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

As a valued client of our veterinary practice, we're dedicated to assisting you in understanding and implementing the latest guidelines. Your cooperation in following CDC regulations is important, and we're here to provide the necessary support. Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns; our team is here to help.

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:

Travelling with Pets Requiring Medication and New US Border Control Regulations

Travelling with a pet who requires medication adds an extra layer of preparation and consideration to your journey. At Talbot Animal Hospital, we understand the importance of ensuring your pet's health and comfort while travelling, especially when managing medications outside of London. Here are our top tips for pets who require medication:

  1. 1. Plan: Before your trip, contact your veterinarian to ensure your pet's medications are up-to-date and you have an ample supply for the duration of your travels. Obtain copies of prescriptions and any necessary documentation for crossing borders or flying with medications.
  2. Pack Medications Securely: Pack your pet's medications in a secure, waterproof container to prevent damage or loss during travel. Keep medications in their original packaging with clear labels indicating dosage instructions and any special storage requirements.
  3. Bring Extra Medications: Pack extra medication in case of unexpected delays or changes to your travel plans. It's better to have too much medication than not enough, especially when travelling to remote or unfamiliar destinations where refills may be difficult to obtain.
  4. Keep Medications Easily Accessible: Store your pet's medications in a carry-on bag or easily accessible location during your journey. Avoid packing medications in checked luggage or areas that are difficult to reach, as you may need to administer them during transit.
  5. Maintain Medication Schedule: Stick to your pet's regular medication schedule as closely as possible while travelling. Set reminders on your phone or travel itinerary to ensure medications are given at the correct times, even when navigating different time zones.
  6. Research Local Pharmacies: Before travelling to a new destination, research local veterinary services and pharmacies where you can refill prescriptions or obtain emergency medical care if needed. Keep contact information for these services readily available during your trip.

By following these tips and staying organized, you can ensure a safe and comfortable journey for your pet, even when managing medications on the go. If you have any questions or concerns about travelling with a medicated pet, don't hesitate to reach out to our team. We are here to support you every step of the way. Safe travels!