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Old 18.07.2010, 07:17
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Re: Rabies creeps closer to Swiss border

regards the 3 year, 1 year discussion

I agree with eng_ch if your latest vaccine lasts 3 years then it is 3 years. Originally the vaccines were yearly and yes you needed to keep them up to date yearly however the last vaccine my dog had 2 years ago was one that lasts 3 years and therefore to enter back into the UK she is OK as long as the 3 yeas hasn't passed and she hasn't missed her booster

This was confirmed by my vet here and by Defro over the phone just 2 weeks ago
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Re: Rabies creeps closer to Swiss border

We just bought our lab with us from China. We entered at Munich airport, so we were bound by EU regulations. Even though our dog has always had the three year vaccinations, the Chinese government wouldn't recognise that so we had them yearly. This was good, because as it turned out the paperwork we had to fill out for the EU didn't recognise the three year validity. The official vet who inspected our dog when we arrived also wanted to see yearly vaccinations before he let us into Germany. I know Switzerland is not in the EU, but when we enter in our car, they will want to see that we fulfilled the EU regulations.

This shows that you need to find out exactly what the officials who will be checking your paperwork on arrival will want to see. They may not recognise the three year vaccinations.
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Old 22.07.2010, 10:42
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Re: Rabies creeps closer to Swiss border

i read the thread title as "Babies creep close to the Swiss Border"

scared the cr@p out of me! (one is enough for now )
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Old 22.07.2010, 12:33
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Re: Rabies creeps closer to Swiss border

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The official vet who inspected our dog when we arrived also wanted to see yearly vaccinations before he let us into Germany. I know Switzerland is not in the EU, but when we enter in our car, they will want to see that we fulfilled the EU regulations.

This shows that you need to find out exactly what the officials who will be checking your paperwork on arrival will want to see. They may not recognise the three year vaccinations.
This is a good point; however I suspect your point of origin there (China) and means of transport (air) may have had a bearing on it too. IME the border guards at Basel at least really couldn't care less whether or not you have a dog in the car. We've never yet been checked, and last time I went to Strasbourg I accidentally forgot the dog's pet passport altogether (only remembered on the way back past Colmar) and left and entered CH with impunity. Obviously I don't advocate this approach (!) but it seems "ordinary" travel by car is less strict. Even when moved here 10 years ago, we got all the paperwork and health certs that Bvet said were required, stopped at the border to declare the animals and the response was "How many do you have? Only 3? So why are you bothering me?"
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According to this article, Italy is fighting an outbreak of rabies, mainly from virus-carrying foxes which have wandered into Italy from eastern Europe.

Whilst Switzerland is more than equipped to fight rabies, and the majority of Swiss breeders/owners haven’t seen the need to vaccinate their animals for several years now, maybe its time for us to reconsider - even for ourselves, if we venture abroad often, just in case.

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/swiss_ne...l?cid=15562154

EDIT: Obviously, there are adverse side effects to this vaccination and I know some people who have been hesitant to do it because of them. I've done it for my dog personally and have not encountered any of those (touch wood). Your vet will be the best person to discuss your concerns.
I think vaccinating humans for rabies is very difficult and also incredibly painful, (if possible/effective). Rabies is a strange one, it has both viral and bacilli forms, and apparently it is debatable as to whether or not it is a viral or bacterial infection. The treatment, if infected, is very painful, involving abdominal injections with a 12 inch syringe, and so generally medical staff prefer to know for sure if a patient has been infected before starting treatment. the problem is due to the incubation period of approx. 1 month blood tests can generally only definitely confirm infection once the patient is no longer responsive to treatment; the onset of hydrophobia, insanity, and death.

So don’t go petting the foxes! And maybe Cujo needs a shot…

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Re: Rabies creeps closer to Swiss border

Foxes in towns are getting more and more numerous, and less and less timid... It's now very common to see them wandering in the streets at night.

A few years ago, I was living in a ground-floor appartement opening on a garden. One morning, I arrived in my kitchen to discover a fox in it, eating my garbage... It quietly looked at me, not even scared, and went out by the cat door he had used to get in...

Needless to say, I shut that cat door after that!!!
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