Health Certification & Documentation for Travel
Pet Travel Services
When making travel arrangements for your next holiday or family visit, why not bring your dog or cat with you? Dr. Phillips Animal Hospital is here to help by providing you with all the information you need for your pet and all the necessary documentation for them to get their passport stamped.
With the many things that can complicate flying, traveling with your pet should not be one of them. As each country and state has different requirements for bringing or relocating your pet, Dr. Phillips is here to help make traveling with your pet a breeze!
Contact us at (407) 352-2579 to schedule your pet’s travel check appointment today.
Can’t Travel with Your Pet?
Did you buy your tickets before realizing that you can’t bring your pet? Don’t worry; we can help. Dr. Phillips Animal Hospital offers some of the safest and friendliest boarding services in Orlando. Check out the boarding services we offer and contact us today so we can give your pet the love and attention they need until your return.
“I recently moved to the area and needed to find a quality vet for my cat. I have worked in various veterinary clinics while in college and I have to say, this facility is one of the cleanest, most well organized veterinary hospitals I have seen. It made such a strong impression on me that I commented it to the staff while being escorted into an exam room and the staff member told me that the veterinarian, Dr. Qasim, designed the entire hospital himself, which I found very impressive.”
Requirements for Pet Travel
When traveling with your pet, requirements will vary for each state domestically and each country internationally. Airlines will also have different requirements for traveling with your pet and where they can be stowed. Discuss with our vet where you are traveling and we’ll be more than happy to help you prepare and complete all documentation you will need for travel.
Requirements for traveling with your pet may include:
- Vet Inspection Health
- Blood Tests
- Quarantine Period
When traveling with your pet, Dr. Phillips Animal Hospital is here to help answer any of your questions and help make sure you meet all federal or international requirements for pet travel. Your pet will need to be at least 8 weeks old and weaned for at least 5 days before flying to meet Federal regulations. You can also check your destination county requirements directly through APHIS.
Health Certificate and Traveling Costs
Your total cost is dependent on vaccination for your destination state or country as well as airlines requirements. Please contact our staff or speak with our vet during your pet’s appointment to get a full picture of what traveling with your pet will cost.
Dr. Qasim will examine your pet to give them their health certificate for travel. Many states and most countries will require your pet to have an up-to-date Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (Health Certificate) completed by a licensed and accredited veterinarian such as our animal hospital.
This certificate indicates that your pet:
- is healthy to travel
- does not show signs of disease (especially those that are transferable to humans or other animals)
- has up-to-date vaccinations
- is heartworm free or taking prescription heartworm medication
Most airlines require your pet’s health certificate to be issued within 10 days of travel and some airlines may also require an acclimation certification. Our vet may require a follow-up examination upon your pet’s return to make sure they haven’t picked up any diseases or parasites while traveling.
“Compared to the private clinics in the area, the prices were very reasonable. Quality was wonderful, the staff was great, and they made sure I understood every step of the way what was going on and what treatment options were available. My pet needed help after hours, and instead of having to pay an arm and a leg at the emergency clinic, I was surprised to find out that they were open until 11pm on weekdays! What a life-saver !”
Rabies & Other Vaccinations
Dr. Qasim will help ensure your pet’s rabies and other vaccinations are up-to-date to allow your pet to travel. Nearly every international country and state in the US requires your pet to have up-to-date rabies shots. Internationally, some countries are High Risk, Moderate, or Rabies-Free and there are specific requirements when traveling from one to the other.
Many countries require vaccinations for your pet to be a minimum of 1-month-old at the time of departure. Each country will have certain vaccinations that are mandatory or recommended. Check your destination countries requirements through APHIS.
Traveling internationally? There are 102 countries, including all European Union (EU) countries, that require pets to be microchipped for travel. Many countries will require your pet to be microchipped prior to receiving their vaccinations. If your pet hasn’t been microchipped yet, Dr. Phillips is here to help. Learn more about which countries are included here.
Quarantine requirements differ for each country and can be called post-arrival inspections. Rabies-free countries such as Singapore and Australia have a minimum 10-day post-arrival inspection requirement, New Zealand also has a 10 day minimum with a 170 pre-arrival screening completed in the country of origin. Most places in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and the EU do not have quarantine requirements.
Moving Overseas With Your Pet
If you are moving overseas with your pet, contact the appropriate US embassy in Washington DC to confirm what are the entry requirements for the country you are moving you. Some will provide forms to fill out in English which we can assist you with. Some countries may not permit importing your animal (such as Australia where only cats and dogs can be imported) or require long quarantine requirements.
Leave yourself at least 30 days to get all your pets required documentation and preparation underway before traveling.
Leaving 30 days provides us with sufficient time for:
- Veterinary requirements and vaccinations
- Import permits (some countries like Australia can take 3-6 weeks to issue)
- Government endorsements
- Rabies-free countries require a titer test (Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore)
- Quarantine reservations (summer and holidays require booking in advance as quarantine stations get fully booked)
- Crate training
As this process can be confusing or time-consuming, Dr. Phillips Animal Hospital is always here to help. For additional information about moving overseas with your pet, visit the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association (IPATA) or Pet Relocation.
Flying With Your Pet
When flying with your pet, there are generally 3 ways your pet can travel with you on a commercial flight:
- Checked Baggage
- Manifest Cargo
For most airlines, service and support animals with correct paperwork can travel in the cabin with you. Always check with your airlines if there are any further requirements for them to travel with you, especially when traveling internationally.
Very large or unaccompanied pets will have to travel below deck in the hold as manifest cargo. Check baggage can be in the cabin where your pet is small enough to fit in an airline compliant carrier stowed under your seat, or for larger pets or ones that airline does not permit in the cabin, checked baggage can refer to being stored below deck in the cargo hold. Learn more about Airline Pet Carrier Requirements or Cargo Crate Requirements.
Animal Airways has provided a great run-down on common questions when traveling with your pet and you can learn more about cargo pet travel from our friends at Pet Relocation.
Why Choose Dr. Phillips Animal Hospital?
With the many things that can complicate flying, traveling with your pet should not be one of them. Each country and state has different requirements for bringing or relocating your pet, but Dr. Qasim is here to help make traveling with your pet as simple as possible.
Contact us at (407) 352-2579 to schedule your pet’s travel check appointment today or to discuss any questions you have about their upcoming travel arrangements.
10 Tips for Traveling with Your Pet
When traveling with your pet, here are ten travel tips:
- Get your pet microchipped
- Research pet travel requirements for your destination
- Complete all your pet’s required documentation ahead of time
- Double check that you have all documentation
- Book a window seat if your cat or dog is flying in the cabin with you
- Ensure that your pet’s carrier is in proper order and meets airline carrier or cargo crate requirements
- Confirm reservations for your pet
- Gather all essentials for your pet in one place (lease, collar, treats, food, growing, medication, wipes, etc.)
- Pack your pet’s chew toys in your bags as these are not allowed in pet crates
- Leave extra time before your flight to walk your pet before leaving for the airport. This will relax and tire them for travel, as well as ease their stress before travel.
If your pet is in the cabin with you, always be considerate of others guests. Clean up after your pet and discuss with us if they may need meds to help them travel quietly and calmly.