Can I Take My Cat on a Mexican Bus or Train?

A large black tom cat

A reader writes: Hola! We are doing a West Coast RV trip with our rambunctious 8-month-old kitten in January. Would he be allowed on the Copper Canyon train if in a carry kennel? Can he ride on first class buses? Churpa replies: I have never tried to take a cat on a Mexican bus (though, to be fair, it sounds like something I might attempt). I hear it’s possible to take a pet on the Primera Plus line, but the […]

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Good Brands of Dog Food in Mexico? A Glossary of Terms

Carl and Lorena’s beloved Poco A reader writes: Hello Carl Could you please provide me with the names of some of the better quality dog foods. I can’t read Spanish (yet) Thanks Lois editor’s note: Carl is lurking in his northern lair, so I turned to PG correspondent El Codo for some investigative reporting. El Codo: Northern Mexico, the Baja California peninsula, and larger cities are more prosperous and a person is more likely to find expensive dogs, and therefore […]

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Taking a Dog or Cat to Mexico

Rich walks a dog in San Miguel's Parque Juarez.

“To take a dog or cat into Mexico or Guatemala, you must have a veterinarian’s certificate stating that the animal is in good health and has been properly inoculated, including against rabies, within the past six months.”—The People’s Guide to Mexico, 14th edition You can include more than one pet on the same certificate, which should be recent (within 15 days) and should  also list your home address and the address of your primary destination in Mexico. When you cross […]

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Letter from a Reader: Importing Pets

Renata writes: “I appreciate your website and may be moving to Mexico someday with my soon-to-be husband. We have many animals but only 3 are dogs. Do you have any tips for bringing guinea pigs or parakeets into Mexico?” Carl responds: “I think my only tip is to be sure you have the proper health certificates — the biggest hassle is usually getting birds back into the U.S.” Editor’s note: International health certificates for the export of animals from the […]

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Pets in Mexico

Churpa’s note: While digging in our archives, I came across the following useful article, which Carl wrote back in 2002. The info is still good. Unfortunately, Poco is no longer with us, but I can’t wait to see how Carl and Lorena navigate Mexico with Chico, their one-year-old standard poodle who has the energy of a jackhammer and is anything but chico. by Carl Franz Mexico rolls out the red carpet for two-legged foreign visitors and expatriate residents, but what […]

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Poco's Leap

Poco, a Mexican street dog, moved from Lake Chapala to the foothills of Mt Baker, in northwest Washington state, in the spring of 2004. Poco loved the water, from chasing gulls along the muddy shores of Lake Chapala, to the riding the waves of the Pacific Ocean. But once he moved to the homestead, the streams and marshes of the Nooksack Rivers became his great joy.

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Dogs

A reader writes: Hello, I came across your article while searching for information regarding traveling in Mexico with a dog. My wife and I are preparing to travel in our conversion van with our dog full-time for the next couple years. We would like to explore Mexico and beyond with our dog and were wondering if you guys have experience or recommendations for crossing in to Mexico and back with a dog. Any information or references are appreciated. Thanks! Eric […]

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