The best advice we can give pet owners planning to travel with their pets is to be proactive. Avoid additional stress as your trip nears closer by planning well in advance. At AM/PM Animal Hospital, We have a USDA certified doctor on staff that can provide necessary certificates of veterinary inspections for interstate and international travel. For complete preparedness, review specific USDA regulations for each state or country you will be visiting and/or traveling through.
We know this process can sometimes seem overwhelming, so for complete preparedness we recommend you start planning two months in advance for domestic travel and four months in advance for international travel. If rabies titers are required, it is likely that you may need more time for planning and testing.
It is crucial for your pet to be healthy and properly vaccinated prior to departure. This is why, before we can complete your pet's health certificate, we must make sure that your pet is:
For air travel, no matter the destination, any pet boarding an aircraft is legally required to have an up-to-date Rabies vaccination, and a health certificate. Airlines cannot admit animals without this paperwork, due to USDA regulations.
For vehicle travel, motion sickness and travel anxiety are realities for many pets. Medication is an option to help with nausea and stress, but never give your pet medication before consulting with your veterinarian first.
Pet Travel Checklist
Fill out this form prior to your consultation with us
You can visit the USDA's Pet Travel Website. Scroll down to the bottom & select what you need more information on, then scroll down to select your destination country. Every country has different requirements, so it is important that you learn what vaccines, tests, and medications your pet needs.
Schedule an appointment for your Health Certificate consultation. Give us a call or conveniently book an appointment online using the calendar icon at the bottom, right hand side of this page. Don't forget to complete the form from Step 1, as best you can, and bring it with you to your appointment.
We'll help complete the health and paperwork requirements at your appointment, so you can have a safe and enjoyable trip!