Canada Pet Import Rules and Requirements

Are you curious about pet transport to Canada? Relocating pets to the northernmost part of North America involves several requirements, such as an international health certificate, a rabies vaccination and certificate, and a printed history of vet records. Canadian authorities will also want a copy of the owner's passport and visa or work permit.

But there's more to pet shipping to Canada than documentation. Is your pet ready for the journey? You can help by getting your pup or cat acclimated to the travel crate you'll be using, as this can help reduce their anxiety before, during, and after their trip.

Want the process to be straightforward and successful? Your PetRelocation Specialists can help ensure you are well prepared for pet relocation to Canada.

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Regulations for Importing Pets to Canada

Attention: This information is to be used as general guidelines and may not be updated to meet the current requirements. Before you travel, be sure to contact the appropriate authorities for your destination country.


Though strongly recommended for all international travel, a microchip is not required for entry into Canada. An ISO-compatible microchip might be required for your destination country if you are exporting from Canada, so be sure to check with your destination country prior to departure if you have another move planned in the future.

Rabies Vaccination and Certificate

All pets must have an original Rabies Certificate, and this certificate must be written in English or French, be issued and signed by a USDA accredited veterinarian, identify the pet (breed, color, weight), state that the pet is vaccinated against rabies, indicate the date of the vaccination, indicate the trade name and serial number of the licensed vaccine, and specify the duration of immunity.

Additional Vaccines

It is suggested that dogs and cats have full vaccinations, as well:

Dogs: Canine Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis and Leptospirosis

Cats: Feline Cat Flu-Feline Calicivirus, Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Chlamydia Psittacosis, Cat Enteritis-Feline Panleukopaenia/Feline Parvovirus

USDA APHIS Health Certificate (Form 7001)

This certificate shows your pet is healthy and fit to fly and it must be issued within 10 days of the flight.

Customs Documentation

Broker services are required for all pets traveling to Canada as unaccompanied cargo. We will also need a copy of the pet owner’s passport, visa/work permit, and signed customs clearance form to successfully clear customs.

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