Taking a pet to the United States is highly regulated. Your dog must first be identified using an electronic chip. Be careful, because tattooing is not allowed in the United States! You will also need to bring an up-to-date vaccination card, a valid passport for the dog, as well as a certificate of good health dated 10 days before your departure, issued directly by the veterinarian.
As for the journey of the animal by plane, it is necessary to inquire with each airline, because each one has its own rules on the question of the animal transport. The animal is often considered as a second piece of luggage and travels in the cabin or in the hold in a cage depending on its size and weight. In this article SmartDogLover will reveal what documents are required, how to transport and clarify many other questions and care you should take.
Is There A Quarantine To Enter The USA?
There is a prior no quarantine for dogs returning to the United States. Attention, because this rule can differ according to the states. For example, the importation of animals into the state of Hawaii and the Territory of Guam, a quarantine period is imposed. The presence and duration of quarantine of animals on American soil therefore vary according to the states, but also the status of vaccination against rabies of the animal.
What Are The Dog's Vaccines To Predict?
Rabies vaccination is compulsory for animals coming from any country. Without vaccination, no flight can allow dogs to travel to another country.
Some Tips To Go To The USA With Your Dog
Before leaving, make sure your pet can withstand the stress of a flight as long as this one. Accustom him to his transport cage as soon as possible. Choose the right kennel for your dog. In addition, if you choose to go to a hot climate, choose a flight that will make you arrive at night or in the early morning to prevent the cage of your companion from disembarking in the heat. Finally, check the companies that accept dogs and cats on board, as is the case for United Airlines.
Are Dogs Accepted Everywhere In The United States?
The United States is the ideal country to bring your pet. Indeed, the American population is very "pet-friendly" and the dogs are very appreciated. You will find no problem in many dog-parks to take your companion. There are also dog-friendly hotels that accept the presence of dogs. In general, many places are allowed to dogs, like some national parks and lots of beaches. The Grand Canyon National Park is one of the most dog-friendly parks in the US. You will indeed have the opportunity to browse the hiking trails with your doggie. On the other hand, Zion National Park refuses dogs on any part of the park. In general, if you want to survey the national parks,
Some cities and states are particularly pet-friendly: this is the case of New York, but also of San Francisco, Texas and Oregon.
Is The US Climate Is Suitable For All Dogs?
Regarding the climate, it varies greatly depending on the state you are in and some states such as Florida, which has a hot and humid climate, can greatly tire some breeds of dog. Similarly, in winter, temperatures can drop well below 0 ° C in some states. French dogs are not used to this harsh climate that will be more suitable for certain breeds, such as Husky and long haired dogs. It is better to avoid bringing some breeds more fragile and more sensitive to cold, such as Chihuahua. Or, a good coat is needed! Remember also the protection of the legs if you go to the north of the US winter: boots, tanning solution, moisturizing and healing balm for pads. Find here all my advice to travel with his dog in the mountains in winter.
In addition, attention must be paid to problems with pests, insect bites or snake bites in some states.
TRANSPORT ANIMALS SAFELY
It is not enough to buy a carrier box and put the animal in it. The care is much more exhausting:
· You need to know your pet's measurements: length, height and width;
· Choose a carrier that fits your pet's measurements and is approved by IATA , which complies with international animal transport laws;
· Identifies the carrier box, containing the name of the animal, the name of the owner and their contact;
· Take preventive measures to prevent accidents, including: removing the collar, straps and clothing;
· You should not leave anything inside the carrier other than a blanket or small mattress, preferably with the owner's scent, to make it feel familiar and peaceful.
CARRY THE ANIMAL WITH YOU IN THE CABIN
Only small pets will be able to travel with you in the cabin, ie weighing up to a maximum of 10 kilograms (including carrier weight) and, in some companies, the following size limit 50x40x23cm.
TRANSPORT THE ANIMAL IN THE AIRPLANE HOLD
In addition to complying with IATA approved shipping boxes, some companies place additional restrictions, particularly as regards age and weight. Therefore, you may not be able to carry an animal under 3 months and 21 days, other companies do not accept the transport of animals over 32 or 70 kilograms (including the carrier box).
In addition, and in the case of low cost , there are very few airlines that allow traveling with pets
PREPARING YOUR DOG FOR A FLIGHT
The first flight for an animal can be complicated for several reasons: either because they are away from their owners or because the environment itself can trigger bouts of stress and anxiety. As such, it is recommended that you begin grooming the animal for at least one month in advance. In this case, we have some tips for you:
· Train your dog to stay relaxed while being in the carrier box progressively, starting by letting it in for short periods and gradually increasing the time. The first few times you should leave the door open, and only when he is more confident will you close the door;
· Before plane ride, must walk with your dog , so he spend all energies and do all the physiological needs;
· Spend time with the animal before the trip and play with it , leaving it happy and relaxed. You should not use sedatives during a plane trip , as the animal may react poorly to the medicine given, causing breathing difficulties during pressure changes typical of a plane trip;
· You should not feed the animal before the trip , as food or water in the body can be harmful in cases of nervous system changes.
TRAVELING WITH PETS: ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS
When you travel, you take all the materials you will need, so the same should happen to your pet. As such, prepare a suitcase with the usual ration, snacks, toys, necessary medicines and clothing, especially if you travel to very cold temperatures.
In addition, you must maintain a calm and peaceful attitude so that the animal feels its positive energy. It will be alright!
Here are some travel accessories recommendations.