Issues You Should Know Earlier than Driving Throughout the Canadian Border With Your Canine


I haven pushed throughout the Canadian border from america a number of instances with my canine.

Folks know I prefer to journey to Canada with my canine so that they typically ask me questions like:

“Can I take my canine to Canada?”

“How arduous is it to cross the US-Canadian border with my canine?”

“What guidelines do I have to observe when crossing the border with my canine?”.

I’m all the time pleased to share what I do know based mostly on analysis and expertise.

UPDATED: This text was initially printed July 2014.

What you need to know about driving across the Canadian border with your dog
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Can I Take My Canine to Canada?

The brief reply is YES. Typically anyway.

With the best paperwork, and acceptable vaccinations, grownup canine can journey to Canada from america (us) with you by car

Be aware: to be clear, we’re speaking about compantion canine, not canine being imported for industrial sale.

A canine can’t journey throughout the border into Canada with their proprietor if:

  • Your canine hasn’t had any vaccinations (getting Titer check completed doesn’t rely)
  • Your canine doesn’t have a present rabies vaccination and proof of it. *(see the sub part beneath concerning rabies and getting again into the US)
  • Your canine appears to be like are sick with a communicable illness

Additionally, bear in mind that Ontario has a ban on “pit bull” kind canine so that you won’t be able to journey there with one.

In case your canine isn’t a pit bull however appears to be like like one, convey paperwork proving that your canine isn’t one.

In any other case, your canine can journey into Canada with you.

Canine Rabies Vaccination Necessities for Getting Again Into the US

To enter Canada, your canine simply must have recieved the rabies vaccine and you’ll want to have proof of it.

There is no such thing as a requirement for the period of time that has handed between recieving the rabies vaccination and coming into into Canda.

Canines can enter into Canada if has been lower than 30 days between their rabies shot and the date you cross the border along with your canine.

Nonetheless, there is a ready interval for returning to the US.

The US requirement states a canine that has by no means been vaccinated in opposition to rabies have to be vaccinated at the least 30 days earlier than arrival on the Canadian border crossing into the US.

Grownup canine older than 15 months of age, that beforehand obtained a rabies vaccination, given no sooner than 3 months of age, and that has since expired, could [travel across the US border from Canada] instantly after booster vaccination, with out the necessity to wait 30 days.

Ensuring it’s been 30 days between the rabies vaccine and journey both course throughout the border is one of the best ways to make sure you and your canine don’t run into any problems.

Are the US-Candian Border Crossing Guidelines the Similar for My Pet?

For puppies youthful than three months of age, vaccinations or proof of a vaccination shouldn’t be essential TO GET INTO CANADA.

You have to to point out proof of your canine’s age on the Canadian border, which you may get out of your veterinarian.

As listed above, the requirement to return to the US remains to be 30 days earlier than entry, no matter age.

When you plan to convey your pet, who’s underneath 3 months of age into Canada, and you intend keep in Canada for longer than 30 days, you may go to a veterinarian for a rabies vaccination at the least 30 days earlier than your deliberate return to the US.

That may be a tough, unsure sport to play although. It could simply be greatest to attend till 30 days after your pet’s first rabies vaccination to journey to Canada with them.

Touring from the US to Canada with a Service Canine

There’s an exemption for service canine.

Help and repair canine can enter Candada with none paperwork, together with proof of vaccinations, if the canine is touring to Canada with the proprietor.

The one caveat is that the Canadian necessities state, for a service canine touring accross the border with out paperwork, the proprietor current documentation to help that the animal is licensed as a service animal by a acknowledged group.

An vital notice right here: Below the People with Disabilities Act, service canine homeowners should not required to hold any type of certification.

Moreover, any on-line providers that present “registration” for service canine should not reliable – they prey on the uneducated for a revenue.

So what is going to Canada anticipate after they say, “documentation to help that the animal is licensed as a service animal by a acknowledged group.”?

Based on my pal who’s a service canine coach, and the founding father of the weblog Pet in Coaching, says, “the organizations I’ve been concerned with do give some form of documentation to the service canine handlers” so I’m assuming this could be acceptable to Canadian border crossing guards.

Service canine touring alone or with different folks into Canada are topic to the identical rules as non-service canine. 

Help and service canine touring again into the US do want proof of rabies vaccination as outlined above.

Required Paperwork for Touring Throughout the US-Canadian Border with Your Canine

When you plan to cross US-Canadian border, you have to paperwork proving that your canine has had a rabies vaccination.

This paperwork ought to checklist your licensed veterinary clinic, the commerce title, date, and expiration date of the vaccination, and comprise your vet’s signature.

The rabies certificates should additionally embody the proprietor’s title (your title) and an outline of your pet (breed, shade, and weight).

Concentrate on the timing necessities listed above.

To reiterate, if you end up coming into Canada there isn’t a required ready interval between the time the animal is vaccinated for rabies and the time the animal is imported into Canada.

Nonetheless, entry into the US requires that your canine had a rabies vaccination at the least 30 days prior.

MaxMeat Close up CTransporting Canine Meals and Treats Throughout the Border

I’ve completed some analysis on what sort of meals and treats you may’t cross the border with.

Bringing pet food and treats into Canada from the US

The final rule for bringing pet food and treats into Canada from the US are….

Vacationers could convey as much as 20 kg , or 44 lbs, (whole) of pet meals and treats throughout the Canadian border if it meets the entire following necessities:

  • The pet meals or product have to be of United States origin and be commercially packaged
  • The pet meals or product have to be within the possession of the traveler on the time of entry from the U.S.
  • The animal that can eat the imported product should accompany the traveler on the time of entry
  • The imported product is fed solely to the animal that accompanied the traveler into Canada

Bringing pet food and treats into the US from the Canada

Based on the US Division of Ariculture, vacationers could convey sure pet meals, chews and treats from Canada again into the US if:

  • The objects have to be in unopened retail packaging
  • If the objects are uncooked (not shelf-stable with out refrigeration), dehydrated, freeze-dried, or sun-dried, then the objects have to be labeled as a product of Canada or the U.S.

If you’re touring again from Canada by land, there’s a restrict of fifty lbs, or 22.5 lbs, per car.

You may’t convey pet food or treats containing lamb, sheep or goat into the US from Canada.

Be aware: once I researched this again in 2014, the rules said goat or lamp merchandise had been allowed if the label on the bag confirmed it was of US origin however that “loophole” doesn’t appear to exist anymore.

The underside line is to verify all meals and treats are of their authentic packages, which lists the elements and sources, and be ready to go away any objects deemed to be prohibited within the customized’s trash can.

IMG_20140613_155512DWhat it’s Like Crossing the Us-Caadian Border with Your Canine

It may be nerve-wracking driving throughout the Canadian-US border when you don’t do it typically.

The border guards not often smile and ask a ton of questions that typically appear irrelevant.

The questions we all the time get requested embody:

  • The place are you from?
  • What’s the objective of your journey?
  • How lengthy will you be staying?
  • The place are you staying (together with tackle typically)?

We additionally typically get requested small particulars about the place we’re going or an occasion we’re touring to Canada for.

It appears that evidently making you nervous and asking particulars is a means of figuring out whether or not you’re mendacity or not.

I’m undecided whether it is true however I’ve heard that the guards are educated to make you nervous on objective as a result of a traditional, trustworthy individual will get nervous however somebody with lower than good intentions will act “unusual” – both sweating bullets or enjoying to too cool.

Touring throughout the border has been very easy for us.

I proudly waived my paperwork for my canine our first time throughout the Canadian border however the guard didn’t ask to take a look at it to confirm the knowledge.

I’ve by no means been requested about treats or meals I’m bringing throughout the border both.

Though it’s uncommon, I’ve heard of individuals requested to drag apart for an inspection by border guards although.

I’ve solely ever traveled throughout the US-Canadian border in a private car however I’m instructed that in case you are touring in an RV you will be inspected it doesn’t matter what.

Have  you traveled throughout the US-Canadian border with pets? Do you’ve gotten any ideas or tales you may share?


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