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Bringing Your Pets To Baja

Have you ever felt remorse when you go on a road trip to Baja and leave your beloved pet behind? Well, why not bring your furry companion with you next time. If your only road block is information, here we are breaking it down.

These are the requirements for the introduction of cats and dogs to Mexico according to the Secretary of Foreign Relations:
1.    A Health Certificate issued by an official authority or by a licensed veterinarian provided that his signature is approved by a State Veterinarian.
2.    A Vaccination Certificate for hepatitis, pip and leptospirosis; the rabies and distemper vaccines must be administered at least 15 days before you get to Mexico.
Consular certification is not required.
If your trip will take your further south of Ensenada or to mainland Mexico additional paperwork must be filed with the Mexican Department of Agriculture.

Now that you know you can bring your furry friends to enjoy Baja with you, your other concern will probably be where to stay. Here’s a list of some pet-friendly lodgings.

In Tijuana
Residence Inn by Marriott in Real Del Mar.

In Rosarito
New Port Beach Hotel
Kinda La Fonda in.La Misión, Rosarito
Bobby’s Villas by the Sea

In Ensenada
Ensenada Inn Motel
Telephone: 01152 (646) 182-9881 with 6 pet frienly rooms.
Quintas Papagayo Resort
Best Western El Cid
Casa del Sol  dogs up to 30 lbs.

It is always a good idea to call ahead and make reservations, and ask about their pet policies, some may have few rooms to accommodate pet owners and their friends; also make sure to mention the breed of the dog, some hotels may not accommodate large breeds.

Some general recommendations when traveling with your pets:
•    During your visit keep the rabies certificate close at hand.
•    If your dog /cat has special dietary needs, bring enough food and water for the  Duration of the trip, you may not be able to find the brand of pet food your pet needs or prefers.
•    Make sure your pet has their tag with all your current contact information, if possible put down a local number, your hotel number for example.
•    As always never leave your pet unattended in a car.
•    Bring any medicines your pet may need.

One more worry you may have about your pet may be, where to get medical attention if needed. You can find a vet’s office, a clinic or a “granero” (which also carry farm supplies).

Here are just a few veterinary clinics you might want to print out and keep close by and some other services provided.
 In Tijuana
 Veterinaria California     (664) 684-0945     Professional Groomer
 Clínicas Veterinarias mi +cota     (664) 680-9615     Medicinal Baths, X-ray, Groomer
 Veterinaria Terranova     (664) 682-0733     Groomer, Pet Supplies
 In Rosarito
 Clinica Para Animales     (661) 613-1916     Pet Baths
 Clinica Veterinaria Rosarito     (661) 612-1788     Bath, Hair cuts

 In Ensenada
 Mascotas Veterinaria     (646) 173-4408
 (646) 162-7052     Grooming, House calls
 Veterinaria Guzmar     (646) 173-1298
 (646) 155-9976     Groomer
 Clínica Veterinaria Civet     (646) 182-1040
 (646) 160-8102     Emergency Services, Groomer
 La Raza Veterinaria      (646) 172-4990     Groomer
 In Mexicali
 Hospital Central Veterinario     (686) 563-3681
 (686) 563-2834     Grooming, Day care, House calls
 Clínica Medica Animal     (686) 555-5437     Groomer, Day Care
 Servicios Veterinarios Profesionales     (686) 562-3119     Groomer, Day care
Prices for vaccines can star at around 100 pesos; de-worming form 80 pesos, surgeries can start from around 600 pesos depending on the surgery, prices vary depending on where you go with the lowest being in the graneros.
For grooming services, a good basic grooming with bath, a trim and perfume can start around 200 pesos.

Before leaving the U.S. make sure to download the brochure from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection for the indications and requirements to take your pet back to the U.S.

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