Reader Gail, getting ready for her next trip to Italy with Puccini, her Cavalier, learned in February that the form of health certificate for pets traveling to an E.U. country has changed, as of December 29, 2014. She let me know promptly, and I’ve been trying to get my act together to write a post about it ever since.
Here’s a link to the new form [PDF], and here’s a link to an annotated, explanatory version of it [PDF]. For comparison’s sake, here’s … Read more
A couple of days ago I wrote a post about how Alaska Airlines has changed its pet travel policy to require a health certificate for travelers with in-cabin pets. That was newsworthy because for the past several years, no major U.S. airline other than Hawaiian had that policy. Health certificates are, and (essentially) always have been, required for crated pets traveling as baggage/cargo, but for in-cabin pets they were a thing of the past — so much so that there was … Read more
One of the souvenirs we returned with from our recent vacation was an official E.U. pet passport for Chloe. I call it a “souvenir” because it doesn’t really count, in our case — we are not European Union residents, nor are we residents of “one of the neighbouring countries where the rabies status matches that of the EU. This includes: Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican City State.” I look forward to the day when … Read more
In a previous post, I’ve talked about how to get hold of the current forms needed to import a pet into France (generally speaking, the same form is used throughout the E.U., but look out for local variations, like the tapeworm treatments required by the U.K., Ireland, Finland, and Malta). That info is still good, but reader Bridget asked to see an example of the actual paperwork, properly filled out and USDA-endorsed — such a good idea, and so timely, … 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