International & Interstate Pet Travel Certificates
If you are planning to leave the country with your pet, either as a permanent move abroad, a temporary relocation, or for an extended vacation, planning in advance is key to avoiding any issues that may arise.
Regulations with airlines can change with short notice, and each country will have different requirements related to vaccines, health stats and quarantine.
As soon as you know you will be traveling internationally, contact the hospital to set up a consultation with one of our USDA accredited veterinarians to discuss what will be needed for your pet to travel. It can take several weeks, months, or occasionally even longer depending on the destination.
Once the veterinarian in charge of your pet’s travel has the required documentation and regulations, we will have you schedule appointments as needed for any vaccines, treatments or exams to certify your animal as fit to fly and travel.
Even if you are traveling in the United States, airline regulations change depending on the time of year. Animals traveling in the hold of a plane are subjected to changes in temperature depending on season and destination. There can be restrictions on breeds that are able to fly at certain times and under certain circumstances, and airlines can change their requirements at any time.
Just as when traveling with a pet abroad, scheduling an appointment for domestic travel as soon as your plans are set is the best course of action. Contact your carrier for a list of regulations and be sure to bring it with you. If you are changing carriers, be sure to contact each airline you will be using, as their regulations and requirements can differ.
If you are planning to travel outside the 48 contiguous states, there can be additional paperwork–treat travel to Alaska and Hawaii as travel outside the country. United States territories and possessions should be considered as foreign travel as well as far as animal transport is concerned.