STATE-TO-STATE TRAVELING WITH A PET (HEALTH CERTIFICATES)
When traveling with your pets within the United States, you will find that each state has their own set of rules and regulations to travel into that state. To find out what those regulations are, visit www.aphis.usda.gov to find state regulations for importing animals, or search for the state’s actual Department of Agriculture website or phone number to find out requirements for legal entry into that state. E-mail: [email protected], Customer Service Call Center: 1-844-820-2234. You should give yourself plenty of time to do this, as it is your responsibility to know exactly what your pet needs to fly or travel by car with your pet. Some airlines also have requirements, and you should check with the airline you are using for their rules and regulations.
A current rabies vaccine will ALWAYS be required, unless the pet is too young to receive a rabies vaccination. OTHER VACCINES, TESTING OR PREVENTIONS may be required, as well.
When traveling, it is YOUR responsibility to DO YOUR RESEARCH before you travel! Health certificates can ONLY be signed by a licensed and accredited veterinarian. When calling to make the appointment to get the health certificate, a form will be e-mailed to you which must be filled out and returned to us 24 hours prior to your appointment. This information is required to properly fill out the health certificate. With international travel or travel outside of the 48 contiguous states, the health certificate process may be required to be started many as several months prior to travel. Flying with your pet will ALWAYS require a health certificate and a letter of acclimation (temperature). It is at the veterinarian's discretion whether or not to sign the letter of acclimation due to possible temperature variations at the pet's departure location and destination AT THE TIME OF TRAVEL. Forecast temperatures may be reviewed here. Safe travel temperatures can vary due to the age and breed of the pet. If the pet is flying to states that can have lower or higher temperatures than those deemed safe, you may want to check into a pet transport company. This way, someone can travel with the pet in the temperature-controlled cabin of the plane. Again, always check with your airline for their requirements, as they may require additional documentation. Driving your pet across state lines could also require a health certificate to ensure your pet is healthy, vaccinated and has been given parasite prevention for travel in general. You can never be sure what type of diseases and parasites your pet can be exposed to by visiting another state. Contact the state’s Department of Agriculture prior to any travel to make sure you are entering the state legally and safely.
As with any travel, it’s best to always take your pet’s rabies vaccination certificate, and any other vaccine history and health records in case you have to visit a veterinarian on an emergency basis.