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Indiana State Board of Animal Health

BOAH > Species Information > Companion Animals > Indiana Entry Health Requirements: Dogs, Cats, and Ferrets Indiana Entry Health Requirements: Dogs, Cats, and Ferrets

The following is a summary of Indiana's animal health laws governing the transportation of dogs, cats, and ferrets into Indiana. Indiana's dog, cat and ferret identification, movement, testing, and vaccination laws may be found in 345 IAC 1-3. For additional information, contact the Indiana State Board of Animal Health at (317) 544-2400, or toll free at (877)747-3038 or click here to submit an e-mail inquiry.

Certificate of Veterinary Inspection:

Required. The certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) must contain a physical description, such as breed, sex, age, and color that sufficiently identifies the individual animal. The CVI must be completed by a licensed and accredited veterinarian within the thirty (30) days immediately prior to the animal entering Indiana.

Entry Permit:

Not generally required. But, if an animal originates from an area quarantined because of rabies, a permit is required. Permits may be obtained by calling (317) 544-2400.

An animal that is suspected of having Rabies may not be transported into Indiana.

An animal that has been exposed to an animal infected with Rabies may not be brought into Indiana for one year from the date of exposure.

Testing: No tests required for entry into Indiana.

Vaccination:

Every dog or cat that is 3 months of age or older must be vaccinated for rabies within the 12 months or within 36 months immediately prior to the animal entering Indiana depending on the vaccine used. Additional vaccinations are required for exhibition of dogs and cats in Indiana.

Every ferret that is 3 months of age or older must be vaccinated for rabies within the 12 months immediately prior to the animal entering Indiana.

Other Requirements: For the purpose of sale, a person may not import to or export from Indiana any dog under the age of 8 weeks unless the dog is transported with its dam.

International Imports:

Pets entering Indiana from other countries must meet federal importation standards for the United States set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), as well as state importation requirements (listed above). Requirements vary widely from country to country, because the disease and pest threats are different throughout many regions of the world. In addition to import requirements, the pet owner should also contact the airline/carrier to determine what travel requirements may be necessary in advance of the trip. To find out the USDA's requirements for a particular country, visit the federal web site by clicking here.

Exhibition:

If the animal is to be entered in an exhibition in Indiana, see also the Indiana exhibition requirements. Exhibition Requirements.