When I took Vala to Germany I had to go to my vets first, get a special health certificate, they called my state's USDA office in Lansing (our state capitol), I drove up there taking the health certificate and the proof of rabies, waited around for awhile, and they stamped a bunch of paperwork. I may have also filled in some stuff too. Don't remember for sure. I did this the day before I left. It took a few hours (between driving and waiting).
This should all be done by the person who is sending you the puppy.
I'd have the "original health certificate paperwork" and the issued vaccinations, regarding the proof of rabie , since the puppy would be 8 weeks old, I' would have the veterinarian put the fact that puppy is too young for a vaccination..
I'm relieved to know that it only took you a few hours...
Exactly it has to be done by the person in the US sending you the dog . (you are the importer , they are the exporter).
The documents are time sensitive -- limited , usually 10 days before expiry.
Thanks Carmen!!! You are right though I forgot to add that I'd be picking her up on FL. I'll travel to FL, spend a few days there, pick her up and then bring her back with me...
Originally Posted by wyominggrandma
Contact the state vet lab where you live. They will give you all the information you need. Each country has different rabies requirements, when I shipped dogs to Japan, they had to have had rabies with in a year, but not less than three months. Still stayed in quarantine for a few weeks.
The state vet will have everything you need, but the health certificate has to be stamped by the state vet, local vets won't work.
Thank you! I've already researched where it is located in FL. Regarding rabies requirements, it's a 8 week puppy, I contacted them and they told me that I'd have to put the fact that the puppy is too young to be vaccinated. In my country, I made a call, and all I need is the International Health Certificate. No quarantine or such (even though it appears that way on the webpage).
wyominggrandma - this still has to be done by the person who presently owns and cares for the animal in the US . The OP is in Venezuela .
I have shipped to Guyana and to Rio de Janeiro , and Hong Kong -- each and every one had very specific steps to follow before the dog could leave the country , in my case Canada , to whatever foreign destination. The Hong Kong dog needed government permission and a great deal of permits which the importer , person receiving dog in Hong Kong had to obtain.
Carmen! And what If I am in FL? Could I do it? Could I get the paper? Or, still, would It have to be done by the breeder who owns and cares for the animal in the US? Thanks in advance!