Praia - Post Report Question and Answers

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?

We don't have pets, but many people do. - Feb 2024

Not really. There are local veterinarians, a local animal shelter, and a start-up kennel business. However, there have been problems with the local vets, and neither the shelter nor the kennel are established and dependable enough for complete confidence in the years to come. - Aug 2023

There are a couple vets in country that people use on a regular basis, and I think they are decent. There is no quarantine on entry. I've been told food is expensive and not great quality, so plan on bringing some and setting up a recurring order. - Sep 2018

Decent vet care with housecalls. Conditions at the animal hospital are fairly grim. Stray dogs are a major problem in Praia and at least one person at post has been bitten. I walk daily but carry a stick for protection. We've adopted a street dog and support a local NGO that's working on spaying/neutering. The city of Praia holds periodic roundups/euthanasia of street dogs. - Dec 2017

There's a great veterinary service called Bons Amigos that will come to your home to treat pets for fleas, intestinal bugs, etc. They work on a donation basis -- typically around US$15 - $20/month, not sure how much it is per visit. They also have a local clinic, but I heard it's best for them to come to you. There's lots of strays here and you will frequently see families adopting dogs and seeking out Bons Amigos to treat them.

There isn't a local kenneling services available but some vets will take care of your dog for a fee.

No quarantine required. Cabo Verde is rabies free.

Other considerations: There aren't many options in terms of dog food, treats and medicine. We brought our own dog food, treats, flea and tick meds, ear cleaner, extra collar and leash, etc. - Oct 2016

No need for quarantine. There are vets, but I don't know if the quality is good. - May 2014

No. - Feb 2011

No. - Sep 2012

No. - May 2012

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