Flying with Your Pet
If you are considering flying with your pet, we want to help. Unfortunately, this process can sometimes be very difficult. The airline does not always give you all the information you need ahead of time and then they might surprise you with unexpected requirements once you arrive and are ready to leave, and then it is too late to prepare. If you would like to avoid unnecessary delays and frustrations on the day of travel, we are here to assist you. Please note that, while this web page lists all airlines that fly into and out of Sea-Tac airport and these are good suggestions for wherever you are flying, international travel and travel to Hawaii have further requirements. At Broadway Veterinary Hospital, we only issue international health certificates to our current clients.
You are responsible to contact the airline and comply with any regulations they may have regarding pet travel. The only people that can give you correct timely information on flying with your pet are the employees of actual airline carrier you will be using. See below for links to airlines' web pages where you can find their contact information. Do not depend on the information that you find on the internet, nor on information from your friends or coworkers.
It is best to speak to an actual person and make notes of their name, time and day of the phone call and exactly what they tell you in case there is a problem later. Ask all the questions you have written down. Comply with everything they tell you and bring everything they recommend with you to the airport. If you meet someone who comes up with something new and unexpected and will not let you on the plane, tell them you need to speak with their supervisor. Let them know who you talked with and their ID number and push your point. Know the rules and follow them. Here is a perfect example of a woman who was able to get her pet on the plane only because she had a list of each person she had talked to and the information she was given, and because she remained adamant that her pet needed to be allowed on the plane.
Question to Ask:
Health Certificate Appointment at Broadway Veterinary Hospital
Please call to schedule an appointment for a health certificate. This will prompt our receptionists to help prepare you for what you will need to bring to this appointment. The Health Certificate is a legal State of
Please bring with you the exact address which you are leaving from and the exact address you are traveling to. They must be complete with street number, city and state. The doctor will not sign any health certificate with an incomplete address in either place on the certificate. You will need to provide proof that your pet is current on their Rabies vaccination. This means that you will need to provide the date the vaccine was given, the manufacturer name, serial number of the vaccine, type of vaccine (killed, modified live, etc.) and tag number if issued. This information is typically provided on the rabies certificate issued when the vaccine was given. If your pet is not current on their rabies vaccine or you cannot provide the required information, your pet will need be vaccinated against rabies in order to issue the health certificate. You will be charged the vaccine fee, along with the exam and health certificate fees. Remember that if you do not have everything required for travel the airline may refuse to allow your pet on the flight.
Contact Information for the Airlines: