Over the hills and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go.  That’s the song we sang in the car as we headed to visit family and friends for the holiday season.  Nowadays many people travel by air to see grandma.  Often, they bring along their pets.  But before you head to grandma’s house, make sure that you know the requirements for your destination and airline.

For domestic travel destinations except for Hawaii, most states and airlines require rabies vaccinations only.  However, always check with your airline regarding their requirements for pets traveling.  It is recommended to check with the locality you are visiting regarding any Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) and any regulations for your pet’s specific breed.  Many of the “bully” breeds (i.e. Staffordshire Terrier), Rottweilers, Doberman Pinchers, etc. have been banned or have strict regulations throughout the United States.  The airline may also have specific regulations regarding breeds.

If you’re planning international travel, you may need to start months in advance.  For the most up to date information regarding pet travel to another country, visit the USDA’s (www.aphis.usda.gov) website.  The website will provide you with the health requirements, import and quarantine information and any tests or vaccinations needed.  It will also provide you with animals or breeds that are prohibited from entry.

Travel planning is stressful enough and with a pet it adds more strain and worry, especially during this frenzied time of year.  For best results when traveling, enlist the help of a pet travel company like Capital Pet Movers to help relieve some of the stress.  The company will be knowledgeable in the requirements to get your pet safely to their holiday destination.  To find a reputable pet travel company in your area, visit the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association (www.ipata.org).

Capital Pet Movers wishes you and your pet a safe and happy holiday season!