Top Tips On Caring For Pets In Switzerland

Top Tips On Pets In Switzerland

Top Tips On Caring For Pets

In Switzerland

Top Tips On Pets In Switzerland

Social Pets In Pairs

If you’re planning on getting a pet in Switzerland there are a few points you need to be aware of. For example if you’re looking for a hamster, a rabbit, guinea pig, parakeet or gold fish (or any other pet which is deemed to be a “social animal”), you need to make sure that you get not just one, but a minimum of two.

Top Tips On Pets In Switzerland

The reason is that they are very social and would suffer if they are on their own. Ideally cats love to have outdoor access. However, if  you’re getting a cat which won’t have access to the outdoors then it is recommended to have 2 indoor cats. Also cats need social interaction with other cats. For full details contact your local vet or check out the Federal Veterinary Office here for more details.

Check for Pet Requirements at your Gemeinde or Vet

The Swiss are big cat and dog owners and it is very advisable to have your cat or dog microchipped and in fact all dogs must be micro-chipped by the age of 3 months. In addition, there is an annual tax for dogs, and they need to be registered with your local Gemeinde. You do not always have to take a dog training course with your dog, but it is highly recommended. You can find more details here.

Bringing Your Pet With You From Abroad

Top Tips On Pets In Switzerland

If you are bringing your dog with you from abroad, you need to make sure that you have adhered to all the requirements such as the rabies vaccination. Please get in touch with your vet prior to leaving or entering Switzerland with a pet.

If you did not follow certain regulations, you might not be able to cross the border with your pet. Also you should check that any dog you’re planning on bringing in is not on Switzerland’s dangerous or banned dog breed list. Check with your Gemeinde to be certain which breeds are not accepted as it varies depending on where you live. However,  the list may include the following breeds: Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, English Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier and Bandog.

Top Tips On Pets In Switzerland

Your Pet Needs A Passport

You will of course need a passport for your dog. This is necessary to get your dog into Switzerland in the first place, but if you plan taking your dog over the border it will also need a passport.

There can be penalties for not clearing up after your dog. However, there are plenty of green Robidog bins, for dog dirt (with plastic bags supplied) all across Switzerland.

Where to Find A Pet

One of the best places to find a pet is a pet rescue shelter and even sometimes your local vet. One of the most centrally located Pet Rescue Shelters in Zurich is this one located close to Zurich Zoo.

 Zuercher Tierschutz

Address: Zürichbergstrasse 263, 8044 Zürich

Tel: +41 44 261 97 14

Visit the Zuercher Tierschutzwebsite here.

You may also want to contact your local vet to see if they know of any dogs or cats which need re-homing.

There are also a number of online pet rehousing services like

Cars and Road Accidents

If you hit someone’s pet when driving you should take the injured animal to the nearest vet or veterinary hospital or call the animal rescue service.

Finding An Injured Animal

If you find an injured domestic animal you should alert the police by dialling 117.

If you spot an injured wild animal please call the Gamekeeper or the police on 117.

If you find a smaller injured wild animal, such as hedgehogs, birds, or bats please contact first the nearest  Animal Rescue Station, before taking it there.

If you are involved in an accident with a wild animal was injured, contact the police by dialing 117.

Hot Cars Kill Dogs

Make sure never to leave your pet in a car parked in the heat of the day with the windows shut. If you spot a dog suffering inside a hot car please alert the police who are able to deal with the situation.

In the case of suspected poisoning, please contact the Swiss Toxicological Information Center by dialling 145.

Pet Insurance

Pet Insurance is quite expensive in Switzerland and most people don’t find it justifies the cost, although do bear in mind pet care and medical operations in Switzerland are very expensive. Contact your insurance broker to find out more about insurance

Top Tips On Pets In Switzerland

Useful Information

Do check your local vet for advice and information and for regular check ups.

Animal Hospital

Tierspital Zürich (animal hospital Zurich), Winterthurerstr. 260, 8057 Zurich. It is important to call before going there –  044 635 81 11.

Animal Rescue Service

Animal Rescue Service (TierRettungsDienst)

Address: Lufingerstr. 1, 8185 Winkel,

Tel: 044 211 22 22

Swiss Toxicolgy Information Service 

Schweizerische Toxikologisches Informationszentrum (Swiss toxicological information centre),

Emergency Tel: 145


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