rabies

Times have changed. No longer is a 6 month quarantine required if you move your pet internationally. In fact, if you do it correctly, there is no quarantine at all.

Yet, there is a catch. No one seems to be able to give you a straight answer regarding what is actually necessary. In the past two weeks I have spoken to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, The Center for Disease Control, The US Department of Agriculture, The Area Veterinarian-in-Charge of California and several British veterinary hospitals.

I have been told the requirements for getting a cat into the UK from the US. I have been told the requirements for getting a cat into Europe. I have been told the requirements for traveling around Europe and the UK with your cat, dog, ferret, donkey, etc. I have been told that she (the cat in question) needs a rabies shot. I have been told she doesn’t need a rabies shot. I have been told that the US doesn’t require a rabies shot but California does. I have been told California does not require a rabies shot but Los Angeles County does.

And finally, finally! Thank you Los Angeles County Department of Public Health! I spoke to a vet! Not a nurse! Not a technician! Not an operator! Not army personnel! But an actual vet!

  • rabies shot: not required, but suggested
  • certificate of health: required by the airline, but not the actual state of California
  • ONLY requirement for the state of California: the cat looks healthy

This very nice vet also stayed on the phone with me for 20 minutes to discuss transport options. Rabbit water bottle? Freeze the water? To sedate or not to sedate? Travel size litter box? She recommended I discuss all of this with my British vet when I went to get the rabies vaccine.

Well we got the vaccine yesterday. The vet knew less about traveling internationally with a cat than I do.

Great.

I am most concerned about litter boxes and sedatives. I will be calling more vets on Monday.

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