Pet Travel Question: Microchips

Name: Amy
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Australian Shepherd
From: Oregon
To: Zug, Switzerland

According to Swiss regulations, a microchip is the only form of ID that is acceptable. I'm wondering since it says that "otherwise the pet will need to be sent with its own scanner attached to the top of the crate" if that means that in lieu of having the chip implanted in his body that he can simply have it on the top of his crate while traveling? Thanks for any info here. My concern is that he just had a rabies shot, now after a chip implant will have to get yet another one. He does not react well to vaccinations.


Hi Amy,

Sorry to hear that your dog isn't a big fan of visiting the vet, but unfortunately he will have to be implanted with the microchip. These tiny chips are no bigger than a grain of rice and are placed just under the skin between a dog's shoulder blades, and they provide a straightforward and universal means of identification.

Talk to your vet if you're still concerned, take a look at one of our previous discussions of microchips, and don't hesitate to contact us if you'd like some more advice about moving your dog to Switzerland. Thanks for the question, and good luck with everything!


PetRelocation Team




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