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An Ounce of Prevention… Knowing Interstate Documentation Requirements Helps Owners Avoid Enforcement Troubles
April 19, 2023 by AKC Government Relations

For owners and handlers, the to-do list before traveling to events is always long: getting the dogs bathed and groomed, preparing the vehicle, packing equipment for the dogs, packing clothes for us…the list goes on.  Getting the list completed is usually exhausting, and that’s before hitting the road. 

When our travels take us across state lines, there’s something else that must be checked off the list:  Ensuring our dogs meet the veterinary care requirements of the states we’re traveling to. There is a lot of variation among states’ requirements; and while ensuring that our dogs meet our destination state’s requirements can be time consuming and costly, there’s tremendous upside in being able to substantiate our dogs’ health and vaccination status. Moreover, failing to provide evidence requirements are met can bring about more serious consequences, including removal from event sites, confiscation and quarantine, and fines. 

Regardless of whether you and your dogs travel by car, plane, or a combination of both, the American Kennel Club (AKC) always encourages owners to know and comply with all laws and regulations that apply to them, including interstate travel requirements.  For your convenience, here is a summary of states’ requirements.  

Please note that while every effort has been made to provide current information, laws and regulations often change.  AKC makes no warranties or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information below.  Please check official sources or contact the appropriate state agency for the most up-to-date information. 

USDA also provides information about travelling with pets and about where to find an accredited veterinarian who can provide you with a certificate of veterinary inspection.  Go to https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel

Need help identifying the appropriate state agency to contact for additional information?  AKC Government Relations is happy to help! Email doglaw@akc.org

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