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Why Book an In-Home Domestic Health Certificate Appointment?

Our veterinarians come to you, leaving you more time to pack and get your pet ready for travel.


Simplifying Travel Logistics

We make it easy for you to obtain your pet travel health certificate by visiting you at your home. With so many things on your to-do list, transporting your pet to a veterinary clinic doesn’t have to be one of them.


Stress-Free Travel Prepping

Traveling with pets can be stressful enough, leave the driving to us and book a Domestic Health Certificate appointment in the comfort of home.


Assistance with Regulatory Compliance

Our veterinarians are USDA-certified and equipped to assist with the regulatory process for traveling with a pet. Some states may need additional vaccinations, lab tests and a cat or dog health certificate signed by your veterinarian.


Comprehensive Health Review

During an in-home visit, your veterinarian will review the requirements for traveling with your pet and  make sure your pet is healthy for travel.

Our Domestic Health Certificate Process

From start to finish, your veterinary team will guide you through the pet health certificate process for domestic travel.


Scheduling and Pre-Visit Guidance

Scheduling and Pre-Visit Guidance

To ensure that all state-specific requirements are met, it is recommended to book an appointment within 10 days of travel. Once your home visit is confirmed, a pet travel form will be sent via email to be completed before the appointment. This form is very important, as it will guide our discussion and the services required during the visit.

Thorough Veterinary Examination

Thorough Veterinary Examination

During your home visit, a veterinarian will give your pet a thorough checkup to make sure that your dog or cat is healthy enough to travel. Requirements may vary, depending on which state you are planning to travel to, but may include:

  • Up-to-date vaccines and boosters

  • A negative rabies test

  • Parasite prevention

  • Other lab tests

Health Certificate Issuance

Health Certificate Issuance

After receiving a satisfactory pet examination for travel and any other required services, a Domestic Health certificate may be issued by your veterinarian. This document certifies that your cat or dog is medically cleared to travel and free of transmissible conditions.

Domestic Travel Certificate Pricing

The cost of an in-home Domestic Travel Certificate service starts at $199, plus the travel fee and any other products or services. Visit our pricing page for more information and current offers.

Service Price Range
Service Price Range
Domestic Travel Certificate $199 - $229
Travel Fee* $89 - $109, depending on location
Medications Varies by prescription
Lab and Blood Work Varies by tests
Diagnostic Testing Varies by tests
*One travel fee is charged per home visit, regardless of the number of pets in the household

Why BetterVet?

Our mobile veterinarians examine pets in their favorite spot - a comfy couch, a cozy pet bed, or even your lap! See how we work to keep pets relaxed and happy at home.

What Our Clients Say

Randee Maese
BetterVet Orange County

I am moving to Hawaii and they have a ton of documents and special requirements in order to bring my dog so I went online and saw a coupon for a mobile vet who does exactly what I need in order to get him ready to fly and live on the island. They came took care of everything and were very helpful. hopefully they will also be available in Hawaii if I need them in a mobile vet in the future. Thanks Orange County team

Abigail Carroll
BetterVet San Diego
"Our BetterVet veterinarian" is a local celeb when he shows up to our house, we have seen him over the years with all of our fur babies and now he comes right to us! We made a big move to Hawaii and were so over whelmed with the travel protocol to bring our pup with us that we considered leaving her behind as we were too afraid of her being taken and locked away quarantined. After working with "BetterVet", we were able to navigate the way and sort her paperwork so we could walk right off the plane with her and bring her home. Thank you so much to BetterVet for offering a better service and thank you to "the mobile vet and tech" for keeping our family together! We are so grateful to you for everything!
Brittany B.
BetterVet Seattle
Both the vets wore masks for those who are concerned about COVID-19 safety. They were super attentive and lured my sweet kitty underneath the bed. Both the doctor and nurse soothed my cat as she had to do vaccines and gave me recommendations for travel. My cat cried and then stopped. She seemed less stressed than traveling to the vet. Within 30 minutes, my cat is back to her normal self.

List of Required Documents for Domestic Pet Travel

Each state has its own required documents for pet travel. To find the exact requirements you need to travel with your pet, visit the USDA-APHIS interstate travel page. However, most states require the following information before a domestic trip with your pet:

Vaccination History

Proof of current rabies vaccination, provided as a signed rabies certificate, is a common requirement for both domestic and international health certificates.

Medical Records

Comprehensive medical records including additional vaccination history, microchip implantation date as well as flea, tick, and heartworm preventive history.

Travel-Specific Blood Test Results

Some states and countries require pets to undergo specific blood tests (rabies titer testing) several months before travel.

Airline Specific Requirements

Airlines may have additional requirements beyond those of the destination country or state, so contacting the airline to inquire is essential.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is a pet domestic health certificate appointment?

An in-home domestic health certificate appointment typically takes between 30 and 45 minutes. Some states, such as Hawaii, require an International Health Certificate as well as more time and follow-up visits.

When should I obtain my cat’s or dog’s Domestic Health Certificate?

We recommend that you book your Dometic Health Certificate appointment within 10 days of travel. If traveling to Hawaii, you will need to book an International Health Cerficate home visit, and we recommend booking an appointment several months in advance.

How much does a pet health certificate for domestic travel cost?

Your veterinarian will charge a fee for an appointment, as well as any necessary vaccines or lab tests. The cost of a pet health exam and certificate from one of our mobile veterinarians will vary based on the BetterVet location where you book your appointment. To determine the exact cost of your exam, you can book an appointment on our website or mobile app.

How long are pet health certificates for domestic travel good for?

Domestic health certificates are usually valid for 30 days, but this can vary for some states so it is important to review the regulations of the state you are moving to.  Airlines and other modes of travel may have their own rules and requirements for health certificates affecting the validity of the certificate.

How long does it take to receive a domestic health certificate for pets?

A home visit for the purpose of obtaining a Domestic Health Certificate typically takes between 30-45 minutes.

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