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Vaccination Requirements When Traveling With Your Dog To And From Canada

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If you are going to be going to Canada for a vacation, and plan on taking your dog with you, you need to make sure you have the proper vaccinations and documentation to keep your pet from being denied entry. It is a good idea to look over the animal's health record at least 30 days prior to your expected travel date and take any necessary action immediately to ensure you can keep your furry family members with you. Here is a bit of information on what is needed to make the border crossing as easy as possible.


Both the U.S. and Canada require valid rabies vaccinations for all dogs over the age of three months. In addition, the vaccination must have been given at least 30 days prior to returning to the U.S. So, if you realize your dog needs a rabies shot, and you wait until the day before leaving for Canada, you will need to stay there for 29 days or the dog will be put in quarantine until the 30-day requirement is met when you attempt to go back to the states. Be sure that the health records show when the shot was given and how long it is good for. If there is no expiration date on the document, it will be considered expired one year from the date it was given, even if the dog received a shot that did not need to be readministered for three years.


If the dog is less than three months of age, you will not need to have a vaccination to enter Canada. However, you must have a document showing you have pre-approval to bring the dog back into the U.S. You can email the Center for disease Control at [email protected] to get the required documentation. They will look at your situation and determine whether or not to allow the puppy to return with you. You must be willing to have the puppy vaccinated at the appropriate time after you return. You must also agree to keep the puppy confined at home, and away from other animals until it has been properly vaccinated.

Traveling with your dog across the border between the U.S. and Canada is not a big deal if you have the proper proof of a rabies vaccination. Do not panic when you are asked to pull over to the side, simply have all the paperwork ready for the border agent. Don't leave your pet at home, he or she deserves to go with you on your vacations.

To learn more, contact a Yellowknife Veterinary Clinic vet