Two dogs, a baby, and a borrowed Accord
Its been a little tough to figure out exactly what we need to do to prepare our dogs for the move. Some websites say we need to get our dogs micro-chipped, although it doesn’t sound like very many places have the scanner. Some people say you need to get the Health Check Certification stamped by the USDA (which the closest one to us is located in Los Angeles), while other people say they got their dogs in fine without it. I guess we’ll find out if we did everything correct once we get there.
Luckily I called our vet yesterday to schedule an appointment for the Health Check. Everything I’ve read is consistent that the dogs need to get certified within 10 days of entering Nicaragua. When I called the vet to make an appointment at the end of the month, they told me that Nicaragua requires that the dogs get rabies vaccinated no less than 30 days before departure…that’s today! So I loaded our two dogs and Titus into my mother-in-law’s Honda Accord this morning and drove to get their Rabies, Canine Distemper. Parvovirus and Hepatitis vaccines. Next step is the Health Check Cert at the end of the month. I have until then to decide whether I’m driving that document up to LA.
This is the website the vet used to see what is needed: www.petrelocation.com/resources/international-regulations/nicaragua