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Domestic Health Certificates

Are you traveling domestically within the USA? As a federally accredited veterinary practice, we can issue travel certificates for your healthy pet so they can travel with you.

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Overview

If you are planning on traveling by plane, boat, or car with your pet to another state, your pet may require a domestic health certificate.

As a federally accredited veterinary practice, we can issue travel health certificates (Certificate of Veterinary Inspection) for your healthy cat or dog.

Why does my pet need a certificate to travel?

Health certificates are federal documents that indicate your pet is healthy to travel and won’t pose a health risk to other pets or people.

Animal health requirements may differ state to state; even airlines may have their own pet travel requirements. Check with your airline and the states you’re traveling to see if they require a health certificate. We highly recommend checking https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel/interstate-pet-travel.

When should I start the process?

As soon as your travel dates are solidified, we encourage you to contact our veterinary practice to start the health certificate process.

Certificates must be issued within 10 days of travel. It is important to note that a pet must be at least eight weeks old and fully weaned before traveling. Again, we highly recommend looking at the APHIS website for specific information. The process should be started early to allow time for meeting requirements.

How can I obtain a domestic health certificate?

First, check with your airline and destination states to see if a travel health certificate is required.

If a certificate is required, your pet must pass a health examination and be up-to-date on their Rabies vaccination.

We will work with you to determine your needs, based on your travel destination. Since requirements differ by each state and airline, we encourage you to gather information as early as possible. https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel/interstate-pet-travel