Can I Bring My Pet to the United States?

Are you immigrating to the United States and are concerned about whether or not you can bring your pet with you? This is a common concern many immigrants to the United States have – after all, pets are like family! We hear this one a lot. The short answer is yes, you can bring your pet with you when you immigrate to the United States. However, there are a few requirements that you need to take seriously before you bring your pet into the country: Pet US

How to bring your pet into the United States

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the governing body when it comes to animal imports, which is what you are doing when you bring an animal into the country when you immigrate to the United States. Note that when you bring any animal into the United States, they may have to undergo an additional veterinary inspection to ensure they do not pose a health or disease threat to other animals or even people. If the animal appears sick, a vet will have to inspect your pet at your own expense.

When you bring a cat into the United States, you do not need proof of a rabies vaccination or a health certificate. However, this is only federal law. The laws in different states vary, and you may want to get a certificate of rabies vaccination from your vet just in case as the state you are moving to may require it. The certificate should simply state the vaccination’s trade name, the date of vaccination and the description of your cat. In addition the vet should sign the certificate.

When you bring a dog into the United States, you are required to have a certificate of rabies vaccination from your vet in most cases. This certificate must include the date of vaccination, be signed by the vet, describe your animal and the vaccine that was used.

Some countries are considered rabies-free by the United States, and if you are immigrating to the United States from one of these countries you only need to have a certificate from your vet stating that the dog has lived in the country for the past six months.

Here is the list of rabies-free countries: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2012/chapter-3-infectious-diseases-related-to-travel/rabies.htm#785

If you’re concerned about bringing a more rare type of pet into the United States, such as a bird, monkey, rodent or turtle, visit the Centers for Disease Control website here. http://www.cdc.gov/animalimportation/BringingAnimalToUs.html

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