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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: [email protected] / [email protected]

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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Like many Americans, Ruth and I are very, very fond of our dogs. Let me tell you about them. They are of a breed called “miniature schnauzers”. Miniature of course means little and “schnauzer” is German for beard – the giant and standard schnauzers are German in origin; the British crossed in the fox terrier to create the miniature breed.

They range from 14 to 16 inches tall at the shoulder and from about 18 to 25 pounds in weight. Being a terrier breed, they do not shed and do tend to be vocally expressive – they bark to greet people and generally carry on like little children wanting attention. They are also good at chasing vermin. They are very loyal, friendly, and intelligent.

I graduated collage in the 1960s and when I got my first job and apartment, I wanted a dog that wouldn’t grow too large to be kept indoors and would not shed. A poodle would have met those criteria, but I did not see that breed as having the proper masculine image. I had my first miniature schnauzer before I met my wife Ruth and she did not even know I owned a dog until I showed up for our second date – a picnic – with him. She was taken by him at once (guys: miniature schnauzers are babe magnets). I ended up getting her a female miniature schnauzer as an engagement gift.

The rest is history. We have always had two miniature schnauzers ever since. We’ve been married nearly 35 years now, and Ranger and Lyla (she’s black and her name means “night” in Hebrew) are our 7th and 8th miniature schnauzers respectively. Ranger was 7 in February, and Lyla was 3 in the same month.


We have brought Ranger to Dominica twice, and have shown off his repertoire of tricks at the schools in Paix Bouche and in Calibishie. He’s become a big favorite of the children! When we retire to Dominica will bring them both. I could write lots and lots about them, but perhaps it’s best to show you. Click here to take a of slide show of them performing many of their tricks

As we look forward to our retirement in our wonderful new homeland, Dominica, we have been assured that we’ll be warmly welcomed by friends we’ve made, some of 20 years acquaintance and many more recent, and by neighbors. Judging by the reception Ranger has been given, we know that he and Lyla will be welcome too.

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