Recently we caught up with “Jimmy“, a cute little dog living on the main island of Phu Quoc, along with his two owners. The following is an interview from Jimmy's perspective that will offer those of you who are planning on bringing a pet to Phu Quoc some insight from both a local and expat lens. Enjoy!
What's your name?
My name’s Jimmy and I belong to two people living on Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam.
How old are you?
I lost my birth certificate somewhere but if I count correctly I must be around 2.5 years old.
What type of dog are you?
I’m a Tibetan Spaniel.
How long have you been living on Phu Quoc?
Before we moved here I took my people on a few short holiday trips to see if we liked the Island. Now We are living here since 5 months.
Where do you buy dog food on Phu Quoc Island?
The local vet got some dry food but that’s about it so we order through a pet shop on Facebook called Arale. I can get all the goodies I want delivered in a few days. On top of that there is the fresh seafood. Just be careful for the fish bones and you’re fine.
Is there a veterinarian on Phu Quoc Island?
Yes, there is one. I’ve been there a couple of times when I got the fleas but for any major issues like surgery we dogs have to go to the mainland to either Rach Gia or Can Tho.
What is the name of the veterinarian and where is it located?
His name’s Quang Huy and he’s located on 112 Nguyen Trung Truc [see map]
Are there any rules or laws you need to follow while on Phu Quoc?
I’m kind of an anarchist and don’t like to follow any laws or rules. And for my kind of dog Phu Quoc is great. I can basically do whatever I want here. Especially compared to HCMC where I always have to put myself in a bag when entering the apartment’s elevator.
What do you like about Phu Quoc?
The access to beautiful beaches, my garden, the fresh seafood and all the free running chickens that I can chase.
What do you hate?
The big Phu Quoc ridgeback dog next door. Her bark is so loud and she bit me once when I tried to take a piece of her territory. That said, most ridgebacks are very friendly and always in for some fun. I made some great friends on my regular beach.
What advise would you give to other pet owners who are planning on bringing their pets to Phu Quoc?
Order your food online, bring a basic set with medication eg. de-worming pills and stuff against fleas. I consider Phu Quoc to be very pet friendly just keep an eye out on the dog thieves. They are still everywhere in Vietnam.