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Sarah31408
(@Sarah31408)
New Member

Hi,
I am visiting the island for 5 days and I am house hunting. I am bringing my 9 lb mini dachshund. American airlines checked and said all I needed was proof of rabies. The rabies is a 3 year shot. I got it a year ago so he is not due for 2 years. Also, I asked about the health guarantee and they said someone will check him down there in the airport and that I do not need to get a health guarantee. He is a support dog with all of his ESA paperwork. Can anyone clarify the requirements?

Thank you,
Sarah

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Posted : March 14, 2016 2:07 am
Alana33
(@Alana33)
Islander

Check with your vet and make sure all shots, etc. are up to date prior within 10 days of department and be able to provide them.

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Posted : March 14, 2016 2:38 am
OldTart
(@OldTart)
Islander

See top of page, pull-down menu ,"Relocating" and scroll down to the section on pets. Yes, you need a health certificate.

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Posted : March 14, 2016 2:40 am
rosesisland
(@rosesisland)
Island Expert

Yes, you'll need a certificate from your local vet that health is good and shots are current within 10 days of you traveling into the territory.

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Posted : March 14, 2016 11:05 am
rosesisland
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Island Expert

Btw, highly recommend you live here a year before deciding on the purchase of a home here. Many factors to consider that you wouldn't just coming from the states. Housing here is not like in the states.

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Posted : March 14, 2016 11:07 am
watruw8ing4
(@watruw8ing4)
Prominent Member

Yes, you'll need a certificate from your local vet that health is good and shots are current within 10 days of you traveling into the territory.

This is correct. And make sure your vet is certified to sign the certificate, before you make the appointment. Not all vets are.

Edit: One thing I forgot: There's a time period in which that rabies shot has to fall. I think six months. Nobody checking the certificate is going to care, and some vets ignore it because they don't want to over utilize vaccinations. But I had a vet who insisted on a booster because the previous one given had been a few months outside of the time limit.

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Posted : March 14, 2016 12:33 pm
AandA2VI
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Noble Member

The point of the health certificate is that your animal is up to date on ALL the shots - within the timeframe of traveling. That is the validation that your animal has what it needs to come here. They never asked for ours - or any of my friends who brought pets here - over a dozen. I assume those checking in passengers aren't asking for it or trained properly to know to do so. Still, better to have it in case. They did swab our cats for bomb residue LOL.

*** The views and opinions expressed in my posts are soley those of A&A2VI and other like minded islanders. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of the majority or any/all contributors to this site. Have a GREAT DAY!

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Posted : March 14, 2016 6:17 pm
watruw8ing4
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Prominent Member

The point of the health certificate is that your animal is up to date on ALL the shots - within the timeframe of traveling. That is the validation that your animal has what it needs to come here. They never asked for ours - or any of my friends who brought pets here - over a dozen. I assume those checking in passengers aren't asking for it or trained properly to know to do so. Still, better to have it in case. They did swab our cats for bomb residue LOL.

Some don't ask about it at all. Most just ask if you have one. But I have had one or two that have scrutinized them like they just found a new cache of Dead Sea Scrolls.

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Posted : March 14, 2016 11:20 pm
Matt
 Matt
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Go to the airline's website and read their restrictions/rules. If you're checking the dog in a crate there are also )outside) temperature restrictions (85 deg.?) that if it's over at departure or arrival, the dog can't fly! this may limit you to winter months.
Good luck.

Matt

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Posted : March 15, 2016 9:51 am
AandA2VI
(@AandA2VI)
Noble Member

The point of the health certificate is that your animal is up to date on ALL the shots - within the timeframe of traveling. That is the validation that your animal has what it needs to come here. They never asked for ours - or any of my friends who brought pets here - over a dozen. I assume those checking in passengers aren't asking for it or trained properly to know to do so. Still, better to have it in case. They did swab our cats for bomb residue LOL.

I have had one or two that have scrutinized them like they just found a new cache of Dead Sea Scrolls.

LOLz. Funny.

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Posted : March 15, 2016 8:59 pm
Sarah31408
(@Sarah31408)
New Member

Thank you for the advice. I lived in Puerto Rico and Mexico. Is it going to be drastically different then life there? I'm pretty adaptable. Both had high crime rates which is why we are choosing St. Croix.

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Posted : March 24, 2016 3:12 pm
Sarah31408
(@Sarah31408)
New Member

Thanks everyone! I will be there next week with health certificate in hand. I don't know if he should get more rabies shots since he has his 3 year rabies but I will ask my vet if she can include in the certificate that his rabies is up to date.

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Posted : March 24, 2016 3:14 pm
watruw8ing4
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Prominent Member

Thanks everyone! I will be there next week with health certificate in hand. I don't know if he should get more rabies shots since he has his 3 year rabies but I will ask my vet if she can include in the certificate that his rabies is up to date.

She will have to indicate the date of the rabies shot on the form. If your pup is in cabin with you, the only person checking will be the airline gate agent. They pretty much just look to see if the rabies is on there, if they check at all. My dog gets 3 year rabies shots, and we traveled several times when she was well into her second and third years with no problems. Your mileage may vary.

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Posted : March 25, 2016 1:03 am
Sarah31408
(@Sarah31408)
New Member

Thank you. I have talked to the airline 3 times just checking and I told them I have all the paperwork so I think we should be good 🙂

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Posted : March 25, 2016 6:51 pm
AandA2VI
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Noble Member

Both had high crime rates which is why we are choosing St. Croix.

HAHA. Better read up on the forum my friend.... ESPECIALLY before buying.

*** The views and opinions expressed in my posts are soley those of A&A2VI and other like minded islanders. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of the majority or any/all contributors to this site. Have a GREAT DAY!

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Posted : March 30, 2016 11:00 pm
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