Animal Health

Understand how to go about caring for the health of your pet, including information on food, veterinary hospitals, deaths, and what to do in the case of an emergency...

Veterinary hospitals (tierspital, hopital pour animaux), have animal ambulances available for emergencies day and night. In the event of an after-hours emergency a vet surgery will usually have a telephone message giving an emergency number (this message will not be in English).

The death of a pet should be reported to the vet for information on how to proceed. Animals under 10 Kg may be buried on private land (guidelines apply). Many cantons have pet cemeteries, and most provide a place for pet cremation. A local vet can advise where to go and what to do.

Food for most types of domestic pet is available at supermarkets and specialist pet shops.

The Federal Food Safety and Veterinary office has more on animal welfare and travelling with pets