We understand traveling with your pet can be a lot. Check out our travel guide before embarking on your journey.

Traveling to the US? Be aware there are new border rules coming into effect August 1st when it comes to bringing your dog with you!

Our friend, Dr. Scott Weese, is is a Professor at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Director of the University of Guelph Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses, Chief of Infection Control at the Ontario Veterinary College Health Sciences Centre and has been keeping a close eye on the situation at the border.

“Update” may be a bit of an oversell in this case, but here’s some more information on the upcoming changes to US dog importation rules that kind of came out of nowhere. We’re still trying to sort out a number of issues, both in terms of the big picture and minor operational details; hopefully we’ll have a much clearer picture soon.”

Click the link to read more from Dr. Weese in his article.

Here’s what dog owners should do if they might be crossing the the border (from Canada to the US, either coming or going) with their dog starting in August (summary from Dr. Weese):

Ensure that your dog is microchipped AND that the microchip is ISO compatible AND that the microchip number and date it was implanted are clearly recorded in the dog’s medical record.

-Rabies vaccination
Ensure that your dog has been vaccinated against rabies AND that you don’t allow vaccination to lapse (stick to the schedule on the vaccine label!) AND that the rabies vaccination was done after the dog was given its ISO compatible microchip AND that the dog’s microchip number is recorded on any vaccination documentation.
Note: Any vaccines that pre-date the microchip are not considered valid. This does mean your dog may require a booster Rabies Vaccination

-Medical records
This could include a health certificate, vaccination certificate, invoice or something similar. Simply to help prove that the dog has been in Canada (and under someone’s direct care) for at least 6 months.

-Plan ahead
Veterinary clinics and CFIA offices are busy, and forms take time to fill out and ensure they are reviewed by the proper authority. The vaccination form for a rabies vaccine given in Canada has to be signed off by a CFIA veterinarian. The process for that is still being worked out, but at least for now some additional lead time has to be built in to get the dog’s veterinarian to complete the forms AND to get a CFIA veterinarian to sign off.

ALL dogs must:
-Be at least 6 months of age at the time of entry or return to the US
-Have a microchip
-Appear healthy on arrival
-A CDC Dog Import Form (including a picture of the dog) must be submitted 2-10 days before arrival. (not available until July 15th)
-Official document you would have your veterinarian fill out at the time of the exam that would be taken to a CFIA Veterinarian (Official Veterinarian).
If your dog has travelled outside Canada (other then the USA) in the last year, there will be additional requirements to cross. Please see the CDC website below.

We know this seems like a lot! Please, if you have any questions give us a call. We have created a summary document that has been copied from the CDC website below that can be used to assist you. If you do plan on traveling with your dog across the border, we can set up an appointment to start the process and ensure you and your dog are prepared before you leave.

*We strongly urge if you have any plans to travel across the border with your dog, please plan ahead. Preparing documentation and taking it to a CFIA Veterinarian is done via appointments and takes time. The last thing we want is for you and your dog not to make it across the border to your planned adventure*

CDC Website
CFIA Information for Canadians and their Dogs