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Health Certificates for Domestic and International Travel

If you’re planning to travel either domestically or internationally with a pet, your friends at Village West Vet want to pass on some tips to make sure your journey goes smoothly.

Domestic Travel

It’s easy to forget that when you move around the country, some states require veterinary health certificates for domestic travel. While most people don’t expect this for travel by car, they most certainly know that the airlines can be very stringent.

Flying Domestically

If you’re planning to travel with your pet by air in the U.S., your veterinarian must fill out the APHIS 7001 less than 10 days before your flight. Additionally, some airlines have restrictions on certain breeds of dogs and cats that they’ll allow on their planes, so be sure to check with them in advance of your departure.

Flying to Hawaii

Hawaii is rabies free and intends to stay that way. Pets traveling to Hawaii require a series of rabies vaccinations, a rabies titer, a specific microchip, treatment for parasites and a series of examination by your veterinarian. You need to start this process at least six months in advance, and if you miss a step, your pet will be quarantined for 120 days once you reach Hawaii. So while you’re dreaming of palm trees and fruity drinks by the ocean with pet by your side, it pays to plan your trip carefully for the both of you, so Fido isn’t missing out on the action.

International Travel

If you’re going to be traveling internationally with your pet, be prepared for a bit of head scratching and paper shuffling. But then again, it doesn’t have to be that bad. The USDA provides a list of requirements by country, and again, to avoid problems, it’s a good idea to begin planning at least six months in advance of your trip since some requirements have less to do with your schedule, and more to do with required vaccines, microchips, dewormings, titers and established timeframes.  

If you have any questions about any of these requirements, call us Village West Vet, 773-697-7052, and we’ll be glad to help you in any way we can.