BajaNomad
Not logged in [Login - Register]
Go To Bottom

Printable Version  
Author: Subject: Bringing dog to Mexico
jgoldy
Newbie





Posts: 11
Registered: 11-23-2018
Member Is Offline


[*] posted on 11-26-2018 at 08:36 AM
Bringing dog to Mexico


Hi all -
I'm finding conflicting info online about how to correctly bring my dog into Mexico. Can anyone offer real experience and advice?

My vet is making things very complicated, calling the Consulate, saying I need an address in Mexico, etc (I'm just going on a month-long road trip, camping in my van.)

I know I need to show some kind of paperwork but what is it?
Any concrete advice is appreciated!
View user's profile
David K
Honored Nomad
*********


Avatar


Posts: 54178
Registered: 8-30-2002
Location: San Diego County
Member Is Online

Mood: Have Baja Fever

[*] posted on 11-26-2018 at 09:20 AM


1)Current rabies vaccination records.
2)An International Health Certificate from the vet (obtained days before you leave for Mexico.

#1 Has been requested on occasion back when I had a dog on my trips and others reported as well, more recently.

Most often they (U.S.) don't even ask.
Mexico (Tecate) wants the dog secured on a leash or restrained while riding in the car/truck.
Nobody I can remember has reported that any Mexican or American official has asked to see the International health certificate. You know what they say: Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it!




"So Much Baja, So Little Time..."

Learn about the discovery of Baja, the Missions, and people who built them: http://oldmissions.com

Over 60 Baja Bound Travel Adventure articles: https://www.bajabound.com/bajaadventures/bajatravel/

Visit Viva Baja, to help you plan your next adventure: http://VivaBaja.com

My 2018 Maps: http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=88771
View user's profile Visit user's homepage
Howard
Super Nomad
****


Avatar


Posts: 1861
Registered: 11-13-2007
Location: Loreto/Manhattan Beach/Rancho La Bufadora
Member Is Offline

Mood: I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done.

[*] posted on 11-26-2018 at 09:24 AM


If your Vet is that sticky for an address, just use an address of a hotel. If you feel more comfortable with a house address, E-Mail me and I will give you my address in Loreto, Baja or La Bufadora, Ensenada.

No need to worry about the address thing, it just sounds like you Vet is not familiar with how much the address is a non issue.

Just get a International health certificate showing the current rabies shot and your good to go.




A man's only as old as the woman he feels. Groucho Marx

We don't stop playing because we grow old;
we grow old because we stop playing
George Bernard Shaw






View user's profile
AKgringo
Ultra Nomad
*****




Posts: 2628
Registered: 9-20-2014
Location: Los Anchorage, AK
Member Is Offline

Mood: Retireded

[*] posted on 11-26-2018 at 09:43 AM


Even when I have offered my dog's health certificate, no one so far has really looked at it. That includes US and Canadian border crossings!

A certificate for Mexico should also include a record of ongoing parasite control. Since I spend half a year in Northern California where mosquitos, ticks and fleas can be a health risk, I have my dog on Sentinel.....but nobody seems to care!




If you are not living on the edge, you are taking up too much space!

"Could do better if he tried!" Report card comments from most of my grade school teachers. Sadly, still true!
View user's profile
BajaBlanca
Select Nomad
*******




Posts: 10743
Registered: 10-28-2008
Location: La Bocana, BCS
Member Is Offline


[*] posted on 11-26-2018 at 11:08 AM


jogoldy - the regulations are so vague and I bet your vet is just trying to cover his or her bases!

what everyone says is the best way to go: rabies, vaccinations up to date, and parasite control. Have dog tethered to a leash as you cross the border and then let it off once you cross and you should be good to go!

Have fun in Baja and welcome to bajanomad.




Blanca and Les
Come visit us

http://www.labocanahotel.com
View user's profile Visit user's homepage
jedge42
Newbie





Posts: 17
Registered: 10-1-2015
Location: South of SpaBV, Cabo Este
Member Is Offline


[*] posted on 11-26-2018 at 11:11 AM


We have crossed 5 times south (San Ysidro, Tecate x 3, Mexicali) and 4 times north (Tecate x 3, San Luis) in the last 4ish years, all with our dog, and with all the paperwork. Never had the US ask for anything and only once (in Tecate) did Mexico and they only cared about the rabies certification.

Lots of vets near the border are savvy about the whole thing and the health cert is supposed to be done within 10 (?) days of crossing -- might be worth looking into a vet along your path.

jake
View user's profile
jgoldy
Newbie





Posts: 11
Registered: 11-23-2018
Member Is Offline


[*] posted on 11-26-2018 at 12:41 PM


Thanks everyone for such practical advice! I'm guessing the border control has more important things to worry about at the moment than dogs but I'll get the vet exam and vaccinations nonetheless.
View user's profile
Jack Swords
Super Nomad
****




Posts: 1019
Registered: 8-30-2002
Location: Nipomo, CA/La Paz, BCS
Member Is Offline


[*] posted on 11-26-2018 at 03:42 PM


If you are bringing the dog in by air, you will be asked (probably) for the Health Certificate. We never had a problem going by truck, but they were pretty fussy when we arrived by air. We always had ours, going and coming, so it was not a problem.
View user's profile
jgoldy
Newbie





Posts: 11
Registered: 11-23-2018
Member Is Offline


[*] posted on 11-26-2018 at 04:02 PM


I should have clarfied - we will be crossing by car (not at San Ysidro, probably at Tecate assuming its still open in a week or so!)

I'm going to get the vet certificate, and he's up to date on his shots, but how in the heck do you "prove" that he's been treated with flea/tick stuff??? I put Frontline on him but I don't know how to get a certificate saying so, haha...
good to hear that this is not checked. Hope that's true for me as well!

View user's profile
bajaguy
Select Nomad
*******




Posts: 9060
Registered: 9-16-2003
Location: Carson City, NV/Ensenada - Baja Country Club
Member Is Offline

Mood: must be 5 O'clock somewhere in Baja

[*] posted on 11-26-2018 at 04:07 PM


Just have your vet add it to the vaccination record - our vet did it for free.


Quote: Originally posted by jgoldy  
I should have clarfied - we will be crossing by car (not at San Ysidro, probably at Tecate assuming its still open in a week or so!)

I'm going to get the vet certificate, and he's up to date on his shots, but how in the heck do you "prove" that he's been treated with flea/tick stuff??? I put Frontline on him but I don't know how to get a certificate saying so, haha...
good to hear that this is not checked. Hope that's true for me as well!

View user's profile
AKgringo
Ultra Nomad
*****




Posts: 2628
Registered: 9-20-2014
Location: Los Anchorage, AK
Member Is Offline

Mood: Retireded

[*] posted on 11-26-2018 at 04:47 PM


It is not just ticks and fleas that you should worry about. Heart worms are carried by mosquitos. Round worms, tapeworms and probably critters I don't even know about can be spread by social interaction with other dogs. And then, there is the occasional urge for some dogs to gobble poop!

In short, I keep my girl on sentinel whether I am traveling or not. It does not kill fleas or ticks outright, but it will prevent them from reproducing.




If you are not living on the edge, you are taking up too much space!

"Could do better if he tried!" Report card comments from most of my grade school teachers. Sadly, still true!
View user's profile
BajaMama
Nomad
**




Posts: 469
Registered: 10-4-2015
Location: Pleasanton/Punta Chivato
Member Is Offline

Mood: Excited for Baja!

[*] posted on 11-30-2018 at 03:48 PM


Always best to have the required paperwork. I seem to recall flea/tick/parasite treatment is also required. I just bring the box the meds come in with me. But, like everyone said, you most likely will not be asked. For heading back north, make sure you have your rabies certificate and a vaccination record (your vet can print out).
View user's profile
bajamary1952
Nomad
**




Posts: 133
Registered: 9-29-2016
Location: traveling peninsula of Baja
Member Is Offline


[*] posted on 12-1-2018 at 09:53 AM


When I first moved to Tijuana in 2010 I spent about $150 for vaccinations, required records, etc. and no one has ever asked me for anything coming/going from border (including mainland) so I've never spent a dime for the "required" paperwork. If you are female traveling alone (with 1 or more dogs doesn't matter) no one bothers you about paperwork. If you have any dealings with Mexican veternarians you'll come to the conclusion that American vets are just like American healthcare--$$$$$$$$$.
View user's profile

  Go To Top

 






All Content Copyright � 1997- Q87 International; All Rights Reserved.
Powered by XMB; XMB Forum Software © 2001-2014 The XMB Group�






"If it were lush and rich, one could understand the pull, but it is fierce and hostile and sullen. The stone mountains pile up to the sky and there is little fresh water. But we know we must go back if we live, and we don't know why." - Steinbeck, Log from the Sea of Cortez

"People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care." - Ivan R. Misner, Ph.D

"You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who they think can do nothing for them or to them." - Malcolm Forbes

"Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else's hands, but not you." - Jim Rohn







Thank you to Baja Bound Mexico Insurance Services for your long-term support of the BajaNomad.com Forums site.







Emergency Baja Contacts Include:

Desert Hawks; El Rosario-based ambulance transport; Emergency #: (616) 103-0262