The licensed veterinarians at Midtown Veterinary Hospital will perform a complete physical examination for the pet’s health certificate for travel within the continental United States, Canada, and Mexico. This certificate will need to be completed within 10 days of travel.
Our team will discuss any specific needs of the pet(s) that will be traveling or changing hands and will address any health issues that are identified during the examination. We also help to advise pet owners on any health risks for the pet(s) that are specific to the area in which he or she will be traveling.
Regulations vary when traveling with animals internationally. For the safety of your pet(s), we require that you work with a travel agency in order for us to issue an international travel certificate. An additional fee will apply if you do not. These companies will do anything from gathering required paperwork, verifying the documentation is correct and getting it sent to the USDA office for an official seal to helping arrange flights and travel plans.
Below are two examples of travel agencies that have worked with us in the past:
Happy Tails Travel
1121 E 7th St
Austin TX 78702
When traveling internationally, it is important to:
- Start planning early - It is important to make appointments in a timely manner so that all paperwork can be completed correctly, and to ensure all requirements have been met.
- Visit www.aphis.usda.gov for more information regarding requirements and paperwork needed for travel.
- Contact the consulate of the country you will be entering to make sure your pet has been approved for travel. Each country has its own specific requirements for importing animals.
- Have your pet microchipped. Identification microchips are required in some countries, but always recommended for pets that will be traveling to prevent confusion with identification.
We are very lucky to have THREE USDA accredited veterinarians to help complete the required paperwork for travel.
Tips for Travel
- Arrive at the airport EARLY. This will allow you to have plenty of time to walk your dogs and make sure they relieve themselves before a long flight.
- Going through security: most of the time, security officials will ask that you carry your pet through security with you and allow them to put the carrier on the belt. For this reason, we recommend having a harness on your pet to give you a better hold when going through security.
- Fast your pet. No food for at least 4 hours prior to your flight. You can bring a small bag of food and a foldable water bowl for feeding/water when you land. Bring a small amount of treats to give if needed during the wait before boarding.
- While you wait in the boarding area, be aware that there are a lot of people around (even on late flights). Be prepared for young kids running around wanting to approach and play with your pets, large crowds to get through with your pet, and other situations that could potentially cause added stress.
- Bring a small blanket or jacket to lay over the kennel during flight – this will help keep your pet calm and relaxed.
- Line the kennel with a potty pad to allow absorption in the case of an accident. Bring extra to use if needed.
- Bring records, and be aware of health certificate requirements.
- Lastly, HAVE FUN. Flights, though stressful, can be a lot of fun and a pleasant experience for your pet.