Taking a Pet Dog to Canada

Requirements for moving to Canada with pet dogs...

Dogs entering Canada aged between three and eight months, who are accompanied by their owner, must provide a rabies certificate or a veterinary certificate in accordance to fulfill the requirements for import from a rabies free country or non-rabies free country. No additional certification is required.

Dogs less than three months old from rabies free countries do not require rabies vaccination or other certificates.

Dogs between three and eight months, entering Canada unaccompanied by their owner, from a rabies free country require either:

  • a valid export certificate issued by an official government veterinarian to prove that the animal had been in a rabies free environment for the past six months OR
  • a valid rabies vaccination issued by a licensed veterinarian in either English or French. The certificate must clearly identify the animal and indicate the name and serial number of the licensed vaccine used.

The animal also requires a detailed export health certificate in English or French to state:

  • the identify the dog
  • it is free from disease
  • it is over 8 weeks old at the time of examination
  • it is vaccinated against distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza virus
  • it is fit to travel to Canada
  • the date the vaccines were administered, plus serial number and trade name of vaccine, and that they are valid in the country of origin
  • the date and time of examination, which must be carried out no more than 72 hours before being imported to Canada

Dogs from non-rabies free countries

Domestic dogs entering Canada from a country considered to be non-rabies free, aged between three and eight months, require a valid rabies vaccination issued by a licensed veterinarian in either English or French, and a detailed export health certificate as detailed above.

Dogs of three months of age and older, from a non-rabies free country, must have an original valid rabies vaccination, certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian in either English or French. The certificate must clearly identify the animal and indicate the name and serial number of the licensed vaccine used.

There is no difference in requirements for dogs eight months and older, whether accompanied or unaccompanied.

There is no waiting period required between the time the animal was vaccinated and it entering Canada.

  • For further information on importing domestic dogs: Click here

Dogs banned in Canada

Pit bulls are banned in the Province of Ontario

Assistance dog requirements

Guide dogs for people with disabilities, certified in special skills such as canine vision, hearing ear, or other, are exempt from import restrictions when it is accompanied by the person to whom the dog is assigned.

Fees

An inspection fee will be charged for the inspection of cats and dogs on arrival in Canada, by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA).

Handling charges at airports

Additional charges and handling fees may apply at the arrival airport. These vary considerably- check with the local airport.