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Old 12-20-2017   #1 (permalink)
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Another Question for Dog Owners

Hi everyone,

We are 31 days from departure!

Our dog who is almost 9 does not currently take any medication for heart worms, ticks, etc. Living in Colorado, we have never had to worry about these. I am getting ready to bring him to the vet for his final check up before the move and wondering if maybe we should get him started on any such medication. Are heart worm or ticks a problem? Any other "exotic" diseases I should be aware of that are more common in the tropics?

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Ticks can be a problem.
Heart worm preventative is highly suggested.
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Thanks for confirming. Are there any specific medications you would suggest? I am thinking that I will get a few months' supply of medication here and then visit a vet in Playa since I expect the costs for medication will be cheaper there. But please correct me if I'm wrong.

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Definitely want something like Frontline or Bravecto. Lots of crazy fleas, ticks and other bugs down here.
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Your dog is required to have a health certificate to enter Mexico. On the certificate your veterinarian has to list the preventatives that the dog has been given for internal and external parasites. So, heart worm and flee and tick medications are required. And, of course, the rabies vaccine certificate. Very important.
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Your dog is required to have a health certificate to enter Mexico. On the certificate your veterinarian has to list the preventatives that the dog has been given for internal and external parasites. So, heart worm and flee and tick medications are required. And, of course, the rabies vaccine certificate. Very important.
If I am not mistaken, the certificate must be dated no later than 5 days before arrival to Mexico?
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If I am not mistaken, the certificate must be dated no later than 5 days before arrival to Mexico?
It depends on what form you use but generally is 10 days.
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Yes, I was planning on having the vet fill out the certificate. But, I was misreading it. I thought it said that the dog is free of parasites, but now looking back at at, I see what you mean...that the dog must have actually been treated against parasites.

Thanks so much for pointing this out.

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Just spoke to our vet and will plan to start our dog on Heartguard and Bravecto.

Has anyone purchased these recently and can give me an idea of the price? The Bravecto ($56) is only good for 12 weeks, so I'm wondering if I should stock up on a few doses here or buy them as needed down in Playa.
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Just spoke to our vet and will plan to start our dog on Heartguard and Bravecto.

Has anyone purchased these recently and can give me an idea of the price? The Bravecto ($56) is only good for 12 weeks, so I'm wondering if I should stock up on a few doses here or buy them as needed down in Playa.
Our cat, as part of our vet completing the paperwork for Mexico, had to give our cats an internal bug parasite med dose, and an external flea and tick treatment.

Yours probably will have to also.
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Just spoke to our vet and will plan to start our dog on Heartguard and Bravecto.

Has anyone purchased these recently and can give me an idea of the price? The Bravecto ($56) is only good for 12 weeks, so I'm wondering if I should stock up on a few doses here or buy them as needed down in Playa.

Bravecto is something like 500 pesos here.
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Perfect, thanks!
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You know that after you go through immigration and before you go through customs, you have to go to Mexican Agriculture room to give them the dog's paperwork and they will issue you a paper that says your dog is legally there. Your vet has to fill everything out perfectly. If it is not perfect, you will have problems. We have been taking our dog for 15 years now. A couple of times they had changed the rules, so our dog's certificate was not filled out properly. Each time they had to call a vet to come to the airport and the only way they would let our dog into Mexico was to have her revaccinated for rabies and they did all the parasite testing and gave her medication for parasites even though she had already had all of that. All this took around 4 hours. I just don't want you to have any problems. I hold my breath every time we have to go through that procedure.
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You know that after you go through immigration and before you go through customs, you have to go to Mexican Agriculture room to give them the dog's paperwork and they will issue you a paper that says your dog is legally there. Your vet has to fill everything out perfectly. If it is not perfect, you will have problems. We have been taking our dog for 15 years now. A couple of times they had changed the rules, so our dog's certificate was not filled out properly. Each time they had to call a vet to come to the airport and the only way they would let our dog into Mexico was to have her revaccinated for rabies and they did all the parasite testing and gave her medication for parasites even though she had already had all of that. All this took around 4 hours. I just don't want you to have any problems. I hold my breath every time we have to go through that procedure.
We've only done it once so far but I thought I had studied to the end everything needed. We arrive and maybe a week earlier they issued new rules on internal parasites. Luckily they call in a vet, I was worried we'd have to return to the US.
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Brenda,

We are driving across the border so as far as I know, we don't have to do anything special for the dog other than having the paperwork. I have spoken to a number of people who say that the border patrol has never even asked to see the vet documentation. Maybe the rules are more strictly adhered to when you are arriving by air???

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