Health Certificates for Traveling with your pet
Before scheduling an appointment with one of our USDA accredited veterinarians be sure to visit the USDA APHIS website for information on what is required for your destination. (see below for the appropriate links)
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Traveling to another State or Foreign Country with your pet can be very complicated and meeting the requirements can be time consuming.
1) Understand the Requirements of the State or Foreign Country where you will be taking the pet. It is your responsibility to understand these requirements and make certain that your pet meets them. Use the links below to find the information you will need.
2) Fill out the Form Below COMPLETELY and then click “Submit.” An incomplete form will slow down the process for you and your pet and will likely result in additional fees.
3) Once you have the necessary documents, make an appointment with one of the Doctors to go over the paperwork with you and determine what requirements (tests, vaccines, etc) will need to be met before travel.
4) For Domestic Travel, the Fee for the Health Certificate is $xxx.xx. This does not include any tests, treatments, vaccines, examination fee or follow up visits. For International Travel, the Fee for the Health Certificate is $xxx.xx. This does not include any tests, treatments, vaccines, examination fee or follow up visits.
5) You will be required to sign a Waiver of Responsibility Form which places the burden on you to make certain that the correct information is on the necessary paperwork. The link for this form is here and also at the bottom of this page.
Health Certificate Fees
Tier I Health Certificate: $50 + Exam $48— For pets traveling within the United States (excluding Hawaii)
Tier II Health Certificate: $100 + Exam $48—International Health Certificates (including Hawaii, China, Australia, Japan)
Tier III Health Certificates: $150 + Pre-Exam Consult $30 + Physical Exam $48 (other Foreign Countries based on complexity of requirements)
Health Certificates or Certificates of Veterinary Inspection for Travel with your Dog or Cat
to another State
Traveling with your pet to another state may be very complicated. Each state has its own laws and requirements. It is your responsibility to make certain that all of the requirements are met.
The website below will allow you to search by State for your pet’s destination. In some cases, it may take several months (and up to a year) to meet all of the requirements before a Health Certificate or Certificate of Veterinary Inspection may be issued for your pet.
International Health Certificates for Travel with your Dog or Cat
to a foreign Country
Traveling with your pet to a foreign country is very complicated. Each nation has its own laws and requirements. It is your responsibility to make certain that all of the requirements are met.
The website below will allow you to search by Foreign Country for your pet’s destination. In some cases, it may take several months (and up to a year) to meet all of the requirements before an International Health Certificate or Certificate of Veterinary Inspection may be issued for your pet.
Please fill out the form below to begin the Health Certificate Process. This is a process. How long it will take depends on many factors, including: The Pet’s age and vaccine status. The Foreign Country where the pet will be sent.
When traveling with your pets there are a number of things you should keep in mind.
· Make sure your pet is comfortable with traveling. Some pets can become stressed in new situations so it is important to travel shorter distances to fun places at first (parks, the beach, hiking, etc.). If your pet will be in a crate during travel, make sure your pet is well adapted to being in a crate at home, on the road, and in various situations.
· Keep your pets’ microchip and tag information current. Knowing where your pet was microchipped and keeping your information current with that business or person is important as well. Ex. If your pet was microchipped at a Veterinary Clinic, call that clinic and make sure they have your pets’ microchip in their system and that they have your most current information as well.
· Different locations deal with different diseases and parasites. It is recommended to do some research beforehand and make sure your pet is covered and up to date on vaccines and flea/tick/heartworm preventatives.
· When traveling with your pet it is important to contact the following:
o Your Veterinarian
o The airline or Travel Company
o The USDA APHIS for pet travel requirements
o Foreign Consulate or Embassy
It is recommended to begin contacting these agencies as soon as you know of your travel plans or at the very minimum 4 weeks in advance.
· You should bring the following items with you:
o Your Veterinarians contact info
§ Valley Animal Hospital of Merced
58 W. 16thSt.
Merced, CA 95340
o Medical Records/Vaccine Records
o Health Certificate or Certificate of Veterinary Inspection
o Any medications your pet is on, collars, leashes, bed/blankets, food and water bowl, toys, food, and a crate
o Current, color, high quality photos of your pet
When traveling by air with your pet, keep the following in mind:
· Always check with your airline beforehand to check for requirements and any restrictions they may have.
· Federal regulations require pets to be 8 weeks old and weaned at least 5 days before traveling.
· It is highly discouraged to give your pet a sedative before flying due to the temperature variations on the plane and increasing the risk of respiratory and heart issues. Some airlines require a signed statement that your pet has not been tranquilized prior to flying.
· Try to book a non-stop flight to avoid plane changes which can add additional stress to the pet.
· Take the weather into consideration. In warm weather, choose a flight that is early in the morning or later in the evening. In cold weather, choose a flight during the middle of the day.
· Reconfirm your flight information the day before and arrive early to the airport so you will have time to exercise your pet.