Travel Planning: Pet Health Certificates in Madisonville
Are you getting ready to go on a vacation and plan to bring along your pet? It’s important to plan ahead when it comes to traveling with animal companions. This includes getting a travel certificate for your pet before you get leave.
When traveling with your pets from one state to another or from the United States to another country, you must be prepared to show evidence that your pet is healthy to travel and is carrying no infectious diseases. This is to protect other animals from getting sick. What’s more, since animals can carry diseases that can cross over to people, a health certificate is also needed to protect the health of your fellow travelers and the people at your final destination. A health certificate is also often referred to as a travel certificate, but they mean the same thing.
Tchefuncte Animal Hospital Can Provide Pet Travel Certificates
If you’re traveling with your pets, you should get their pet travel certificates as soon as possible. Otherwise, they might have to stay at home. At our animal hospital in Madisonville, we have years of experience certifying pets are healthy for travel and we welcome the opportunity to test your pet too. The obtaining a health certificate requires a quick visit with our veterinarian so they can ensure that your pet is healthy and up to date on vaccinations and medications.
Our vet in Madisonville wants to remind you that animals traveling within the continental U.S. must have a health certificate that is provided by the vet within less than 10 days before the date of travel. Remember to provide your veterinarian with the address where you will be staying, because this information must be added to the travel certificate. Included in the documentation is proof that your pet has gotten a rabies vaccination. If your pet is in need of vaccinations, please plan your appointment far enough ahead of time to ensure that we can provide the necessary vaccines.
Beyond the continental U.S., there are extra provisions for people who plan to bring their pet to Hawaii. This state requires pets to have a microchip (so they can be identified if lost) along with rabies vaccines and parasite treatment. When handled properly, there is a five-day quarantine period for your pet upon arrival in Hawaii. If you do not fulfill their requirements precisely, your pet may need to be quarantined for 120 days. If you would like to reference the specific travel certificate requirements for each state and many other countries please visit the USDA’s website on Pet Travel.
Don’t Delay! Make an Appointment to Get Your Pet’s Travel Certificate at Our Animal Hospital in Madisonville Today!
You don’t want to run the risk of discovering at the last minute that your pet cannot travel because you lack the proper documentation. That would put a damper on your upcoming vacation. It’s easy for pet owners to get pet travel certificates when they make an appointment with our veterinarian in Madisonville, LA. For more information about travel requirements for pets or to book an appointment with your veterinarian in Madisonville, please connect with Tchefuncte Animal Hospital today.