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Hi Lisa,
    My son has been going to school in China.  He got a dog while he was there.  Do you know what he needs to do to bring "Buddy" back with him and how long he has to be quarantined?

Thank you, Laura

Hi Laura, he will need a current Rabies vaccine and health certificate that's about it. There is no quarantine in the USA unless he comes in with a very noticeable health risk to humans.

Read these two articles and it will give you all the answers. He will need to travel with your son on the same plane otherwise you will run into security issues if you try to ship him separate. IN that case you would need to hire a known pet shipper which is quite expensive.

He might want to watch these DIY videos on and watch the one for traveling with your pet as checked baggage or if he is small and can fit under the seat then he should watch the video on how to prepare your pet for in cabin travel.
But overall very easy process good luck.

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Lisa Kelly


My main focus is teaching pet owners how to choose and properly prepare an airline carrier kennel for a safe and comfortable trip. I can answer any questions on the subject of purchasing an airline approved carrier or kennel. I can also answer questions on how to modify or prepare an existing pet carrier kennel to be safe and considered airline compliant. Also any questions on how to ship a pet domestically in the USA. I can not answer questions on required paperwork for importing or exporting pets internationally.


My experience includes owning and running a Luxury Cat Care Facility since 1997 - Kitty Cat Condos. While running the facility I have used my daily pet experiences to invent and develop many pet travel products, many of which are Patented. The most well known is DryFur® Travel Pads. I now run a blog dedicated to sharing free information to pet owners who are often overwhelmed with the task of traveling on airlines with their beloved pets.

ABKA - 1997-2002 IPATA 2005-2010 Presently not an active member of any Organization

Most of my articles are published on my blogs at and I have been interviewed as cat expert for an article in Animal Wellness on the subject of Choosing the right Cat Carrier for traveling. Also interviewed as pet expert on Animal Radio on the subject of how to travel with your pet safely on airlines.

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1. Disposable absorbent pet transport cushion-United States Patent 7231888 2. Awarded Best Cat Boarding 3 times by CatFancy Magazine in 2005-2007-2010 3. Awarded Best Pet Product by CatFancy for DryFur® Travel Pads 2005 4. Awarded Product of the Year Pet Product News for DryFur® Travel Pads 2005-2006 5. Awarded Editors Choice Product of the Year DogFancy DryFur® Travel Pads 2006 6. Awarded Best Pet Product for Airline Kennel Securing Hardware 2010

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