How to Take Your Dog From the U.S. to Canada

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Regulations for entering Canada with your pet dog are simple and straightforward. With the proper documents, crossing the border should be a smooth process. If traveling by air, train or boat, check with the company for additional procedures and policies. Make sure Fido has a pet carrier allowing for free movement and comfort during transport.

Border Crossing Requirements

  • For your domestic dog to enter Canada, you must produce a rabies vaccination certificate written in English or French -- issued and signed by a licensed veterinarian. It must indicate the date of vaccination, the vaccine trade name and the serial number of the licensed vaccine. The document must also identify the dog's breed, sex, coloring and weight. If you are without such a document, you will likely be required to have the animal vaccinated within a certain period of time. Documentation must then be taken to a Canadian Food Inspection Agency to authenticate the dog's legal presence in the country. If your dog is younger than three months, you will not need to produce a vaccination certificate. You should, however, be prepared to show proof of the pup's age. Before traveling to Canada, it's wise to check the current status of breed bans applying to the province you intend to enter. When returning to the U.S. with your dog, expect to again produce proof of rabies vaccination with like details. It must also demonstrate that a dog's first rabies vaccination was administered at least 30 days before U.S. entry.

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