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Arriving Saturday with my dog

 
SaraSherman63
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Good evening,

Getting excited to arrive on Saturday, bringing husband and small dog 🙂

I just got my dog's health certificate today, as well as the appropriate vaccinations and forms proving as such.

My vet is great, and called the VI dept. of agriculture, but I'm still unsure if my dog needs a pet import permit. Can anyone confirm?

Thanks for your help!

Sara

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Topic starter Posted : April 28, 2014 10:07 pm
OldTart
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No import certificate required, just the health certificate including documentation of shots.

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Posted : April 28, 2014 11:01 pm
mtdoramike
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OT is right, when I checked, the only time an import permit was required is when importing an exotic animal like reptiles or birds.

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Posted : April 29, 2014 12:37 pm
SaraSherman63
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Thank you both!!

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Topic starter Posted : April 30, 2014 4:14 am
gonetropo
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When we arrived 6 years ago on a private charter from down island with 2 English Springer Spaniels and English Cocker, all we had was a letter from a vet stating that the dogs were in good health. The Customs office didn't even look at it. He actually looked into the dogs eyes jokingly and said they were fine, welcome home!

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Posted : April 30, 2014 11:04 am
Bazinga
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Are there any types of dogs that don't do well on the island? We are looking in to moving and have two small dachshunds. We are assuming they would do well but thought I would ask.

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Posted : May 1, 2014 1:36 pm
OldTart
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Are there any types of dogs that don't do well on the island? We are looking in to moving and have two small dachshunds. We are assuming they would do well but thought I would ask.

I've probably seen every breed imaginable here over the years. One of the main things you have to be religious about is prevention against fleas, ticks and heartworm. And look out for allergies. Some breeds seem to be more susceptible to them than others and I know several people with short-haired "imports" who've had to deal with a variety of skin problems resulting from (but not confined to) heat and plant allergens.

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Posted : May 1, 2014 2:06 pm
SaraSherman63
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Well, we made it, dog and all!

Marley (our 6-year old yorkie-shihtzu mix) had a rough first two days: two legs of a 6-hr plane trip (for which he was given melatonin), the heat and humidity, a new place to live, unfamiliar surroundings etc. He wasn't feeling well but has bounced back beautifully and is doing just fine. He's fascinated by the island cats and dogs that roam around, but being a city dog he doesn't have much interest in going outside.

Good luck with the dachshunds!

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Topic starter Posted : May 6, 2014 11:54 pm
AandA2VI
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I can't imagine any long haired dogs here honestly. I see big German shepherds, husky and even a giant golden retriever at the races yesterday and I just feel so bad for them. It's too hot IMO for those breeds. I guess if u have AC it's alright but I would feel bad honestly.

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Posted : May 7, 2014 1:24 am
OldTart
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Long haired dog breeds have way less of a problem with heat than double coated dogs. The long hair acts as an insulation barrier against heat but the double coat retains the heat.

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Posted : May 7, 2014 11:28 am
mtdoramike
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The rough few days may have been the melatonin, which makes me drowsy and kind of dopey the next day after I take it. We are glad you made it and all is well. Please keep us up to date as you find time as to how you are doing and getting along and how this new adventure is going. You are going to have a blast for sure. There is nothing like having a dream come true.

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Posted : May 7, 2014 11:49 am
speee1dy
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my neighbor had two and they did fine, though that breed has other issues not related to being here.

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Posted : May 7, 2014 12:14 pm
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