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New 2024 Rules for Pets Crossing Between Canada & USA

Updated: Jun 14


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At Lonsdale Place Veterinary Clinic, we aim to keep our pet parents well-informed and prepared for any changes that may affect their pets. Starting August 1, 2024, the CDC will implement new U.S. dog importation rules that could impact cross-border veterinary care. Understanding these new regulations is crucial, whether your pet needs specialized care in the U.S. or you plan to travel with your furry companion. Here’s what you need to know. North Vancouver Vet


Key Points of the New Requirements: North Vancouver Vet

For U.S. Dogs Entering Canada:

  • Dogs entering Canada must have a rabies vaccination certificate, indicating the dog was at least three months old when vaccinated.

For detailed information, visit the CFIA's official guidelines.

The CDC has confirmed there will be no exceptions for veterinary care. If a U.S. dog is referred to a Canadian facility, the necessary paperwork must be completed and reviewed by the CDC beforehand. For elective procedures, this paperwork can be prepared in advance. North Vancouver Vet


For Canadian Dogs Traveling to the U.S.:

  • Obtaining approval for Canadian dogs to enter the U.S. will require at least several days for the CDC to review and approve the application.

  • Dogs younger than six months old will not be permitted entry into the U.S. under the new rules, regardless of their origin.


What This Means for Pet Owners: North Vancouver Vet

Whether traveling for leisure with your dog or seeking veterinary care in the U.S., here are essential steps to ensure compliance with the new regulations:

  1. Microchip your dog.

  • Ensure your dog has an International Organization for Standardization (ISO)-compatible microchip implanted before any required rabies vaccination.

  • Document the microchip number on all required forms and veterinary records.

  1. Keep your dog's rabies vaccination up to date, and ensure you have a current and valid rabies certificate.

  2. Ensure your dog is at least six months old at the time of entry or return to the United States.

  3. Confirm your dog appears healthy.

  • Dogs must not carry any disease contagious to people.

  • If a dog does not appear healthy upon arrival, isolation, veterinary examination, and additional testing may be required at the importer's expense.

  1. Submit the necessary paperwork (CDC Dog Import Form).

  • Fill out the form online ideally 2-10 days before arrival. It can also be completed right before travel if you have internet access.

  • Upload a clear photograph of the dog showing its face and body. For dogs under one year old at the time of arrival, the photo should be taken within 10 days before arrival.

  • Ensure all information, including the port of entry, is correct at the time of arrival. If any information changes, submit a new form and indicate the changes.

  • There is no charge for submitting this form.


Additionally, you may need to provide further documentation depending on where the dog has been in the six months before entering or returning to the U.S., or if the dog has a current rabies vaccine administered in the U.S. North Vancouver Vet



These measures are crucial for a smooth cross-border experience and to ensure the health and safety of your pet. North Vancouver V




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