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Help need information on bringing my dog.

Hi as the title says i need some information as to what i need my dog to have done to her before i can bring her to Switzerland. What types and how many different shots, vaccinations does she need to have before i can bring her ??

She is 1 year old Brindle female on the left side of the picture. I have her Doggie passport at hand, So when i take her into the vet before i come back to Switzerland all the vaccinations she gets will be recorded and everything.

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Re: Help need information on bringing my dog.

talk to the vet and the airline. airline will provide you with all papers needed for import as will the vet. She needs the get them a certain time in advance and likely a final check 10 days before you go. kennel needs to be approved etc etc.
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Re: Help need information on bringing my dog.

On this (official Swiss) site you'll find all the info you need. You can also call them -they are very friendly and helpful.

http://www.bvet.admin.ch/themen/0161...x.html?lang=en

If you are stopping in another country, you must be sure that you follow their rules too, even if you are just in transit. However, the rules and the form for Switzerland and the EU are the same.

Make sure that your dog is chipped with the right chip -only the ISO 11784 norm chip is accepted here unless you bring along your own chip reading device.

It is possible that your airline wants some additional forms that you won't need at the Swiss border, you'll have to inquire there.
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Re: Help need information on bringing my dog.

One little idiosyncrasy--your dog must have a rabies vaccine AFTER being microchipped. So if he's not already chipped, make sure the vet does it first during the visit, and THEN vaccinates him. And, yes, if he's not chipped already, he will need to get another vaccine after the chip, even if he's still current. The vaccine needs to be done 21 days before entering CH, and as has been mentioned, you'll need a Clean Bill of Health 10 days prior to entering CH.

Not sure how it's done in Canada, but we had to go to the USDA (Department of Agriculture) Vet Office to get forms signed. So make sure you don't leave this till the last minute!
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Re: Help need information on bringing my dog.

You will also want to find out if your dog's microchip is compatible in CH. This will be a requirement. Some American brands are only readable in USA/CAN. Your Vet should be able to tell you the make and model. From there, a bit of Google work should answer the question.

If it is a non compatible model, you will need to decide if you re-chip in CAN or wait till you come to CH. It may be less expensive to do it in CAN.
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Re: Help need information on bringing my dog.

In addition to the excellent advice the other posters have given, a few things to put on your 'to do' list once you arrive:

You will have 10 days to register your dogs with ANIS, the Swiss national microchip database. Only a vet can register a dog, so you will need to make an appointment asap. Registration is mandatory.

Depending on which canton you will be living, you may be required to hold liability insurance. About half the cantons require this, usually coverage of 1-3 million. Dog owner liability insurance for non-listed breeds is generally part of your standard private liability insurance, but make sure that you doublecheck with your insurer. (FYI for other readers, owners of listed dogs - which your boxer is not, thankfully - need to speak with their insurers.)

You will also have to register your dogs with the Gemeinde - again this needs to be done soon. Requirements vary, but be prepared to give the Gemeinde a copy of the ANIS registration confirmation letter and a copy of your insurance policy.

You will have to pay an annual dog tax, the amount varies by canton but it usually is in the neighborhood of ca 150 per dog. Some cantons charge a progressive rate for each dog in a multiple dog household.

Since your dog is only one year old you are required to do the SKN practical training course her. (All dogs acquired after 1 Sept 2008 must do so.) As you are moving from another country, you might also have to do the SKN theory course. You would need to contact the cantonal Veterinarämt to submit proof of previous ownership in order to be excused from this requirement.

Even if you are excused from the theory class I would strongly urge you to take it nonetheless because what Swiss society expects of dog owners is very, very different than what is expected in other countries.

The SKN courses are not expensive - ca 150 each - and don't take much time. Generally 2 sessions for the theory course, 4-5 for the practical. A good introduction to life in Switzerland, a good investment of your time. And a way to make friends right off the bat.

You can read all about the SKN here on the BVet site, or simply search for 'SKN' on Ef - there have been many discussions around the subject.
http://www.bvet.admin.ch/tsp/02222/index.html?lang=de

Also, to find an SKN trainer in your area, the BVet has a searchable database:
http://bvet.bytix.com/plus/trainer/


The above are federal requirements. In addition each canton and Gemeinde imposes dog control regulations - and they do vary widely. You will need to learn the laws of your own canton and Gemeinde, and those you visit. You can find a summary of the cantonal laws here:
http://www.tierimrecht.org/de/tiersc...echt/index.php

Here's wishing you and your dog a happy time in Switzerland!
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Re: Help need information on bringing my dog.

wow thank you all sooo much for the information I need to bring my dog safe and sound over to Switzerland and all the extra information I have do when I get there with her in Wallis.

Also about her chip, I called my vet today and inquired about that and she said that it should be a " Euro Compatible Chip " But she didn't tell me the brand or the number and of course me being a newbie when it comes to international travelling with pets I didn't ask but I will call again tomorrow and ask.

I have her petpassport and other then that, the stuff that have to be done just before we go will be done correctly. I just have to figure out what airlines to go with and talk with them a a few weeks to a month before taking her back or longer just so I have enough time to get everything done right.


And I need a Health Certificate just not sure if I get that from my vet or get it online off an official website and take it to my vet for them to fill out ??? I will really give them another call tomorrow and do a check list to make sure I know everything from their end of things, then do that with the airlines as well prior to when we leave.


Thanks again so much for all the helpful information all of you have shared with me, I will be going over all the information and your comments as guidelines to get this done the right way.

We are coming from Kelowna Canada, several hours away from Vancouver so it will be a long flight and few times changing flights. Think we will have to fly straight out of kelowna to vancouver 45 min flight then fly from Vancovuer to Toronto which is 5 or more hours not too sure but, When transfering more then one flight , does she need to be tranquillity more then once ?? from West Coast going East and then in Toronto tranq her again for the straight flight right to Zurich.

Anyway thanks again much apreciated !!
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Re: Help need information on bringing my dog.

Oh I just found Amy's receipt for her chip, I forgot to say Amy is registered with the CKC " Canadian Kennel Club ", don't know if that matters at all but just wanted to say it.


umm ok the Chip brand and ID are this, and helpfully with this info you can tell me if it will work in EU CH.

Brand: Trovan
1 piece ID- 162 VB-956 FDX-B
type: implanter delivery device veterinary aplication
all-in-one implanter
needle 2.6 x 32 mm
US and foreign patents, manuf code 956

hope that helps.
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does she need to be tranquillity more then once ?? from West Coast going East and then in Toronto tranq her again for the straight flight right to Zurich.
The use of tranquilizers is very strongly discouraged when flying a dog, especially a brachycephalic breed like a boxer!

In fact, many airlines will refuse to fly a tranquilized dog because it is so dangerous.

Whene a dog is sedated he sometimes cannot clear his airways properly if he feels nauseous - which can happen due to the movement of the plane and to the different air pressure - and can choke. Again an even higher risk in a brachycephalic dog.

Please reconsider the use of tranquilizers.

Rather, it is recommend that you acclimate your dog to the travel crate, teach her that it is a place of safety and comfort. There are plenty of threads discussing how to do this. For instance, this thread:

Pet carrier advice needed



Please - safety first.
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Beautiful Boxer's!!
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Re: Help need information on bringing my dog.

A quick couple of points.

First, I think most people would NOT recommend you give the dog anything. I will let the others comment.

Can you not arrange a flight YVR - FRA direct? Then a flight to GVA. You have too many flight legs for the dog. I think Air Canada and Lufthansa have flights from Vancouver to Frankfurt. If not, can you drive down to Vancouver? Stop over night in Toronto etc.?
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Re: Help need information on bringing my dog.

Chip Producer: Trovan http://www.trovan.com/products/animal/animal.html

ISO Standard: ISO 11785 Annex A. (from their website)

Wiki Reference says this is the EU standard: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_11784_%26_11785

So the chip looks ok. Confirmation anyone?
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Re: Help need information on bringing my dog.

Possibly drive to Vancouver from Kelowna but staying one night in Toronto I dunno about that. But I mean I want more tips and suggestions from everyone, considering how long it will take is it do able to bring her that far all in one go ?? Like what and how would you do it in my situation from how far I have to travel??
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The use of tranquilizers is very strongly discouraged when flying a dog, especially a brachycephalic breed like a boxer!

In fact, many airlines will refuse to fly a tranquilized dog because it is so dangerous.

Whene a dog is sedated he sometimes cannot clear his airways properly if he feels nauseous - which can happen due to the movement of the plane and to the different air pressure - and can choke. Again an even higher risk in a brachycephalic dog.

Please reconsider the use of tranquilizers.

Rather, it is recommend that you acclimate your dog to the travel crate, teach her that it is a place of safety and comfort. There are plenty of threads discussing how to do this. For instance, this thread:

Pet carrier advice needed

Thank you for your concern but if its mandatory by the vet if they say so or and the airlines, then it just will have to be done, But both of my Dogs are kennel trained since pups so I think she will be ok even if she's not tranquillized just really stressed out of course.



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Beautiful Boxer's!!

Thank you Amy the left Brindle she just turned 1 year at the end of October, And Bruno the fawn right one will be 5 this May.
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@ meloncollie " Thank you for your concern but if its mandatory by the vet if they say so or and the airlines, then it just will have to be done, But both of my Dogs are kennel trained since pups so I think she will be ok even if she's not tranquillized just really stressed out of course. "
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Re: Help need information on bringing my dog.

Whenever possible, it is recommended that one fly direct when flying an animal, as plane changes add to the animal's stress. Not to mention the possiblity of screw-ups increases with each leg.

(Been there, done that: I got off the plane in Hong Kong only to learn that my dog was stuck in Amsterdam while her travel papers were on their way to Tel Aviv. Never again. Now I will only ever fly direct, only over an ocean - even if that means driving a week across the continent.)

Do consider driving as much of this as you can to eliminate plane changes.
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@ meloncollie " Thank you for your concern but if its mandatory by the vet if they say so or and the airlines, then it just will have to be done, But both of my Dogs are kennel trained since pups so I think she will be ok even if she's not tranquillized just really stressed out of course. "
But it isn't mandatory at all. Just the opposite - most vets recommend against it and most airlines refuse to take a sedated animal. Why do you think it is mandatory?

If your vet recommends sedation, I would seriously question his judgement. Please speak with another vet.
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AIR CANADA:

Do not sedate your pet. Sedative drugs can be dangerous for your pet, as drugs act differently under different atmospheric pressures. Please consult your veterinarian for more information.

Link: http://www.aircanada.com/cargo/en/so...preparing.html
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Check out Edelweisse Air. They have direct flights YVR to ZRH. And they take animals.

http://www.edelweissair.ch/en/shop/animals-on-board/

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Re: Help need information on bringing my dog.

The annoying thing though is that you go through allllllllll this stuff and when I brought my dog from the USA NOBODY checked anything ughhhhh . Oh well at least he was up to date with everything...
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