A question was recently submitted by Richard of New York, NY. Richard asked:
“Need pet moving advice: can I fly with a pet mouse in the cabin from Toronto to New York?”
Thanks for your question, Richard. There’s plenty of information out there about moving internationally with a pet dog or cat, but considerably less concerning other types of pets. According to the USDA, there are currently no animal health requirements for the importation of mice, “provided they have not been inoculated with any pathogens for scientific purposes.” That is to say, if you are bringing your pet mouse with you to the United States, you will not need to meet the US pet import requirements normally imposed on dogs and cats.
Because a mouse is so small, his carrier will surely be small enough to fit under the seat in front of you on an airplane, meaning that you should be able to take him on the plane with you. You will have to contact your chosen airline to determine their regulations concerning pets traveling in-cabin. The airline will probably tell you what kind of container your pet must travel in, as well as what fees might be applied to your ticket for bringing your mouse with you.
To give you an idea of what kind of carrier you might be able to find to transport a small mammal, here’s some pictures of a couple of guinea pigs that PetRelocation recently helped move.
Thanks again for your question, Richard. If you have any future pet travel questions, be sure to submit them here. Best of luck with your move!
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