What do I need to know when traveling to another state or out of the country for my pet?

Traveling with your pet can be a lot of work but by asking yourself these questions and considering these helpful tips – we can help to make your trip go smoothly.

Are you traveling by airline?

Dog in AirportIf so, check with your airline to see if they require any specific paperwork like a health certificate.

Then, you have to determine if your pet is a small enough size to allow for travel with you in the cabin of the plane. This is the preferred method of airline travel with your pet if possible as you can make sure they are in a pressurized location that is temperature controlled and you can check on them yourself.

If your pet is too big for travel with you in the cabin of the plane – it may be worthwhile to contact a pet mover who has experience with transporting pets.

Where are you traveling to and what are the requirements of your destination location for vaccine requirements or other regulations?

Cat traveling in backpackSome destinations like Australia/New Zealand require months of advanced planning and testing prior to travel. Please do your homework so you are not caught unaware and have to change your trip plans!

For USDA regulations for interstate movement, check out their website: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel/interstate-pet-travel

For USDA regulation for travel to other countries, check out this website: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel/take-pet-to-foreign-country

If you’re leaving the country with your pet – you might as well check what regulations you may run into bringing your pet back:  https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel/bring-pet-into-the-united-states

Does your pet gets stressed when they go in a car or plane?

We can recommend some options for anti-anxiety or sedation for your pet to help the trip go smoothly.

Traveling with your pet can be a great time for everyone and we are happy to be a part of the team to get you safely and successfully to your destination!

Call us when you need to schedule your health certificate appointment or discuss how to make your trip anxiety free.


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