Lilongwe - 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?

Lots of people have dogs and vets are available. Check in with the CLO. - Jul 2020

Animals do not need to be quarantined. There is the Lilongwe SPCA which has been pretty helpful to us for both cats and rabbits. I know many expats here take their dogs to the LSPCA, and they do have kennel services. - Feb 2020

There are one or two good vets plus one really mean lady here that everyone seems to complain about. Malawi is fairly pet-friendly once you leap the hurdles of importing your pet. Definitely bring pet food or have a way of dependably obtaining it. Most Malawians feed their animals kitchen scraps (or make a dedicated meal from scratch). Dogs are popular in the population. Cats, a little less so. - Sep 2018

Yes - there are good vet services in town. The vet will even come to your house. We don't have a pet, so I don't know much else about getting pets into the country. Given the large yards, it can be a great place for dogs. Many also keep chickens, rabbits, guinea fowl, etc. - Jul 2017

There are a few vets here. One is an expat who most pet owners go to and the other is the Lilongwe SPA. People often adopt cats/dogs from here. Grocery stores sell Purina cat/dog food at a price. Malawians in general aren't big fans of dogs. House staff and guards may take awhile to get used to the animal and not be afraid. - Oct 2016

Unknown as to quarantine although this is a heaven for dogs with huge gardens. - Aug 2015

No. - Sep 2013

Not to my knowledge. Lots of my friends have pets, but I don't have any myself. - Sep 2012

Ours didn't. - Sep 2009

No. - Jul 2009

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