U.S.D.A. Health Certificates for Traveling
Traveling outside of the United States with your pet requires planning ahead. Most airlines require a general health certificate, and for international travel, a USDA Health Certificate is required. Each country has specific guidelines for traveling with pets, and some of these requirements may take several months to fulfill.
When you are planning to travel with your pet, your first step should be to check out the USDA Website. Read the specific requirements pertaining to your trip, and be sure to comply with all of these. Within 10 days of your trip, you will need an appointment with a veterinarian who is certified to sign and stamp the USDA Health Certificate. Most countries also require the USDA to sign off on the health certificate, and this can be done either in person by appointment or through the mail.
Dr. Stacy Kilcullen and Dr. Claudia Reagan are USDA certified veterinarians on our staff at Little Silver Animal Hospital. They will be happy to assist you with your travel requirements for your pets. For other questions, the USDA phone number is (609)259-5260.