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The Legislation on dogs in force in Switzerland, is applicable to members of permanent missions and international civil servants who own dogs
Information relating to the veterinary border checks carried out at the Swiss border is available on the website of the Swiss Confederation.
Importing living wild animals
Many wild animals that are traded across borders are protected by national and international legislation governing the preservation of species.
Certain conditions must also be complied with regarding the legislation on epizootics. The importing or exporting of such wild animals is subject to authorisation.
For further information concerning the legislation on dogs in Switzerland, applicable to members of permanent missions, international civil servants and dogs owners, please consult the Manuel: Animals on the Swiss Confederation website.
The City of Geneva website has a list of places where dogs are forbidden and also publishes the Practical guide of citizen dog in Geneva (with a map of places where dogs may roam freely.
Animals lost and found
Protection of animals
- SGPA: Société Genevoise pour la Protection des Aninaux (Geneva Society for the Protection of Animals)
- SVPA: Société Vaudoise pour la Protection des Animaux (Canton of Vaud Society of Protection of Animals)
- Cabinet vétérinaire international (Expat information)
- List of vets in Geneva and French-speaking Switzerland
- Service de la consommation et des affaires vétérinaires de l'Etat de Genève. (Consumer and Veterinary Affairs Department of the State of Geneva)
- OVF - Office vétérinaire fédéral (Federal Veterinary Office)
Some stores and pet shops with websites:
- Geneva network with home delivery and food emergency; www.canicrok.ch
- Pet shop in Nyon: www.lescalaire.ch
- 4-legged shops:
- Cats and Dogs
If you are away or ill, you will be to find pet sitting services at:
022 755 55 33
24/7 Hour Emergency Service
0900 83 83 43
The new legislation on the protection of animals and its new provisions came into force in September 2008. You can find detailed information on this subject on our new Animal Protection portal. You’ll find here the texts of this law, together with explanations.
This portal is jointly managed by the Federal Veterinary Office and Krax - a project for young people of the Swiss Association for Animal Protection - and explains to children how to take care of their animals whilst respecting their needs.
A little reminder for summer holidays with Médor and Mistigri