Traveling with Dogs

ImageWhen we decided to move to Nicaragua we knew we would be taking our two large dogs with us, a Rottweiler and a Flat Coated Retriever.  We considered flying them down but gave up on that quickly due to costs and size restrictions.  The Rottweiler was right at the max weight and if she happened to be having a fat day she wouldn’t have made the weigh in, and as you can see from the picture most of her days are fat days. The only other option was driving and my boyfriend decided he wanted to drive down with a friend of his and have me fly down once they arrived, not sure if this is over concern for my safety or his lack of confidence in my map reading skills but regardless I put up no argument over that decision.  The next question was what to drive, I have a Miata & he has a Harley, see any problems with this? After a bit of car shopping the dogs approved a used SUV with plenty of room for them to stretch out (we haven’t told them yet that they will be sharing that space with tools, clothing and kitchen appliances).  With the purchase of the vehicle out of the way the next step was to find out the requirements for taking the dogs in and out of each country they will be traveling through.  I researched on the net, trying to find the requirements of each country and reading any stories posted by people who had done this already and once you sift through all the confliciting information it seems pretty straightforward.  The USDA has a great website ( that gives specific requirements for each country.  There are other websites that do the same thing but they seem to include in the “requirements”, things they are trying to sell you, (microchips, country specific health certificates, pet passports, etc.)  Hopefully Mike will be able to remember the actual requirements of each country and I will list them here once the trip is done. If anyone else out there has done this already any tips or tricks you learned on the way would be greatly appreciated.

2 thoughts on “Traveling with Dogs

  1. Nothing is as straight forward as it seems, this is what we came to realize very early on. We were planning on taking our dogs with us as well, and decided against it after researching and researching, it’s pretty expensive and you need to have several different documents in English and translated into Spanish. You have to pay like a tax on them just like your car. However we didn’t move down here so the decision could be made to leave them at home with friends. Plus the dogs down here are not as well taking care of as they are elsewhere and there is lots and lots if them, with all sorts of issues, just make sure your dogs are up to date with everything. And be aware that there is other creatures besides dogs that they can get in trouble with. Good luck on your journey, it is a big adventure but well worth it In the end!

    • You are right, it is going to be a big hassle but leaving them behind is not an option, we have been lucky enough to find a vet here in Florida that is familiar with the process but I am sure there will still be problems along the way.

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