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Policies and rules for shipping pets vary at each installation. It’s important to understand the regulations, prohibitions and laws at your new installation before moving with a pet. Below, you’ll find installation-specific details for registering, boarding and transporting your pet.
Pets do not have to be quarantined in Germany, but a bilingual health certificate is required. Important to Note: The health certificate cannot be more than 10 days old and the rabies vaccination must be at least 30 days old and not more than a year old before you travel to Germany. Pets must be identifiable byway of a microchip (or tattoo), which must have been implanted prior to being vaccinated for rabies, and the coordinating number of which must be annotated on the rabies certificate. The health certificate must be signed by a U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) certified veterinarian. Please check with your installation veterinary clinic for assistance.
For more information regarding pets, please contact Stuttgart Veterinary Clinic:
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Please make pet arrangements before you leave the U.S., ask your sponsor for assistance. Hotels on-post have limited rooms and space for pets, however many German hotels allow pets. There are a few kennels available in the area, contact Veterinary Services, located on Panzer Kaserne.
On post hotels have limited room for pets. Also, boarding establishments are limited and can be expensive. Some German hotels allow pets and charge an additional fee to the regular room rate. Regulations limit residents of military housing to no more than two domestic pets per household. Make sure you communicate with your sponsor as early as possible regarding pet needs.
Your military veterinarian can provide further information about host country requirements. Pets have to be registered at the Veterinary Services, located on Panzer Kaserne, within two weeks of arrival to Stuttgart. You do not need to bring your pet in for this registration, just their health record and their rabies certificate.
Veterinary Services can be contacted at 011-49-63-719-464-1888 or e-mail: usarmy.rheinland-Pfalz.medcom-ph-e.list.vtf-Stuttgart@mail.mil
The Veterinary Treatment Facility offers limited services by appointment only. Call the VTF first for emergencies during duty hours. After duty hours, the name and number of a designated civilian veterinarian will be left on their answering machine. It is a good idea to find a civilian veterinarian that you feel comfortable with that is located close to where you live.
German states have passed a Dangerous Dog Ordinance placing restriction upon the ownership of certain types of dogs. Military and civilian personnel moving to Germany should weigh the requirements of the German DDO and owner responsibilities for dogs when making a decision to bring such dogs with them. For more information please contact the Stuttgart Veterinary Clinic 011-49-63-719-464-1888 or e-mail: usarmy.rheinland-Pfalz.medcom-ph-e.list.vtf-Stuttgart@mail.mil.
Planning for shipment of your pet includes researching airline requirements and quarantine restriction laws in your new location. You will need to ask the airlines the requirements for size, weight, number of animals, kennel construction, documentation and season of the year limitations. Occasionally, small pets can be shipped on military flights but availability and regulations are always changing, as well as fees. Search Air Animal and the Fly Pets websites for general information on shipping pets.
Tips on Traveling with Pets
Personnel need to make special arrangements when shipping family pets to Germany. To insure that your pet has a safe and comfortable air trip, we offer these tips:
Stuttgart Veterinary Treatment Facility – Building 2996, Panzer Kaserne, DSN 314-590-1888 or CIV 011-49-6371-94-641-888.