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Travel with Pets -- Packing, Preparation and Other Trip Tips  (PAW - Partnership for
Animal Welfare
)
All dogs crossing the Canadian-United States border require a rabies vaccination
certificate. The certificate must be issued and signed by a licensed veterinarian and
list the breed, color and weight of the animal; the date of vaccination; the trade
name and serial number of the rabies vaccine; and the duration of the immunity. Most
rabies vaccines are valid for one or three years; if your certificate does not have a
duration, border officials will assume the duration of one year.  When entering the
U.S., the rabies vaccine must have been given at least 30 days prior to travel.
Canada does not have a waiting period.

Unless your dog is traveling without you, neither Canadian nor American officials
require a health certificate. However, most airlines require a health certificate. If you
plan to ship a dog under 8 months of age to Canada, a health certificate is required.
When crossing by car or foot, you may wish to bring a health certificate for dogs that
may not appear healthy for any reason. A health certificate must be issued within
three days of travel and contain record of a complete veterinary examination showing
that your dog is free from any clinical disease. Most vets have a standard form that
they fill out and sign. If you needed a health certificate to enter Canada, you will also
need one to return to the United States, issued within three days of return travel.

Check breed restrictions specific to the province you're visiting. Some Canadian
provinces prohibit certain aggressive breeds. Be ready to prove your dog's breed is
what you say it is. When travelling from USA to Canada, carry breed registration
papers or a veterinarian's breed certification to present at the border. If the border
agent thinks your pup is part pit bull and you can't prove otherwise, you could be
denied entry.
Plan your travels well in
advance. Dogs usually
take well to traveling long
distances, but cats and
most small pets may have
trouble adjusting to
movement and strange
sounds and smells. Always
bring along enough food to
last you for the whole trip,
so you don’t have to worry
about switching brands on
the way and risking
stomachaches or other
digestive problems. If your
pet needs special
medications, make sure
you find out if the USA or
Canadian equivalent has
the same brand name or if
you need to search for an
alternative.