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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-13-2007, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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I will be flying from Wisconsin to California next week with Scout. The airline we are flying requires a veterinarian's certificate of health issued within 10 days of the flight. Our vet says they need to do a lot of paperwork in connection with the certificate -- including filing papers with the State of Wisconsin and California. They also charge a lot for this visit since they need to do all this paperwork. I searched the internet and couldn't find anything requiring papers to be filed with the departure and arrival state. Is my vet right about this?
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I think your vet is pulling your leg!
I just got a health certificate for a puppy that flew home last weekend. I paid for the vet visit ($28), and only $10 for the certificate. It was a simple duplicate copy form that they filled out and we were out the door!


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Thats NUTS!
I fly all over with my guys. The vet visit is just to make sure they are healthy and they fill out the certificate. Can you imagine if vets filed papers with every state a dog flew into? Hawaii-yes, other states-No

American Airlines has even done away with requiring a health certificate. Unless the dog is obviously sick, you dont have to show one.

Katy is right, it should be easy and a normal vet cost,NOTHING more.
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They also charge a lot for this visit since they need to do all this paperwork.
What do you consider to be "a lot"? My vet charges just over $100 for the health certificate to fly. I think that is a lot, especially since they are just doing a quick exam (if they haven't seen the dog in the last few weeks) and verifying that vaccines are current.

If they have seen the dog recently, especially a puppy, then they usually charge a smaller price.
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Capote and I just got back from Boston..to which I just went through the whole 'airline' thing that you're going through now.

You 'do' need a health certificate..but they don't have to file anything. It's just a piece of paper that says the dog is in good health and when the last time they had their rabies shot and vaccinations. It cost me 30 dollars to get it.

The REAL stinker of it all is that I was nervous that if I didn't have it Capote wouldn't be able to fly. So I dished out the 30 to get it done and they DIDN'T EVEN CHECK THE HEALTH CERTIFICATE!!!

I even ASKED them if they wanted to see it and they said 'nah'... So on the return flight I just didn't get it done..if they asked me about it (which they didn't) I was just going to say..'well my vet is in texas..here's the one I got before I left.' ..even though it was a few days shy of 10 days.

It's better to play it safe and get it (and it's not a huge thing that your vet is making it out to be..I'd find someone else to do it if I were you) ...cause if you didn't get it, more than likely they'd ask you for it. Murpheys law.
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it's definately worth paying for the certificate just in case. we take our pup to florida in the winter and each time, need to have a new certificate in hand. don't forget when you book your ticket you have to book a ticket for your pup, pet in cabin. i know with Continental airlines policy the dogs ticket is fully refundable if he doens't travel with you but they only allow 2-4 dogs per cabin (depending on the airline) so make sure pup has a ticket as well.
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Capote's Mom, I've had that happen a few times. I think I've flown with dogs five or six times now and I've only been asked for the health certificate twice. Some airline employees don't care, and one really read it carefully, so... you just never know. There is so much inconsistency at the airport, including the carry-on checks and health certificate verification, so you just have to be ready for anything.
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We've flown dogs twice and both times we paid $10 for the certificate. Our vet didn't file it with anyone. It travels with the dog.

You should expect to pay for a vet visit and the certificate.

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Just so yall know, American Airlines has done away with requiring health certificates. I verified it with a supervisor.

I have a great Vet, he doesnt charge extra for the certificate. Its basically a carbon piece of paper that takes 1 minute to fill out. I just pay for the vet visit. But that $80 each way gets you in the stomach!!!!!
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I will look into changing vets when we get back from this trip. In the meantime, it is $83 for the visit and certificate.
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