If you are planning a long-distance trip with you pet, you are probably going to need a health certificate as required by the USDA. You should first visit this link to get the specific state’s requirements (go to bottom of page “To locate Import regulation for a particular state” and select the appropriate state). If you have trouble clicking on the link provided, you may also go to www.aphis.usda.gov and search for health certificates or state regulations.
In addition, if you are planning on flying, please call your airline and get their specific required travel information. If you are planning on traveling to another country you will need to check the regulations for that particular country. Try this website as a start:
Please call our clinic to schedule an appointment so we may examine your pet and help you complete the health certificate: 304-229-PETS
According to USDA policy 2.78(a), the health certificate must:
• Be issued by a licensed veterinarian
• State that the animal was inspected on a specific date
NOTE: This date must be within 10 days prior to delivery of the animal for transport
State that the animal appeared to be free of any infectious disease or physical abnormality that would endanger the animal, other animals or the general public
If you are planning on continually traveling, it is recommended that a new health certificate be obtained every 6 months.