- St. Croix - Veterinary
are times when you just cannot part with your lovable pet
and want to take him or her with you will on vacation. You
may even be moving to St. Croix and will be bringing your
cat or dog with you. St. Croix is a very friendly place
for your pet and several hotels, villas and condos offer
pet friendly accommodations.
The Virgin Islands
does not have any quarantine requirements. Pets traveling
to the United States mainland from the Virgin Islands also
will not require quarantine.
All dogs and cats upon entering
the Virgin Islands shall be accompanied by an official health
certificate stating that the animal did not originate from
an area quarantined for rabies. All dogs and cats must have
been vaccinated for rabies within 6 months prior to the
date of shipment except those dogs and cats less than 8
weeks old. The certificate of vaccination for rabies must
be attached to the official health certificate.
No livestock, poultry, birds
or other animals that are affected with or have been exposed
to an infectious, contagious, communicable disease, or ectoparasites
or which originated in an area quarantined by a territory,
State, or the Federal Government because of such disease
or parasites shall be permitted to be introduced into the
Virgin Islands except with a permit issued by the Office
of the Commissioner of Agriculture of the Virgin Islands.
Importation of Unvaccinated
Dogs and Cats
Dogs not accompanied by proof
of rabies vaccination, including those that are too young
to be vaccinated (i.e. less than 3 months of age), may be
admitted if the importer completes a confinement agreement
and confines the animal until it is considered adequately
vaccinated against rabies (the vaccine is not considered
effective until 30 days after the date of vaccination).
Pet Import Permits
Some animals require import
permits, these include but are not limited to birds, ferrets
and sugar gliders. You are required to submit an application
($15 fee) to the Department of Agriculture; the application
must also be approved by the Division of Fish and Wildlife.
The process can take a week to two weeks. Contact the Department
of Agriculture at (340)774-5182 for more information and
to request the application forms.
Do to public health
and environmental concerns importing pet snakes or Monkeys
into the territory is not allowed. This includes all types
of snakes. Monkeys and other nonhuman primates (NHP) may
not be imported as pets under any circumstances.
Pet Health and Veterinary
Heartworm can be a frequent
problem for pets; as a precaution, have your pet on preventative
medication the entire year. A good idea is to have your
pet on preventative heartworm medication before coming to
the Virgin Islands. Cats can also get heartworm, so protect
them as well. Ticks and fleas can also be a problem and
with our warm climate they are around year round.
The islands are welcoming
to animals but can be more stressful on your pets overall
health than on the mainland. The warm, humid weather makes
worms more likely. Be sure to have plenty of fresh water
for your animals. While it seems like a natural to let your
dog or cat run free outside, the island can be a dangerous
place for your pet. Cars, other dogs and cats, centipedes
and poisonous frogs, among other things, can add to the
danger. If you are bringing you pet to St. Croix, take the
necessary precautions to help insure your pets safety. St.
Croix has several place offing veterinary services for your
pet. That way, your pets will live a long and happy life
on St. Croix!
- Clifton Hill, St. Croix -
From Paradise - 340-778-1650 - Their hearts are
in our hands.
Animal Clinic - 340-718-3106 - 5 Corners Commercial
Veterinary Center - 340-718-0002 - 4220 La Grande Princesse
Croix Animal Welfare Center
Pet Supply - 340-713-7555
Pet & Supply Center - 340-718-6661