A Guide to Moving Pets to California

California Pet Import Rules and Requirements

If you're planning a move to California with your furry companion, it's important to understand the state's pet import rules and requirements. Here's what you need to know to ensure a smooth and successful relocation:

Moving to California With Your Pet

Attention: This information is to be used as general guidelines and may not be updated to meet the current requirements. Before you travel, be sure to contact the appropriate authorities or a PetRelocation Specialist.

Health Certificate

  • Within 10 days of departure, your veterinarian must issue a Health Certificate, as all airlines require. This certificate states that your pet is healthy and fit to fly. The Health Certificate must be issued by a USDA-accredited veterinarian. It should include your pet's microchip number, vaccination records, and a statement that your pet is free from infectious diseases.

Rabies Vaccination and Tag (Recommended)

  • Most states, including California, require that dogs have a rabies tag proving they have an up-to-date rabies vaccine. The rabies vaccine should be administered at least 28 days before travel, and pets must be re-vaccinated every three years.
  • A Rabies Certificate with the vaccine's name, lot number, expiration date, and the veterinarian's original signature in blue ink should accompany the Health Certificate.

Additional Considerations

  • Although not required for entry into California, it's recommended that pets be microchipped for identification purposes.
  • If your pet arrives from outside the United States, check with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for additional requirements and restrictions.

PetRelocation is here to assist you with every aspect of your pet's move to California. Our team of pet relocation specialists will guide you through the process and provide personalized solutions to ensure a seamless and stress-free journey for your pet.

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