Tips for Car Travel with Your Dog and New US Border Control Regulations

As of August 1, 2024, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has implemented new regulations concerning the entry of pets into the USA. 

You can review the guidelines here: 

From August 1, 2024, Onward: What Your Dog Needs to Enter the United States 

As your dedicated veterinary practice, we stand by your side, offering the essential support to help you adapt to these latest guidelines seamlessly. Remember, it’s up to you as a pet owner to stay informed and comply with the regulations outlined by the CDC and other pertinent authorities. Take a moment to acquaint yourself with these updates to ensure a smooth experience for you and your furry friend. 

Additional requirements may apply depending on where the dog has been in the last 6 months and whether or not the dog was vaccinated in the United States. Use the CDC’s Q&A tool (the CDC “DogBot”) to determine what rules apply to your dog: https://www.cdc.gov/importation/bringing-an-animal-into-the-united-states/dogs.html 

Are you gearing up for an exciting road trip adventure with your furry best friend? Whether you’re planning a cross-country journey or a quick weekend getaway, it’s essential to ensure your pet’s safety and comfort during car travel.  

To help you navigate the highways and byways with peace of mind, here’s a guide packed with tips and tricks to keep your pet safe and comfortable throughout your travels. 

Crate Safety for Dogs: Dogs should never roam freely in the car, as it poses a significant risk to their safety and yours. Instead, opt for a sturdy crate that’s appropriately sized for your furry friend. Secure the crate using a seat belt or other means to prevent it from shifting during sudden stops or turns. Crate training your dog beforehand can also help them feel more secure and relaxed during travel. 

Back Seat Only: While your dog may love to ride shotgun, it’s crucial to reserve the front seat for humans only. In the event of an airbag deployment, even a pet in a crate could sustain injuries. By placing your pet in the back seat, you can minimize the risk of harm and ensure their safety throughout the journey. 

Harness Options: If a crate isn’t feasible for your dog, consider investing in a high-quality doggy seat belt or harness. These specialized restraints are designed to keep your pet securely strapped in the back seat, preventing them from roaming around or becoming a distraction while you’re driving. Remember to choose a harness that’s appropriately sized for your pet’s breed and weight to ensure maximum safety and comfort. 

Additional Safety Measures: In addition to crates and harnesses, there are other safety options to consider for your pet’s well-being during car travel. Dog guards, backseat hammocks, and back-seat barriers provide alternative ways to secure your pet and prevent them from moving around the vehicle.  

By following these guidelines, you can confidently start your next road trip adventure, knowing that your pup is safe, secure, and ready to make unforgettable memories by your side. So, buckle up, hit the road, and enjoy the journey with your cherished companion!