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Old 07-22-2016, 06:16 AM   #1
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Traveling to Canada with dog

DW and I are going to Campark Resorts with our Golden Retriever. I have her medical/shot records current as of June this year. She is extremely well behaved by nature and is a registered therapy dog. Is there anything I need to be concerned in crossing the boarder? DW and I have passports.
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DW and I are going to Campark Resorts with our Golden Retriever. I have her medical/shot records current as of June this year. She is extremely well behaved by nature and is a registered therapy dog. Is there anything I need to be concerned in crossing the boarder? DW and I have passports.
I'll be watching this thread for comments since we are in a similar situation, only with two cats and a puppy.
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Old 07-22-2016, 06:28 AM   #3
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Two years ago we traveled with our dogs to BC and Alberta. Crossed over in Montana and came beck to the US thru Idaho. Not a single problem with our dogs. We had copies of their current records with us but we were never asked to produce them.
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This site might help

https://travel.gc.ca/returning/custo...-pet-to-canada

Looks like it's not too complicated, but do note the food restrictions (and also check to see if there are concerns crossing back into the U.S.)
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Old 07-22-2016, 06:32 AM   #5
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We traveled to Canada in 2009 and my wife took papers showing proof of vaccination etc.

My wife also has all of her dogs microchipped just in case one gets lost. Probably not as likely with the Pekingese but one of the 2 Curley Coated Retrievers is goofy and could easily get distracted and wonder.

If the dog is microchipped and is turned into a shelter they normally have the readers to identify the dog & owner.
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Old 07-22-2016, 11:29 AM   #6
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We traveled to New Brunswick in 2013 and 2014 with our pup. We had the current and up to date shot and health records. Neither time were we asked to show those records - either way but a set were/are in the 5er all the time. That pup and her new best buddy are both chipped too.

Don't forget, you need a passport to get back in the US tho Canada at that time didn't seem to care

We along with the dog had a great time.
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Came across the border 2 weeks ago, Canadian Border asked who was aboard, I declared wife and dog, he asked what the nature on visit, looked at passports and sent us on our way.
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Two entries into Canada and two returns to the US this June (2016). We had all the required paperwork - but it was never asked for and the dog was never mentioned.

FWIW - return to the US is almost always a little tougher than entry into Canada. But for us has always been survivable 😉

Strongly recommend getting as much fuel on board in the US before you cross over - and if you use a CC try to use one that doesn't charge for foreign exchange - safe travels!
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No problems with your fur babies coming or going into or out of Canada. We have and travel with 3 dogs. 2 Cocker Spaniels and 1 older Sheltie and never have had a problem. We live in Ontario Canada and travel to the USA all the time. Only Once have we been asked for shot records ,which we always carry with us along with our passports. Just remember to tell the border guard that you have a dog with you so they won't be surprised if a nose appears lol.
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Last year while returning from Maine driving along the coast, we stopped at a state park. They asked us for original licensed vet signed shot records for our dog and cats . Then they also asked for the actual rabies tag, and our registration and insurance paperwork for our two vehicles! First time I have ever been asked for all that! They explained they recently had a problem with an uninsured, stolen vehicle that had a dog that bit someone and the dog wasn't inoculated against rabies, so they were checking everyone coming into the state park for a while until they could "get a handle on the problem"!

Hopefully heading to Canada this fall with our ferry family and this topic is of great concern to us. Thanks everyone.
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We live in BC and just bought a puppy in Wash. State. No problem bringing him across.
We just had to pay the tax on the purchase price.
If they are older than 16 weeks they need to have their rabies shot.There are different stages for puppies getting their shots and as long as you have their vet records with you and their shots are up to date, you should not have any problems. We are back and forth across the border alot and only once several years ago at the Montana border we were asked.
Some dog foods may not be admissible.
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A couple years ago we were asked about what dog food we had. We had repackaged some kibble into generic bags, and they were taken. Their regs call for commercial package.
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A couple years ago we were asked about what dog food we had. We had repackaged some kibble into generic bags, and they were taken. Their regs call for commercial package.
Glad you mentioned this. I normally place dog food into a sealed plastic container.
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A couple years ago we were asked about what dog food we had. We had repackaged some kibble into generic bags, and they were taken. Their regs call for commercial package.
Good tip...we almost always take dog food in a smaller container than the original bag. One, the containers are bug proof and 2) easier to handle but I guess our next trip across, I need to keep the bag handy.
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