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Ask Congress to strengthen dog importation standards

March 3, 2023

The AVMA is asking Congress to pass the Healthy Dog Importation Act, which strengthens dog importation requirements and provides the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) with the necessary tools to monitor and safeguard the health of dogs being imported into the United States.

Urge your representative and senators to cosponsor the Healthy Dog Importation Act!

If passed, the legislation would require every dog entering the country to be permanently identified, in good health, and issued a health certificate by a licensed veterinarian accredited by a competent veterinary authority recognized by the USDA. This bill would help detect diseases such as rabies, canine influenza, canine distemper, leptospirosis, screwworm, and canine melioidosis in imported dogs before entering the country.

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