The RetrieverTraining.Net Forums The Retriever Academy
Total Retriever Training with Mike Lardy
Hawkeye Media Gunners Up Tritronics Outdoor Media
Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Health certificates for traveling dogs?

  1. #1
    Senior Member gdgnyc's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    2,379

    Default Health certificates for traveling dogs?

    I just got an email from a club member that described a bad problem about health certificates being required at a Rhode Island Cat Show last week. Inspectors and officers showed up at the show and started to ask a lot of questions of the exhibitors and demanded personal information about exhibitors. Several left the show. The email also included a state by state list of health documents required for dogs that are traveling to other states.

    I almost never travel with those documents. Also, these requirements seem to me to be a bit much for us dog people. I go to New Hampshire, travel through Connecticut, Massachusetts, and sometimes Rhode Island. Now it looks like I should be carrying documents that are required by each state and I might add not all states have the same requirements.

    I never even thought about this.

    What is your experience with this regarding Hunt Tests, Field Trials, and out of state training sessions? I feel overwhelmed and harassed.
    "I love the rod and gun and where they take me."

    "Do not judge a man until you have walked two moons in his moccasins."

  2. #2
    Senior Member 2tall's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Taos, New Mexico
    Posts
    8,045

    Default

    Before our first cross country trip with the dogs, I made copies of their vaccination records and put those along with the rabies tags in an envelope and put that in the first aid box. Haven't taken it out in 4 years except to check for myself when next shots were due. I still think its a good idea to have the info, but was never asked for anything.
    Carol,
    Owned and handled by Cruisin' with Indiana Jones, JH
    Alternate Handler: Westwind Buffalo Soldier
    Apprentice Handler: Snake River Medicine Man, JH
    http://newhoperetrievers.com

  3. #3
    Senior Member cpmm665's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Clifton Park, NY
    Posts
    414

    Default

    I've never been ask to produce health records at a test but since I camp out a lot when I do travel to tests I keep a copy in the glove box as many campgrounds that allow pets require proof of at least rabies vaccination.
    Cindy Von Sutphen

    Dai Suki Desu MH
    Reed Lanes Ladies Love a Rockstar CGC
    LPK's If I Can Call You Betty (da behbeh gurl)

  4. #4
    Senior Member Pattie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Strafford, NH
    Posts
    315

    Default

    I have a folder that goes with me to events or just camping. It has a copy of current rabies and vaccinations. I have been asked once in NJ years ago why I did not have a health certificate. I simply said I didn't know one was needed. They called my vet who faced them over a hand written note stating how long I had been going there and that my dogs were current on shots and healthy.

    We were traveling through NJ not even staying there. We happen to be gassing up and airing the dogs when asked. If I recall it was an animal control person.

    Never been asked again.
    Pattie
    Effective gun control is hitting what you aim at!

  5. #5
    Senior Member FOM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    Falcon, CO
    Posts
    9,173

    Default

    I've scanned in all my certificates and have them on my phone, plus I can access my dog's health records via my Vet's "pet portal"....but I like having a soft copy just in case I'm where I can't get internet service.

    I've never been checked, other than when some yahoo tries to report me...
    "You can't eat a pig whole, but you can eat a whole pig." - Joe S.

    Proudly Owned By:
    MHR HR Flash Of Mischief SH CD CGC - Flash (10/15/98 - 10/8/12)
    Lightning Fast Quack Attacker*** - Bullet
    Gotta Heart Of A Warrior - Ranger (12/26/07 - 8/10/2010)
    SML's Gettin' Sexy With It*** - Tango
    FOM's Raising a Ruckus in the Rockies - Riot

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Wetumpka, AL
    Posts
    3,010

    Default

    The rabies certificate is no problem as I carry a copy with me at all times. The requirement for a health certificate is indeed problematic. To begin with, it requires a trip to the vet, a full physical exam, and it's good for only 30 days as I recall. It costs me about $30 as I recall. Further, the certificate must be filled out in a very detailed fashion. If I'm going from Montgomery to Northern Ill., the certificate needs to specify that I will be traveling through AL, TN, KY, and IL. If I will be returning with the dog, I need to also show that trip on the original or get another certificate. IOW, I'll bet that none of us really comply with the law regarding health certificates.
    Eric

    WRC HR Lennoxlove's Run with Wolves JH, WCX ("Cheyenne") ... still so fondly remembered
    HRCh Struan's Devil's in De Tails SH, WCX ("Lucy")
    SR CH Struan's Flight of Fancy JH ("Muse")
    Struan's Master of the Hunt JH, WC ("Charlie")
    Struan's Just Plain Perfect ("Jane")
    Struan's Driving Us Crazy ("Daisy") ... the baby in charge

  7. #7
    Senior Member gdgnyc's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    2,379

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Johnson View Post
    The rabies certificate is no problem as I carry a copy with me at all times. The requirement for a health certificate is indeed problematic. To begin with, it requires a trip to the vet, a full physical exam, and it's good for only 30 days as I recall. It costs me about $30 as I recall. Further, the certificate must be filled out in a very detailed fashion. If I'm going from Montgomery to Northern Ill., the certificate needs to specify that I will be traveling through AL, TN, KY, and IL. If I will be returning with the dog, I need to also show that trip on the original or get another certificate. IOW, I'll bet that none of us really comply with the law regarding health certificates.
    This looks more like the cumbersome requirements that I saw.
    Some states require a yearly rabies shot, some states require an exam within the prior 30 days and a statement that no diseases were found, a statement that the dog is free from infectious, contagious, communicable diseases...

    All of this for a day trip to let's say Connecticut for a Hunt Test?
    Last edited by gdgnyc; 03-05-2013 at 04:12 PM.
    "I love the rod and gun and where they take me."

    "Do not judge a man until you have walked two moons in his moccasins."

  8. #8

    Default

    The regular shots are given on a yearly basis unless you do a titer . And then you
    can still get a note from your vet that all is in order. Rabies is good either with the one year or three shot. It is a good idea to carry that paper work with you.
    However I dobut that anyone would stop and ask for it. Budget cuts abound. JMOP

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •