Life for your pets in Sigonella

Life for your pets in Sigonella

by Stripes Europe
Stripes Europe

If you’ve brought your furry friend to Italy, you must register them at the veterinary clinic within the first 10 days of arriving.


  • Leptospirosis: If you haven’t already, you need to get your pet a Leptospirosis vaccination as soon as possible. Leptospirosis has a heavy presence in Italy and without proper vaccination, it can cause kidney failures in pets. 
  • Rabies: Both dogs and cats must get an annual rabies vaccination. Pets are required to wear their rabies tags at all times to serve as a visual marker of vaccination status.
  • Heartworm, flea and tick: Ensure your pets are on heartworm preventative medicine as well as flea and tick control medicine year-round. Flea/tick preventative medicines include either monthly topical products containing permethrin, or collars containing deltamethrin or flumethrin changed out every six months. 


Though the NAS Sigonella veterinarian primarily serves the military working dogs, they do perform limited veterinary services for NAS Sigonella personnel.  Call to see availability, otherwise you are encouraged to utilize off-base vet clinics.

DSN: 624-4258


Taking your pet to an Italian veterinarian clinic is recommended for emergency and specialty needs for your pet. Italian veterinary clinics are important to be registered with for health issues that go beyond what the base vet clinic can treat. Contact the veterinary clinic for a list of local Italian vet clinics.


  • Animals must never be left tied up and unattended to.
  • Pets must be leashed every time you walk them.
  • Shelter must always be provided for your pet.
  • Cats must be kept indoors at all times.
  • Food and water must always be easily accessible for your pet.
  • Every pet must have the international microchip. This is also a form of identification if they are ever lost and brought into a vet clinic.
  • “Choke chain” or pinch collars are illegal in Italy and use of these types of collars is subject to a fine.



  • All pets must have their 15-digit international microchip.
  • Rabies vaccination must be up to date and given after the international microchip was implanted.
  • EU Pet Passport must be with you and your pet at all times when traveling.
  • Muzzles must be carried (not worn) for all dogs when in public.
  • Animals must be contained while riding in vehicles (carrier or harness).


If you plan on getting traveling done while in Italy, there may be some trips where your furry friend can’t tag along. Once you register your pet at the installation’s vet clinic, they can provide a list of local boarding facilities.

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