A pet passport sounds adorable, doesn't it? A little mug shot of your cute dog or cat and tiny paw print in the place of a signature would warm the heart of any customs officer. Well, that's not exactly what we mean by pet passport. It's basically certification from your vet that your pet is healthy and that its vaccinations are current. You can purchase passportlike journals to carry the documents in for easier handling. Tuck a picture of your pet in that passport as well in case you lose your pet.
Pet passports aren't necessary for interstate travel, but if you're leaving the country, it's a good idea to have one. In fact, a passport may be required by law, as in the European Union. Why would governments care about your pet? Let's say you're crossing the pond and vacationing in England with your Pomeranian for a couple weeks. British authorities wouldn't be too pleased if that cute Pomeranian had an ugly case of rabies or distemper that spread to other dogs and sparked an outbreak. Different countries have varying regulations regarding vaccinations and quarantines. To investigate the pet import rules of your international destination, you can consult the U.S. Embassy in that country.