Canada enables U.S. citizens to bring their dogs into the nation, with certain limits, whether going by air or land. If your dog is in good health and you have evidence of rabies vaccination, he or she can accompany you to Toronto, Vancouver, or any of the many wonderful places in between. You will need to provide proof of vaccination and ensure that your dog is not over 31 inches tall.
There are several requirements for bringing a dog into Canada. First, you must produce a valid passport for your dog. This means either a microchip identification tag or a tattooing process known as "canine desensitization and vaccination" (or "dog branding"). Second, your dog cannot be imported to fill a space on an animal transporter. Finally, all animals entering Canada must have a health certificate signed by a veterinarian.
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Domestic or pet dogs are permitted to enter Canada provided they are accompanied by a valid rabies vaccination certificate. The certificate must be issued in English or French by a registered veterinarian and accurately identify the dog by breed, color, weight, and so on. The animal must also have been microchipped prior to entry into Canada.
A non-refundable $10 fee applies for each certification. This covers cost of health examinations, vaccinations, and treatment if needed. Fees are collected at the border by agency officers who handle animals entering from rabies-free countries. If an owner has not paid this fee when entering Canada he or she will be required to do so before leaving the country.
Dog owners are advised to visit canadarabies.ca before traveling with their pets to make sure all requirements are met. If not, officials may deny entry to the dog.
In addition to the necessary documentation, certain breeds are prohibited from entering Canada because their appearance or behavior makes them likely to pose a threat to the health of other animals or people.
Dogs from the United States that are older than eight months can be imported into Canada for revenue purposes if they have a valid rabies vaccination certificate. A Canadian commercial dog cannot return to Canada if it has been out of the country for longer than 60 days. Therefore, ensure your dog does not exceed this time frame if traveling by plane.
A passport and visa may be required for entry into Canada as well. It is best to check with an immigration lawyer or agency regarding requirements for importing dogs into Canada.
If you are able to obtain a valid rabies vaccination certificate from a veterinarian in the United States then this should suffice for entering Canada. However, there is no guarantee what other diseases your dog may have so it is important to get them vaccinated prior to travel.
Canada's animal health system is very good but it is best to import from reputable sources only. Ensure any dog you purchase from a pet store or street vendor is in good health and has a valid passport and rabies vaccination certificate before travelling to Canada.
If you intend to cross the US-Canadian border, you will need documentation demonstrating that your dog has been vaccinated against rabies. However, admission into the United States demands that your dog be vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days before arrival. If your dog is not vaccinated, you will be denied entry into the United States.
You must also have a valid passport and visa for your dog. This means that he or she cannot come to the border as a cargo item. If the dog is being brought in by a family member, proof of ownership papers are required.
The carrier must present themselves at an official port of entry and declare any valuable items they are bringing into the United States. These include items such as jewelry, fine art, and antiques. If any of these items are found to be stolen, the owner could be charged with criminal possession depending on the value of the item. The dog itself is considered personal property and cannot be declared; if it belongs to a crime victim or law enforcement officer, a receipt should be obtained documenting its seizure.
Border agents can deny admission to animals if they appear ill or have been in contact with livestock without first getting permission from the Department of Agriculture. Such animals would put other travelers at risk of contracting diseases such as canine distemper and parvovirus.
Dogs and cats entering Canada by air will be subject to inspection from all nations except the United States. This service costs $30.00 USD for the first animal and $5.00 USD for each subsequent animal. A rabies vaccination certificate will be required. Animals can only enter for recreational purposes.
Animals entering Canada by land must have a valid passport or other proof of identity and visa if applicable. This service is free of charge.
Animals entering Canada by sea must meet one of these requirements to be admitted into the country: a passport photo page with your pet in the picture; a permit; or a fee paid directly to an authorized agency.
If you own a pet and are planning to travel to Canada, it's important to understand how dogs and cats are treated in this country. Cats and dogs are different animals, so they may be treated differently when being transported across borders. For example, while dogs can go on any type of airline, some countries restrict the weight that can be loaded in order to keep pets from being hurt during transport.
In addition to weighing restrictions, some countries require that dogs have a health certificate before they can enter. The health certification should be done by a veterinarian and it should include details about any vaccines that were given and their expiration dates.