Pet Vaccinations For Travel
When you travel with your pets, whether it's across the United States or to another country, you will need a health certificate. In fact, most airlines won't let your pet on the plane without one. These health certificates not only ensure that your pet is in good health, but also that he or she has had the right vaccinations. Many states and countries have specific rules as to what kinds of vaccinations your pet must have and when they need to have them. Even if they don't you may want to get certain vaccinations anyway to protect your pet. Here are some of the more commonly recommended ones.
Nearly all airlines and locations require a current rabies vaccination for both cats and dogs. The vaccine must be given to your pet within a certain amount of time before you travel, sometimes days, weeks or months before. These vaccinations come in one, two, and three-year versions and not all countries recognize all three types, so check ahead. Your pet may also be required to take a rabies titer test.
DHPPI for Dogs
While not always required for travel, this vaccine protects your dog from a variety of highly contagious diseases such as parvo and adenovirus. Many of these viruses can persist in the environment long after the dog has left the area. Unless you plan on keeping your dog completely away from any dog park or other dogs while traveling, you should get this vaccine as a precaution. Chances are the viruses will be present wherever you travel if there are dogs in the area.
FVRCP Vaccine for Cats
Like the DHPPI vaccine for dogs, this vaccine covers the most serious and contagious diseases in cats including feline leukemia and distemper. Because cats don't usually spend a lot of time in contact with other cats when they travel, it is less likely that your cat will have a problem without this vaccine. However, if you are not sure about whether there have been other cats around at your destination, then you should give it to your cat as a precaution.
In some cases, your pet may not even need a rabies vaccination, though it is rare. However, for your pet's protection, you should get any preventative vaccination available. You never know what kind of outbreak may be happening once you get to your destination. Some areas may require other vaccinations depending on the problem diseases in their area. Puppies and kittens under a certain age are often not required to be vaccinated. See a veterinarian like Apple Valley Animal Hospital or visit an animal hospital if you need vaccinations and a health certificate.