Moving pets within the U.S.?


My dog and I are going to be moving from New York to Los Angeles. What is required for all live animals crossing state lines?


The requirements for moving domestically are fairly simple. The following are regulations for pets traveling domestically within the United States as well as entering the United States from any country.

Health Certificate – Within 10 days of departure a vet will need to issue a Health Certificate. This certificate states that the pet is in good health and OK to fly.

Other Requirements for Dogs and Cats:

Rabies Vaccination & Certificate – In general, it is required 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.

Dogs and cats coming from areas not free of rabies must be accompanied by a valid rabies vaccination certificate. If a vaccination has not been performed, or if the certificate is not valid, the animal may be admitted immediately upon arrival at a place of the owner’s choosing. The dog must be vaccinated within four days after arrival at the final destination, but no more than 10 days after arrival at the port of entry. The animal must remain in confinement for at least 30 days after being vaccinated.

For import, it is important to note: All pets are subject to inspection at ports of entry for evidence of infectious diseases that can be transmitted to humans.

Exotic pets (like birds, snakes, turtles, fish, etc.) require additional documents and travel crate arrangements. It is best to consult with a professional when it comes to shipping these delicate species.