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Bringing Pets into Mexico

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If you are considering bringing you dog or cat into Mexico there are a few things you should consider. According to the Mexican Consulate you must have and carry with you the following documents in order to bring you cat and dog into Mexico and insure a safe return:

* A health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian must accompany the animals.
* Health certificates for personal pets do not need to be endorsed by a Veterinary Services.
* The animals must be inoculated against rabies (unless younger than 4 months old) and distemper (dates of vaccination must appear on the health certificate).
* The health certificate must be in duplicate and bear the name and address of the owner, a description of the animal (species, age, sex) and attest that the animal has been examined and found free of any contagious disease.

Advance notice for bringing Pets into Mexico
The official veterinarian at the port of entry shall be notified of the pending arrival of animals at the authorized facility by the importer or his agent 24 hours in advance of the arrival of the animals.

 

Bringing Dogs into Mexico
Pet dogs are subject to inspection at ports of entry for evidence of infectious diseases that can be transmitted to humans. If a dog appears to be ill, further examination by a licensed veterinarian might be required. In addition, dogs must be vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days prior to entry into the United States. Unvaccinated puppies younger than 4 months of age must be confined by the importer until at least 3 months of age, vaccinated against rabies, and confined for 30 additional days following vaccination.

Bringing Cats into Mexico
Pet cats are subject to inspection at ports of entry for evidence of infectious diseases that can be transmitted to humans. If a cat appears to be ill, further examination by a licensed veterinarian might be required. There is no rabies vaccination requirement for cats. Following entry into the United States, all cats are subject to state and local vaccination requirements.

Preparation for bringing your pet into Mexico
You should start to prepare documentation and inoculations at least one month before visiting Mexico:

* If you don't already have one, get a pet identification tag for your dog. It should have your dog's name, your name and phone number. Consider using a cell phone number, a home number, and possible the number of where you will be staying.
* Get a first aid kit for your dog. The kits are usually available at a pet store, a veterinary office or on the Internet.
* Get a first aid kit for your dog. The kits are usually available at a pet store, a veterinary office or on the Internet.
* A current rabies tag for your dog's collar. Also get paperwork with proof of the rabies vaccine

If you have any questions or concerns regarding current regulations for exporting animals or animal products to Mexico, you should contact the Animal Plant Inspection Service