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  • Does an in-cabin cat need a health certificate on United?

    I'm flying with a cat (in the cabin) from Chicago to San Francisco using United Airlines.

    I just read the entire section on their website about traveling with animals. It does NOT state whether or not an in-cabin animal travelling in the US needs a health certificate.

    It only says: "United and the USDA require that your pet have a health certificate issued by a veterinarian dated within 10 days of travel for INTERNATIONAL outbound and return trips. Animals traveling as checked baggage within the United States are not required to have such a health certificate."

    I called their "Live Animal Specialist," and he wasn't sure but said I probably need a health certificate.

    Now I'm wondering: (1) Do I really need a health certificate for my cat? and (2) If so, what information should the certificate contain? Are there any special forms? What exactly is needed?

    Thank you!

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    Re: Does an in-cabin cat need a health certificate on United?

    United does not state on their website that they require a health certificate for a pet traveling in-cabin, however, we would suggest it as a safeguard to avoid any problems at the gate. A health certificate is a document that is filled out by your veterinarian. Ask your vet if they have a standard one. If not, then you can find one here: http://pettravelstore.com/products/Pet-Passport-Airline-Veterinary-Certificate.html.
    Susan

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      Re: Does an in-cabin cat need a health certificate on United?

      Thanks, Susan. I just talked to them on the phone and they do NOT require a health certificate for in-cabin domestic travel anymore. They told me to check with the state to which I'm traveling. I did. California doesn't require a certificate either. Unfortunately, I already purchased the certificate form on this website for almost $10 on because it led me to believe I would need a certificate (and it didn't say that all vets have them anyway). Money wasted

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      • #4
        Re: Does an in-cabin cat need a health certificate on United?

        I have clarified the United Airlines product page and thank you for your input. If you will send me your order number and name, I will arrange for a refund.
        Susan (sue@pettravel.com)

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