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|Bringing you pet from the States or Canada to Mexico|
|Topic Started: Nov 24 2010, 06:15 PM (424 Views)|
|south beach girl||Nov 24 2010, 06:15 PM Post #1|
I felt I should write the facts on this subject, especially after reading some comments that are unfounded like the HS only exports dogs off the island. We have many friends and sponsors that travel with their dog and receive emails regularly for people looking for advice to bring their pets and we can offer assistance both ways. We have also assisted many, many people that have had to return to the States after living here to take their pets with them.
The department you deal with when entering into Mexico is SAGARPA. The rules and regulations are on their website, although lately it seems the link is down to the particular page about bringing your pet when accessing it.
1. Rabies vaccine must be given at least 4 weeks in advance to traveling with your pet into Mexico, Canada and the USA and within the last year. 3 year rabies vaccine is not recognized by SAGARPA.
2. For Mexico only: Negative fecal test, proof of de-worming even if fecal test is negative. Have your vet write on the certificate that Frontline type product was applied. It does not have to be Frontline it can be another product such as revolution, promeris, biospot, but just have the vet clearly write: Tick and Flea prevention: followed by the product name. YOU MUST PROVE YOUR PET IS DE-PARASITED INSIDE AND OUT. This is a new rule for over a year now and a lot of people have gotten caught by it and have to wait for a Mexican vet to come out to the airport and de-worm your animal and this will cost you $40 to $60 and a lot of time.
3. Of course a signed health certificate from your vet recommended to be dated no greater than 5 days before travel to Mexico and vaccination record with all stickers present on that record. The stickers have the lot numbers and expiration dates of the vaccine. Mainly Rabies is the only one they care about, but make sure your dog or cat is vaccinated for the regulars, not to cause problems and of course most importantly to protect your pet.
If you are flying a regular scheduled airline, such as American Airlines, Frontier, United, Delta, Air Canada, Air Transat, West Jet and it is during colder months, please get yourself an acclimation record and have the vet sign it with the temperature rating: 20 to 90f. If your vet does not have these certs you can download it off the net. Many airlines will not let you board the pet if under 40 unless you have an acclimation certificate. Most airlines will not allow the pet to be boarded if below 20 f even with acclimation certificates, this is a standing cold weather embargo, so also do think about this when you are booking your trip and how cold it is where you are leaving from. Of course acclimation certificates are only necessary for pets in the baggage compartment and not for in cabin pets.
There is no fee to pay SAGARPA unless you are bringing in more than two pets. Bringing more than two pets will cost you 1600 pesos.
I highly suggest you consider airlines that allow your pet to be checked in as baggage over Continental, so you can eliminate having to deal with Aduana (customs), it will take you longer to get out. Best if you only have to deal with SAGARPA
If you need a vet to come out to the airport, SAGARPA has a list of qualified vets. Two that speak perfect English are Ivan Aguilar of Oasis Pets and Omar of Watch Dog. Have SAGARPA call a vet that can make it out in the most timely manner.
Some safety tips for traveling with your pet. Print a small picture, write a letter to the pilot on the back from your dog: Dear Pilot, my name is Fido, I will be flying with you today, please ensure the heat and air are on in my baggage compartment, thank you, Fido. Give to the stewardess as you board to give to the pilot. It is a nice way to let them know your precious furry one is on that plane without being and annoying pet owner. Also always put a sign on the kennel with a photo with a cute note to handle with care in English and Spanish. If you are connecting, do not board your connecting flight unless somebody at the gate can tell you for sure your dog has been loaded. Make sure when checking in they put a baggage direction sticker on the kennel and check the codes to make sure they are correct for the destinations.
If you have any further questions regarding traveling with your pet, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Edited by south beach girl, Mar 13 2011, 03:08 PM.
|south beach girl||May 28 2011, 07:37 PM Post #2|
||Bumping this up so it is more visible for folks wanting to know details to bring their pets to Mexico|
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