When booking a pet shipment, there is always some paper work that must be completed. This paper work is used to ensure that your pet is healthy enough to travel, and ensures a safe delivery. Most of the time, paperwork can be completed at your regular veterinary office, unless it need be endorsed by the USDA office for international shipment purposes.
it is important to keep in mind that the health certificate issued by your vet is only valid for 10 days and is needed for any type of transportation (ground and air). At the health certificate appointment, your vet will take your pet’s temperature, check their weight, look at their eyes/ears, and make sure that the pet is ready for travel. This appointment normally takes about ten minutes and is crucial for your pet’s safety. Additional paper work is needed for international shipments, and most of the time you will require a 7001 form that may or may not need to be endorsed by your local Aphis Office.
During the hotter and colder months, some airlines will also require you to obtain an acclimation letter, which is to acclimate what temperatures the pet can with-stain. When booking your pet’s travel, be sure to ask about weather restrictions for your local area. The temperatures that need to be acclimated are below 40 and above 75. If you need help obtaining an acclimation letter, you can contact ATW and we can send you an example of what this looks like.
Making sure your pet is healthy and free of injury at time of travel ensures a healthy and safe trip for you pet, and any other pets that are in route. Safety requirements and vet checks may not always be the most fun, but they are a vital part of pet transportation safety.