Coming from the United States, many of us “Yankees” don’t think of pet traveling to Canada as an international trip. However, when it comes to importing your pet, that’s exactly what it is.
In order to import your pet into Canada legally from the US the animal must first be up to date with all vaccines (DHLP for dogs and FVRCP for cats) including rabies. The next step is optional but strongly recommended. All pets traveling, regardless of location, should be micro chipped with an internationally recognizable chip. Most name brand chips are ISO compatible. International policies are shifting so that microchips will be required for the movement of any animal, any where. Each animal will also need to have an International Health Certificate issued within 10 days of departure.
Upon arrival into Canada, there is a $30 minimum Customs Fee for all animals entering the country.
Depending on your destination, size of your pet, and which airline you are flying with you maybe able to carry the animal on the plane with you. This is known as excess baggage. Many airlines are slowly disallowing pet owners to carry their pets in the cabin with them due to the amount of stress imposed on the animal. Most animals become stressed due to the different smells, sights, and sounds in the passenger cabin. If the airline wont let you carry your pet on, or if your animal is too large, the next option would be to classify your pet as “cargo” and have him/her fly in the belly of the airplane. This environment is especially nice for animals in transit. It is dimly lit, climate controlled, as well as pressurized. In other words its the exact same environment as the passenger cabin just without the passengers.
While Canada is definitely not the most complicated country in the world to relocate pets to, it can be a bit of a hassle. Feel free to contact PetRelocation.com with any questions you may have for your Canadian bound pets!!!