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i am emigrating to texas from uk can i take my 2 dogs if so

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i am emigrating to texas from uk can i take my 2 dogs if so what innoculations do i need
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 2 years ago.
Hello, my name is Dr. Kara and I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian. I understand that you are emigrating from the UK to Texas and would like to bring your dogs with you. It is possible to do so but there are some requirements.

The UK is considered a Rabies free country and as such there are no vaccination requirements, including Rabies vaccination requirements, to enter many states in the United States. However there are exceptions to this rule on a state by state basis and Texas is one state that DOES require a Rabies vaccine.
This must be a USDA approved Rabies vaccine given at least 30 days before entry into Texas.
Here is a link to a webpage that lists the USDA approved Rabies vaccines:
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/vet_biologics/publications/CurrentProdCodeBook.pdf

A health certificate is not required by the CDC for entry into the U.S. either, however most airlines do require a health certificate so I recommend checking with the airline you are planning on using. Your dogs may go through a spot inspection when they enter the US however and if found to not be healthy, especially if they have symptoms of a disease that humans can contract you will be responsible for an emergency examination by a veterinarian and treatment of such diseases.

Please see this link for Federal/CDC guidelines for importing a dog.
http://www.cdc.gov/animalimportation/dogs.html

Please see this link for guidelines for importing a dog into Texas:
https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/health/zoonosis/laws/import/entry/

Best of luck with your move, please let me know if you have any further questions.

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