Import health requirements.
(1) Dogs, cats, or ferrets entering Washington state require a certificate of veterinary inspection.
(2) The certificate of veterinary inspection for dogs, cats, or ferrets must identify each animal and certify that each animal at the time of entry is current on rabies vaccination according to the manufacturer's label, and does not originate from an area under quarantine for rabies.
Exemptions to import health requirements.
(3) Dogs, cats, or ferrets less than ninety days of age do not require a rabies vaccination.
(4) Dogs and cats that originate in Washington state and visit Canada for thirty days or less are exempt from a certificate of veterinary inspection.
(5) Dogs, cats, or ferrets that are family pets and have current rabies vaccination certificates and are traveling by private conveyance with their owners are exempt from a certificate of veterinary inspection.
Import test requirements.
(6) The director may require dogs six months of age or older to be tested negative for heartworm.
Exemptions to import test requirements.
(7) Dogs that are family pets, have been owned more than one month, are not going to be sold or have a change of ownership, and are traveling by private conveyance with their owner or handler are exempt from the heartworm test requirement.
[Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36
RCW. WSR 07-14-056, § 16-54-170, filed 6/28/07, effective 7/29/07.]