i'm just getting my dog compliant now to fly down to grenada
in the next month or so..
i recommend home again microchip vs avid as it has a special non migratory design (in the body) and also offers an online service
that can be updated at any time very easily..fantastic resource if your dog goes missing.
it might actually be possible to register with homeagain.com even if your microchip is not one of theirs..
you should get the ISO compliant chip (international) which responds to a different frequency than the U.S. chip. you can implant a second chip if you already have the U.S. chip. chipping is not a requirement, just a safety
one thing not mentioned here is i believe there might be some added complications if the dog is not yet one year old.
the health certificate referred to (for non-brit countries) is just from your vet, the agriculture dept seal is not necessary.
i have always had at least one dog aboard. its best to train your dog to potty on an astroturf rug that can be easily rinsed in seawater and relocated from the deck
when at sea. no dog should have to 'hold it'; the ramifications are quite serious healthwise and mentally, a dog will experience severe anxiety if confused with potty taboos.
it is a simple process to train.
please, don't let your dogs on deck at sea; they should stay in the cockpit
. i have many friends who have lost
their dogs at sea.
i have never taken my dogs ashore in bequia or the british virgins, but i did receive a 'special dispensation' once from customs
to take my dog to the vet for a vacination that came due in st lucia; they were very ameniable.
poison is a very real danger
..with roving sheep/cattle, almost every village has a (psychotic) poisoner, whether admitted or hidden.
be very careful not to allow your dog to pick up any food
items on the ground. poisoners frequently will 'bait' the dumpster areas with jacks (little fish) laced with rat poison. there was someone 'baiting' the beaches of the bvi also a few years back.
i have personally witnessed dogs die a horrible death, it is a very bad way to go.
the majority of the caribbean
people do not understand humans loving dogs as most cultures do..they are disgusted by them sleeping in our beds and shocked if they witness a person kissing their dog.
i NEVER leave my dog unattended on land, someone might have kicked or injured my little chihuahua (now gone to rainbow bridge), there ARE people who get a kick out of abusing animals.
i do recommend the caribbean for dogs; mine have always had a great time and the children
LOVE my little dogs.
there are numerous websites with custom reqs..google dogs travel.
there is no entry fee for dogs sailing into port; only nominal import fees
($10 for example in grenada) by air.
you can ask for import
forms to be faxed (as in the bahamas), to avoid mail time.