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OFFICIAL USDA CERTIFICATION

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Official USDA Certification

All EU Countries as well as many other Countries now require that a veterinarian certificate issued in the United States have an official USDA Certification stamp.

This certification is issued by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) VS (Veterinary Services) Area Office in the State in which your accredited veterinarian resides

The following is the procedure for acquiring this certification.

Have an accredited veterinarian complete the veterinary health certificate for the Country you are visiting, which if you are traveling to an EU Country is the new EU FORM 998. If you do not have the forms for the country you are traveling to or need the EU FORM 998, CLICK HERE.

The accredited veterinarian will complete the form including vaccination information and that the pet is parasite free and in good health. The accredited veterinarian must then sign it. Take or mail the original of the form to the USDA/APHIS/VS Area Office in your state and they will endorse and stamp them. The fee is $35 per form...more than 1 animal can be listed on a form. If your vet uses separate forms for each animal, it will be $35 per form. For countries where there is a titer or blood tests the cost is $111.00.

If the Area office is not located nearby, you can send the forms by mail.
Include: The original of the form
Payment in the amount of $34.00 or $141.00 per form (see above).
A self-addressed, stamped envelope for returning the form to you.

Each state has a USDA/APHIS/VS area veterinarian. You can find the nearest office here: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/area_offices/

Public inquiries should be directed to the nearest APHIS/VS Area Office. The number is (301) 734-8364.

 

Essential Tips for Traveling With Pets in Your RV

If you own an RV, or enjoy renting one for vacations, you already know how much fun an RV adventure can be. There are a wide range of benefits to getting out there on the open road and enjoying a range of beautiful, natural locations. What you may not realise is that your RV adventures can be as much fun for some pets as they are for you! While (as for us) the drive there may be a bit of drag for your pets, the chance to get out there and enjoy the wilderness and experience stunning scenery and the great outdoors can be as amazing for them as it can be for us. Dogs in particular are fantastic pets to bring along on RV trips, or even to keep with you when you live full time in an RV. But certain cats, and even smaller pets, can also find a home, or a home away from home, in an RV. We have had many epic road trips with our dog, and if you follow our advice, you certainly can too.

Can You Really Keep Pets When Living in an RV Full Time?

If you are contemplating downscaling to live in an RV, one of the things that may be stopping you is the thought that your pet or pets won’t be able to come along for the ride. The truth of the matter is that some pets will do just fine living full time with their owners in an RV. Many people living the RV lifestyle full time do keep pets. Animals are amazingly good at adapting to circumstances. While, of course, you will need to take their needs and wants into account as well as your own, and having pets does add complications, they need not necessarily be a barrier to an RV lifestyle. Of course, there are certain things to consider when it comes to deciding whether or not keeping a pet when living in an RV is a good idea. For example, it is important to consider:

  • How far you will be travelling, and where.
  • How long you intend to spend on the road between stops.
  • Space availability in your RV. (For pets and for all the things they will need).
  • The type of animal you are considering keeping and their requirements.
  • The individual character of your pet (if you already have one). Some pets are far more adaptable, calm and resilient than others.
  • The financial cost of keeping the pet or pets in question.
  • Legal requirements regarding the pets for the areas in which you will be travelling.
Simply considering the above and using your common sense will often give you your answer regarding whether living in an RV with certain pets is a good idea or not. For example, while one dog may be doable four dogs would almost certainly be far too much. A relaxed and chilled out pooch may do amazingly, while a highly strung and nervous hound may be miserable.

Can You Really Vacation in an RV With Pets?

While living in an RV full time with your pet or pets might not be a goer, that does not necessarily mean that you cannot go on vacation with your pets in your RV for shorter periods of time. While many of the same considerations apply when you are only going to be in your RV for a limited period, there are work arounds for nervous pets and for other concerns if you are only going on vacation.

One of the benefits of having an RV and being able to take vacations in it is the fact that it is far easier to take a pet with you than it is if you plan to stay in a hotel or other accommodation. Your RV gives you a way to travel, a place to sleep, and a place eat and relax without having to worry about whether or not your pet is welcome. For dog owners in particular, this can significantly simplify going on vacation with your pet. Rather than worrying about finding dog friendly accommodation, restaurants etc you just have to check that dogs are welcome at the camp grounds you are considering for night stops. SEE the WHOLE STORY HERE!


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