Health Certificates for Travel
Reed Animal Hospital understands that your pet’s health and well-being are of the utmost importance. As part of our commitment to serving our clients and their beloved pets, we are pleased to offer both domestic and international health certificates at our Campbell location.
Whether you are planning a domestic trip or an international adventure with your pet, it’s crucial to ensure that they meet all the necessary requirements. Most islands and countries require that pets be examined by a federally accredited veterinarian. Not all veterinarians are approved to issue the documentation needed for travel.
At Reed Animal Hospital in Campbell, Dr. Shari Johnson and Dr. Megan Rivara are accredited and well-versed in the intricacies of domestic and international travel regulations for cats and dogs. They can help to guide you through the process and provide the necessary certification to ensure a smooth journey for you and your furry companion. To best prepare for travel, please visit https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel for the latest requirements.
Domestic Health Certificates: If you’re planning to travel within the United States, some states and airlines may require a domestic health certificate for your pet. These certificates serve as proof that your pet is in good health, up to date on vaccinations, and free from contagious diseases. Dr. Johnson or Dr. Rivara will conduct a thorough examination of your pet, review their medical records, and issue the appropriate certificate, complying with all necessary guidelines and regulations.
International Health Certificates: Embarking on an international adventure with your pet requires careful planning and preparation. Each country has time specific regulations and entry requirements for pets, which often include a detailed health examination followed by the issuance of an international health certificate.
Traveling with A Pet Internationally: Requirements and Guidelines
Are you planning to travel internationally with your beloved pet? It’s important to be aware of the specific requirements and guidelines in place to ensure a smooth and stress-free journey for both you and your furry friend. Below is some essential information on the requirements for traveling with a pet internationally.
1. Research the Destination Country (https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel)
Every country has its own set of regulations and requirements for traveling with pets. Before embarking on your international adventure, research the specific rules and guidelines of your destination country. This will help you be prepared for your initial consultation appointment.
2. Pet Identification and Microchipping
It is crucial to ensure that your pet has proper identification before traveling internationally. Most countries require pets to be microchipped with an ISO-compliant microchip. However, make sure that the microchip is implanted BEFORE or on the same day as the Rabies vaccination. Many countries require this.
3. Pet Vaccinations and Health Certificates
Vaccinations are often mandatory when traveling with pets across borders. Rabies (and the accompanying vaccine certificate) is always required, but some countries require many other vaccines. Ensure that your pet is up to date on all necessary vaccinations required by your destination country.
4. Quarantine Regulations
Some countries have strict quarantine regulations for incoming pets if they fail to meet the vaccine or other country requirements. Quarantine periods can vary significantly, ranging from a few days to several months. Familiarize yourself with the quarantine requirements of your destination country and make necessary arrangements in advance if you aren’t able to meet all mandatory requirements prior to travel.
5. Airline and Transportation Policies
If you plan to travel by air, it’s crucial to check the pet policies of the airline you will be flying with. Each airline has its own set of rules regarding pet travel, including crate requirements, documentation, and fees.
6. Additional Considerations
Beyond the basic requirements mentioned above, there may be additional considerations when traveling with a pet internationally. These can include country restrictions on certain breeds, and airline restrictions regarding weight and ambient temperature acclimation.
Contact Reed Animal Hospital Today! If you are planning domestic or international travel with your pet, don’t hesitate to schedule your first consultation appointment with Dr Shari Johnson at Reed Animal Hospital in Campbell. Our dedicated client service team will help you book your appointment. Call us today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services.
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