What should I think about when deciding to travel with my pet?
There are numerous considerations you should take into account:
Make sure your pet is comfortable with travel
Make sure your pet has identification tags with up-to-date information.
Having your pet implanted with a microchip can improve your chances of getting your pet back if it becomes lost.
If you are taking your pet across state or international borders, a health certificate as well as other documentation may be required.
Make sure that your pet is allowed where you are staying.
Whom should I contact as I am considering travel arrangements?
All of the following are important:
What should I bring with me on my trip?
* Prescribed medications (with surplus supply, just in case)
* Collar, leash, harness
* Food and cool, fresh water
* Food and water dishes
* First Aid Kit for your pet
* For more information on Pet First Aid and First Aid Kits, please go to the AVMA Pet First Aid Site Where do I get a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (health certificate) and acclimation certificate, if needed?
Many states require an up-to-date Certificate of Veterinary Inspection from a licensed, accredited veterinarian when traveling. Your pet must be examined by a veterinarian in order for a health certificate to be issued. This certificate basically indicates your pet is healthy to travel and is not showing signs of a disease that could be passed to other animals or to people. Certain vaccinations must be up to date for a health certificate to be issued. As part of the exam, your veterinarian may check for heartworm disease and prescribe heartworm preventative medication. When you return home, your veterinarian may recommend a follow-up examination to make sure that your pet did not pick up any diseases or parasites while traveling. You will need a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection to travel and some airlines require an acclimation certificate. Both of these certificates can only be completed and signed by a federally accredited veterinarian. If your veterinarian is not federally accredited, you will need to find an accredited veterinarian in your area, by contacting your USDA Area Office. View our video about travel certificates for pets and livestock.
Can I bring my pet out of the country with me?
Yes, but keep in mind that you have to follow both the United States regulations as well as the regulations in the other country to which you are traveling. You should contact the Consulate or Embassy in that country to find out their regulations. Talk to your veterinarian about the risks of disease to your pet and have your pet vaccinated appropriately based on the risks. Some countries (and Hawaii) require quarantine of your pet upon arrival, Knowing the requirements before you travel helps you decide if you are going to take your pet or leave it at home, and prepares you for what to expect if you do take your pet with you.
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