Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Chocolate Labrador
From: Calgary, Canada
To: Charlotte, North Carolina
Please could you confirm that the only documentation we require to move our dog from Canada to the USA to live is a valid rabies vaccination?
We will be driving from Calgary to North Carolina and will be taking our dog with us, so she will not be flying.
Great question. Transporting a dog into the United States via car may not require quite as much attention to detail as flying would, but you're right, you will need to have some basic paperwork on hand. Here is more information about importing pets to the US via the USDA.
As we've discussed before, crossing the Canada/US border with a pet is an experience that can vary from person to person (some border agents will ask for more information than others), but you should definitely have proof from your vet that your dog is up-to-date on her rabies vaccine.
Further, here are a few general tips for safe road travel with a dog. We recommend microchips even though they're not required, and it's a good idea to carry extra supplies, water bowls, a comfortable travel crate, etc. (you probably know all of this, but it might not hurt to revisit the list before you hit the road).
Please let us know if you have any more questions, Mandy. Thanks for reaching out, and have a great trip to North Carolina!