Rabies: people arriving from Ukraine with their pets should register them promptly with the veterinary service.
The war in Ukraine is forcing millions of people to leave their homes. Almost five percent of refugees take their dog or cat with them. Dogs and cats entering Switzerland from countries such as Ukraine, where rabies still occurs, must meet certain entry conditions. However, the risk of rabies being introduced by dogs and cats accompanying their owners is considered to be low, as many of these pets are vaccinated against rabies or have had no contact with wild animals.
In case of a bite by an animal from Ukraine, the wound must be immediately and carefully washed with soap and water. A medical consultation is necessary: the need for post-exposure prophylaxis against rabies must be carefully assessed in cooperation with the cantonal veterinary service.