Veterinarians

Find out how to access vaccinations and veterinary care for dogs, cats and other pets in Belgium...

Local town halls, tourist information offices and police stations can provide names and addresses of local vets. Many vets speak some English.

Opening hours vary and some will make home visits. Pet owners are advised to find and register with a vet on arrival in Belgium. They will then be provided with an out of hours telephone number for emergencies.

The Belgian Veterinary Union (Union Professionelle Vétérinaire) has a website that allows a search by region and also indicates the language that the vet works in.

The website Zoek Dierenarts allows a search by region, in Dutch.

Vaccinations

The only compulsory vaccination in Belgium at this time is for rabies (la rage); all the others are optional, depending on location. However, rabies vaccinations are recommended for all cats, dogs and ferrets.

  • The rabies vaccination is compulsory south of the rivers Meuse and Sambre
  • The rabies vaccination is optional north of the rivers Meuse and Sambre

No additional vaccinations are compulsory, however, vets recommend that all caring owners vaccinate their pets annually for the following:

Dogs:

  • C - maladie de Carré (distemper)
  • H - Hépatite de Rubarth or hépatite contagieuse canine (infectious hepatitis)
  • P - La Parvovirose (parvovirus)
  • L - La Leptospirose (leptospirosis)

Cats:

  • La panleucopenie (feline distemper)
  • La rhinotracheite (feline herpes)

Additional vaccinations may be required if the animal is going to leave Belgium at any time and travel elsewhere, or if it is to be left at a kennel or cattery. Registered kennels and catteries (pensions) generally require the pet passport or vaccination booklet for the animal. This then stays with the animal for the duration of their stay. Many kennels will require a vaccination against Kennel Cough (PI - la toux de chenil Para-Influenza).