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#21 Carey

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 09:51 AM

or yank it out while you're waiting to show your passport which happens before you talk to animal control and out of their sight.  Stuff in a bag.  No one will know and no one will care.  Except the animal control person.  Who probably doesn't care either and may or may not decide to enforce the rules.  Plus they can't see you at all when you're standing in the immigration line.

 

I also have another really superb tip,(even if I do have to say so myself) for travelers with pets and dealing with the accident potential in the case of not having enough time or opportunity to get them to a pet relief area.

 

Buy belly bands, line with a kotex and you are all set.  I bought one of these for one of my male dogs who started marking territory when I brought two new puppies into the house last November.  It fixed that problem after a couple of months and he doesn't need it any more.  But in the process, I realized that this is a wonderful solution for any kind of situation where your pet can't be let out to urinate -- like long plane trips or hurricanes.  So I now have one for all three of my dogs.  Put little 2.5 lb Bruce in one for our trip to California two weeks ago and never had to worry about him the whole trip.  He didn't use the pad but if he'd had to go, it would have taken care of the problem so no clean up necessary.

 

I would advise buying from this source: bellybands.net

 

Sure you can make them yourself but these are done just right in terms of being soft, comfortable and fitting all 3 of my dogs, all different sizes, just right.  They are also quite cute and when worn with a sweater over them, looks like the dog is wearing rompers.

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 01:56 PM

OK I dropped by the Mexican Consulate today and got more details.

 

Here is an excerpt of the document on their website.

http://www.senasica....Idioma=2&id=623

 

2)Your pet should arrive to Mexico in a container, Kennel, carrier of any sort, that is clean, without bedding, cloth material or accessories, for these will be retained by the OISA official for destruction. The container will then receive a preventive spray treatment by the SAGARPA-SENASICA official.
 
3) You may bring a day’s ration of pet food in a plastic baggie or container, accompanying your pet. You are allowed to bring unopened pet food that is packaged with labeling in Spanish and English that does not contain any ingredients of ruminant origin (such as lamb or beef) and stamped by the Health Authority of the country of origin.
 
Good stuff to know
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Posted 28 October 2013 - 06:07 PM

I've brought a dog or dogs into Cozumel probably close to 30 times at this stage of the game and have yet to have any bedding confiscated.  Which doesn't mean they won't have changed their policies when I arrive next Sunday so I will pull the bed out and stuff it in my carry on while I'm waiting in the immigration line just in case.


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Posted 29 October 2013 - 07:01 AM

Carey:   Great idea to remove the padding before seeing the animal control person but with our luck...the dog would jump out.  Love these bellybands.  Will have to look at what this costs to ship to Canada.

 

Paula:  Was your friend in the room when they did the physical exam?  Our newest dog (the rescue) is bad with the groomer when we are present. She said he is better when we are not there.  We also don't want him to nip at the guy so we just bought a muzzle to put on at the last minute in the plane.  Will stop barking too

 

Thanks for the great advise....as always

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 07:49 AM

Friends were in the room when the exam was given.

 

Make copies of all your pets documents, they will keep at least one copy.

 

I would tell them the dog nips, and put the muzzle on when you get into the office. 


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Posted 30 October 2013 - 10:35 AM

Just took the dogs for a walk and Joe put the new muzzle on Banjo and he pawed it off.  Joe now wants to return it saying it doesn't work.  I figure it should only be on when he is in the crate and doesn't have space or time to remove it.  Joe doesn't agree. (as usual)

 

I'd rather be safe than sorry but I don't think I will be able to change his mind.  He said these guys should understand the dogs are stressed from the flight and they should be able to handle this.

 

I guess we'll see.  We did buy travel drops to calm him and the store advised starting it 3 days before to really get it in his system so maybe he will be good.

 

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 10:41 AM

I would not put the muzzle on the pup in the crate.  If there are any problems with the dog (throwing up, drinking water) with the muzzle in the way it can create more stress on him.

 

It sounds like the muzzle is either to big, or not tight enough.  Easy fix.

 

You will have time, and a chair to sit in when they are ready to inspect the dogs.  Remove him from the cage, put the muzzle on him, and I think with strangers, and everything going on around him, he will be distracted.

 

You might get lucky, and they figure he's to rowdy to inspect, and just pass him through.


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Posted 30 October 2013 - 12:39 PM

Write out and hand this to the inspector:  cuidase mucho. cuando hay estrés que a veces muerde

 

Means be very careful.  When there is stress sometimes he bites.

 

Kwee-DAH-say mOO-ho. KWHAN-oh eye es-STRESS cay ah BEY-says mu-EHR-de

 

I'd return the muzzle.  Doesn't stop barking either as I understand it.  It's just going to be a huge hassle.


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Posted 02 November 2013 - 05:30 AM

Thanks ladies.

 

Have they ever rejected a dog at the airport?  Plus we are coming in at 9pm so probably the last plane on Saturday night and they just want to go home.   :P

 

Also...we just agreed to take two dogs from the Humane Society back to Toronto with us on Nov 16th as we will have no checked baggage.  That will be fun

 

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 08:42 PM

Paula:  Was this at the Cozumel airport?  When we visited the Humane Society today to meet the two dogs we are escorting back to Toronto....Janice who works there said this happened at the Cancun airport.  Can you please confirm?


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Posted 13 November 2013 - 06:16 AM

Stop worrying at relax.  If you have the proper health documentation -- and we have told you what you need -- you will not have a problem.  Unless one of your dogs is wheezing or frothing at the mouth or something when the vet examines them.  That was a joke.

 

How could we know if a dog has ever been rejected at the airport?  Let's just say it would seem highly unlikely and leave it at that.  

 

I came in last Sunday with my little 2.8 lb Bruster in tow.  Took off his velour hoodie and stuffed this and the expensive little mattress in my carry on just in case.  Nice young vet with a big smile examined him for about 40 seconds after asking me if he was a biter.  Ja Ja. Ask if the discharge from his eyes was normal.  Yes all my poods have this to some extent I told him.  Normal.

 

Back in the bag and 5 minutes to fill out the form online based on the info in the vet letter.  Asked me if I wanted the letter back because they would make a copy if so.  Nope keep it in my case as it didn't have the original rabies sticker on it which is all I would ever need from it in the future.

 

Finally out came the Big Stamp.  I have become conditioned to start salivating with relief when I hear that loud ka THUNK of stamps slamming down on approved papers.  They give you two copies of the entry paper.  One gets handed to the customs agent by the stop light and the other is for you to round file.

 

I would say at this point you have all the info you could possibly need and there will be no probs whatsoever bringing your dogs in.  Time to quit worrying and chill.

 

As to hauling dogs back from here, I'm sure the humane society will handle all that for you just fine.  They certainly do enough of it.


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Posted 22 December 2013 - 11:37 AM

We brought our dog, Marimba, in on 12/14 into Cozumel.  On a previous trip, flying into Cancun, they wanted the Dept. of Ag form and we were in and out in a short time. 

 

In Cozumel, they didn't care about the Dept of Ag form, but instead took the letter from our vet with all the vaccinations in English and Spanish.  It still took about 30 minutes to get through the dog inspection. 

 

Leaving was a bigger pain, but not by the airlines.  All the counter people at USAir treated Marimba like a rock star and even remembered her name.  Security was a pain as they held us up for 20 minutes waiting for the Commandant to OK the dog leaving....this after all the papers had been submitted by USAir 20 minutes earlier.  Oh well.


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