Information on importing pets to Japan
Are you bringing, or planning to bring, pets to Japan? Here is some important information you need to know beforehand.
1. Pets can not ride on the official Navy buses to Yokosuka, not even in the baggage compartment. Contact your Sponsor for an assist, or contact the Bus Transportation Liaison at firstname.lastname@example.org OR by phone at 011-81-46-816-7777 (international) 315-243-7777 (DSN from the US). The bus liaison needs several days, and a copy of your orders, to facilitate a transportation assist for pets.
2. Pets are family and since Navy Lodge is your home away from home, they offer pet friendly rooms to assist with your transition. Please contact the lodge directly to request a pet room and provide proper documentation prior to arrival. Your reservation must be approved in advance as pet rooms are limited.
3. Pet Import Regulations and Restrictions have changed for SOFA personnel (that's us), effective 06 June 2005. The ONLY OFFICIAL pet import information pertinent to SOFA personnel is provided online by US Army Japan District Veterinary Command at: www.usarj.army.mil/organization/vet/index.htm.
Click the top link titled "Pet Import" and "Should I Bring My Pet To Japan." This web site has been updated with the latest changes to US/Japan SOFA pet import requirements. DO NOT refer directly to the Japan Animal Quarantine Service web site. The information is current, of course, but it does not completely apply to SOFA personnel.
We welcome you to the Yokosuka Branch Veterinary Services.
We are a dedicated group of military and civilian veterinary professionals committed to providing quality and affordable veterinary care to the Military Working Dogs (MWDs), family pets, and Pets Are Worth Saving (PAWS) adoption candidates on Yokosuka Naval Base.
We offer a variety of services for your furry friends:
- Dental Services
- Emergency and Critical Care Medicine
- General Medicine
- Laboratory Services
- Pharmacy (including Prescription Diets)
- Pet Importation Requirements (pdf download)
We wish you a successful tour and commend you for your compassion towards animals and commitment to their health.
Please contact the Yokosuka Branch Veterinary Services at 243-6820 and schedule an appointment if your pet displays any of the following clinical signs:
- is inactive and/or depressed.
- has discharge from the nose or eyes.
- has soft, bloody, or watery bowel movements.
- drinks more than normal amounts of water.
- urinates greater volumes or urinates more times per day than usual.
- has fleas, ticks, or mites.
- walks with stiffness, pain, or difficulty.
- has odor from the ears or excessive ear wax.
- has teeth with plaque or discoloration, reddened gums, or bad breath.
- has lumps (anywhere).
- eats less than normal.
- has been gaining excessive weight.
- has been losing excessive weight.
- breathes with difficulty or has a cough.
- has a dull or scaly hair coat.
- has sores on its skin or oily skin.
- scratches itself excessively.
If your pet has an emergency after regular business hours, please consult the list of off-base veterinarians given to you at your registration appointment. This list is intended to give you options but is not an official endorsement by the Department of Defense or the US Army Veterinary Corps.
Waiting Room Procedures
We would like you to arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment. Ensure that your pets are either on a leash or within a sturdy carrier. We make every effort to see clients promptly, but scheduled appointments may get disrupted by the arrival of critically ill patients or unexpected emergencies.
For outpatient visits, payment is expected at the time that services are given. Should your pet need hospitalization, your payment is due at the end of your pet's visit or when your pet is discharged from the hospital. Cash, personal checks, and major credit cards with proper identification (Military ID) are accepted.
When admitting your pet for hospitalization, please be advised that the admission procedure will take at least 15 minutes and sometimes longer, so it is important that you plan accordingly. Pets having anesthesia or surgery must not have food or water for 12 hours before you bring him or her to the hospital. Check-in for anesthesia, surgeries or dentals or other diagnostics is 0800 to 0830.
The Yokosuka Branch Veterinary Services can provide you with a list of Japanese veterinarians and teaching hospitals should your pet’s medical condition exceed our capability.
Communicating with your Veterinarian
If you have a question or concern and would like to speak to your pet’s veterinarian, please call our appointment line and leave a message. The Veterinarian will try to call you back as soon as possible.
Telephone: Local DSN 243-6820 / International 011-81-46-816-6820
Fax: Local DSN 243-3988 / International 011-81-46-816-3988
Location: The Yokosuka Branch Veterinary Services is located in Building #H1230, behind the CFAY Fire Station.
Hours of Operation:
Monday: 0830 - 1600
Tuesday: 0830 - 1600
Wednesday: 1000 - 1600
Friday: 0830 - 1600
We are closed the last Friday of every month for inventory and building maintenance, as well as US federal holidays.