Mexico is a pet friendly country and traveling with your furry buddy can be easier than you think. First of all, Mexico does not quarantine healthy pets that meet the requirements and come from countries with low risk of rabies. United States and Canada are included on the list. You will be allowed to introduce three pets, cats or dogs; however, you can increase the number if you obtain a special permit and pay a fee (about 150 US dollars). You need to introduce 2 original copies of the International Health Certificate completed by your vet no more than 72 hours before your entry into Mexico. Remember, only original certificates will be accepted; no copies or Internet prints. Your pet needs to be vaccinated against rabies within 12 months prior to entry.
Pets less than three months old are exempt from this requirement. You will also need a statement that your pet has undergone a parasitic prevention treatment and that it’s free of internal and external parasites. You will need an original and one copy of each one the above documents. At the present a microchip is not required, although it is recommended that your pet carries a tag with contact information all the time. If you are travelling by air, check the specific rules for transporting pets.
These are the official requirements but you may also want to get some additional shots (hepatitis, distemper) and have your dog treated for heartworm. A prior tick treatment is also a very good idea. If your pet needs special food make sure you may find it in Mexico. Larger cities have no problems with finding most of the common premium brands, but you may be in trouble in smaller locations. First Aid basic supplies can also be purchased without any problems, and vet clinics are numerous in big cities. Anyway, it can be useful to have antibiotic ointment and hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting if your pet consumes something toxic and no vet is around. Grooming is also easily available and usually costs a third of what you would pay at home. If you want a particular style bring a photo with you.
Make sure your hotel accepts pets as not all lodgings do. However, in most popular destinations you will easily find more than one hotel that will welcome your buddy. If your hotel is pet friendly email them anyway beforehand to check if they accept all breeds or have any type of size limit. In any touring sites that are restricted to humans only you can try to find somebody (a ticket taker or the parking lot attendants) to have an eye on your pet for a modest tip. They should be delighted.
Here are some pet friendly hotels recommended by Villa Experience Mexico. So don’t be afraid to travel with your pet in Mexico. With proper preparation it’s not a big deal at all.
Hotel B Cozumel – Hotel B Cozumel is a beach hotel in Playa Norte in Cozumel that stands out for its avant-garde design and lofty spaces.
Hotel Esencia Xpu Ha Beach Puerto Aventuras – Esencia is a luxury beachfront hotel in the Riviera Maya.
Hotel Bahia Medano Beach Los Cabos – Hotel Bahia and Beach Club is a great hotel just a stone’s throw from Medano Beach.
Hotel Casa del Mar Huatulco – Casas del Mar is a charming hotel located in the neighborhood of Balcones de Tangolunda.