According to South Trail Animal Hospital (STAH) in Fort Myers, Fla., when one travels with a pet much is required in prepping for any kind of travels.
"Health certificates, the proper crate, vaccines, vet exam, lab tests and more need to be known a sufficient amount of time before you and your pet make any trip. When in doubt, ask your vet." - STAH
The kind or type of each pet or scenario above sometimes depends on the kind of trip. Is it a national or international flight, bus, train, car...?
"We recommend that you call your airline, or other transportation, provider as early as possible for their restrictions and requirements concerning animal travel, as they change frequently." - STAH
Do not assume what the rules or laws are when it comes to traveling, either by plane, boat, bus, train or car with your pet. Call your veterinarian, airport or the states you might be traveling to in order to discover what the rules are at the time.
"Health certificates are usually valid for 30 days, however some airlines will make the final decision concerning the length of time from health certificate issuance to flight." - STAH
Domestic flight health certificates (USDA form) require:
- the date of your pet’s most recent Rabies vaccination (pet must be up to date)
- address of your current location and that of where you are traveling to
- an examination done by a licensed veterinarian
"Information about international flights can be found at the USDA's website." - STAH
Be careful, "game rules" can change over a period of time.
South Trail Animal Hospital will give you a copy of your pet’s health certificate to take with you on your flight. Your veterinarian can also prescribe sedatives if your pet is a nervous traveler.