Thursday, March 24, 2011

Bringing Your Pet to Mexico


We all love our pets, so much so many people would never consider moving to a new location if they weren’t able to bring along their adopted family. So what happens if you want to make the permanent move to live in paradise year-round in stunning Playa del Carmen? Not to worry, bringing your pet to Mexico is easy and requires only a few simple steps, useful also for those who wish to bring their pets along as part of their vacation.

You
only need to obtain two certificates to bring your beloved with you –
  • A vaccination certificate stating that your pet has been vaccinated against rabies, hepatitis, pip and leptospirosis. 
  • An official health certificate that must be issued by a veterinarian no more than 72 hours before entering Mexico.

You may enter the country with up to two large pets (dogs or cats). If you want to enter the country with any more than two pets you will need further permission wh
ich can be obtained from the Mexican consulate nearest you. In any case, it would be a good idea to contact a Mexican consulate before you leave on your trip to inform them of your plans, after all it’s your baby we’re talking about here. 

There is no quarantine period required for bringing a pet into Mexico. However you must note that airlines have certain restrictions on pet weight and pet size, as well as on pet containers, so be sure to do your research before booking any flights.

Once having found your dream location in the Riviera Maya and have adequately insured pets are allowed to reside whatever location you have chosen it would also be a good idea to include a clause in your contract stating that you have the right to break the lease without any penalties should any changes in the rules occur during your tenancy concerning pet restrictions.

From that point living with a pet is very much same as anywhere else if not easier. With such a large US and Canadian population Playa del Carmen has grown in stride to accommodate a large pet population also and is you’ll find is very animal friendly. Household help such as dog-walkers and caretakers are very easy to come by and are very inexpensive should the event arise that you are too short on time to sufficiently care for your pet on any given occasion.

With all this being very much as easy as it sounds, it’s just another reason why Mexico could very well be the perfect home for you.


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