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Old 01-12-2010, 07:18 AM   #1
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Brand new to sailing and starting to plan a trip around the world embarking from Cape Town, South Africa. We are looking to leave in 2012/2013. We are thinking to taking our beloved Jack Russells with us and would be sailing on a catamaran.

Looking for advice from people who have done this - will be tough I know and may be a little crazy, but want all the option.

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It is wonderful to have our best friends along with us, and many cruisers do have them along. However, often it is unfair on them as sometimes, in some countries, they are not allowed ashore.

Have a look at the World Cruising Wiki - at the pet regulations of some of the countries you intend to visit. This will give you some idea of what is involved. The most difficult countries, by far, are Australia and New Zealand I think.

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Old 01-12-2010, 01:02 PM   #3
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For quarantine I think that Oz and NZ are the worst for quarantine, many of the South Pacific islands won't let the dogs go ashore, the Cook Islands has extreme restrictions on dogs nowadays, but from what I have seen and heard, the Moslem countries treat dogs the worst.

Dogs are considered unclean by Moslems, and are spit at, and shunned. I don't recall seeing any dog food in the supermarkets, though I could be wrong, most Chinese in these countries own a dog, and there are plenty of strays around. The stray dogs all look pretty mangy and diseased, and in tropical coiuntries there's a lot to infect a dog.

A friend brought her beloved dog from the US to Malaysia and it died shortly thereafter. She said it died of a broken heart it was so reviled there.

There's not a lot on the web about the problems of dogs in the tropics. For example, see this link for a study which you might be able to find complete in English: Parasitic diseases of dogs and cats in the tropics

Another, old, study in Nigeria gives the prevalence of different afflictions of dogs, including babesiosis (tick-borne parasite) and various worms (helminthosis) - tropical study of disease in dogs and cats

In the Caribbean, probably your first destination, you will find lots of dogs. You will also see lots of sickly dogs with mange, and not a lot of veterinarians in the chain of islands. Rabies exists in the Americas, and in tropical South America there is a night-flying vampire bat you need to be aware of. Virtually no restrictions or concerns in the islands, so it is a fairly stress-free first destination.

Jack Russels are usually extremely active dogs, and I hope you've considered how you will exercise them adequately while on the boat, or when they are in quarantine (no quarantine that I know of in the Caribbean, though).

Be prepared. Do consult with hour veterinarian before considering taking the dogs, and if you cannot get medication for worms and parasites before you leave, you might want to enter the Caribbean in Puerto Rico, which is large enough to have good veterinary services and excellent mail and courier services from continental US. However, before doing so, be sure you can arrive with your dogs. Here's a quick link, though I'm not sure if it's the right one USDA import of pet

You will have more trouble after you leave the Caribbean, but if you decide to bring your dogs, the first stop will give you some idea as to whether you want to continue with them.
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Thanks for the great reply. Not feeling to confident about a long journey with them. Perhaps a shorter 3 month trip around the islands would be suitable. Will have look through all the links you posted.

Once again, thanks for the reply
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We would love an update on you and your dogs as you cruise. What little has been posted on the web by others so far has not been relevant to long distance cruising. I'll keep my eye out, though, and if I find more info. I'll post it.

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Good luck Sam.

We are also planing to go cruising with our fur kid. Though only Europe where he can get a pet passport and where we can get him ashore daily. Also we are only intending on staying in the northern parts (Baltic UK etc) where the cooler climate and more pet friendly customs are. Once he as very sadly move onto the great dog bowl in the sky will we start working our way south. Our plans are very flexible and will depend greatly on how he goes.

Keep us informed of how your plans develope.

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@ Solero,

You are aware, I assume, of the fact that any dog entering the UK with a pet passport must do so from a ferry or an aircraft. You are not allowed to enter the UK with a dog aboard a pleasure craft without going through the usual quarantine procedures.

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Thanks Stephen, we only found out about that recently and are looking at bringing him in (from AUS) through the UK. But not sure whether that will make a difference. We are going to ask on this trip this year as to what the exact rules are.

Any info you have would be appreciated.

Also I have seen your yachts name mention in cruising guides for the Baltic. Have you released a book on cruising in that area?

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Dave, I am no expert but the appropriate current EU legislation governing the movements of pets in Europe can be found here . Unfortunately, this is not an easily read piece of legislation so take good time to examine it. Please also note that some countries, for example Sweden, do not permit direct import from the UK without the dog having "resided" in the UK for a minimum of 3 months. This, in fact, is the same as the Swedish quarantine period so, I suppose, the Swedish authorities are just "passing the buck" here.

Dogs may enter the UK from certain, listed non-EU countries, including Australia, under the so called PET Travel Scheme (PETS). Details of that scheme can be found here

As I mentioned earlier, this is far from my field of competence but I hope the little information I have been able to give is of help.

Re the cruising guide, well, no. Unfortunately I have not produced any cruising guide to the Baltic although the thought is tempting. I have contributed to the Wiki but not as much as I would like to have done (pressures of time and work). When you get to the area, I would encourage you to contribute too, not least regarding information about travelling with animals.

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Greetings from S/V Vision, Home Port, Tacoma, WA! We too are planning the world cruising adventure and at first we couldn't imagine going anywhere without our lovable little friends, and our 100 lb Rotty. After doing the regular research we realized we couldn't possibly put them through the torture of quarantine as well as lack of running room on the boat. My other concern would be the dog breaking his leg while the boat self tacks in a storm. We'll have a difficult enough time not breaking our own legs I figure. All in all, we know how hard it will be when the time arrives, but it'll be best for the furry critters. Hope this helps knowing that others are going through the same difficult decisions. Take care & keep working toward your dream of cruising!

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Hello,

do not hesitate to take your dog with you. We live on board since April 2008, cruising in the Mediterranean sea, and we enjoy without words the company of Scuba. She is a Portuguese Waterdog ( famous breed since Mr Obama...) She never been sick, she does her needs on the deck when we sail for long trips ( she would not take the initiative, you need to walk with her!), and she gave us once an alarm that was quite a help.

She has an European Passport, delivered by any vet. and a chip.

In Majorca we met an american sailor, also with a Portuguese Waterdog, and they are sailing together since 8 years. If you want his contact send me a mail.

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See here pictures of Scuba, our wonderful companion: http://www.ovnijad.com/PT/OVNIJAD_PT/Scuba.html

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Hi Stephen

Thank you very much for the links most appreciated. When we sail from Norway to the UK he looks like he'll be on a ferry.

Tacoma

Hope it all works out and good luck with the long term plans. Let us know.

Philippe

Thank you so much for your post. The photo's are great, Scuba looks like she's having a ball.

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Hi Stephen

Thank you very much for the links most appreciated. When we sail from Norway to the UK he looks like he'll be on a ferry.
Pleasure. I hope all works out well for you and you four/legged friend

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Traveling with your pets is realistic depending on where you're going. It appears that you have gotten great info from Stephen and you'll have your situation all figured out.

The issues which are most important in the general case have to do with the rabies situation in the country you're traveling to and the most recent country you are coming from. So, when we were thinking about traveling with our pets, we looked at the places we'd like to visit and whether they were rabies free--or not. We were willing to modify our own travel plans to fit. We also realized that a few countries that we'd like to visit would require that we leave our pets for a while with friends or family. Anyone who has pets may find that to be necessary from time-to-time. Or, the pet owner may find that they can have their pet flown to them after they've done a particularly difficult passage--rather than taking the pet on the arduous passage.

The rabies quarantine periods are being revised by various countries as the rabies serum testing is now available. You may find it that a country of interest to you will have more favorable quarantine rules in the upcoming year or two. I mentioned on another post that Hawaii has recently changed it quarantine law from 120 days (4 months) to 5 days (or less!) if one has the proper testing of the animal and documentation of the pet's previous rabies shots. So, things do change!

Here is a list of rabies-free countries which you may find useful in the future. This list is provided by http://www.pettravel.com/passports_quarant...abies_rules.cfm :

Rabies Free Countries

This classification is generally given to these countries:

Antigua

Australia**

Bali

Barbados

British Virgin Islands

Cayman Islands

England

Fiji

French Polynesia (Tahiti)

Guam

Hawaii

Iceland

Ireland

Jamaica

Japan

Malaysia

Malta

New Caledonia

New Zealand**

Republic of Ireland

Saint Lucia

Scotland

Singapore

Sweden

St. Kitts & Nevis

St. Vincent and The Grenadines

Taiwan

Turks & Caicos Islands

United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man)

Uruguay

Vatican

NOTE: Australia and New Zealand are considered to be Third Countries by the European Union, and rules for entry are different than for rabies free countries.

Good luck to anyone traveling with pets.

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