As Americans emerge from the pandemic and begin to think about travel, there are several very important aspects of travel with your pet that you must consider. Congress granted the airlines greater latitude in restricting animals on flights that passengers had previously stated were emotional support animals. As a result, most if not all airlines have now restricted pets accompanying their owners in cabin to those that will fit in a carrier under the seat in front of them and for an additional fee. Any animals larger than that must be certified as service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and must be presented with their certification and with their appropriate human companion. Animals that do not fit any of these two categories may fly in the pressurized hold but certain warm weather airports may be excluded from carrying animals as “cargo” during certain months of the year.
International travel is even more complicated as restrictions on importation of certain species of animals and even breeds of dogs may vary by country. With the United Kingdom leaving the EU under Brexit, the import regulations for travel to Great Britain, Ireland and the EU member countries are very fluid. Add to that Covid restrictions and one can see that travel with your pet internationally requires great forethought and planning.
Croton Animal Hospital can help you with the information and Health Certificates required for international travel as Dr. Hoskins is a USDA Accredited Veterinarian. We ask that you call us as soon as possible after you have decided to travel and well in advance of your departure so that we can review the requirements with you. Advanced planning is an essential part of a stress-free trip with your pet.