We always carry up-to-date certs of vcaccination on all the pets. That usually will satisfy any requirement. Had health certs when we went to AK and crossed the border several times - never asked to produce them but you hve to know that the officials have the right to ask and then you must produce so better safe than sorry.
but you hve to know that the officials have the right to ask and then you must produce so better safe than sorry.
Actually I don't believe border guards have the right to ask for a health certificate for a pet. The only document legally required is a rabies certificate. I do recall reading something about health certificates being required for animals being transported across the border for commercial reasons.
Me and the DH
Two boys and two dogs (and two cats who prefer to stay home)
2008 Forest River Georgetown 350DS (bunkhouse model)
2001 Honda CR-V
Every country is responsible for import regulations. The US has very limited EXPORT regulations, so if you are going to Canada or Mexico, it's up to them to set the regulations. They change frequently so it's a good idea to check before you go.
Entering the US the import regulations can be found at the USDA-APHIS web site. A summary for dogs and cats is below
CATS AND DOGS
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has regulations on the importation of dogs and cats into the United States. In general, they require that dogs be vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days prior to entry, except for puppies younger than 3 months and dogs originated or located for 6 months in areas considered to be free of rabies. A dog with an unexpired health certificate meets these requirements. We strongly suggest you visit the CDC web site at: http://www.cdc.gov/animalimportation/BringingAnimalToUs.html or call them at 1-800-232-4636, for more information on their regulations. There is no vaccination regulation for cats.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has certain restrictions on the importation of dogs. Collies, shepherds, and other dogs that are imported from any part of the world except Canada, Mexico, and regions of Central America and the West Indies and that are to be used in the handling of livestock must be inspected and quarantined at the port of entry for a sufficient time to determine their freedom from tapeworm.
The regulation from state to state vary, but the USDA-APHIS (I think) regulate interstate transport of commercial animals. I don't really deal with this, so if anyone has better information, I yield to their expertise.
Doug & Sandy
Jill (12yr old Golden) Charmin (at the bridge)
Henry our camping cat
2009 Honda CRV
Just did a search and the Oregon.com web site shows a table. Included is:
Interstate transport of dogs
Rabies vaccination is required for dogs by all states.
Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (abbreviated CVI, sometimes incorrectly called a ´health certificate´) is required by all states, except California and Texas. Louisiana, Montana requires CVI only if there is a change in owner. North Dakota no CVI required when in state for less then 7 days.
Never seen it, hope I never do. Sure don't want them at state lines also.
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Being in rescue, that's one thing I never fully understood or got a grasp on. There are laws, which can vary from state to state, but the laws are on the books.
I don't know of any John Q. Public getting stopped for crossing a state line with Fido in the vehicle.
Then you get all the ya-hoos who are retiring and/or relocating to here and there, and they can't take the dog with them. I actually started asking where they were going and what routes they were taking -- I did not know we had gestapo at the state lines, refusing to let people leave with their pets.
Tried to shame them, but they don't care. It's one thing if someone is dying and trying to get their affairs in order - but just because they are moving and can't be bothered...
Back to the laws, by me having a licensed kennel, I am in the cross-hairs and have to have the required paperwork when the warden inspects and sees that a dog came in from out of state. I know back a few years, some rescues used long distance truck drivers to transport a dog to an adopter or from a shelter to a rescue. The truckers had to have the proper paperwork if they got stopped - but even though they were not profiting from the transport - it was a favor - the fact that it's a commercial vehicle probably puts them in the target for compliance.
It gets complicated. With laws being different in every state, it's hard for an individual to keep track of all of them. And then there always seems to be some issues that are open to interpretation. And then there are all the laws that really aren't enforced, unless something happens to blow the lid off of things.
From a personal standpoint, when we travel, I take the dogs' current medical records with me, and a copy of their rabies vaccinations. We've stayed at a couple of campgrounds who photocopied their certificates and put them in their file. Which was good, as it was a place we went several times. I always take the rabies certificates along in when we register, but the vast majority don't even look at them. They just say you need them if anyone inquires.
Whatever hits the fan will not be evenly distributed.
Somewhere along the same lines??? I have heard that there are strict rules about dogs entering Hawaii. They can't be older or something like that, anyone?
There is no rabies in Hawaii and they don't want it - hence the strict laws.
? Hawai'i's Animal Quarantine Law
Hawai`i is rabies-free. Hawai`i's quarantine law is designed to protect residents and pets from potentially serious health problems associated with the introduction and spread of rabies. All dogs and cats, regardless of age (puppies and kittens included) or purpose, must comply with Hawai`i’s dog and cat import requirements.
Chapter 4-29 Hawai`i Administrative Rules, governs the importation of dogs, cats and other carnivores into Hawai`i. This law states that dogs and cats meeting specific pre- and post-arrival requirements may qualify for 5-day–or-less quarantine program, which has a provision for direct release at Honolulu International Airport after inspection.
Furthermore, the law requires dogs and cats that do not meet all of the specific 5-Day-Or-Less program requirements to be quarantined for up to 120 days upon arrival in Hawai`i. Please read thoroughly the following documents containing details on the rabies quarantine programs for importing dogs and cats.
Vaccination records are not the same thing as a CVI. A CVI for interstate travel is only good for 30 or 60 days (I forget which) and will be submitted to the State Vet where the CVI is issued after the veterinary inspection of each animal. There are also intrastate CVIs. CVIs typically apply to transportation of livestock or to companion animals being sold.
We are required to get one for our sheep prior to putting on a herding demonstration off the farm. In MD an intrastate CVI is good for the entire year and the vet examines the individuals to be transported and our entire flock. In MD an intrastate CVI is only good for 30 or 60 days (I forget how long).