Shipping Pets to Japan. International Pet Travel Requirements for Japan.
Shipping Pets to Japan. Fun Fact: There are seven U.S. military facilities, including headquarters at Yokota Air Base in Tokyo. U.S. Forces Japan troops total more than 50K in East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Ocean, with the Navy and USMC as more than 73% of all military deployed to the area.
Before shipping pets to Japan, dogs and cats must be individually identified with an ISO microchip. If your pet has a different microchip implanted, please discuss it with your Pet Travel Specialist to confirm eligibility. A microchip must be implanted BEFORE the rabies vaccinations.
Japan requires for dogs and cats to be vaccinated against rabies at least TWICE or more AFTER the microchip implanting. Pet must be at least 91 days old at time of first rabies vaccination. The first rabies can be given same day AFTER microchip. A second rabies vaccination, more than 30 days after the first vaccination and before first vaccination expires, is required.
Dogs and cats must be evaluated for serum rabies antibody levels. Two USA laboratories are approved to report results accepted by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan: Kansas State University Rabies Laboratory and DOD Veterinary Food Analysis and Diagnostic Laboratory. Results of the rabies titer test must be greater than or equal to 0.5iu/ml. Wait periods exist between date rabies vaccination is given before a FAVN sample can be taken, and also 180 days between FAVN sample and date the pet enters Japan. Results are valid for two years from date of sample.
Before shipping pets to Japan, the import permit must be completed by the IPATA agent in the destination country.
Before shipping pets to Japan, Health Certificate must be signed by a USDA-accredited veterinarian and endorsed by the USDA within ten days of the dog or cat’s departure.
Immunization: Japan recommends that the following immunizations be given to dogs and cats that are 91 days old or older 30 days before they arrive in Japan (within the vaccine immunization effectiveness period).
Dogs: distemper, contagious hepatitis (Adenovirus type II acceptable), parvovirus infectious disease trivalent vaccine (parainfluenza, leptospirosis, coronavirus)
Cats: feline viral rhinotracheitis, feline calicivirus, feline panleukopenia trivalent vaccine
Japan recommends the following parasite treatments before departure (no more than 4 days before boarding):
External parasites: Treat with medicines effective against mites and fleas, and at the time of export have a clinical inspection to confirm that the animal is free from these parasites.
Internal parasites: administer medicine effective against nematodes and tapeworms
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