When traveling with your pets within the United States, you will find that each state has their own set of rules and regulations to travel into that state. To find out what those regulations are, visit www.aphis.usda.gov to find state regulations for importing animals, or search for the state’s actual Department of Agriculture website or phone number to find out requirements for legal entry into that state. You should give yourself plenty of time to do this, as it is your responsibility to know exactly what your pet needs to fly or travel by car with your pet. Some airlines also have requirements, and you should check with the airline you are using for their rules and regulations.
A current rabies vaccine will ALWAYS be required, unless the pet is too young to receive a rabies vaccination. OTHER VACCINES, TESTING OR PREVENTIONS may be required, as well.
When traveling, DO YOUR RESEARCH before you travel! Health certificates can ONLY be signed by a licensed and accredited veterinarian. Some states require health certificates 10 days prior, or as many as 30 days prior to travel. Flying with your pet will ALWAYS require a health certificate and a letter of acclimation (temperature). Again, always check with your airline for their requirements, as they may require addition documentation. Driving your pet across state lines could also require a health certificate to ensure your pet is healthy, vaccinated and has been given parasite prevention for travel in general. You can never be sure what type of diseases and parasites your pet can be exposed to by visiting another state. Contact the state’s Department of Agriculture prior to any travel to make sure you are entering the state legally and safely.
As with any travel, it’s best to always take your pet’s rabies vaccination certificate, and any other vaccine history and health records in case you have to visit a veterinarian on an emergency basis.
Similar to human health insurance, pet insurance helps provide peace of mind in case the unfortunate should happen. Its purpose is to help cover the costs of unexpected accidents and illnesses that may occur in the future. Unfortunately, it will not cover any current conditions your pet may have which are known as pre-existing conditions. This means that the ideal time to insure your pet is as early as possible so that anything that happens in the future will be covered.
Although there are 30 pet insurance companies at the present time, The Animal Hospital of Statesville recommends one company to our clients: Trupanion pet insurance. It can be very difficult for “pet parents” to research pet insurance. carriers and their coverages; and even more difficult for you to sort through all the complex information about pricing, exclusions and coverage plans. Considering the hectic pace of most families these days, who can possibly have the time and the patience?
There are so many different features to each insurance company's plans, that it is almost impossible to compare “apples” to “apples” in order for you to make an informed decision. Some won’t cover certain breeds; some will only cover dogs or only cats; some will only cover puppies and kittens; and others will only cover a pet under age 7. It is a huge challenge for anyone trying to find a good plan for his/her pet(s) AND also be able to understand what is included!
In an attempt to rescue our clients from this maze of information, after extensive research and consideration, The Animal Hospital of Statesville is pleased to announce Trupanion as the insurance of choice. The decision is based on many things, including the expeditious manner in which Trupanion reimburses policyholders based on actual veterinary cost. The Trupanion Policy Overview states “Trupanion covers 90 percent of the actual costs of veterinary care should a pet become sick or injured. This includes diagnostic testing, surgeries, medication, supplements, therapeutic food, orthotic devices, prosthetic devices, and carts.” The coverage includes not only your regular veterinarian, but also emergency veterinary clinics and veterinary specialists. Trupanion provides free online and phone customer support 24/7 and we feel this is very important for our clients. If you have an insurance question, you need help now-not tomorrow after 9 am!
As an Animal Hospital of Statesville client, you are eligible for a 30-day trial of Trupanion at no obligation. The special 30-day trial registration forms are available only at the hospital and require a physical exam. Clients are strongly encouraged to contact Trupanion directly as soon as the 30-day trial or or visit them online at Trupanion.com to obtain your no-cost Trupanion 30-day trial registration form, contact us for an exam appointment at 704.872.3625.
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