Having a Dog or Cat in Andorra

Moving to a new country is a great adventure, and doing so with a pet adds an extra layer of preparation and planning. Andorra, with its stunning landscape and quality of life, is an attractive destination for many expatriates and their pets. In this article, we provide the necessary information for moving to Andorra with your dog or cat, as well as the main local regulations you should be aware of.

General Requirements

  1. Microchip: All dogs and cats must have an identification microchip that complies with ISO 11784 and 11785 standards. This microchip must be implanted before the rabies vaccination.
  2. Rabies Vaccination: It is mandatory and must be up to date. The vaccination must have been administered at least 21 days before travel.
  3. The European Pet Passport: This document is necessary to demonstrate that the pet complies with all health and vaccination regulations.
  4. Veterinary Certificate: Issued by an authorized veterinarian, this certificate must validate the good health status of the pet and compliance with necessary vaccinations.
  5. Deworming Treatment: Dogs must receive a deworming treatment before entering Andorra.

Travel preparations

  • Pre-travel veterinary consultation: Prior to embarking on the journey, it is advisable to schedule a consultation with the veterinarian to ensure that the pet is in optimal health conditions and meets all sanitary requirements.
  • Transport crate: Ensure that the transport crate is suitable for the size and weight of your pet, allowing it to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably. It should be ventilated and secure.
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Pet Transportation

  • Air Transport: Airlines have their own policies for pet transportation. It is important to consult with the specific airline to understand the regulations and associated costs. Some airlines allow small pets to travel in the cabin, while larger ones must travel in the cargo hold.
  • Ground Transportation: If you are traveling by car, make sure your pet is comfortable and secure during the journey. There are specialized services that can help you transport your pet safely. It is also important to plan regular stops so that the pet can exercise and attend to physiological needs.

Registration and Licenses

  • Pet Registration: It is mandatory to register your dog or cat in the municipal census of companion animals. This registration is carried out at the Comú corresponding to your parish of residence. It is necessary to present the pet’s passport and the vaccination certificate.
  • License for Potentially Dangerous Dogs: If you own a breed considered potentially dangerous, you must obtain a specific license that includes an assessment of the animal’s behavior and a civil liability insurance policy. Some of the breeds considered dangerous include the Pit Bull Terrier, Rottweiler, and Dogo Argentino. Additionally, the dog must always be walked on a leash and wear a muzzle.

Vaccinations and Health

  • Mandatory Vaccinations: In addition to rabies, other recommended vaccinations include leptospirosis, parvovirus, distemper, and hepatitis. Vaccinations must be up to date and administered according to the vaccination schedule recommended by the veterinarian.
  • Deworming: It is advisable to follow a regular schedule for internal (against intestinal worms) and external (against fleas and ticks) deworming to keep your pet in good health.

Public Spaces and Coexistence Regulations

  • Access to Public Spaces: Andorra has several designated pet areas, including parks and trails. However, in some public spaces, pets must be leashed, and in others, they are restricted. There are specific areas where dogs can run freely under the supervision of their owners.
  • Cleanliness: Pet owners are required to pick up their animals’ feces in public spaces. There are fines for those who fail to comply with this regulation. It is advisable to always carry bags to collect the feces and dispose of them properly. Additionally, in some parishes, it is mandatory to dilute dog urine with water in public areas to prevent odors and stains. This measure aims to maintain cleanliness and hygiene in streets and public spaces.
  • Noise and Disturbances: It is important that your pet does not cause disturbances to neighbors. Excessive barking or meowing can lead to complaints and penalties. Owners should take steps to prevent their pets from making bothersome noises, especially during rest hours.

Renting and Pets

If you plan to rent a property in Andorra, it is crucial to thoroughly review the lease agreement to ensure there are no clauses prohibiting pets. Some landlords may have specific restrictions on keeping pets on their properties. Negotiating and clarifying these terms before signing the contract will prevent future issues and ensure that you and your pet can live comfortably in your new home.

Services and Resources for Pets in Andorra

Veterinary Services

Andorra has a variety of veterinary clinics that offer services ranging from routine check-ups to specialized treatments. It is advisable to register with a local veterinarian as soon as you move. Some of the services provided include:

  • General Consultations: Routine check-ups and general medical care.
  • Vaccinations: Administration of necessary and recommended vaccines.
  • Surgeries: Both routine and emergency surgical procedures.
  • 24/7 Emergency Services: Emergency services available at several clinics.

Pet Stores and Products

There are several pet stores in Andorra where you can find food, toys, and other products necessary for the well-being of your dog or cat. Additionally, some supermarkets also have dedicated pet sections. The available products include:

  • Food: From dry kibble to wet food and specialized diets.
  • Accessories: Collars, leashes, beds, and transport crates.
  • Toys: Various toys to keep your pet entertained and active.

Pet Walkers and Caretakers

If you have a busy schedule, there are pet walking and caretaking services that can help ensure your pet receives the necessary exercise and attention. These services may include:

  • Daily Walks: Daily walking programs tailored to your pet’s needs.
  • Home Visits: Caretakers who visit your home to feed and look after your pet in your absence.
  • Day Care: Daycare facilities where your pet can spend the day under professional supervision.

Kennels and Cat and Dog Boarding Facilities

For those times when you need to travel without your pet, Andorra offers several options for kennels and boarding facilities for dogs and cats where they can stay temporarily. These services include:

  • Temporary Accommodation: Short and long-term stays in specialized facilities.
  • Personalized Care: Individualized attention for each pet, ensuring their well-being and comfort.
  • Activities and Exercise: Exercise programs and activities to keep your pet active and happy.

Pet Adoption in Andorra

If you are considering adopting a pet in Andorra, there are several organizations and shelters that facilitate the adoption of dogs and cats. Adopting a pet is a wonderful way to provide a home for an animal in need. Some of the organizations include:

  • Animal Protection Society: They offer dogs and cats for adoption and provide information about the adoption process.
  • Local Shelters: Various local shelters have animals waiting to be adopted.

Education and Training

It is important to educate and train your pet to ensure harmonious living. Andorra has several trainers and training centers that can help with:

  • Basic Training: Basic obedience and essential skills.
  • Behavioral Problem Solving: Addressing specific issues such as aggression or anxiety.
  • Canine Sports: Sporting activities for dogs, such as agility and advanced obedience.

Pet Insurance

Purchasing pet insurance can provide peace of mind and financial protection in case of accidents or illnesses. Pet insurance typically covers:

  • Accidents: Veterinary expenses resulting from accidents.
  • Illnesses: Treatments and medications for diseases.
  • Civil Liability: Coverage for damages to third parties caused by the pet.

Moving to Andorra with your pet can be an enriching experience for both you and your dog or cat. With clear regulations and available resources, you can ensure that your pet happily adapts to its new home. At WIT, we are here to assist you every step of the way, ensuring a smooth and successful transition for you and your loyal companion.

If you have any additional questions about the requirements for bringing your pet to Andorra or need assistance with any aspect of the process, do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you.

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