Dogs: Border crossing 101

Up-to-date vaccinations are mandatory. In fact, you could easily be turned back if you don't have the proper, up-to-date paperwork. In our travels, sometimes we get asked to produce vaccination certificates, sometimes we don't. But we always have them on hand. In addition to border crossings, many campsites require a current certificate of rabies vaccination. It's a good idea to scan and keep a copy on your laptop, just in case it gets misplaced, lost or, you know, the dog eats it.

HEADING FROM CANADA INTO THE U.S.

U.S. border crossing requires a valid rabies vaccination certificate for dogs and that both dogs and cats be free of disease communicable to humans. Note that pet foods containing lamb, sheep and goat products are not allowed into the U.S. (you may be asked to show labels). All the details are here.

HEADING FROM THE U.S. INTO CANADA

Generally, most dogs entering Canada "on holiday" with their owners must have a valid rabies certificate of immunization. The exact requirements vary depending on the age of the dog - see the government website for exact details.

 

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