HEALTH CERTIFICATES (Info. Needed Quickly)

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Re: HEALTH CERTIFICATES (Info. Needed Quickly)

Postby bhappy on Sun Oct 03, 2010 4:07 pm

I am trying to find out about the Health Certificates.I clicked the link provided and went to our recieving state for our dogs...however I could find nothing in Indiana fro requirements pertaining to dogs???? Needing info ASAP...we posted for transport help and need to get this figured out quickly because if health record etc is required I need my foster family of my dogs to get them to a vet ASAP so this does not delay and I can remove our ad until I can get funds for a vet again
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Re: HEALTH CERTIFICATES (Info. Needed Quickly)

Postby admin on Sun Oct 03, 2010 5:56 pm

If you cannot find the information for your area it is best to ask your local veterinarians for both the sending and receiving locations. They should be aware of the necessary requirements.

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Re: HEALTH CERTIFICATES (Info. Needed Quickly)

Postby bhappy on Sun Oct 03, 2010 7:06 pm

Thank you very much for your fast response :)
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Re: HEALTH CERTIFICATES (Info. Needed Quickly)

Postby Khelmar on Sun Jan 16, 2011 10:58 am

Sorry - I know this is an old topic, but health certificates are an important topic that can be difficult to understand. I thought I'd post some info on where to find out about requirements about these.

Health certificates are generally required for movement of animals across State lines - however, the rules are different for each state and each species of animal. USDA APHIS has tried to compile all the rules here:

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_export ... ates.shtml

however, they occasionally change. The safest bet is to have a veterinarian examine ANY animal you plan to take across state lines, and have them check with the state veterinarian's office to find out exactly what you need to transport.

The exam should take place not much before a week before leaving, since health certificates have a time limit on them (which makes sense, since the certificate says the animal was healthy at the time of exam).

Most vets will charge a fee for issuing a health certificate, since the forms themselves aren't cheap. Also, to legally write a health certificate, the vet needs to be both licensed and USDA accredited in the state. For example, right now I'm licensed in Florida, but only accredited in Michigan. Since I'm not accredited in Florida, and not licensed in Michigan, I can't write health certificates in either place now. So make sure you check with your vet about their accreditation status before you plan on getting the health certificate.

Many people just ignore this requirement - while you might be able to get away with it, you may also be liable for a lot of damages if an animal ends up with a disease that's regulated and transmits it to other animals or people. I know of a case where several goats ended up being put to sleep after their owners moved them across state lines without a health certificate, and they tested positive for TB (but ended up not having the disease). It's much safer to follow the rules!
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Re: HEALTH CERTIFICATES (Info. Needed Quickly)

Postby angelheart on Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:20 am

Hello,
I have another rescue in TX that is pulling several chihuahuas out of danger in the morning (they are on the eu list) & trying to get them to mine. She said that the shelter doesn't give them a health certificate. Can they still be flown here to IL? Thanks! Kathy bizwizshpr@yahoo.com
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Re: HEALTH CERTIFICATES (Info. Needed Quickly)

Postby admin on Mon Aug 08, 2011 12:07 pm

angelheart wrote:Hello,
I have another rescue in TX that is pulling several chihuahuas out of danger in the morning (they are on the eu list) & trying to get them to mine. She said that the shelter doesn't give them a health certificate. Can they still be flown here to IL? Thanks! Kathy bizwizshpr@yahoo.com


Kathy, most shelters do not have a vet on staff and a vet is the only one who can issue a health certificate. Normally the group out of state either works with the shelter to have the animals taken to a vet or they find a local volunteer who will do this for them. Perhaps you can pursue this option? Please read the post above yours on this discussion, it is very enlightening on the transport of animals from a shelter to rescues. We highly suggest that all animals you ask our pilots to help with follow the guidelines listed which includes having an up to date rabies vaccine and a health certificate. There are emergency medical cases where certain guidelines might be compromised, it happens, but for most cases please do follow the suggested guidelines listed, this is for everyone's protection including the animals.

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Re: HEALTH CERTIFICATES (Info. Needed Quickly)

Postby angelheart on Fri Aug 12, 2011 1:36 am

Thank u for answering. Been having a tough week or I'd been on the computer. They found homes for the babies but thank u for letting me know & thank u so very much for helping all the babies that would not be able to get to where they're needing to go so they aren't pts.
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