Relocating with your Pet

How do I take my pet if I’m relocated?

If you receive transfer orders, do the following as early as possible:

  • Health History and Medicines: Contact your veterinarian for a copy of your animal’s records and ask them to provide a three-month supply of any medications your pet is taking, plus written prescriptions for refills.
  • Quarantine Requirements: Find out if the country where you will be based requires incoming animals to be quarantined. Quarantine periods can last anywhere from several days to several months and the pet owner typically incurs any costs for food, grooming, and care. Your base veterinarian or the country’s consulate should be able to inform you of all quarantine regulations and costs.

How do I prepare my pet for air travel?

The Department of Defense (DOD) has strict policies regarding the transport of animals on military craft.

If you are traveling in PCS status, you are allowed to book 2 animals (dogs and cats only) on AMC flights. Your base veterinarian has details.

If you are flying on commercial aircraft, contact the airline for their regulations concerning vaccines, licensing, and carrier size requirements. Book nonstop flights to avoid connections and try to travel early in the morning or late at night. Note that airlines often impose travel restrictions during extreme weather months.

Your pet should travel in a sturdy and roomy carrier marked with your name, address, email address, and phone number. Check the carrier latch prior to travel and remember that your pet should always wear a collar and ID tag.

Tranquilizers are not recommended – please discuss this with your veterinarian.

How do I prepare my pet for moving by car?

If your pet will be riding in the car with you, be sure to have proof of rabies vaccination and a current health certificate available when crossing state or international borders.

Making small preparations before the trip will help you and your animal feel more comfortable in the car. Make sure to groom your pet, bring toys, plenty of water, keep your animal leashed or contained at all times, and avoid leaving the animal in the car during extreme temperatures.

How do I find a veterinarian overseas?

Although most military installations have veterinary facilities, you may be transferred to a base that does not offer such services. Prior to your transfer, speak with the base veterinarian about veterinary care available at your destination, on-base or otherwise.