I’m sure everyone has their own opinion about the government shutdown. When the shutdown occurred, I was almost positive that nothing about veterinary medicine in College Park would change because the government was closed. However, I realized that even we are not immune to the small ripples coming out from the anchor the government threw into the lake of the United States Economy. (How’s that for a metaphor!)
Since we are so close to the airport, we deal with a lot of health certificates for animals traveling out of the country. These animals must, after visiting our office, make an appointment with the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) to have the official government stamp on their travel documents. Now that the USDA is closed for all non-essential operations, they are not open for these international health certificate verifications and dogs and cats cannot get approved to leave the country.
Now, I’m not sure if this is a PSA or its just a tidbit of interesting information about how even a veterinarian can have some of our business changed because the government shut down. Regardless, don’t try to travel out of the country with your dog or cat anytime soon.
– Doc Cleland