If you choose to live on base, your pets will have to meet certain criteria. All pets must be micro-chipped and spayed/neutered. They must also be up to date on relevant shots, and you will be required to provide paperwork. As soon as you PCS to a new station, it is imperative that you find a new veterinary clinic. Many bases offer veterinary services; if you wish to find a vet clinic off base, ask around for recommendations. Don’t be afraid to ask for a tour the facility and ask to meet the vets and technicians.
The military does have restrictions on the breed and number of pets allowed on base and within base housing. Many installations don’t allow more than two pets, (goldfish presumably excluded). Certain installations and braches ban certain breeds, but there is no master list. Commonly restricted breeds include: Doberman Pinscher, Pit Bull (also known as American Staffordshire, American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier), any wolf hybrid and Rottweiler.
If you elect to move into military housing with pets, you will be responsible for any damages, including, but not limited to: stains and floor and yard damage. Certain installations may require a mandatory flea and tick bomb upon move out.
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You will also be responsible for the behavior of your pet. If you have a dog that barks day and night, you can be cited by the Military Police. And while citations vary from installation to installation, the consequences can be severe.