STEP 1: Anti-Vaxxers Are Out of Luck When Importing Dogs to the USA!
Dogs and cats are at risk of avoidable death from an increase in unproven anti-vaccination “remedies” being sold online, says UK’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals https://t.co/4mJcbplQT4
— AVMAvets (@AVMAvets) May 15, 2018
NEED CLARIFICATION? Plan ahead and contact the National Import Export Services by phone at (301) 851-3300 or email:
STEP 2: This Dog is For Sale!
- parainfluenza virus.
If you have had your dog vaccinated (including boosters), this usually isn’t an issue. Just make sure you have the appropriate documentation from your veterinarian. However, if the dog being imported is from any of the countries listed in Step 5 below, inspection is required.
STEP 3: Excuse me Bella, Your Papers Please!
Don’t head to the airport without a valid health certificate and rabies vaccination certificate. These need to be issued to you by an English speaking veterinarian before importing dogs to the USA.
Importing dogs to the USA for sale require a special permit which can be obtained through the United States Department of Agriculture.
STEP 4: Farm Dogs Need Special Treatment
STEP 5: It’s For YOUR Protection!
- Democratic Republic
- Dominican Republic
- United Arab Emirates
For a complete list of countries, please visit: http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ah
STEP 6: Leaving on a Jet Plane?
Not all dogs are welcomed on all flights. The first thing you should do is read the policies of the airline you will be using. Make sure to make arrangements with the airline in advance.
Small dog breeds that can fit into a crate capable of being stored under the seat in front of you might be okay. In some cases, the airline may require your dog be stored in cargo. Make sure you know ahead of time and consider the safety and comfort of your dog.
The following YouTube video will give you some perspective on taking your dog on a plane.
Your dog will be examined at the port of entry to make sure he/she is free from disease.
IMPORTANT: If your dog doesn’t appear to be in good health and must be examined again by a licensed veterinarian, you are responsible for paying the bill.
It’s also important to note that any pets traveling alone must be claimed by a legal resident of the United States. That person must also have a valid address.
STEP 7: Companion Dogs Versus Commercial Dogs
There are different requirements for pets entering the United States versus dogs meant for resale. Any dog meant for resale must be over 6 months old and fully vaccinated.
Questions to Ask Yourself before Importing Dogs to the USA.
Before buying from breeders (whether local to your country or elsewhere), consider the number of dogs in shelters. Kill shelters simply euthanize dogs who aren’t adopted within a certain amount of time.
People who love dogs have the best of intentions, but it’s really important to do some soul-searching before settling on a pure breed. In fact, there are pure breeds waiting for a forever home in shelters right now.
The decision to bring your dog with you on a big move is honorable. Some people leave their dogs behind (either to fend for themselves or worse) or give them up to anyone who will take them. Traveling is stressful for everyone, including your dog. The best thing you can do is make sure all of the travel arrangements and paperwork is completed well before the move.
Don’t forget to check with the airlines before arriving at the gate. Choose an airline that truly cares for animals.
At the end of the day, safety is paramount. Gathering up and providing all of the necessary paperwork might be frustrating, but its designed to protect us all…including our dogs.
We all want our dogs to arrive at the destination free from injury and as unstressed as possible.