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Mexico Bound with Castro

Hello, all - hope all is well.

We just booked our holiday tickets to Playa del Carmen, and have decided to take Castro with us.

I've been doing due diligence in researching and speaking to people. As we are arriving in the evening, I want to make sure we have everything in order to avoid being stuck in the airports, and incurring additional expenses. Also hoping that members who've taken their pets to Mexico can help me "fill in the blanks"; providing tips, experiences, recommendations...

What I know...
Mexico requires a health certificate no more than 15 days old and up to date vaccination records; certificate MUST have the annotation "Free of Parasites" to enter, otherwise, they will require another vet exam.

Upon re-entry into the US, there will be a physical exam of the animal by US Customs

Castro has flown from JFK to SFO a few times; CUN is a shorter trip (3.5 hrs); he's a great traveler, and I don't foresee any issues during flight.

In prep of obtaining his health certificate, I am taking him to the vet this weekend for a routine checkup. We travel on 12/27, so I am getting Castro's health certificate on 12/23 and then taking him to the groomers for a puppy cut.

I'll make sure to pack enough food/treats for our trip, a couple of his toys, bed, and bowls. I'm getting an extra collar/leash to pack. Oh - I am looking for suggestions on sunscreen for Castro, too!

I've already communicated with the doggy day care and dog walker in PDC

What else am I missing?

This is where I need help...

Thanks, all!

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I don't know. I would be so worried that "they" Mexico would find something not ok and then hold my pet. US travel is one thing but going to some countries I would be hesitant. Don't drink the water!!!!

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Don't go to Mexico. Haven't you heard about all the deaths down there. Even in the tourist towns.
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Well now, Playa Del Carmen is a fine place to vacation! Enjoy the trip. While I've never brought a pet into a foreign country I imagine there is plenty of information out there that will help you. The one thing I will recommend is that you bring Plenty of Bottled water with you. Last August Lyn and I took Snickers on a 6,000 mile road trip and the one thing we did was to keep her water constant - no tap water. These little guys can get an upset tummy pretty easily.

Are you renting a vacation home? Staying in a hotel? Camping?

Personally I love Mexico and try to get down there once a year or so. But, being on the Left coast that means that I'm usually down in Baja, where the cartel wars aren't so prevalent.

HTH

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I live in Costa Rica and have brought two animals into the country at different times. The first time, I brought in my mom's cat and they didn't even bother to look at the paperwork. I suspect it was because they are so very respectful of older people. The second time I brought my Havanese puppy into CR. They were much more scrupulous but still no issues. This was also the first time they ever searched all my suitcases - opening them and sprawling all my stuff all over! Mostly all they found was a whole bunch of new toys for the new pup!

All that said, be real sure to pay attention to whatever rules and regs they have in place. For instance, down here they ask the value of the dog and may assess import duties on him. The trick is to be prepared with paperwork that shows his (de)valued worth so there are little if any duties to be paid. Now Mexico may have nothing like this, but these are the things you really need to be looking at, just to be sure. Like Susan already posted, you don't want anything to go wrong at customs. There are some professional pet importers that might be of some assistance in this area. Best to be safe and not sorry.

Other than these sticky, nasty little details, have a great time. Don't drink the water and no raw veggies or fruits for the little guy and you should be fine!
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I have taken Gucci out of the country, we just took her to Turks and Caicos/the Provencialies last month or so..

Tell your vet next week!! Print up the 'requirements' to enter Mexico off of the website and take it in to your vet, they can go over it and make sure you have all the shots in order.

It took us 6 months to get Gucci ready to travel to Turks, because they had very strict rules on health and dogs, they required a microchip, a rabies titer from Kansas state university, a US health certificate (had to drive to the state capital with all of our paperwork) I had to get lots more shots that I probably wouldn't have done otherwise..

Taking a dog into a country withOUT rabies requires a lot of preparation, plan on 5-6 months working with the vet.

Taking a dog to a country WITH rabies, not so difficult, they don't have as many requirements.

I am not familiar with Mexico, but I wouldn't wait til' 2 weeks before to bring it up, talk to someone at the vet familiar with out of country health certification and make sure you have everything covered, they may require shots locally that aren't required where you live, like the lyme/lepto...

As long as you have your paperwork in order, you should get through customs pretty fast. If someone tried to quarantene Gucci, I"d be on the next flight home with her, lol

I have noticed, they DO check the microchip to make sure the # matches on the health certificate both times I've taken her out of the country.

I love traveling with my girl! Look into investing in a stroller, you can take them in lots more places if they are in the stroller
Have fun!
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Thanks, all... I guess I'm more prepared that I thought I was...

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Have a great time!

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