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I’ve received quite a large number of emails asking me about bringing a dog, or other pets into Dominica, and whether are there any special forms or permits necessary. The majority of the people writing these emails are asking in reference of getting their dog into Dominica.

If you’re like fellow blogger and dog lover – Kendra Campbell of IslandMedStudent; Where you just can’t see yourself living without your dog or cat, then you must read Kendra’s article on ‘Dog in Dominica.’ The article talks about how I to get your dog to Dominica, whether or not you need to bring dog supplies to Dominica, and will your dog be okay in Dominica.

No another note – After making a few searches the internet, I stumbled across the Animal Health Guidelines for obtaining an Import Permit when it comes to importing (dogs or cats) animals into Dominica:

  • The animal must be examined by a licensed and accredited Veterinary authority in the exporting country, and a certificate issued indicating the health status of the animal.
  • The animal must be free from internal and external parasites.
  • The animal must be tested and treated for Heart Worms and certified Heart Worm free for export.
  • The health records indicating the Immunization Status of the animal must be provided with a current DHLPP+ C Immunization Record or any other endemic diseases of importance.
  • Dogs and cats coming from all Countries must be immunized with an approved Rabies Vaccine by an official veterinarian stating type, serial number, date of expiration and date of administration, at least 30 days and not more than one(1) year prior to exportation of animal.
  • A blood sample must be taken from the animal and sent to a reputable Rabies Reference Laboratory to perform the RNATT (Rabies Neutralizing Antibody Titration Test)/FAVN (Fluorescent Antibody Virus Neutralization), and the result must be sent directly to the Veterinary Services prior to issuing an import permit. The test result must show a serum antibody level of at least 0.5 IU/mL
  • The test must be done not less than one (1) month after vaccination with an approved Rabies Vaccine. N.B. Please note that the test takes 3-4 weeks or longer before a result can be obtained. Please be guided by this information in relation to your travel plans. Processing and other fees may apply.
  • An Import permit will be issued once the requirements are met, and sent to the importer by fax or email.
  • Animals and associated documents will be examined on arrival at Port by a Quarantine Inspector who reserves the right to reject or accept the animal based on its condition.

For information on importing live animals other than cats and dogs, contact the Livestock Development Unit of the Division of Agriculture at telephone numbers 1- (767) 266-3827 or 1- (767) 266 3824. E-mail: agrivet4@hotmail.com / forestvet@gmail.com

If anyone has other tips on how to bring pets to Dominica, please post them in the comment section below. We can always use more tips, and I’m sure everyone else would appreciate it too!

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6 Comments »

Comment by Dan
2009-03-10 21:28:22

Another thing: Check how to bring your dog on the airline. The airlines often do not allow animals or have very restrictive rules. We were only able to bring our dogs on American Airlines by having them certified as medically necessary service dogs by doctor’s letters.

 
Comment by Tina Alexander Subscribed to comments via email
2009-03-21 11:20:39

Lots of our relocating clients have asked me about bringing pets in too. We have well worn paths to the right person in the right place for the forms and inspections. It still remains a trial. we can provide advice too about vets and pharmacies and even dog hairdressers in Dominica. Drop me a line on lifeline@cwdom.dm or check our site http://www.islandguests.com

 
Comment by John Subscribed to comments via email
2009-12-05 16:05:11

hey guys!! i am planing on bringing my dog to dominica…can you plz let me know which companies shift dogs to DA from Canada.Thank you

 
Comment by Lyn Subscribed to comments via email
2010-07-31 12:35:16

Most people use AmeriJet out of Miami to transport dogs. They are expensive and you have to have someone to receive the animal at Melville Airport because there are no flights that will get you to Dominica in time to for you to receive your dog when it arrives.

 
Comment by pamela fulton Subscribed to comments via email
2013-11-19 15:43:34

I appreciate all of the information about dogs, but what about cats? I have 2 to bring down and one of them is very delicate. I was told that if they are in a carrier and tranquilized we can use them as carry on luggage to talk under the seat in front of us. Both are small enough to do this.

 
Comment by mp Subscribed to comments via email
2013-11-20 12:26:51

You do have to have a rabies titer above a certain amount. If it is below that amount you have to get a rabies shot and then retest the titer after 30 days. It takes several weeks to get the results back in the US. Amerijet is the only transporter of larger pets and you have to have someone ship them out of Miami and be here in Dominica (or have someone here) to receive them when they arrive. No small feat considering that the commercial airlines will not get you here before your pet arrives. It was about $600 for a dog.

Cat can be taken in small carriers. This is a rough trip for an animal. And then you have to take them back is you are a student.

 
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