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Old 01.03.2012, 15:07
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Bella is on her way.

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Hi everyone, I have a couple of questions which I hope you can answer for me. We are moving to the Zug area in the next month or so and I would like to know whether the rabies vaccination is required every 2 or 3 years in Switzerland as Bella would need one this year if it is 2 and I would rather our present vet gave it before we came as Bella is not keen on visiting the vet at the best of times! She is now well on her way to being a grumpy old lady and as such would we need to undergo further training/ obedience assessment on our arrival or not? We went to school when she was a puppy and in fact stayed 7 years ending up instructing, not that it shows some of the time!

Also any recommendations an a vet who gives acupuncture?

Many thanks in advance

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Old 01.03.2012, 15:33
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Re: Bella is on her way.

The short answer on the rabies jab is it depends on the vaccine and what the manufacturer specifies. If it's a 3 year vaccine, then it's 3 years.

Dr André Mathieu in Richterswil does acupuncture, but that may be a bit far for you to go
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Re: Bella is on her way.

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


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Rabies vaccination

The rabies vaccination is only valid from the 21st day after the end of the vaccination. If a booster vaccination is given within the validity period of the first vaccination, the waiting period does not apply. The rabies vaccination must be entered in the pet passport or in the vaccination card and is valid as stipulated by the vaccine manufacturer, if the expiry date has been entered in the pet passport or the vaccination card by an authorized veterinary practitioner. Otherwise a validity of one year applies.

Please note: An anti-rabies vaccination may only be considered valid if the vaccine was administered on a date later than the date of microchipping.

Professionals should know:The rabies vaccination must be given using an inactivated vaccine with an efficacy corresponding to at least one international antigen unit (WHO standard).
But as long as Bella stays in Switzerland, a rabies vaccination isn't required at all.
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Re: Bella is on her way.

Yep - depends on the vaccine - but my dogs are on a 3 year one. If Bella isn't travelling to the UK, she won't need rabies vac, but if she has it anyway, might be worth keeping it up as you never know. I can recommend my vet, not sure whether they do acupuncture, but maybe. Drop me a PM if you need it.
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Re: Bella is on her way.

Oh - and you won't need to go to classes as she is an existing pet.
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Re: Bella is on her way.

Just to be pedantic

Folks moving to CH need to show proof of previous dog ownership in order to be excused from the SKN theory requirement. What constitutes proof is up to the cantonal vet; usually things like registration in your home country if that is done, proof of chipping in your name, medical records - that kind of thing.

Dogs acquired before 1 Sept 2008 do not have to do the SKN practical course - but as you are new to CH I would strongly recommend that you do so - what Swiss society expects of dogs and dog owners is quite different than what many of us were used to in our home countries. The course is very basic, 5 lessons - but a good opportunity for you and your dog to learn the 'Swiss way'.

(All first time dog owners must take the theory course, and all owners must take the practical course with each and every dog acquired after 1 Sept 2008.)

And no, rabies is not required if you never leave Switzerland. But step across the border, and you need a current vac. So if travel is on the family agenda, keep the vacs current. Most of mine are on a three year schedule, but as already mentioned it depends on the manufacturer. If you don't already have one, your vet will give you a Swiss pet passport, the document used within the EU.

As for acupuncture:

Not too far from Zug, in Hunenberg ZG, is the Spezialistenklinik. And one of the vets there offers accupuncture:
http://www.spezialistenklinik.ch/spe...akupunktur.htm

You'll want to get to know this clinic, as they are the 24 hour emergency clinic in the area. Also where many private vets refer cases needing specialist care.

Good luck with your move - hope that Bella enjoys her Swiss adventure.
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Re: Bella is on her way.

Many thanks for all of your answers, her passport is up to date so the rabies will be fine until next year. We will need to keep it up as we will be border hopping quite regularly into France. As too the SKN course, I would be interested to look into the theory for myself, whether Bella would like to join me for the practical? I will also look up the clinic once we arrive and have settled in.

Thanks again and any other useful tit bits also welcome
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Re: Bella is on her way.

One other thing that I have really noticed here are the ticks. My two pick them up all the time so definitely treat them regularly. I do walk them in grassy areas a lot and they have fairly long coats. I just get into the habit of checking them after even walk and I can catch them before they attach themselves.
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