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


I haven pushed throughout the Canadian border from the USA a number of instances with my canines.

Individuals know I wish to journey to Canada with my canines so that they usually ask me questions like:

“Can I take my canine to Canada?”

“How laborious 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 blissful 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. Usually anyway.

With the correct paperwork, and acceptable vaccinations, grownup canines can journey to Canada from the USA (us) with you by automobile

Notice: to be clear, we’re speaking about compantion canines, not canines being imported for business 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 relating to rabies and getting again into the US)
  • Your canine appears to be like are sick with a communicable illness

Additionally, remember that Ontario has a ban on “pit bull” sort canines 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, carry 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 have to have proof of it.

There isn’t any 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 towards rabies should be vaccinated a minimum of 30 days earlier than arrival on the Canadian border crossing into the US.

Grownup canines 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, might [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 route throughout the border is the easiest way 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 just isn’t vital TO GET INTO CANADA.

You will want 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 continues to be 30 days earlier than entry, no matter age.

In the event you plan to carry your pet, who’s underneath 3 months of age into Canada, and you propose keep in Canada for longer than 30 days, you may go to a veterinarian for a rabies vaccination a minimum of 30 days earlier than your deliberate return to the US.

That may be a tough, unsure sport to play although. It might 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 may be an exemption for service canines.

Help and repair canines 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: Underneath the Individuals with Disabilities Act, service canine homeowners will not be required to hold any sort of certification.

Moreover, any on-line providers that present “registration” for service canines will not be reputable – they prey on the uneducated for a revenue.

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

In line with my good friend 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 may be acceptable to Canadian border crossing guards.

Service canines touring alone or with different individuals into Canada are topic to the identical laws as non-service canines. 

Help and service canines 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

In the event you plan to cross US-Canadian border, you’ll need 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 include your vet’s signature.

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

Concentrate on the timing necessities listed above.

To reiterate, when you’re 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 a minimum of 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 overall rule for bringing pet food and treats into Canada from the US are….

Vacationers might carry 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 should be of United States origin and be commercially packaged
  • The pet meals or product should 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

In line with the US Division of Ariculture, vacationers might carry sure pet meals, chews and treats from Canada again into the US if:

  • The gadgets should be in unopened retail packaging
  • If the gadgets are uncooked (not shelf-stable with out refrigeration), dehydrated, freeze-dried, or sun-dried, then the gadgets should 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 automobile.

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

Notice: after I researched this again in 2014, the laws acknowledged 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 unique packages, which lists the elements and sources, and be ready to go away any gadgets 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 for those who don’t do it usually.

The border guards hardly ever 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 function of your journey?
  • How lengthy will you be staying?
  • The place are you staying (together with deal with typically)?

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

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 function as a result of a standard, trustworthy individual will get nervous however somebody with lower than good intentions will act “unusual” – both sweating bullets or taking part in to too cool.

Touring throughout the border has been very easy for us.

I proudly waived my paperwork for my canines 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 tug apart for an inspection by border guards although.

I’ve solely ever traveled throughout the US-Canadian border in a private automobile however I’m advised 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 might have any ideas or tales you may share?


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