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    DisgruntledRabbit is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Bringing pets to Grenada, FIV status?

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    Hey, all!

    Strange question here.

    So, I made some mistakes early on in my college career, and I am thinking my odds of acceptance here in the states are probably pretty much nil. As such, I am investigating the Caribbean route and trying to decide which schools I'm going to apply to if (when) I end up getting rejected here.

    At the moment, my top two are SGU and Ross. While I like the fact that Ross offers an accelerated program that will have me back in the states after only three years abroad, I'm not so crazy about the crime rate or the apparent lack of support for students. SGU, I'm still investigating.

    So... on to the strange question. Does anyone know what Grenada's policy is regarding cats who are FIV+? I can't seem to find any information on this. One of my cats is FIV+, and I would prefer to bring him with me if possible. (He has a number of other issues- diabetes, epilepsy, HCM- and although I've lined up a willing "babysitter", it would be in everyone's best interest if he could just accompany me to vet school.) At the risk of sounding like a crazy cat lady, leaving him behind is probably my biggest reservation about having to go the Caribbean route.

    I know that Ross explicitly states that a negative FIV test is required in order for a cat to pass through customs in St. Kitts. I'm assuming that Grenada is probably in the same boat, but figured it was worth investigating. I'm going to call the SGU housing coordinator tomorrow, but I'm kinda impatient, and was hoping somebody else might have an answer sooner.

    Any thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DisgruntledRabbit View Post
    Hey, all!

    Strange question here.

    So, I made some mistakes early on in my college career, and I am thinking my odds of acceptance here in the states are probably pretty much nil. As such, I am investigating the Caribbean route and trying to decide which schools I'm going to apply to if (when) I end up getting rejected here.

    At the moment, my top two are SGU and Ross. While I like the fact that Ross offers an accelerated program that will have me back in the states after only three years abroad, I'm not so crazy about the crime rate or the apparent lack of support for students. SGU, I'm still investigating.

    So... on to the strange question. Does anyone know what Grenada's policy is regarding cats who are FIV+? I can't seem to find any information on this. One of my cats is FIV+, and I would prefer to bring him with me if possible. (He has a number of other issues- diabetes, epilepsy, HCM- and although I've lined up a willing "babysitter", it would be in everyone's best interest if he could just accompany me to vet school.) At the risk of sounding like a crazy cat lady, leaving him behind is probably my biggest reservation about having to go the Caribbean route.

    I know that Ross explicitly states that a negative FIV test is required in order for a cat to pass through customs in St. Kitts. I'm assuming that Grenada is probably in the same boat, but figured it was worth investigating. I'm going to call the SGU housing coordinator tomorrow, but I'm kinda impatient, and was hoping somebody else might have an answer sooner.

    Any thoughts?
    No idea. BUT, I bet the SGU veterinary teaching hospital should be able to help.

    Their number is: (473) 435-2900 attained from the Significant Others of SGU website.

    If I remember correctly St. Kitts reports that they are free of certain diseases such as rabies and presumably FIV. Which is why they are so stringent as to these animals entering the country.

    Grenada has rabies due to a healthy mongoose population and I am almost positive I had recommended an FIV vax to a client while a student there. So I am pretty sure this virus already exists on the island...especially since there is such a large population of feral domestic cats.

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    Thanks so much! I still haven't heard back from the person I called the other day, so I'll give that number a try.

    Just out of curiosity, what is the situation like on the island in terms of obtaining veterinary care for one's pets? I had assumed that, given the presence of the campus, it would be a non-issue... but over the past couple of weeks, I've seen a number of sites advising students to bring large quantities of prescription food and medication due to possible difficulties obtaining it in Grenada, which concerns me a little as far as the aforementioned cat is concerned. I have no qualms with stocking up on meds here in the states, I'm just wondering what our options would be if we encountered an emergency situation on the island.

    I don't have much personal experience with the Caribbean, and there's so much information out there... it's hard to decipher what's legitimate and what really ought to be taken with a grain of salt.

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    N/M... the hospital put me in touch with the Ministry of Agriculture, and it looks like FIV kitty shan't be traveling abroad anytime soon. I figured as much, but thought it was worth investigating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DisgruntledRabbit View Post
    N/M... the hospital put me in touch with the Ministry of Agriculture, and it looks like FIV kitty shan't be traveling abroad anytime soon. I figured as much, but thought it was worth investigating.
    Wow...no kidding. Sorry about the misinformation on my part.

    I can almost assure you that a student has brought an FIV+ pet with them at some point and just kept that fact secret.

    I hope you can work something out for him.

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