Health Certificates for Smooth Traveling With Your Park Slope Pet
Traveling with your pet—both domestically and internationally—takes special planning and
preparation. Be sure to check with your destination for any special pet requirements well in
advance of your trip, and call us to schedule time for any necessary paperwork, examinations, or
testing prior to your departure.
Most countries require that special documents be completed by a veterinarian and accompany a pet
when you arrive at a foreign destination. Most of the time, these requirements are simple to
fulfill, but other times it is fairly complicated. You must first research the requirements for
your destination, and then, with your pet, bring these documents to Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital
along with all prior veterinary records.
The USDA-accredited veterinarians at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital will review the forms,
carry out the necessary tests, perform any necessary pre-travel treatments, and complete the
required forms for you. Not every veterinarian on staff has USDA accreditation, so ask to see the
appropriate USDA-accredited veterinarian when you make an appointment.
Requirements at foreign destinations may include
Specific health certificate documents for a particular country
Proof that vaccinations are current
Microchip identification, which may be either a 10- or 15-digit microchip, depending on the
Blood tests for infectious diseases and rabies titers that are below or above a minimum
Treatments for external and internal parasites given within a day or two of travel
Completion of tests or procedures as long as 6 months prior to travel
A certificate of acclimation and a health certificate for the airline carrier
Because there are hundreds of countries, each with different and often changing requirements, we
do not know the requirements for each country. You must contact the authorities of the country you
are traveling to and ask them to provide you with the necessary information and forms that need to
be completed prior to arrival in their country. Often this information can be obtained on the
Internet and printed out to prior to your arrival at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital.
Requirements for domestic travel by airplane within the United States usually require that a
current health certificate be presented to the airline, which can be completed by any veterinarian
General Travel Information
Make sure your pet has a collar with your contact information tag attached should he or she
escape. An additional identification safeguard is to have a registered microchip implanted in case
the tag falls off. If your pet is in an enclosed carrier, he or she will need to be removed
temporarily from the carrier during the security check. To prevent escape, always secure your pet
with a leash to a collar when not in a the carrier.
We generally do not recommend sedation or tranquilizers for pets that travel. Discuss this with
the veterinarian when your pet is examined.