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    Hi. I was wondering if it's common for students to bring pets from home with them. Also, if anyone knows which airlines are pet friendly and the cost to fly them.

    I have two small dogs---Lhasa Apso and Yorkie---that I cannot live without!

    Are there good vets on the island? Anyone with info on living in St. Maarten with pets, please let me know...

    Thanks.

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    American Airlines is pretty good with pets. I think they charge $100 to take a pet as luggage (not sure what the guidelines are when they're small enough to fly in the cabin). They also have a cargo option which is a little more but gives your pets a direct flight and pet limo at the destination if there's an hour wait or more. As far as vets here are concerned, I go to Dr. Dewitt in Cole Bay (St. Maarten Animal Hospital).

    Hope this helps,
    Wendy

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    I'd say about 1/3-1/2 of AUC students with pets brought them from home. The DeWitts in Cole Bay are really, really great (like Wendy said). I definitely recommend them. I know a lot of people who fly AA to bring/take pets, but I've not yet needed to, so I don't know personally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doctorh
    Hi. I was wondering if it's common for students to bring pets from home with them. Also, if anyone knows which airlines are pet friendly and the cost to fly them.

    I have two small dogs---Lhasa Apso and Yorkie---that I cannot live without!

    Are there good vets on the island? Anyone with info on living in St. Maarten with pets, please let me know...

    Thanks.
    US Airways, no longer allows for a pet to be in the cabin, I am not for sure about their rules dealing with cargo.

    American Airlines, allows for pets to be the cabin. They have to be under 20 pounds and in a carrier that will fit completely under the seat in front of you. The cost one way is $80 a pet and this does count as one of your carry-ons. So if you were to bring two pets, then that will be your two carry-ons. This fee can only be paid at the counter at the time you check in at the airport. Once you make your reservations, (if done online) you then need to call and make a reservation for your pet. This is the tricky part especially since you would like to bring two pets, there are limits as to how many carry-on pets can be on board the plane. On the bigger ones, they allow two in first class and six in the main cabin, but on the smaller commuter planes they only allow two pets on board. So, if you are booking your reservations on-line, you should probably call and make sure there is room before buying the ticket.
    You will be required to show a current health certificate that has been filled out no longer than 10 days prior to flying and also that the pet's rabies vaccination is updated and current. Both of these rules apply both ways of travel, not only for flying down here but before you go home each time you must have a current health cert. and the rabies vac. must be within a year.
    We also use the Vet Clinic in Cole Bay. They are very nice people. They even met us at the clinic one night after hours to fill out a health cert. when we had to fly home unexpectedly for a death in the family about three weeks ago.
    I hope this helps in answering your questions. If you have anymore you can "pm" and I will try and help you out!

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    thanks so much!

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    if both of your pets are small, you can put them into one bag, and that counts as your carry on. i fly american airlines all the time with my yorkie. i have heard that if you fly first class on us air you can bring a pet, but only first class! as far as the vet, use the dewitt's in cole bay. they really do care and do help out students.

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    Oh god no! My Lhasa (Samson) would eat his way out of the bag and then run like a wild animal! I'll opt for a crate. I may be able to put the Yorkie in a doggie bag, but will the airlines be okay with that?

    As far as the island, do pets have to be leashed? Do you usually have to pay pet fees for apartments?

    Is it true that you have to return to the states every six months? If so, is there a place to board pets?

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    Quote Originally Posted by doctorh
    Oh god no! My Lhasa (Samson) would eat his way out of the bag and then run like a wild animal! I'll opt for a crate. I may be able to put the Yorkie in a doggie bag, but will the airlines be okay with that?

    As far as the island, do pets have to be leashed? Do you usually have to pay pet fees for apartments?

    Is it true that you have to return to the states every six months? If so, is there a place to board pets?
    Your dog will be a good bit more traumatized putting him in cargo and being tossed around rather than asking your vet for tranquilizers and letting him ride under the seat with you in the cabin. Our dog had never flown before we brought him down here. We gave him half a tranquilizer on his first trip down here and his first trip back home, after that he has flown drug free with no problems at all. As far as keeping them on a leash it is up to you, but for your dogs' own protection you want to keep them on one while walking them. Stray dogs are rampant down here! (Bob Barker's message hasn't taken the Island by storm yet!) I am not for sure about other places and pet deposits, but our Landlord did not require one.

    I am not for sure where you are getting your information from, but here is a good rule of thumb dealing with this school, this process, and this Island: Believe NOTHING you hear, and only HALF of what you see! VERIFY! VERIFY! and then VERIFY again! You do not have to leave the Island every 6 months. You will get a student visa and it is good for two years! So feel free to stick around for a full 24 months if you like! Some do, most don't! It is all up to you!

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