requirements for flying with dog
i realize there has been alot posted on this website regarding traveling with a dog to the USVI, but i am hoping someone who has brought a dog from the US mainland to USVI within the past few months can answer this question for me...
aside from the vet certificate for my dog, which i will get from my vet within 10 days of flying, what are the requirements for entry? i have found differing info regarding when the rabies shot needs to have been given...
anyone know what the correct requirements are?
Health Certificate & Rabie shot.
Depending on the animals size, you'll need the correct sized crate for them. Besure to call the airline ahead of time to advise them you will be traveling with a pet & get a reservation for them!!! The airlines limit the number of animals per flight.
Its a fairly simple process, just stay calm & relaxed so your pet doesn't pick up on the nervous vibe & all should be ok. Have all paperwork ready @ checkin too, it only takes a couple secs to look it over & secure your pet .
Also, when are you traveling?? There are restrictions for flying due to temps (too hot/cold)....be sure to check with the airline on that too.
yep! i have everything all planned for- have made the reservation for my dog as well as my husband and i, have the appropriate sized crate, etc....
just wanted to know if anyone knows how recently the rabies shot needs to have been given to my dog?! different websites are saying different things...
anyone entered recently!?
The Shot must be current for the entire time you are on the island, so if your are going to be there (USVI) for the month of April and your current shot date expiration is May, Your Good. Your health certificate will have all the dates and shots ( recorded by your hometown Vet.) The same certificate is used for your return trip.
The rabies shot just needs to be up-to-date. There are a couple of different shots--some last three years, others last one year. If your dog has the rabies shot that lasts three years, then just make sure the vet puts that down on the health certificate. Also, the health certificate is a domestic health certificate--sometimes the stateside vet will not know that USVI is considered domestic for pet travel and try to give you an international certificate.
cagrace, if it is your dog's first rabies shot (not likely if you are coming from the USA), I would do it at least 1 month before travel. However, if he/she has been getting them previously, then if just has to be valid on the dates you travel. As stxem pointed out, make sure your Vet understands the certificate is for domestic travel. The certificate is just for the airline, nobody will check it on your arrival, and you are not required to be met by the Government Vet etc.