Ankara - 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 I have heard there are good vets and kennel services. Some dogs do doggy day care and seem to love it. No quarantine to enter, but a lot of paperwork. - Nov 2021

There are no quarantine requirements for pets and vet care is good and widely available. It can be pricey for foreigners to go to the vet, depending on the clinic. Pet food is actually quite expensive and would recommend purchasing it from the commissary or Amazon. Turkish online outlets have much for affordable pet supplies than in person stores. Small dogs and cats can be transported in cabin all the way to Ankara, but pets that go via cargo can only go as far as Istanbul. Turkish airlines has a rule that only one type of animal can be in cabin (cats or dogs, not both), which is determined on a first-come, first-served basis. - Sep 2020

We don't own pets, but most of my colleagues did. There appeared to be no quarantine requirements upon entry. There are pet stores and vet clinics around. Some folks had no issues with their vets, others thought advanced care options were limited. - Oct 2018

I don't know a lot, but here there are plenty of places for pets. - Sep 2018

I didn't get enough information of how impossible it is to get a dog into the country. You can't fly directly into Ankara with your dog and your orders won't allow you to fly through Istanbul without going cost construct. The only way to get your dog here is to fly to Istanbul and either rent a car and drive your dog to Ankara or pay for a company to transport your dog (at great expense). Be aware that the housing is not conducive to having a dog here. Once you actually get your dog to post, the vets are excellent and the kennels are affordable. - Jul 2018

Yes, lots of good vets around and boarding places for dogs and cats. Some stray dogs here, but for the most part it's a good place for pets - Oct 2017

Animals do not need to be quarantined and there are good vet services. There is also a very good kennel to board your pets while you are traveling. It's run by a guy they call the Turkish Dog Whisperer. He's very good with the dogs and mine are always happy to go. It 35 TL per dog per day. - Sep 2017

I have two large dogs. The vets are very good and the prices are about what you would pay in the US. There is a very good animal boarding house at a facility south of Golbasi (30km from the embassy) called Canine College. The owner is named Tarkan and is considered the "Turkish Dog Whisperer." They will board dogs for 35 TL a day ($12). - Jun 2017

No quarantine unless you've missed something on your paperwork. Quality pet care, with English speakers as well, available. Excellent kennel and dog trainer available. - Aug 2015

Only one person I know of had a quarantine issue and that was misdirected (pit mix dog). Typically they come into Istanbul and will be delivered to you in Ankara. This is very draining on the pet and we would recommend making sure your pet is in best health and hydration prior to travel. (Our dog was at an unfamiliar kennel a week prior and shut down during that time, making the trip even more grueling physically for him). There are many vets here, VTM is who we use and we have been very happy. If you are bringing a dog you will want to find the Ankara Canine College on the outskirts of Ankara in Golbasi, and meet Tarkan. We take our dogs there when schedules get crazy, when we are out of town, or when we want a break and they need more interaction, movement, and stimulation. All dogs are off leash and it is like camp for dogs. Our two come back happy and tired and balanced each time, which helps offset the confines of apartment living in a city. - Feb 2015

I don't think so. - Jun 2014

No. Great vets. And cheap! - Apr 2014

Not that I am aware. Lots of stray dogs here so take a stick when you walk. - Mar 2014

No. - Mar 2014

No. - Jul 2013

No. - Aug 2011

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