Ten Things – Traveling With Your Pet

Ten things to know about traveling with your pet Timing is everything! Be aware that this process can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to several months. Do your research early so you are not caught off guard with deadlines that can be difficult to meet if you are not properly prepared. If you are traveling by plane in the continental US, your pet needs an examination and a health certificate which most airlines with require be completed within ten days of your departure. http://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_export/animals/animal_import/animal_imports_states.shtml Contact your airline for additional requirements and fees. Many airlines have strict requirements regarding the type of crate/carrier your pet needs to travel in. Be sure to contact them with enough time to acquire the proper crate and acclimate your pet. For general information regarding international travel please visit: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/pet_travel/pet_travel.shtml 

Is your pet microchipped? Many destinations require a microchip and ALL vacinations and testing must be done after the microchip has been placed, or they do not count. International countries require an internationally approved (ISO) microchip. Location, location, location: If you are traveling internationally, or to Hawaii, the requirements, fees and potential quarantine periods vary greatly based on the destination: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/regulations/vs/iregs/animals. 

Pay special attention to the health certificate requirements as certificates typically must be issued no more than fourteen days prior to travel, but some countries require that they be issued only two days before your departure! For international travel, an appointment must be made with a USDA veterinarian after the health exam and paperwork are completed at Adobe. Call the USDA South San Francisco office at 650-876-9358 for requirements and to schedule an appointment. Some rabies free destinations like New Zealand, Japan, and Hawaii require a FAVN (Rabies Titer Test) to be completed before travel. Keep in mind that it can take up to eight weeks to get the results. Remember that vaccinations and testing must be done after microchipping. Have questions? Check the USDA FAQ page: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/regulations/vs/iregs/animals/animal_faq.shtml.

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