Taking a Dog or Cat to Mexico

Rich walking Wally in the French Park, San Miguel de Allende

“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 the border, your pet may be inspected briefly by SAGARPA-SENASICA personel (Mexico’s health authority). According to Mexican protocol, pet food containing lamb and beef may be confiscated, as may open bags of dog food and dog bedding. (Though we’ve never seen this happen.)


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  1. -el codo- says:

    Dogs are flea magnets, especially around beaches. I recommend all pets get a thorough checkup at the vet. Then appropriate flea and tick prevention and treatment advice and Rx from the vet. Cats need to be monitored at night for protection against coyotes (they are a preferred snack). Neutered dogs and cats seem to have a lot less trying time south of the border.

    Now for some unpleasant news. The favored way of dog control is to purchase salchichas hot dogs, slice them open and fill the inside with sodium warfarin better known as rat poison. The laced bait is left on public beaches and parks. I don’t have an easy answer how to address this. Dogs love hot dogs. Cuidado dog lovers!