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Veterinary Services

Veterinary Services

The veterinarian emergency duty is strictly for illnesses requiring immediate treatment.

The emergency duty hours are Mon-Thu from 4.00 pm to 8.00 am and on weekends from Friday 4.00 pm to Monday 8.00 am.

 The veterinarian emergency duty for small animals (pets) and large animals (production animals) is partially differentiated. Pets and production animals have different emergency services on Fridays and holiday eves from 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm and on weekends and holidays from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm. During these hours, there are two veterinarians working in the emergency duty area, one treating large animals and the other treating small animals. During other hours, one on-call veterinarian is working in the emergency duty area. This veterinarian treats both production animals and pets. In this case, the on-call veterinarian's reception may be outside Lahti. 

During emergency duty hours, the veterinarian's rates are 50–100% higher than the normal rates.

Emergency duty call rates are €2,035/min from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm and €4,006/min from 8.00 pm to 8.00 am.

Contact information:

On-call veterinarian, large animals, tel. +358 (0)600 392 120

On-call veterinarian, small animals, tel. +358 (0)600 392 121

When calling, please follow the provided instructions. The City of Lahti is part of emergency duty area 1, which covers the City of Lahti (including Nastola) as well as the Hollola (including Hämeenkoski) and Kärkölä municipalities.

Animal imports and exports

When you travel to an EU country, your pet (dog, cat or ferret) needs to have an EU pet passport. Pet passports are issued by veterinary clinics under certain conditions. With regard to other animals and when travelling outside the EU, the owner must find out what the destination country's requirements are well ahead of the intended trip. In many cases, an export certificate granted by an official veterinarian will be required. In Lahti, the supervisory veterinarian acts as the official veterinarian.

Importing animals to Finland

Animal import is monitored by border veterinarians and customs. Before importing an animal to Finland, you must find out what the legal conditions are.

Contact information:

Supervisory veterinarian, tel. (during office hours) +358 (0)44 416 4598,

Stray animals

The municipality must provide stray and collected dogs, cats and other small companion or hobby animals temporary care for 15 days. In Lahti, stray animals are accommodated in the Päijät-Häme Animal Welfare Association's animal shelter in Jokimaa. The animal shelter is open on weekdays from 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm and on Sundays from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm.

Animal owners must pay a fee for the days their pets have been cared for.

Contact information

Päijät-Hämeen Eläinsuojeluyhdistys
Jokimaankuja 4
15700 LAHTI

Tel. +358 (0)3 7811 543 (Mon-Fri from 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm, Sun from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm)
Tel. +358 (0)44 974 4636 (every day from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm)