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Companion Animals (Dogs Cats)

Companion Animals (Cats and Dogs)

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Requirements for Entering/Leaving Indiana

Dog, Cat and Ferret Entry Requirements

Click here for the requirements to bring dogs, cats and ferrets into Indiana.

Movements Out of Indiana

Before moving animals to another state, always call the state-of-destination for that state's requirements. Click here for a list of other state animal health offices.

Unusual Respiratory Illness in Dogs (2023)

Dog Owners:  You are probably hearing a lot about the Unusual respiratory illness that is affecting dogs across the country. Here are a few things our veterinarians want you to know to keep your pets safe:
  • Be vigilant in monitoring your dogs for signs of illness after boarding, holiday travel, or other activities where pets may have commingled with others. If a dog develops a cough or lethargy, a veterinary visit should be recommended.
  • Make sure all of your dogs are up-to-date on all of their recommended vaccines including distemper combination (distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza and parvo), Bordetella, and canine influenza.
  • Reduce contact with large numbers of unknown dogs when possible. Just like with other respiratory diseases, dogs that are co-mingled may be at greater risk for developing the illness.
  • Keep sick dogs at home whenever possible (unless taking them to the veterinarian for examination or treatment). Social settings carry inherent risks of disease spread.
  • Avoid communal water bowls shared by multiple dogs.
  • Be aware that brachycephalic breeds (those with flat faces) seem more susceptible to the negative effects of this illness.