Reader Heather wrote to tell me of two glitches in her preparations for international travel with Sisu, her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy. Heather’s husband is Finnish, and they spend time in Finland every year with their children and, this year, their dog.
Heather had all of her ducks in a row — paperwork, timely tapeworm treatment — but couldn’t get Sisu’s travel papers stamped by the local USDA office for two reasons:
Glitch #1: “[M]y dog had a microchip — correct … Read more
You need to have four three things in hand to take your dog to France from the United States:
1. Proof, in the form of a “Rabies Vaccination Certificate,” that your dog’s rabies vaccination is current. According to the French Embassy, “every animal must have a valid rabies vaccination, even if less than 3 months old. If it is the first rabies vaccination for the pet, you must wait 21 days between the last shot of the vaccination protocol and … Read more
In an earlier post, I talked about the options for microchipping your dog. One of them was double-chipping — that is, implanting both a 125 kHz chip (still most common in the U.S.) and a 134.2 kHz chip (the international standard). Now Banfield pet hospitals (the vets associated with PetSmart stores) offer a double-chipping package called TruePaws. For $29.95, Banfield will implant a 125 kHz microchip and a 134.2 kHz microchip in your dog and give her a tag stating that she has been … Read more
There are two reasons that this topic might be of interest to you. Either you and your dog travel within the United States and you are concerned about the possibility that your dog will be lost, or you plan to travel abroad and need to microchip your dog to meet the import requirements of certain countries (e.g., the E.U., the U.K., Japan).
Either way, the situation should be simple: you go to the vet, they inject a microchip under the skin … Read more