Can I Immigrate to Canada with my Dog?

When someone immigrates to Canada they typically bring many of their belongings with them. Animals like dogs are not like other belongings, and will need to be imported into Canada properly.

There are certain requirements you need to meet when you immigrate to Canada with a dogImmigrate to Canada with a dog

How to Immigrate to Canada with your Dog

1. You will need to determine whether or not you are immigrating to Canada from a country that Canada recognizes as being rabies-free. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency maintains a list of countries that are considered rabies-free by the Canadian Government. This list consists of mostly island nations, but some other countries as well. The list is found here.

2. If your country is not recognized by Canada as being rabies-free, you will need to have your veterinarian sign a rabies vaccination certificate as proof that your dog has been vaccinated against rabies. This certificate must include the breed, weight and colour of the animal, the date of the vaccination, the trade name and serial number of the vaccination and the duration of the immunity of the vaccination.

3. If you are immigrating to Canada from a country that is designated as rabies0free by the Canadian government, you and your dog may enter Canada with a signed rabies certificate as described above or with a signed veterinary certificate that states the dog originates from your country, which is recognized as being rabies-free.

Note: If your dog is under three months of age it is too young to be vaccinated against rabies and does not require a rabies vaccination prior to immigrating to Canada. However, it may have to undergo a veterinary inspection before being allowed into Canada at your own expense.

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