VCA Redwood Animal Hospital

Travel Information

Within the Contiguous United States and Alaska

If traveling by air, your pet is required to be examined by a veterinarian within 5 to 10 days of your travel date; some airlines require a shorter time frame. If your pet is deemed fit to travel, the veterinarian will issue a Washington State Small Animal Health Certificate. The following information is required:
  • Your full name and complete current address
  • Complete name and address of your destination
  • New requirements as of 2009 prohibit the use of P.O Boxes. A complete street  address is required for your destination.
  • Documentation of your pet’s Rabies vaccine history if not given at VCA Redwood Animal Hospital
Health Certificates are typically valid for 30 days after the issue date for your return flight. However, if you have multiple destinations during your trip you may be required to obtain an additional health certificate prior to departure. Please contact your airline directly prior to scheduling an appointment for the health certificate to obtain their list of requirements.

Airlines also have specific requirements regarding carrier size, and have "no fly" times during the year in which your pet may not be allowed to travel in the cargo section of the plane due to extreme temperatures. Other times, airlines may simply require a written statement from a veterinarian indicating temperatures that are safe for your pet.

Outside the Contiguous U.S. - Traveling to Foreign Countries

Traveling outside the U.S. can become more difficult for your pet. Each country maintains its own set of regulations regarding vaccine history, testing, parasite control, microchips, and quarantine that may be required of your pet before he or she can enter that country. Please keep in mind that if you have a layover in another country prior to your final destination, your pet may be required to meet that country’s requirements as well. Once you know where you are going, it is strongly recommended you get as much information as possible about the requirements for pet export/import to those countries. Some countries require the Rabies vaccines and testing to be done at very specific intervals, sometimes months in advance, prior to allowing your pet entry into the country.
Please also be aware that if your travel plans change, it is extremely important to notify us immediately as this can often change the requirements.

VCA Redwood Animal Hospital has successfully helped clients travel with their pets to such countries and states as:
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hawaii
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Panama
  • Portugal
  • St. Kitts
  • United Kingdom

For additional information, fees, or to schedule a consultation please call or email our hospital manager, Jika Martinez at

For useful pet travel information sites please see our Links page.

Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours please contact one of the following hospitals, or an emergency hospital in your local area:

VCA Veterinary Specialty Center-Lynnwood, WA

(425) 697-6106

Animal Emergency Services East-Kirkland, WA

(425) 827-8727

Animal Critical Care and Emergency Services-Seattle, WA

(206) 364-1660

Above all else protect yourself and your pet from further injury. Pets that are frightened or in pain may bite or scratch; wrapping your pet in a blanket will keep him or her warm and prevent injuries to you.