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In effort to prevent rabies, CDC launches new rules for bringing dogs into the US

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The United States is implementing new rules for dogs entering the country starting in August. The updated regulations are aimed at preventing the spread of canine rabies. Among the requirements, dogs must be in good health upon arrival, at least 6 months old, microchipped, and accompanied by a filled-out “CDC Dog Import Form” receipt. These rules apply to all dogs, including service dogs and those returning from abroad. Dogs from high-risk countries may have additional requirements, such as blood serology tests for rabies antibodies. The CDC encourages travelers to use their online tool to determine specific rules for their dogs based on travel history and vaccination. The American Veterinary Medical Association supports these new regulations, which aim to protect public health and canine welfare.