Bringing your furry family members with you to Canada? Let us be your guide! Our experienced team is here to take the stress out of your pet's relocation. From paperwork to flights, we've got you covered. Trust us to make your pet's journey as comfortable and safe as possible.
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What to Know Before Moving Dogs and Cats to Canada
Microchip and Vaccinations
Make sure your pet meets these basic requirements so you can begin the import process.
Canada requires import documentation that your veterinarian must complete.
Your pet may require ground transportation into Canada or upon arrival.
Canadian Import Requirements and Timeline
Microchip and Vaccinations
Time frame: we recommend starting at least 30 days ahead
All pets entering Canada must be vaccinated against rabies. Not all provinces require a microchip for entry, but PetRelocation always recommends microchipping your pets.
How to start the process of moving your pet to Canada
All pets must have an original Rabies Certificate with a veterinarian's signature
Other recommended vaccines and veterinary requirements include:
- We recommend all pets have a microchip before entering Canada.
- Dogs: Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus (DHLPP) and Bordetella.
- Cats: Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (FVRCP).
These should be valid at the time of import and administered no less than two weeks before the export date for maximum effectiveness.
Time frame: within 10 days of travel
Our team will not only provide you with detailed templates for your veterinarian but will also assist you in completing all forms correctly. You can count on us to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible.
Proper paperwork prevents hangups at customs
All pets need a health certificate stating they are healthy and fit to fly. Your USDA-accredited veterinarian should complete an APHIS 7001 health certificate. Your vet must complete this certificate within ten days of travel.
We can assist you in ensuring that all necessary documents, including the APHIS 7001 health certificate, are completed correctly and submitted on time to avoid potential delays or issues during your pet's travel to Canada.
Ground transportation (and why you may need it)
Long drives across North America
There are several reasons your pet may need ground transportation. Depending on your pet's breed or size, they may not be able to fly into Canada from other countries within North America. Therefore, your pet may need to be driven into Canada. If your pet can fly, they may need ground transportation to reach its final destination upon arrival. Our team is here to coordinate ground transportation for your pet and ensure they arrive safely and comfortably at their destination.
Flight restrictions for certain pets
We are experiencing limitations on moving your pets into Canada by air. Therefore, at this time, ground transportation will be our primary option. However, once these restrictions are lifted, there are several reasons your pet may still need ground transportation, such as breed or size restrictions on flights within North America and weather embargoes, especially in the summer, that may restrict your pet's travel.