Veterinary Services

Pet Travel Health Certificate

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Traveling with Pets?
Get Your Required Health Certificates.

If you are preparing to travel with your pet on an airline or take them across a border, you will not only need a health certificate but also to be fully aware of the requirements for your destination.

A health certificate is a federal document generated by a federally-accredited veterinarian. The certificate ensures that a pet has met specific health criteria. There are two general types of health certificates for pets: domestic for interstate travel within the U.S. (usually by air) and international. Both types have stringent rules veterinarians cannot bend.

If you are traveling domestically, click here to check the requirements for your destination state(s).

International health certificates are usually far more complicated and have stringent policies depending on the country. They may take up to a couple of months to complete due to requirements for vaccination, testing, and how long to wait after administering specific treatments/vaccinations before we can issue the health certificate. Policies also vary based on whether they will travel with you or as cargo.

In addition, health certificates are only valid for a certain period, so that we will issue them within the validity period for your destination country.

Since requirements are determined by each country and can change frequently, we suggest you check the current pet travel health requirements for your destination country by visiting USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service USDA APHIS.

At Renton Veterinary Hospital, we can provide you with a pet health certificate for both domestic and international needs. Given that some destinations require such in-depth testing before travel to avoid lengthy quarantine be sure to schedule your appointment well before your travel date.

Ensure a Safe Journey with a Pet Travel Health Certificate

When traveling with your beloved pet, their health and well-being are of utmost importance. Whether you’re planning a domestic trip within the U.S. or an international adventure, Renton Veterinary Hospital is here to provide over-the-top care and issue the necessary Pet Travel Health Certificate to ensure a smooth and stress-free journey.

Understanding Health Certificates

A health certificate is a federal document generated by a federally-accredited veterinarian. It proves that your pet meets the specific health criteria required for travel. There are two main types of health certificates:

  1. Domestic Health Certificate: If you’re traveling within the United States, a domestic health certificate is typically required for interstate travel, especially by air.
  2. International Health Certificate: If you’re venturing across borders, international health certificates come into play. These certificates have more complex requirements and policies depending on the destination country.

Complying with Travel Requirements

Travel requirements for pets can be intricate and constantly evolving, so being well-prepared is crucial. Here’s how Renton Veterinary Hospital can assist you:

  1. Domestic Travel: We can help you navigate the specific requirements for your destination state(s) within the U.S. Our team is well-versed in the regulations and will ensure that your pet’s health certificate meets all necessary criteria.
  2. International Travel: International health certificates often involve more extensive testing, vaccinations, and adherence to specific timelines. Our experienced veterinarians will guide you through the process, ensuring all requirements are met before issuing the health certificate. We strongly recommend scheduling your appointment well in advance to allow sufficient time to complete any necessary procedures or tests.

Peace of Mind for a Safe Journey

By choosing our pet travel health certificate service, you and your furry companion can enjoy the following benefits:

  • Compliance: We stay up-to-date with the ever-changing regulations and requirements of different countries, ensuring that your pet meets all necessary health standards for travel.
  • Smooth Travel Experience: A valid health certificate eliminates potential delays or complications at airports, borders, or other checkpoints, providing a seamless travel experience for you and your pet.
  • Pet’s Well-Being: Before issuing the health certificate, our veterinarians will thoroughly assess your pet’s health, ensuring they can travel and minimizing the risk of any underlying health concerns.
  • Expert Guidance: Our compassionate team is here to answer any questions you may have regarding pet travel requirements, offering guidance and support throughout the process.

Travel Safely with Renton Veterinary Hospital

At Renton Veterinary Hospital, we understand the significance of traveling with your pet and the importance of their health during the journey. We are here to provide exceptional care for your pet’s travel needs, whether it’s a domestic trip or an international adventure.

We can provide the vaccination documentation, filled-out health certificate, required documents and required information must be provided and researched by the owner at time of appointment or another appointment may need to be booked. 

If you have any questions about our services, please contact us at (425) 255-8676.