Animal Health in Hungary

Information about vaccinations, finding a vet and looking after your pet in Hungary...

Vaccinations

An annual rabies vaccination and a course of de-worming pills are mandatory for dogs before they are three months old. Other vaccinations are also recommended by veterinarians, these include:

  • Canine distemper
  • Canine hepatitis
  • Leptospirosis
  • Parvovirus

There are no mandatory vaccinations for cats, but veterinarians recommend that cats are vaccinated against rabies, leucosis, FIP-virus, panleucopenia, herpes virus and calici virus.

Vets

Veterinarians can either be found online, or in the telephone directory. Most veterinary practices have a sign with a blue cross and are easily recognisable.

Állatorvos is website listing veterinarians in Hungary; however, not all veterinarians in the country are listed.

Emergency and on-duty vets change regularly. For up-to-date information see the on-duty vets in Budapest website or telephone: (30) 530 2526. Outside of Budapest, see the website of the Hungarian Veterinary Chamber and select the corresponding county from the left hand menu under Allatorvosi Ugyeletek. On the next screen the search result can be refined to certain districts, or a list with the on-duty schedule can be downloaded.

Pet Threats and Diseases

The biggest threat to pets in Hungary is ticks, which spread Lyme disease or babesiosis. Veterinarians recommend on the spot applications, collars, or ultrasound devices. Some areas in Hungary are more prone to ticks than others.

There is a tick map available online (Kullancstérkép, in Hungarian), where pet owners can check on and record the number of ticks found on an animal per visit to a particular area.