If you’re planning a cross-country or overseas trip with your pet, you must have the proper documentation. Dr. Chantal Mullins and the other veterinarians at Godspeed Animal Care in Williamsburg, Virginia, are licensed USDA-accredited veterinarians and are experts in pet travel certification. This is important to you as each airline has its own specifications as does each country, so determining what travel documentation you’ll need can be tricky. Rest assured that our staff provides you with the proper documentation prior to your travels.
As soon as you know when you’ll be traveling, contact our office for an appointment. Getting the pet health certifications can take time and most certifications must be issued within 10 days of your trip. Our veterinarians and staff determine your destination’s travel requirements, and we ensure that your pet meets those requirements.
When you bring in your dog or cat for the travel certification, we provide a full examination of your pet. This exam is similar to our wellness examinations and includes a check for internal and external parasites. We also make sure your pet is free of any contagious diseases such as distemper and bordetella (kennel cough) and up to date on required vaccinations.
Once your animal receives a clean bill of health from our veterinarians, you receive the health certification that day if traveling in the United States. If you are traveling outside the country with your dog or cat, it may take a few days to receive the certification. This is why it’s important to contact Godspeed Animal Care as soon as you know of your travel plans.