What to Expect
Twice a year, you should take your adult pet in for a check-up. A good physical exam can identify abnormalities before they become serious problems. This can help minimize emergencies and large bills. A physical exam at Pet Express Animal Hospital includes examining the animal from head to tail, and be sure to check everything in between.
Annual Vaccines include but are not limited to:
- Rabies, DA2PP (distemper, adenovirus-2, parainfluenza and parvovirus) and Bordetella.
- Associated boosters
- Rabies Tag
We recommend bringing in any medical history from previous clinics you have of your pet when you coming in.
Rabies Tag REQUIREMENTS
Broward County law requires both dogs and cats to wear an official Broward County Rabies Registration Tag. The tag should be worn by your pet at all times so that he can be identified in case he gets lost from home.
- Dogs and cats four months or older must be registered.
- All dogs and cats must be vaccinated against rabies to be registered. A copy of a current Rabies Certificate, issued by a licensed veterinarian, must be presented at the time of purchase.
- If a licensed veterinarian has determined that a rabies vaccination will be detrimental to your pet’s health, our doctor will issue a Waiver Certificate. This Certificate must be signed by the veterinarian and sent to Broward County Animal Care. However, a Pet Registration Tag must still be purchased.
- “Indoor” pets are not exempt from Broward County’s registration requirement. Every day, Broward County Animal Care receives “indoor” animals that have slipped out of an open door or window, or escaped through weak or loose screening or fencing. Such pets easily become lost since they are often not familiar with their neighborhood.
- Pets that have a tattoo, microchip or personalized name tag, are still required to have a Broward County Rabies Registration Tag.
At Pet Express Animal Hospital we use Petlink International Microchip to maintain up to date medical information and identification for pets. All microchips are linked to a central database for immediate reliable readings accessible by any veterinarian in the world.
Requirements to transit a pet from one country and to another varies greatly by the destination country. These health certificates can be very complicated and can require very specific blood work and vaccinations. To search for your pets requirements please click the link and scroll to the drop down menu titled LIVE ANIMALS. Click here for requirements for travel to specific countries.
It is important to do research, and plan a visit with one of our doctors five months prior to the trip, if possible. Planning will help get your pet ready for the trip and avoid issues that may cause delays or refusal at entry. More information on international travel can be found here.