Traveling with your pet can be stressful on both owners and their pets. We have created this page to provide our clients with as much information as possible regarding traveling with your pet. Below are links and contact information where you can find information about specific documents that need to be completed prior to getting on an airplane with your furry friend. Different states/countries require different documentation. It is important to start the process of fulfilling these requirements as soon as you make the decision to bring your pet to another state/country. Some countries or states require rabies titers, rabies vaccinations and microchipping many months prior to your travel date. If documentation, blood tests, vaccinations and other specific requirements are not met, your pet can be quarantined or detained upon arrival of your destination. It is the responsibility of the owner of the pet to fulfill the specific requirements of their destination, but our staff will do our best to accommodate our clients to fulfill these needs. Each of our doctors are USDA accredited and will ensure that your pet is safe enough for travel, discuss medications, review your pet's vaccination history, and sign official documentation necessary for travel.
Here are a few first steps to take before you travel with your pet:
1. Please contact the USDA APHIS veterinary services 389 Oyster Point Blvd Suite 2, South San Francisco, CA 94080. (650) 876-9358. Fax (650) 876-9008 and visit the USDA APHIS Pet Travel website. You can contact them via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Please visit the USDA APHIS website to look up specific requirements for different countries. Some destinations require 3-6 months of planning and testing prior to travel, so please come prepared to your appointment. Microchip information, vaccination certificates, titers, medication administration, blood tests and examinations sometimes need to be done prior to travel.
3. Call your airline to find out the details regarding health certificates. Each airline has a different time frame with regards to how early you can have the health certificate signed before travel and how many days the certificate is valid for.
4. If your pet was vaccinated for rabies at a clinic other than Arguello Pet Hospital, please make sure to provide us with the rabies certificate. You can either bring the certificate with you or email us at email@example.com.
5. Please provide Arguello Pet Hospital with the address and phone number of your destination when you call to schedule your initial appointment.