Pets are important for many people who wish to bring them to Ecuador.
We have a dog named Ma. Actually she is really a fairy princess in disguise, but she travels with us to Ecuador as a pet so we have been through the process about a dozen times. This note is based on our experience and what we have been told by the Florida agriculture department and our vets.
Here is Ma at our Blue Ridge Farm.
Here she is, our pet, hiking in the mountains of Ecuador.
We have also helped numerous clients brings down their dogs. We are told the same rules apply to cats.
There are two issues, those relating to the government regulation and those relating to the airline.
First, check with the airline, whether your pet travel in the plane or in the hold?
Each airline has a weight limit on pets that travel in the cabin, usually around 20 pounds. Some airlines only allow one pet in the cabin on each flight. Picture two dogs in a fight at 30,000 feet and you can imagine why.
Check with the airline you will use before you buy your ticket. We have found that not all airline employees know all the rules so we usually check twice at different times. Make sure you get the same answer twice!
If your pet is traveling in the hold, make sure of the weather. Some airlines will not carry pets during hot seasons. There is a risk of overheating. Pets have died in overheated holds.
We also recommend that you check that the flight will not be making layovers anywhere that has a hot climate
Next ask whether you Ecuador pet will travel in the hold as a pet or as cargo.
If your pet and cage weigh 100 pounds or more, baggage regulations require that they travel as cargo. Tariffs increase, plus your pet must be loaded at a different place rather than your check in counter.
This covers our experience to date. Different airlines charge different amounts for pets. We find that fees and rules change so we always check with the airline again before we buy our tickets.
Here is our pet Ma hiking with me above Cotacachi Ecuador.
Next you must comply with US and Ecuador pet regulations.
Ten days before the flight a vet, (it is best to use one that has attended a US Dept. of Agriculture course on this) must inspect animal for vaccinations and give a certificate of good health. If a vaccination has exired and you do not want to renew it, you can request a titer.
You can obtain a full report on how to bring pets to Ecuador as an Ecuador Living subscriber.
If you love pets then you will enjoy knowing about two Ecuador Living subscribers, Lee and Peg Carper. They actually came down here at the end of last year because two of their friends had visited Ecuador and Cotacachi and then raved about it on their return.
Lee and Peg are dog lovers and brought their own two dogs down to Ecuador twice. Many other have brought their canine children down too in the last two years.
Such is Lee and Peg’s love for dogs that they couldn’t help notice that some of our dogs around Cotacachi are not in the best of shape. Too put it mildly there’s probably more than a few strays wondering the streets.
I can’t say that I’ve noticed so many but a real dog lover like Lee got to thinking what he could do to solve this issue.
It so happens that our friend and neighbor Jose Sativa, an animal vet who has an animal feed store opposite Meson de las Flores, and also a wonderful mini-ranch with horses just on the edge of town has a soft spot for dogs too. He has two very well trained and groomed dobermans. A third friend is Doctor Alban, the vet who treats and certifies Ma, Gary and Merri’s hound dog.
A dream was born. A foundation will be set up to open an animal clinic where stray dogs will be first fed regularly, then treated and finally spayed or neutered. The aim is to then have the clinic open at least one day a week for free treatment of the pets of the local townsfolk too.
One reason why there is an abundance of strays is that folks start off with good intentions when they buy or take on dogs but then find it a struggle to provide for them.
Here is Lee’s first story about living in Ecuador – a community sense of belonging develops as he helps a new found friend he christened “Hairless”.
“A few weeks or so ago while I was staying at Meson de las Flores an almost wild looking dog was walking up the sidewalk and looked very bony and had very little spirit in his eyes.
I quickly got some dog food and tried to get him to come to me, but he kept a distance of about ten or twelve feet. Realizing he was not going to come close enough to pet him, I dropped a good portion of dog food for him to eat and stepped back far enough that he ate the food quickly and was wanting more.
After giving him a second helping he ran off and I did not see him for a couple of days.
Anyways, after a week or so of feeding him off and on, he let me pet him and that is when I saw that 65% to 70% of his hair was missing!
I had told my wife about him and as she was in the US she said she was hoping he would be there when she returned to see and help him. Shortly after her return he showed up and she was taken back by his appearance, but by this time he and I were good friends and she saw how affectionate he was and wanted to help him.
As chance would have it, a local vet across the street had come over and said he needed a shot to get rid of certain parasites that were depleting him of nutrition and hair! After finding out it would only cost $2.50 for the injection we went to his office and I held him while the vet gave him the shot.
The next day he showed up and I bent down to pet him, but after a while I stood up and he grabbed at my hand to play! He was getting better in just 24 hours!
Today we saw him and fed him as we talked to him and petted him and he has hair filling back in already! He is such an affectionate dog for having gone through the hardships he has and will or would make a great pet for someone…….it may even be us! It is amazing what a little food and a little medication can do to help the less fortunate animals running the streets.”
This is a project which will hopefully take off because Lee and Peg are so passionate and enthusiastic about helping the dogs that it’s contagious so two recent visitors left donations to help pay for the shots.
Read the entire story at Living in Ecuador – Community.
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