are thinking about traveling with your pet, there
are some things to consider. If your pet is very
young, old, or is ill or dealing with an ongoing
medical problem, it may be better to look into a
reputable pet sitter or kennel rather than taking a
chance that the stress of travel will create more
issues for your pet. If you are in doubt, ask your
veterinarian. If your pet has not traveled before,
try a short overnight or weekend trip first.
Know the challenges you may face. Pet care can
differ from state to state and country to country.
Tell your veterinarian where you will be traveling
to, and for how long. Ask your veterinarian about
any flea, heartworm, or tick risks in the areas you
will be traveling through. If your pet has trouble
with car travel, they will likely have trouble by
air. Ask your veterinarian about the appropriate
treatment for petís that become restless or carsick
Obtaining Your Domestic Air Travel Health
Obtaining you International Health Certificate
get an international health certificate you can
request it from your veterinarian or from the
embassy of the country you're planning to visit.
Always request the international health
certificate at least 6 months before you plan to
take your trip. This will give you enough time
to get the vaccinations, possible quarantine,
exam and paperwork in order.
Bring your pet to your veterinarian who has been
certified by the USDA Animal and Plant Health
Inspection Service (APHIS). International health
certificates for pets are only accepted by
foreign nations if they have been filled out by
an APHIS veterinarian. All of our veterinarians
are certified for international health
your veterinarian perform the specific tests and
administer the specific vaccinations required by
the country you will be visiting. The
requirements are usually listed on the website
for the country you are arranging travel for.
The veterinarian will record the test results on
the international health certificate. This
certificate should be dated no more than 10 days
prior to your departure.
your completed international health certificate
to a USDA Veterinary Services office to be
endorsed. USDA endorsement is a requirement on
all international health certificates. A USDA
Veterinary Services office in your area can be
found on the USDA website.
Bring the international health certificate with
you to the airport to present to airline
personnel and customs officers on demand.
Tips For Traveling With Your Pet
can become separated from their owners while
traveling and are often not wearing their collars
when they are recovered at shelters. Seriously
consider having your pet microchipped - animal
hospitals, humane societies, kennels, and shelters
nationwide are using scanners that will read these
implanted chips and let you be reunited with your
lost pet. Microchip procedures are safe, quick,
inexpensive, and very common.
Despite the likelihood that your pet will stay
perfectly safe on your trip, itís always good to be
prepared for the worst. To increase the chances of a
safe and quick return, bring a recent photograph and
any pertinent medical and descriptive information,
such as identifying marks, unusual scars or
markings. microchip number, breed, color and weight.
These will be invaluable if your pet does become
The more care you take in preparing your animal for
travel the better your trip will be. Your pet should
wear a secure collar at all times with tags showing
proof of rabies vaccination and your name, address,
and phone number. Make a set of temporary paper tags
with the address and phone number and attach to tag,
when you arrive at your travel destination. This may
make recovering your pet easier and faster if they
should become lost.
Safety collars only! Never allow your pet to wear a
choke, pinch, or training collar while traveling.
Safety collars, which attach with elastic or Velcro,
are also recommended for cats.