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Pets, Planes & Papers

If you are anything like me, then your fur baby is your child. Traveling with pets can be a smooth process if all the proper steps are taken. If tasks aren't completed it can be a bumpy ride for both you and your pet. Most airlines prefer you give notice 48 hours prior to departure and depending on the airlines they will provide you a separate confirmation number for your little one.

Bella & I travel overseas often so I am always in the position where I am constantly researching the country's requirements. The USDA's website is a great resource that I utilize often for guidance when traveling. One of the new things I learned recently were the requirements for South Korea and that they require a rabies titer test which was learning process for me. This is a simple process where your pet's vet can draw the blood sample and send it off to a lab for testing which also takes 3 weeks. At this point I am a wreck because I am realizing I don't have enough time to complete all of this prior to our first departure for South Korea.

I proceed forward with all steps needed for this new requirement. Once the test results come back you have to mail the form filled out by your vet to the closest USDA office for your state and receive their original stamp or the form is invalid. I landed in Korea 2 days ago and went to the animal quarentine to make sure I had all my ducks in a row for the next upcoming trip in a few weeks. The blood draw and test fee is $290 and $38 for the USDA stamp. A bit on the pricey side however making sure my pet is safe and taken care of is a priority. I just may have to eat noodles for a few weeks! Travel Safe Everyone.

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