Dog Travel Guidelines to the USA

As of August 1, 2024, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has implemented new regulations concerning the entry of pets into the USA.

You can review the guidelines here:

From August 1, 2024, Onward: What Your Dog Needs to Enter the United States

At our practice, we're dedicated to assisting you as we navigate the latest guidelines together. Your furry friend's well-being is our top priority, and we're committed to ensuring a seamless transition. Just a friendly reminder: while following CDC guidelines is essential, you can count on us to provide support every step of the way.

Additional requirements may apply depending on where the dog has been in the last 6 months and whether or not the dog was vaccinated in the United States. Use the CDC’s Q&A tool (the CDC “DogBot”) to determine what rules apply to your dog:

Essential Tips for Traveling to Tick-Prone Areas with Pets

Travelling with your pet to tick-prone areas requires careful preparation to protect them from tick-borne diseases. Most prevalent in wooded areas, pets are still susceptible to ticks in urban areas, beaches and more. Here are essential tips to help ensure your pet stays safe and healthy during and after your trip:

  1. Use Tick Preventives: Consistently use veterinarian-recommended tick preventives on your pet. These products come in various forms such as topical and oral medications. Apply or administer according to the instructions provided, and continue treatment as directed even after returning home.
  2. Perform Regular Tick Checks: Ticks can latch onto your pet's fur and skin, so perform thorough tick checks regularly, especially after outdoor activities. Pay close attention to areas such as ears, between toes, under the collar, and around the tail.
  3. Pack Tick Removal Tools: Include tick removal tools in your pet's travel kit. These tools can simplify and facilitate the safe removal of ticks during outdoor adventures. Additionally, pack a first aid kit with antiseptic wipes and bandages in case of minor injuries or tick bites. If your pet is bitten by a tick, consult your veterinarian as soon as possible.
  4. Stay Informed about Local Conditions: Research the prevalence of ticks and tick-borne diseases at your destination. Different regions may have varying risks and seasons for tick activity. Understanding these factors allows you to adjust your preventive strategies accordingly and be aware of any specific precautions needed.
  5. Testing for tick-borne diseases: After visiting an area known for ticks and tick-borne diseases, it's wise to have your pet tested once you return home. A straightforward blood test can effectively rule out any potential infections, including Lyme disease.

Travelling to tick-prone areas with your pet requires proactive measures to protect their health and well-being. By consulting your veterinarian, using tick preventives, and performing regular tick checks, you can minimize the risk of tick bites and their negative health effects.