Pet St. Petersburg

If you already have a pet or you are going to become a happy owner of a pet, this section of the portal will help you to find the necessary and useful information.

Here you can find out how to get free vaccination services, why you need to register and chip your pet, what the rules of walking and transporting pets are, where to find the nearest veterinary station or shelter.

You can also post or view pet notices on a special bulletin board. Here they post information about missing or found pets, looking for animal donors, kind hands, etc.

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Free vaccinations, chipping and registration
Having a pet is a great joy. For many, a pet literally becomes a member of the family. However, we should not forget that any animal is also a member of society. “Moustache, paws and tail” are not the only documents of a pet.

Vaccinations are key to a pet’s health and the safety of its owner and others. In 2021, any resident with registration in St. Petersburg is eligible to receive the public service of vaccinating dogs free of charge. It includes:

Clinical examination of the animal immediately prior to vaccination;
Deworming (carried out 10-14 days prior to the expected vaccination);
Electronic tagging (chipping) – made just before vaccination, if the dog has not been chipped before;
Vaccination with complex vaccines (rabies, species-specific infections, leptospirosis);
Animal registration with the issuance of a veterinary registration certificate (passport), if the dog was not previously registered.
All these services are provided in the district veterinary stations. Use the search of veterinary stations by districts to select the appropriate organization.

Please note: the free rabies vaccination for puppies is the second most common vaccination. The first vaccination for puppies is for species-specific infections at 8-9 weeks of age and is not part of the social promotion.

Puppies are vaccinated against rabies for free under the social action when they are 3 months old. The vaccination is given once and revaccination is done annually.

Puppies are registered no later than 3 months after birth. If you have a dog, it has to be registered no later than one month after purchase. The procedure should be repeated annually. When registering a dog, the owner is given a registration card of a standard form. If the new pet already has one, the animal must be re-registered in your name. You can register a dog at any age, so don’t worry if you adopted an undocumented pet. Within a month, you can go to the veterinary station and officially register your new friend.

Why do I need vaccinations, registration and chipping?

According to World Health Organization (WHO) about 60 thousand people in the world die of rabies every year and up to 99% of all cases of rabies transmitted to humans are caused by dog bites. In Russia about 400-450 thousand people suffer from animal attacks every year. Almost all warm-blooded animals can catch rabies: from wild foxes, mice and hedgehogs to cattle, small ruminants, sheep and pigs. So the only way to protect your pet, yourself and your family is to get vaccinated.

Although rabies vaccination is mandatory only for dogs, cats should not be forgotten. Many cat owners refuse vaccinations, arguing that animals are much less likely to leave the house. However, there are so many rabies carriers and infection options that cats are still at risk. Like humans, a cat can become infected by hunting small rodents, from a dog (for example, if you have both a cat and a dog living together), or a hedgehog bite at the cottage.

Registering your pet is proof that your pet has been properly vaccinated and is safe for others. If you lose your pet’s vet passport, you can always use the registration number to restore it.

You should carry the vet passport with you when traveling and traveling with your dog on public transportation.

Chipping allows you to know everything about the dog and its owner if it gets lost. Every year more than a thousand pets are “lost” in St. Petersburg, most often in summer when pets are taken out to parks and summer cottages. Chipping makes it a lot easier to find a lost pet – with a chip your pet can be identified at any state veterinary clinic

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