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Veterinary Preparation

  • Last updated on January 24, 2012

There are several veterinary requirements prior to traveling with a pet. This information will aid in the necessary preparation to help give you peace of mind.

Documents 

Health Certificate

Provided by a veterinarian, this form proves the pet is safe to travel. It is not an official document. It is as simple as the pet’s information printed and signed by the veterinarian. It needs to be issued and dated within 10 days of the departure date.

Rabies Certificate

Provided by a veterinarian, this form illustrates the pet is current on the rabies vaccine. This may not be required by the airline, but is good to have up to date in case of emergency. 

Vaccines

Vaccinations and the documentation of thereof may be required by the airline, depending on their regulations. Having them are helpful in emergency situations. 

Dog Vaccinations & Tests

  • Rabies vaccine
  • DHLPP-CVK: A multivalent vaccine protecting against multiple diseases including distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis (optional), parainfluenza, and parvovirus
  • Bordatella: A vaccine intended to prevent against kennel cough
  • Negative Fecal Worm Test; if the test is positive you may be required to show proof of treatment 
  • Puppies must be up to date on vaccinations determined by age

Cat Vaccinations & Tests

  • Rabies vaccine
  • FVRCP: A multivalent vaccine protecting against multiple diseases such as Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calici Virus, and Panleukopenia
  • Feline Leukemia Vaccination
  • Negative Fecal Worm Test; if the test is positive you may be required to show proof of treatment 
  • Kittens must be up to date on vaccinations determined by age