Moving with Pets Guide: Regulations on the State and Local Levels

State and Local Regulations


Relocating to a new state or country with a pet requires some added research given that each state has different laws regarding animals. Some states have special regulations concerning the entry of pets to the state and it is not uncommon for pets to need an entry permit. Also, in many towns and cities, the number of pets per household may be limited by local ordinances. Your research should be done early so you have the time to obtain a local license if it is required or to make alternative arrangements for you pet, if necessary..

Understanding the requirements for moving your pet long before moving day is important to helping navigate the move of your pet with the least amount of stress and problems. You should be able to gather most of the pertinent information by contacting the state veterinarian of your new home. The state veterinarian will be aware of all the laws and regulations in that state.

You will most likely need to have a health certificate for your pet from a licensed veterinarian. This involves a complete physical and inoculations, including a rabies vaccination. The Department of Agriculture may conduct inspections at airports or even on highways (although this is not common). A health certificate is generally valid for ten days, so be sure to have the appointment scheduled just before you move. Once you arrive in your new location, you will want to seek out a qualified veterinarian to handle any pet related health issues that could occur. It is not uncommon for pets to struggle initially with their new surroundings. Should this anxiety create real problems for you pet, you will want to have a veterinarian to assist you.