A health certificate is likely required if you are traveling between states or outside of the country with your pet(s). Health certificates are time sensitive and frequently need to be completed just days prior to your departure. It is important to know the requirements of your route and destination as well as the specifications for the airlines you are using if flying.
Depending on the country of your destination (or state in Hawaii’s or Alaska’s case), there may be numerous requirements to fulfill. These can include Rabies titer check, international microchip implantation, heartworm and other parasite control, and other special testing. A quarantine period is often required but you can often shorten this period and save yourself money by being prepared.
Most of the requirements are very time sensitive so we recommend starting the research about a year in advance when traveling outside of the lower 48 states.
A great place to start is PetRelocation.com. Keep in mind they state on their website that they may not have the up to date requirements listed. We will contact the proper authorities within your destinations state or country to obtain their most current requirements to minimize or eliminate a quarantine period at your end destination.
We deal with multiple, out of country, health certificates every year and are happy to have you contact us for assistance with this complicated process.