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Are qualified veterinarians and/or good kennel services available? Do animals need to be quarantined upon entry to the country? Are there other considerations regarding pets that are particular to this country?

There are many vets, but some pet owners complain about the quality of service. Due to many toxins in soils and water, rat and other pest poisons, pets get sick very often. No quarantine is needed upon arrival. - Oct 22, 2017
No quarantine for cats or dogs entering the country. We brought our cat from the US. There is a lot of paperwork to do ahead of time. If you are with an Embassy, they will help you. It is a pain getting your pet into the country.

Pet supplies are hard to find if you are picky about the brand. We ordered our cat food online and shipped through Amazon via the Embassy. Kitty litter we tended to get at the Embassy commissary, but it is available locally (though brands I didn't recognize).

Veterinary care is fairly poor. They do a bit better with dogs than cats as Indians tend to own more dogs. Vaccines and care are cheap. We never needed to go to the vet for a sick pet and I was glad. Our cat got his vaccines yearly and had an exit exam before leaving the country (as required by India). I have heard people who needed sick pet care were very disappointed with results. Definitely ask around for recommendations.

Most people have their domestic staff care for their animals when vacationing or they will ask a friend to house-sit or take in the pet (we watched a rabbit for a month while the owners were out of country). It is very hot much of the year and there are not a lot of grassy areas. Dogs that come to post should be able to handle the heat and apartment life. - Mar 15, 2017


No quarantine. Work with the Embassy before your arrival for all the requirements. The Indian government requires lots of paperwork ahead of time. Taking pets as excess baggage (or in-cabin) saves a lot of hassle. Flying on Lufthansa to/from India is also much more pleasant than dealing with United or BA. - Jun 2, 2016
No quarantine, but plenty of paperwork in the U.S. needs to be done in coordination with GSO before purchasing air tickets. - Sep 6, 2014
No. Just lots of hoops to jump through. - Aug 14, 2013
No. - May 18, 2013
No. - Oct 21, 2012
No. - Sep 16, 2012
Nope, but ask their forgiveness. They will not love India. - Aug 12, 2011
No. - Aug 4, 2011
No. - Jan 8, 2011
No. - Sep 18, 2010
Not in my case. All papers were in order and it was a swift procedure to get my dog back at the airport. - Aug 30, 2010
No. - Aug 12, 2010
No. - Aug 1, 2010