WW2 – A pilot on his plane with a British bulldog. (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images)

Pet Passports – International Health Certificates: 

Dr. Baxter is accredited & licensed by the USDA-APHIS to authorize pet travel to international locations.  Her certification extends to all species.  In the EU, international health certificates may be referred to as “Pet Passports”, however those are not recognized by the US and many other countries.  You will need an APHIS 7001 form (IHC) and in most cases another certificate from the destination country in order to travel. Only a USDA-accredited vet can complete these certificates.

May 1941: The pilots of a World War II British fighter squadron crowded around a spitfire with their canine mascot. (Photo by Parker/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

If you plan to travel with your pet, contact us as soon as possible (even before your flight date has been determined) as many countries have an extensive list of requirements that may significantly impact the timeline of your upcoming travel.  Dr. Baxter is an expert in pet travel and is ultimately responsible for ensuring you have everything you need to travel with your pet.  The minimum requirements include:

  1. Up to date Rabies vaccination with Rabies certificate (signed by administering DVM)
  2. A 15-digit ISO/universal microchip (These typically start with a 9) implanted in your pet on or before the date of his/her most recent Rabies vaccine
  3. 10 day pre-trip examination at our office wherein Dr. Baxter will also prepare the official documents.  Depending on the destination country, some can be filed electronically, others must be mailed to the USDA for federal endorsement, then subsequently mailed back to you prior to your trip. *

*Many destination countries have other requirements, but these change with time.  Please check in with us for the most up to date itinerary/timeline.  You can visit the USDA APHIS Pet travel website below for updates, but it is easy to misinterpret the specifics of the medical terminology.  Also keep in mind that some blood tests, vaccine and quarantine requirements may result in 3-12 weeks of delay. Regulations for pet travel are taken very seriously by the USDA and all destination countries.  It is imperative that all requirements are met, drawn out by an accredited veterinarian (not a pet travel company), and you have all the proper paperwork in hand.

USDA APHIS Pet Travel sitehttps://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel

Two of the pet corgis of Queen Elizabeth II being carried from an airplane by the pilot and a bodyguard, as the Royal Family return to London from Balmoral, England,1983. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)

Airline considerations: 

Please note that despite meeting regulations for the destination country, your particular airline of choice may also have some unique restrictions/guidelines.  Some breeds are not allowed to fly in cargo due to age, breed, and medical impairments.  Most airlines shut down pet travel if the ambient temperature is >80 degrees fahrenheit (late May-late August in Houston).  Special crates must be purchased with proper dimensions, features and identifiers.  The airlines will be able to inform you if your pet is allowed to travel in the cabin vs. cargo and what food/water/bedding is allowed if in cargo. We will be happy to assist you in interpreting any of these details once you know your carrier of choice.

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