For more than 20 months the Maryland area; as well as many other jurisdictions, had to adjust and take extreme precautions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout this span of time, there have been many changes and challenges both on an individual and business level. These have truly been some challenging times for us all. Nonetheless, our staff at Takoma Park Animal Clinic continues to work diligently and hard to provide our pet parents and patients with the best service and to do that safely.
Although things seem to be improving, we are not out of the woods yet. Recently, the state governor lifted the indoor mask guidelines mandate; however, our office continues to keep the mask policy in effect. All employees and visitors are required to wear a mask indoors and when interacting with each other (indoors or outdoors). We also ask that you maintain 6 ft when encountering our staff. Additionally, we also ask that you sanitize your hands at the available hand-washing station upon entering the building.
We have decided to continue curbside service at this time. However, we are allowing clients to enter the office for the following brief services: to pick up already prepared prescriptions and food products as well as to make payments. Clients are not allowed in the clinic during appointments at this time.
We are constantly monitoring the COVID-19/Delta situation. Our goal is to make every effort to ensure we can continue to serve you and your companion safely during the continuation of the pandemic. As things continue to improve, our management staff will inform you when the office will begin allowing clients to come in during appointments. We will also continue to keep you informed of any future updates as we all maneuver through this new “norm”. We thank you in advance for your understanding and support as we strive to meet the needs of all stakeholders involved. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We hope that you and your family are keeping safe as you move forward throughout the rest of the 2021 year. Thank you for allowing Takoma Park Animal Clinic to serve your veterinary needs!
If you’re planning to travel internationally with your pet, you cannot simply grab a leash and hop on the next available flight. Traveling internationally with a pet is considered exporting and importing an animal, and there are several requirements to ensure you’re doing so legally.
You’ll need to do the proper research, get a USDA-Certified International Travel Certificate, and plan well in advance of your departure date for your pet’s international travel.
What Is an International Travel Certificate?
An international travel certificate is an official document, certified by the USDA, that verifies your pet is healthy enough to travel to a foreign country and meets all the health and safety requirements of that country.
Although they do require a bit of work and preparation, pet travel certificates protect your pet, pets in your destination country, pets in your country of origin, and wildlife everywhere. Pet travel certificates help prevent the spread of contagious diseases and parasites between countries by way of our traveling pets.
How to Get an International Travel Certificate for Your Pet
Once you’ve completed both of these steps, schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians to ensure your pet meets all the import requirements of your destination country. We’ll administer vaccinations, provide you with parasite preventatives, and can even microchip your pet.
Additionally, we’ll perform a thorough health screening and physical examination complete with fecal examinations and blood tests to certify that your pet is healthy and not a vector for contagious disease and/or parasites.
How Long Does It Take to Get a Pet Travel Certificate?
The time needed to obtain an international travel certificate for a pet depends on several factors including any health requirements needed for your pet and the destination country’s rules.
Sometimes, it can take several months to obtain a certificate, so you must start the process as soon as you think you might be traveling internationally with your pet.
Schedule a Pre-Trip Veterinary Appointment in Takoma Park Today
When it comes to pet travel certificates, timing is everything. If you have an upcoming trip planned, start the process of obtaining an international travel certificate for your pet now. Getting the process in motion will ensure your pet receives health screenings and vaccinations at the proper time to allow you to travel with your pet to your desired location.
To learn more about traveling with your pet or to schedule an appointment, contact Takoma Park Animal Clinic today.