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       Basic Guidelines for Moving with Pets

       Pet travel kit

       Warnings when moving with pets

       Air transportation with pets

       Checklist for air travel

       Pets traveling by vehicle

       Checklist for car travel

       Travel bags and accessories for your pet

       Pet ID tags

       Moving with dogs

       Moving with cats
       Moving with birds

       Moving with small pets

       Moving with horses

       Moving with reptiles

       Moving with fish

       Pets and your new community

       Government laws and regulations about pets

       Arriving at home after the move

       A New Veterinarian

       Checklist for Choosing a New Veterinarian

       Miscellaneous Pet Moving Information

Government laws and regulations about pets

All states have special laws and regulations related to pets. Generally, dogs and cats must have identification tags attached to their bodies at all times. Some states also require birds to be identified by bands that are fitted around one of the legs.

Your pet’s identification tag should have the pet’s name as well as your address and telephone number. Rabies tags may also be required depending on your state, and special tags may be required by airlines for pets to wear during travel.

Contact the state veterinarian of your destination state for requirements and laws. You may be required to obtain an entry permit for your animal to legally enter your new state. These permits and licenses are often limited to a certain period of time in which the animal must complete travel. Additionally, dogs and cats moving to Hawaii are required to be quarantined for up to 120 days.

Additionally, a health certificate may be required for entry into certain states. These may be examined at airports, and your pet can be denied entry in the absence of these certificates. The health certificate verifies that your pet’s vaccinations are up to date.

In relation to horses, many states have special requirements about the location in which these animals can be stabled. Contact the state veterinarian to determine the requirements in your new state.

To learn about interstate traveling regulations for your pets, contact the U.S. State and Territory Animal Import Regulations website at This site, maintained by the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Veterinary Services (USDA/APHIS) has links to current information on regulations for interstate movement of animals. You can also contact the USDA/APHIS Veterinary Services at 1-800-545-USDA to hear automated messages about individual state’s requirements.