The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulates air transportation of pets within the U.S. You can always find up-to-date information on pet travel at the USDA website.

The USDA requires that pets be at least 8 weeks old and fully weaned before traveling by air. Only pets in good health will be permitted to fly. Airlines will not transport animals that are violent, ill, or in physical distress.

When traveling with pets from the continental United States to Hawaii or a foreign country, international pet travel regulations will apply. These regulations vary by destination; the U.S. Department of Agriculture website has an International Travel page that can refer you to the information specific to pet travel in your intended destination.


All pets crossing state borders, with the exception of guide dogs, are required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to have a rabies immunization certificate, as well as a valid health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian within 30 days of travel. In some cases, such as when the pet is traveling in cargo, a health certificate issued within 10 days of departure will be required. To find out what timeline applies to your pet, visit the USDA website well in advance of your scheduled travel date.

International travel with pets often requires obtaining certain immunizations or immunization records well in advance. Be sure to research the pet travel requirements specific to your destination as soon as possible after booking your trip. Some immunizations entail a series of shots beginning months before the travel date, so the earlier you research the applicable travel regulations, the better!


Airlines are required by abide by USDA guidelines for pet travel; in addition, airlines may impose their own regulations or fees for flying with pets. For airline-specific travel policies, refer to the Airline Pet Policies page on or visit the website of the individual carrier.


To obtain a health certificate for your pet, your pet will need to be seen by one of our vets within the required timeframe. You can make an appointment for your pet’s exam using our online scheduling tool, or call the clinic directly at (408) 377-4043.