Pet Movement

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What is considered a household pet?

​A household pet is an animal from a traditional companion animal species, such as:
  • Dog
  • Domestic cat
  • Ferret
  • Chinchilla
  • Hedgehog
  • Pet bird
  • Rabbit
  • Domestic rodents, such as:
    • Gerbil
    • Guinea pig
    • Hamster,
    • Domestic mouse or rat
Household pets do not include:
  • Dog hybrids
  • Domestic cat hybrids
  • Exotic small cat species such as servals
  • Livestock:
    • Pet pigs - see swine movement webpage for movement requirements
    • Poultry - see poultry and game bird movement webpage for movement requirements
  • Wild animals - see wild animal movement webpage for movement requirements:
    • Native wild animals
    • Birds, including raptors
    • Captive wild animals, such as:
      • Raccoon
      • Opossum
      • Skunk
What is considered an exotic pet?

 
An exotic pet is any companion animal other than a household pet. Some animal species that have been kept as pets may not be imported into Wisconsin because they are known carriers of highly contagious diseases. A list of these animals are provided on the wild animal movement webpage under "Prohibited Animals."​​​​​​
Note: It is not determined on the state level if it is legal to own a particular animal species. DATCP strongly
encourages you to contact your local government officials (county, township, and municipality) to determine their regulations on animal ownership.
In addition, some animals may need permits from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.​
Bringing Household Pets to Wisconsin

Importing refers to animals being brought to Wisconsin for events, shows, and vacation travel, as well as animals relocating permanently to the state.

Import Requirements for Household Pets

You must provide a certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) when importing a household pet. A CVI is required for animals entering Wisconsin by any mode of transportation, such as automobile, airplane or rail.

Alternative CVI forms are listed below; payment may be required. Some options may not be available in your state. Call your State Veterinarian's office to verify. If your State Veterinarian's office has another option not listed here, or if you are unsure if the CVI is accepted, contact the Import Coordinator.

Electronic forms from any of the following:

  • Global Vet Link, AgView CVI, your State Veterinarian's office.
  • The Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) CVI for imports from Texas.
  • Paper copies available from your State Veterinarian's office. DATCP accepts large animal forms for pets and wild animals if allowed by the state of origin (where the animal is coming from).

DATCP no longer accepts the computer-generated APHIS 7001 form which has no preprinted CVI number​—older, multi-copy forms with printed numbers are still accepted.

CVIs must include the following:

  • Complete physical destination address
  • Age of animal
  • Current veterinarian-administered rabies vaccination for dogs and cats five months and older with the date of vaccination and revaccination due date. Wisconsin accepts both valid one-year and three-year rabies vaccines, which must be administered by a licensed veterinarian.

How to submit a CVI:

Veterinarians writing CVIs must send them to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's Division of Animal Health. If veterinarians are submitting the CVIs to their State Veterinarian's office and that office is already forwarding the documents to Wisconsin, the veterinarian does not need to individually supply another copy.

If submitting an electronic CVI like Global Vet Link, AgView CVI, or an eCVI provided by the state of origin, the documents are automatically submitted to Wisconsin.

If writing paper CVIs, email to datcpanimalimports@wisconsin.gov or mail to DATCP-DAH, P.O. Box 8911, Madison, WI 53708-8911.

Not required for household pets:

  • Testing, unless an imported dog is sexually intact and was purchased or obtained from an out-of-state auction (see import requirements for dogs below).
  • Statements on the CVI.
  • Import permit number, unless an imported dog is:
  • Positive on a heartworm test in the state of origin and has not completed treatment recommended by the American Heartworm Society (see import requirements for dogs below).
  • Sexually intact and was purchased or obtained from an out-of-state auction (see import requirements for dogs below).

Not required for exotic pets:

  • Testing or vaccinations for most exotic pet species, such as monkeys, sugar gliders, reptiles and amphibians.
  • Official individual ID (although this can be added to the CIV if the animal is identified).

Additional Import Requirements for Dogs

Dogs Purchased at Auctions

Effective September 12, 2016, all sexually intact dogs purchased or obtained from auctions outside the state of Wisconsin must have all of the following:

  • Documentation showing the dog has tested negative on a canine brucellosis test conducted within 30 days prior to the import date using a test method approved by DATCP. Include the test type, date, and results on the CVI.
  • An import permit issued by DATCP.

Refer to the animal import permit webpage for instructions on the permitting process and a link to the general import permit application form.

Heartworm-Positive Dogs

Any dog found to be positive on a heartworm test in the state of origin may not be imported into Wisconsin until it has completed the appropriate heartworm treatment protocol as recommended by the American Heartworm Society. After the treatment is completed, a veterinarian in the state of origin must record on the CVI that the dog was treated for heartworm and record all treatment dates. Once these conditions are met, an import permit is not required.

An untreated positive dog may only be imported to Wisconsin if a special import permit is issued by the Wisconsin State Veterinarian. For more information call (608) 224-4878.

Additional Import Requirements for Household Pets from Another Country

For household pets being brought into Wisconsin from outside the U.S., contact the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at (404) 639-3311 or visit the CDC website. You should also visit the U.S.Department of Agriculture (USDA) website to find any information not covered on the CDC website.

In addition to any requirements from CDC and USDA, household pets being brought into Wisconsin from outside the U.S. need to meet the regular import requirements for Wisconsin. This includes meeting the requirements for rabies vaccination for dogs and cats. Any health documentation used by the country of origin will be accepted for international movement.



With the exception of heartworm positive dogs, Wisconsin does not have specific testing or paperwork requirements for moving pets within the state.

Heartworm-Positive Dogs within Wisconsin

Any dog in Wisconsin found to be positive on a heartworm test may not be sold, transferred, or adopted until it has completed the appropriate heartworm treatment protocol as recommended by the American Heartworm Society. After the treatment is completed, a veterinarian must record on a certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) that the dog was treated for heartworm and record all treatment dates.

An untreated positive dog in Wisconsin may only be sold, transferred, or adopted if all of the following conditions are met:

  • Full disclosure of the dog's condition is provided by the dog seller/shelter to the buyer/recipient/adopter.
  • A signed statement is provided by the buyer/recipient/adopter and submitted to the Wisconsin State Veterinarian or designee stating that the dog will be treated with the appropriate treatment.
  • The buyer/recipient/adopter's statement is approved by the state veterinarian or designee.

A copy of the approved statement will be kept in animal records maintained by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

Wisconsin does not have specific export requirements for pets. You will need to contact the state or nation of destination to learn about their import requirements.

If you are planning to take a companion animal out of the U.S., information is available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for international animal export regulations.

Most certificates of veterinary inspection (CVI) for animals leaving the U.S. for another country need to be signed by a USDA veterinarian (not the Wisconsin state veterinarian). Call the USDA Madison office at (608) 662-0630 to confirm your CVI is complete before you travel to the Madison USDA office to get the signature. USDA veterinarians will not sign incomplete or inaccurate CVIs.

APHIS 7001 Form Use

Wisconsin veterinarians can no longer use the computer-generated APHIS 7001 form for intra- and interstate movement, unless either of the following exceptions occur:

USDA or the destination country has directed use of this form for international movement. Wisconsin can accept the older, multi-copy 7001 forms with preprinted numbers.

You must contact the state of destination to ensure they will accept this form.