Moving Abroad With a Pet – Visiting a USDA-Certified Veterinarian
The process of moving to a new country can be exciting, challenging and nerve-wracking. If you need to take household pets abroad with you, there are important things you need to know to make sure that your pet is properly prepared and has all of the necessary paperwork. This article will discuss the importance of visiting a USDA-approved veterinarian.
The single most important thing that you need to know when preparing for your dog’s visit to vet is not to assume that your regular veterinarian will be able provide you with the proper documentation. In fact, most major metropolitan areas have only a few USDA-certified vets able to complete the necessary paperwork for travel. As such, it’s important to ask your vet right away if they are certified and, if not, research animal doctors in your state that could conduct the proper exam.
Another important thing to consider is the tentative date of travel. Most countries require that your pet’s exam be completed within 10 days of departure. Since the paperwork your vet gives you then needs to be sent for certification by your state’s USDA, it’s imperative to schedule your appointment early. Ideally, you should schedule the exam in the first day or two of your window.
The actual exam your pet receives is quite simple. The doctor will make sure there are no major medical problems, review the pet’s vaccination history, and provide you with the necessary paperwork. Many vets will even provide the paperwork already translated into the language of your future home!