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Moving to Canada with Pets


Posted By:
Christina Google+
2/22/2013
1:54 PM

Are you planning to move to Canada with pets?
Sometimes pets are forgotten when moving long distance, and before you know it, you’re spending lots of hours on the computer a few days before your move learning the requirements for moving your pet to Canada. Whether that’s you or not, here’s everything you need to know about moving to Canada with pets!

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) established the import requirements for all animals entering Canada, including domestic pets. The agency reserves the right to refuse entry to any animal presented for importation. But if you follow these guidelines, your furry friend should make it into Canada with ease.

Moving to Canada with Cats
The import requirements for cats depend on the age of the cat and the rabies status of the country of export. Domestic cats do not have to be quarantined, nor do they require a health certificate. Check with your airline for additional documentation needed if flying to Canada. Canada does not require a microchip or tattoo identification for pet cats. If you are importing a cat three  months of age or older, you must meet this requirement: Your cat must have a rabies vaccination certificate if entering from the United States, because the U.S. is not a country recognized by Canada as rabies-free. For more info, check out the Canada website for Importing Domestic Cats. Cats less than three months of age are exempt from this requirement. 

Moving to Canada with Dogs
The import requirements for dogs depend on the age of the dog, rabies status of the country of export, and the purpose of the importation. If your dog is being imported for breeding or commercial purposes, there may be additional requirements. Dogs coming from the U.S. that are eight months of age or less must have a signed rabies vaccination certificate if accompanied by their owners. If not traveling with their owners, they must have a rabies vaccination certificate and a veterinary certificate of heath. Dogs less than three months of age do not require rabies vaccination or certification. For dogs coming from the U.S. to Canada that are eight months of age or older must have a rabies vaccination certificate. Pet dogs do not require a microchip. However, dogs imported for breeding or commercial purposes must have a microchip. For more info, check out the Canada website for Importing Domestic Dogs.Both cats and dogs imported into Canada will have a documentary inspection by the Canada Border Services Agency to make sure the vaccination is current and the animal matches the description on the certificate. If the dog or cat is inspected further by the CFIA, an inspection fee will apply. Keep reading to learn more about moving to Canada with pets.

Moving to Canada with other types of pets
If you are importing birds (from U.S. or another country), fish, amphibians and reptiles, foxes, skunks, raccoons, ferrets, guinea pigs, gerbils, mice, rats, chinchillas, hamsters, other rodents, horses (from the U.S.), pet rabbits, pet primates, scorpions, spiders, or any other kind of organism that doesn’t require a permit to import, please visit the Canada Pet Imports Website for more specific information.

And there you have it—how to move to Canada with pets!

If you’re just now planning your move to Canada, get a free moving quote from U-Pack to compare to traditional Canada moving options. With U-Pack, you do the loading/unloading and U-Pack does the driving all at a rate competitive with truck rental. You can read how a U-Pack - Canada move works here.

If you have questions about moving to Canada with pets, leave me a comment below and I’ll be happy to help!

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