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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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