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Weegie
3/30/2010 12:19 EST

We are moving to Cuenca next year, and bringing our two dogs -- one a neo matiff the other a pug.

I have been unable to acess any info about vets or boarding kennels in Cuenca from the internet (and the business directory for Cuenca.

Does anyone have any informtion on this subject that would help?

Thanks in advance! This is an excellent forum .. most helpful.]

Hank and Sherry

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wallymountz
3/31/2010 14:19 EST

Hi guys:

We've been in Cuenca only 6 weeks, but we used a vet recommended to us by a friend who has lived here 9 years: Veterinaria Tomebamba, Pio Bravo 14-21 y Estevez de Toral. 284 4396 / 282 9759 / 098 143503. boriscampozano@yahoo.es

No one speaks English there and it is basic but acceptable to us and our German Shepherd and our Irish Terrier.

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zogger
3/31/2010 16:15 EST

We have 3 dogs and 2 cats and have found no problems finding excellent veterinary care here in Cuenca. Also one of the dogs is a Bichon and are able to get her groomed for $15.00. When you get here, send me a PM and I'll be happy to provide contact info.

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Weegie
4/2/2010 12:20 EST

Thanks for the info on veterinarians ...much appreciated. Any special thoughts on transporting dogs to Cuenca .,..any airline more animal friendly than others? Thanks

Sherry & Hank

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meemee

From: Canada
4/2/2010 16:45 EST

Hi,

We live in Cuenca and have a great vet. His name is Dr. Mora and his office is on the corner of Huayna Capac y Pachacamac.

He speaks excellent English and charges $15 for a basic check-up. He has the facilities at his office to keep dogs for a night or two but one of his assistants has a kennel at her house for long term stays. I have not used either of them yet so I can't tell you what they're like.

Check out Continental Airlines for flying to Ecuador, they were pretty good when we moved to Cuenca with our cat one and half years ago.

Hope this helps.

Meemee

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Weegie
4/2/2010 21:51 EST

Thanks Meemee-- that helps a lot., We like to be aware of a kennel so that we can go away for a day or two on side trips .
Appreciate your help! Sherry

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lallen8220
4/3/2010 09:39 EST

When we moved here last August, we flew Aerogal from Miami and we were able to check my old poodle as baggage rather than as cargo, which was required by AA and Lan. As long as you have the proper vet certifications (airlines tell you what paperwork you need), it's fairly easy.

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wallymountz
4/3/2010 10:50 EST

We flew our German Shepherd and Terrier from Atlanta via Delta last May to Quito then by road to Manta. Delta had strict guidelines about flying animals during the summer. May 15 - through mid Oct. So take that into account. Also we checked our dogs in at the terminal at 4pm and they were in their crates 9 hours until arrival in Quito! they were not happy campers. Otherwise Delta were good.

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calvinquilts
4/12/2010 09:13 EST

Talk to the state vet and to the airline. Ecuador requires certaine vaccinations given more than 30 days before traveling and less than (don't remember), so think ahead. Also you will need to have your vet fill out a form from the state vet, that form is only valid for 10 days (for both the airline and Ecuador authorities). We paid for the form and paid for the exam too early and ended up having to pay for a 2nd exam. We used Continental because the rules are more relaxed regarding being able to carry animals on the plane. The demensions of the travel bag they can be in are very strict, you can buy that size at their counter at the airport or you can buy it at a petstore, we found them to be the same expensive price. Also, the airline requires that the animal be a size that fits comfortably in that bag. Our cat was really a bit too big, but they let it go. After all the shenanigans with the form, when we got to Ecuador, the place was so busy, and we had so much luggage plus our 2 yr old, that the cat flew through without them checking anything. When they wanted to scan his bag with all the others (you couldn't tell from the outside that there was a cat inside), I said no, there's a cat inside, I have to walk him through over there! And they let me. It was only after we got to our destination in Quito that I realized they never looked at anything!

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OceanHideaway
4/12/2010 15:55 EST

Great suggestions for you.

Some added info to consider: Pugs especially, but also your neo are "smoosh face breeds (bracheocephalic) which make them especially susceptible to heat stroke. This is a serious consieration when flying during the summer months and as pointed out some airlines simply will not allow these breeds to fly between May/June and Spet/October due the possabilty of heat stroke and death due to heat in the compartment building up prior to take off while taxiing and waiting on the tarmac. Once airborne the hold is pressurized and the air is naturally cooled.

Continental may allow you to travel with your Pug onboard, but your Neo will still need to travel underneath -- You may want to consider an Animal Transit carrir to bring both pets down -- there are ads on this site for a few you can contact for quotes.

I brought Poochie down from Miami in June on a very early morning flight (we monitored morning temps to be sure we were under 80 degrees before take off)

The other hint is to make sure you have your crates early and that the dogs can enter and exit easily with no problem because they will need to come out of their crate for the crate to be examined at security and then go back in should you be traveling on a regular commercial aircraft.

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bbourassa50
4/30/2011 13:11 EST

Hi meemee,

Do you have any contact info for your vet? One of our cats is allergic to chicken and I need to know if we can buy cat food made with duck in Cuenca. If not, we'll have to fill our luggage with cat food!

Thanks for your help.

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Rollie
9/25/2011 14:48 EST

Do have e-mail contact or know what she charges? I have a Beagle and Jack Russell Terrier. Both are well behaved.

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OceanHideaway
10/7/2011 13:44 EST

Most vets here in Ecuador are much more reasonably priced than in the States.

Here near Salinas our vet, el Pibe and Dr. Franklin (CLARO: 09-7000-803) offers regular innoculations at about $5. When Poochie (who is a boxer and approaching 10 in January) started to develop a change in an adipise tumor (and sadly cancer is in his breed) we opted for 2 treatments of Chemo -- cost for each, $25 including overnight stay. Poochie's tumor shrunk, he came through without any trauma (I took valium) and he is off playing with Gina (his rotti mix girlfriend) on the beach even as we speak.

Quite a few other Vets in the area as well and most do speak English. Lynne has a good vet recommendation here as well -- she posted a few above me.

Susan
TheOceanHideaway.com

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nanclev
2/4/2012 23:06 EST

Susan, I have been reading this forum for months and am just now coming out with my questions. Are there any boarding kennels for a 75 lb. german shepherd that is the love of my life. I am moving to the Salinas area in September and want to do some traveling. I can't find any boarding facilities that would make that possible. I know of your love of dogs and I thank you for all the vet information. Lily is my priority and I am nervous about this move for her only.

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DUNMOVN
2/5/2012 10:32 EST

Hazel Mounts and her husband have a pet boarding facility. their email address is: hazelmountz@gmail.com

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nanclev
2/5/2012 15:58 EST

Thank you Dunmovn. I really appreciate it. I will contact them.

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OceanHideaway
2/5/2012 22:31 EST

Hi Nan:

They board large dogs at El Pibe -- but they do board them at the vet office --a separate area than ill animals but still mostly indoors. Smaller dogs are boarded at Dr. Franklin's home.

Another possibility is becoming friends with fellow dog owners and having your dog vist with their doggy friend when you are traveling. You would need to inttroduce your girl dog and have some play dates of course.

And it would be best if she is spayed so you don't come home to find you will be a grandma!

Also think in terms of bringing her with you when you travel -- Poochie has made a few trips with me and his companionship has been wonderful -- I feel safer with a big dog and the experiences have been fabulous -- Poochie meeting a llama was priceless!

Susan
TheOceanHideaway.com

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nanclev
2/7/2012 22:29 EST

Thank you Susan that makes me feel better to know there is someone in the area. Lily is spayed so no more grandkids. I love taking her with me but sometimes it just isn't possible. Thanks for the help. Do you ever accept dogs at your B&B? That would be very helpful to know of a place I can stay with Lily while trying to find a place t rent. Maybe she can steal Poochie from that rotti mix girlfriend of his!

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OceanHideaway
2/9/2012 22:35 EST

Hi Nan --

We have on occassion however, at times both Poochie and Gina have shown dominance issues that mae me concerned about other's dogs. To work on this issue, we have adopted a little boxer boy (now 14 weeks old) who is named PJ (Poochie Jr.) and so far while we have had one major issue, no injuries accrued.

Another issue however is that the dogs have open access to the beach area so you will need to be aware to keep your dog with you or be sure they are on good "recall" -- Things to consider.

By the way in reference to Hazel's Hostal del Perros -- I don't believe it was made clear that Hazel is located in CUENCA not here in Salinas or on the peninsula.

Again, it is important that information be distributed on a first hand basis -- not merely by cuting and pasting information from the internet by individuals who do not actually live here in Ecuador.

Hazel's dog hostal is an excellent accomodation and I am going to put up a copy of her questionnaire and information on another thread for those who are interested in her location. (well, after I go clean up another "oops" from PJ...he's learning but still a baby...gotta love him!)

Susan
TheOceanHideaway.com

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nanclev
2/10/2012 14:16 EST

Dear Susan,
Thanks again for the information. I found out immediately Hazel was in Cuenca when I contacted her. Although she was very accommodating she refused to move to Salinas. Thank you for the information about Pouchie. Hopefully, PJ will teach him to go easy. Recall is not Lily's strong suit. She comes immediately unless she thinks there is something better to do. I may use Hazel even though she is in Cuenca because she is the only show in town and because you recommend her. Sounds like a great business for someone who loves dogs. I would still like to come by and visit when I get settled.

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pumpkin0627
4/14/2016 22:47 EST

Hi. research Emotional Support Animals. I truly have a ltr from my doctor about my disability. My 2 dogs, a beagle and pom can ride in the cabin with me. Whatever airline you are flying in on check their website for instructions.

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OceanHideaway
4/15/2016 16:35 EST

When there is a legitimate reason for the animal to travel in cabin, the airline leaving from the USA must abide by the laws of the Americans with Disabilities act and allow it unless there is a much greater reason not too, and there really is not any reason on the books at this time.

An example would be the entire plane were full of asthmatics allergic to dogs .. in which case it is a question of one disability versus another...be this is not a case that has ever been brought...it is simply theoretical.

Obviously your dog must be able to remain at his place and quiet, not need to relieve themselves during the flight, or in the case of your beagle especially (with a beagle howl) decide to sing along with the music! Obviously know how the dogs act riding in the car (do they get motion sickness?) is very important information prior to flying with your pet in cabin. It also helps for the other passengers to know that this is an assistance animal to have the pet wear a vest or shirt properly marking them as such. It helps the flight attendants as well keeping everyone happy and aware.

Obviously if your pet is not able to comfortably fly in cabin, flying under the plane in the luggage compartment is really not too bad if you make the shortest jump. Poochie had great fun and made friends at the layover in Quito... wagging his tail in his rate and licking fingers through the window. Then 45 minutes later we were in Guayaquil...and he was peeing on the grass in his new home. Marking Ecuador as his own!

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