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Old 04-18-2017, 01:50 PM   #15
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I saw on the news the other night that the problem is over and no longer a threat. So have they removed the dog check on leaving the keys??


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Checkpoint was removed a few weeks ago.
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Old 04-19-2017, 07:39 AM   #17
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Good to know ... thank you
When we left the keys in January it was not big deal. I was just curious.


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Old 04-19-2017, 10:41 AM   #18
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Came up from KW last week and the Dog Check point was shut down. As others have posted the threat....is over.
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So on the subject of infestations for pets. We are thinking about going to Florida for part of the winter with our dog. She already has a flea and tick collar. Other than the screw worms, fleas and ticks, gators, snakes and fire ants, is anything else to be aware of? Since we are not going to the Keys, I am assuming that we are safe from Screw worms in the other areas of Florida?
While I am on the subject of pets, we are fairly new at traveling and camping with our dog, any tips or suggestions to make this experience "worry free"? Do I need to take a health certificate along? ( except for Canada where I know it is required).
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Welcome to the forum.
Must have, is proof of current rabies vaccination. And make sure you pick up after your pooch, you'll make a lot of friends and maybe no enemies....
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So on the subject of infestations for pets. We are thinking about going to Florida for part of the winter with our dog. She already has a flea and tick collar. Other than the screw worms, fleas and ticks, gators, snakes and fire ants, is anything else to be aware of? Since we are not going to the Keys, I am assuming that we are safe from Screw worms in the other areas of Florida?
While I am on the subject of pets, we are fairly new at traveling and camping with our dog, any tips or suggestions to make this experience "worry free"? Do I need to take a health certificate along? ( except for Canada where I know it is required).
Alligators. Especially if you have a small dog. Don't let them swim in fresh water if there is a chance gators may be in there. Never tie them out unattended if there is a chance they are around. There is a similar chance near salt water with crocks but there are not near as many.

About the screwworm check. We went through the checkpoint at Christmas time and it was simple. They asked if we checked the dog for open wounds and of course the answer was yes. They gave him a biscuit, us some literature and warned us about Georgia but we were not going that far. When we left the Keys last month there wasn't a thing were the stop was.

The screwworm flies only lay eggs in an open wound so unless your pet has a gash on it, you are reasonably safe.

BTW One year even though the dog was on flea prevention she got fleas in Florida. They seem to be tougher there. We had to change the flea stuff from Frontline to Vectra. Now we use Nexguard for our boy dog.
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Yes alligators are very common in the area so watch you dog when outside or on the trails.
We too had to switch to Vectra as Chip got fleas for the fist time in his 14 years.


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Just a heads up to anyone traveling to the Keys with their pets.

There has been an outbreak of screwworms in Big Pine Key and several nearby keys which have generally attacked our Key Deer (about 100 have been put down so far) and, from what is reported, about 4 local pets have also been put down.

If you bring your pet(s) to the Keys, as you LEAVE the Keys you will be required to stop at a checkpoint at MM106 (on Key Largo, right before you get to the bridge leading to Florida City) and have your pet(s) checked for screwworms. In the 2 or so weeks that they've been checking pets, they have found zero pets infected with screwworms.

A complicating factor is that the state of Georgia just instituted a restriction on any animals, including pets, coming from Florida. I spoke to the Asst. State Veterinarian of Georgia today and she said that pets traveling THROUGH Georgia should not have a problem providing they have a Health Certificate stating that their final destination is a state OTHER THAN Georgia. However if you live in Georgia, come with Rover to visit the Keys, and then want to return home to Georgia, you may have a problem and need a special permit to return with your pet since you traveled to a known screwworm infested area.

The link below with give you information from a Florida point of view:

New World Screwworm / Reportable Animal Diseases / Consumer Resources / Animal Industry / Divisions & Offices / Home - Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

How awful!!
There's so few Key deer as it is!!
We loved seeing them when we were in Key West a couple of years ago.





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