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Travel Certificates


Getting ready to travel, domestically or internationally?  As a federally accredited veterinarian practice, we can issue travel certificates for your healthy pet so they can travel with you.

dog staring off cliff trees below
dog staring off cliff trees below

Overview

We understand that your pet is family, and you always want them right by your side.  If you are planning on traveling by plane, boat, or car with your pet to another state or country, your pet may require an official health certificate.

Why does my pet need a certificate to travel?

Health certificates are federal documents that indicate your pet is healthy to travel and won’t pose a health risk to other pets or people.

When travelling domestically, animal health requirements may differ from state to state; the same is true for international travel.  Even airlines may have their own pet travel requirements. Check with your airline and the destinations you’re visiting to see if they require a health certificate. 

When should I start the process?

As a general guideline, certificates should be issued within 30 days of travel. It is important to note that a pet must be at least eight weeks old and fully weaned before traveling.

How can I obtain a travel health certificate?

   Since requirements are determined by each state/country and can change frequently, we suggest you check the current pet travel health requirements for your destination on the USDA website: 

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel/interstate-pet-travel

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel/take-pet-to-foreign-country

We also recommend checking your airline’s website for their requirements, which may differ from your destination’s guidelines.

Once you have determined your needs, we will perform a physical exam to determine if your pet has any sign of disease or health risks that could pass along to others while traveling. We will also ensure that your pet has all required vaccinations and tests to travel. Once all requirements are met, we will issue a certificate indicating that your pet has been cleared to travel.