Bringing Your Dog to Canada: What You Need to Know

If you are planning to bring your dog to Canada, either temporarily or permanently, there are some important steps you need to take to ensure your dog is allowed entry into the country. Canada has strict regulations about bringing pets across the border to protect both the health of the animals and the country’s environment. By following the proper procedures and giving yourself plenty of time to complete the necessary forms and paperwork, you can successfully bring your dog into Canada.

The first step is to check if your dog is allowed to enter Canada. In general, dogs are permitted entry if they are over 8 weeks of age and up-to-date on all necessary vaccinations. However, some breeds are banned in Canada, including Pit Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, and any mixes of those breeds. You will need to verify that your dog’s breed is allowed before continuing the entry process.

Next, you will need to obtain a valid rabies vaccination certificate for your dog. The rabies vaccine must have been administered at least 30 days prior to your entry into Canada. The certificate must clearly identify your dog by breed, age, sex, color, and markings, and it must be signed and dated by a licensed veterinarian.

You will also need to acquire dog entry documentation, either a permit to import or an animal entry form, depending on whether your stay in Canada is temporary or permanent. For temporary stays up to 6 months, you will need to obtain an animal entry form, known as a VIC/Incorp. For longer stays or permanently importing a dog, you will need to obtain an import permit, which requires a longer application process. Either document needs to be approved prior to your arrival at the border.

When entering Canada, you will be required to present all documentation for your dog, including the rabies certificate, entry permit or form, and health records. Your dog may be subject to an examination by a veterinarian upon entry to ensure there are no signs of disease or pests. Be prepared to pay an entry fee, which is usually between $30 to $50.

By following these procedures carefully and well in advance of your trip, you can ensure that your beloved dog is permitted to enter Canada. While the entry process for dogs can seem complicated, allowing plenty of time to get the necessary forms and vaccinations will help make bringing your dog into Canada a smooth experience. And of course, once in Canada, you can enjoy exploring the country with your faithful furry friend by your side!

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