The Stuttgart VTF is a limited service veterinary clinic with a primary mission to serve as medical support for the dogs of the 100th MWD Detachment, in addition to working to control zoonotic diseases (those communicable from animals to humans). Care for privately owned animals can be provided, on a space available basis.
Our facility is not a 24‐hour emergency clinic, nor do we offer same‐day services.
We strongly recommend that pet owners employ a local veterinarian for regular and/or emergency care for their pet(s), in the event that we are unable or unavailable to provide care. The following is a list of civilian veterinarians who come recommended by some pet owners.
Emergency care on weekends rotates between several local clinics. Please call 0711‐765‐7477 to find out which facility is operating for that particular weekend. When seeking emergency care, always give the clinic a courtesy call beforehand, so that they may better prepare to assist you and your pet upon arrival.
Owning Pets in Germany
If you plan to live in rented quarters off‐post, some landlords require that you obtain their permission before keeping a pet and often times ask to meet your pet as part of the vetting process. Be sure you ask beforehand what they require, prior to getting locked in to a lease.
In Germany, the pet owner is legally responsible for the actions and behaviors of their animal. They are subject to hefty lawsuits if, for instance, a dog runs a motorcyclist off the road and he/she is rendered disabled for life. A personal liability policy arising out of ownership of a dog costs approximately €80 a year in Germany. It is good idea to obtain this insurance.
Dogs are not allowed in grocery stores, butcher shops and other shops where fresh food is sold. Some Konditerei, or cafes, don't allow them either. Establishments that don't allow you to bring your dog inside will have a small sign affixed on the window. It usually shows a picture of a dog and will read something like, “Wir müssen leider daraussen warten” (unfortunately, we must wait outside).
When traveling by car with your pets, they must be safely restrained in the back seat or cargo area of your vehicle, as it is illegal for animals to ride in the front seat. Pets may also travel on the trains, tickets for pets can be purchased at about half the regular fare.
Installation Dog Parks
Patch Barracks dog park
Enclosed off leash area
Located by movie theater
Kelley Barracks dog park
Enclosed off leash area
Located on Pine Strasse. enter main gate and continue past AAFES gas station, after passing Vesta Strasse, the park area is nearly 500ft on the right.
Panzer Kaserne dog park
Enclosed off leash area
Located in Panzer Housing area, from the corner of the housing area closest to the main gate, travel down the fenceline approx. 50 meters the park is located on the back border fence
Who is eligible to receive care at the Stuttgart VTF?
Our mission, above all, is to provide services to the military working dogs of the garrison. However, the privilege of care has been extended to pets of the following personnel types and their family members:
‐ Active duty military members
‐ Retired service members
‐ Members of the reserves who have been activated
‐ DoD employees stationed overseas
‐ All others employed by U.S. federal agencies (appropriated or non‐ appropriated funds)
How do I register my pet with the Stuttgart VTF and what is required?
If you elect to have your pet seen at our facility, you must register him/her prior to setting an appointment. Simply fill out our registration form and provide a copy of your pet(s)’ most recent immunization record, specifically rabies. *RECORDS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER YOUR PET,* unless it is a new pet that has yet to be vaccinated, or records have been misplaced, in which case vaccines may be re‐ administered. A registration form may be obtained via our Facebook page, by visiting our clinic during regular business hours, or Download Pet Registration and email. An exam is not required to register.
*Please allow up to 3 business days from the time of submission, for your pet’s registration to be completed before calling to schedule appointments.
What vaccines are required in Germany?
It is the responsibility of the pet owner to ensure his/her pet is kept up‐ to‐ date on all required immunizations. Rabies vaccinations must always be current . Our facility offers a 3 year vaccine. In order to board your pet with local facilities, up‐ to‐ date Bordetella and Distemper vaccines are also required.
I live on base, are there any rules/regulations I should be aware of when it comes to owning a pet?
Pet ownership in government housing is a privilege and may be revoked if your pet becomes a nuisance and/or a threat to other residents or animals. Please visit link for more information about pet ownership on base.
What is a pet passport and where can I get one?
A pet passport may be obtained via off‐ base veterinarians only, not through the Stuttgart VTF. We can, however, update them with vaccines that we administer, so be sure and bring them to your appointments. They are required when traveling throughout countries of the EU. Each country may have its own regulations, so be sure to research before planning a trip with your pet. Please call or visit an off‐ base veterinarian for more information.
My pet has a prescription, how do I go about getting a refill?
If your pet has been seen at our facility, or another military facility, within the past year and has been given a prescription for meds or food, a refill may be requested by calling or visiting our facility. Please allow a grace period of at least 14 business days for medications and food orders to arrive that are not in stock at the time of your request. Once the prescription is filled and the owner notified, it must be retrieved within 14 days. *Prior to dispensing/ refilling medications, a doctor‐ patient relationship must be established and maintained at our facility.