If you haven’t noticed yet, when wandering around the city, that people in the Czech Republic are very tolerant of pets, especially dogs. They have a very special bond with their furry friends. You can find that all sizes and breeds are welcome in many of Prague’s bars, parks, restaurants and pet stores. They are also allowed on public transport, but must be on a leash and muzzled. All the attention and love towards these furry friends has made Prague a pet haven for all. Where else can you enjoy the best beer in a pub while your four-legged friend sits next to you?
With all this love around you still need some laws regarding pet ownership. If you are bringing your pet from another country, you will need to obtain a veterinary certificate, including a rabies vaccination within the past year, your pet must also have a microchip. It used to be ok to just have the tattooed number for id, but a recent EU law passed states, that all dogs over six months old must have a microchip. The procedure can be done at any veterinary clinic.
Also once you get settled into your new home, you must register your dog with your district within 15 days of ownership. Only after your dog has a the microchip, you can go register yourself as a owner of the dog by filling out registration card at your district office. You will receive confirmation by mail. Also you are required to pay an annual fee for your dog. For one dog you will pay 1,500 Kč and for a second dog 2,250 Kč. If you live in a family house you will pay 600 Kč and for every second dog 900 Kč.
When walking your dog, the official law states that they must be on a leash in all public places but that is not strictly enforced. Although it is not unheard of to be fined for letting your dog run free. Many large parks such as Letná, Stromovka, Kampa Park and Petřín Hill allow dogs to run free. As far as picking up after your dog, it is the law and you can get fined. Many neighborhoods now have supplies of special bags and bins for owners to clean up after their dogs.
Here are a few veterinary clinics and hospitals around Prague:
Vetnemo – Prague 4
This is a nonstop clinic with the highest level of veterinary medicine. It offers a wide range of services including preventive medicine including vaccinations, de-worming and examinations before travel or pet shows, ultrasound tartar removal, advice for breeders, tagging of animals and tattooing, plus specialized diagnostics and veterinary treatment.
Horoměřice Veterinary Clinic – Prague – west
The family Veterinary Clinic of MVDr. Herčík in Horoměřice with an excellent reputation and long tradition is not only popular among breeders from Prague but also from distant parts of the Czech Republic.
Anděl Veterinary Clinic – Prague 5
It is supplemented by the same owner’s veterinary clinics in Beroun and Králův Dvůr and you can be sure that your pets will be taken care of in every clinic.
You can find many veterinary clinics around the city, usually each neighborhood will have its own. I hope you and your pet will find Prague to be the true haven it is for all four legged friends.