants.

Just my opinion as an owner of one of those tough terrier types...
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Re: Moving my two terriers from England to Zurich in June

Just an FYI,

Many veterinarians advise against the use of sedatives when flying - one reason is because the movement of the plane can cause nausea/vomiting in some animals - and in a sedated state the animal may be unable to fully clear his esophagus and choke on the vomit.

Before considering sedatives, please speak to your veterinarian about the risks given your pet's health and your individual situation.

(On long haul flights the flying time is often longer than the efficacy of the drug - meaning that the sedative wears off during the flight. When the animal comes round he is even more confused and panicked. Some airlines do not allow sedated animals to fly.)

When you have to fly, it is recommended to gradually acclimate your pet to the travel crate. If introduced gradually, if the dog learns that the crate is a safe place - his den, so to speak - he is generally able to cope with the flight better.

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Re: Moving my two terriers from England to Zurich in June

I agree, Melancollie, and that's why we didn't want to give our dog sedatives. And his travel crate is also his sleeping crate at home. We have the same crate in the car, in our camper (when we had one...), and in our home, so he knows it is a safe place for him. That certainly made all the difference!
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We do that journey by car fairly regularly. Pooch sleeps for most of it. The pet service at Eurotunnel is brilliant. Lots of good services for pee stops esp in France. Pretty much stress free all round.
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Hi! I am a newbie to the English Forum so I hope I don't make any mistakes! I was wondering if anyone had any advice on whether to drive my dogs out or what their experience was of transporting them by air. I'm very concerned for their welfare Thanks.
Brought an elderly cat over via Channel tunnel and driving from UK to village just outside Zurich and she handled the situation very very well
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