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Old 12-12-2019, 12:19 AM   #1
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Travel to Canada with dogs

Has anyone had difficulties with customs going to or from Canada? I know that US customs will not let you in with an open container of dog food. Are there other issues that should concern RVers with dogs?
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Old 12-12-2019, 12:38 AM   #2
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Dogs

It’s best to have a health certificate signed by a veterinarian to preclude any problems. But check with Agriculture Canada’s web site

https://www.inspection.gc.ca/animals.../1331876307796

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We always carry a health cert. along with shot records.
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Having crossed the border several times with our Abbey dog we have only been asked for her rabies shot record once. Never an issue with open container of dog food.
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Old 12-13-2019, 08:30 AM   #5
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Thank you for your responses. I had heard of several instances of food being taken away as well as dogs being placed in cages and humans in a waiting room while the RV was searched.for contraband. I'm happy to hear of more pleasant experiences.
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Old 12-13-2019, 01:28 PM   #6
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We had heard stories of difficulties crossing the border with pets, mostly about the food. So, on our Sept. trip from Glacier NP to Banff, Jasper we had our dog's health certificate and vaccination records with us. We also took a bag of unopened food just in case.
At the border crossing just north of GNP we weren't even asked about pets. On our return crossing at Osoyoos B.C. we were not asked about pets either but were pulled aside for an 'agricultural inspection' where an inspector came aboard to look (mostly the fridge) and greeted our dog warmly with no pet questions.
We came home with the still unopened bag of dog food.
I suspect that the level of concern might depend on the crossing location. Regards, Mike
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Old 12-13-2019, 01:37 PM   #7
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Been going into B.C. yearly for 30 years with two dogs. Been asked for shot cards a couple of times, and one time they did want to search the motorhome. That time had to put dogs in a kennel at the customs station, till they were finished their search. My dogs use dry kibble and have never had a problem with that.
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Old 12-13-2019, 01:42 PM   #8
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We crossed into New Brunswick last June with our dog. We were instructed to put all four slides out and wait outside while two armed customs agents searched our coach from top to bottom for 20 minutes. They opened every cabinet, every door, the fridge (which they did not re-lock, we found that out the hard way) and every basement door.

Not a single comment or question about our dog, but we had the health and vaccination papers in case they asked for them.
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We get the certificate on our way to Alaska, twice, but have never been asked about the dog.
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We had all the papers for our dog which they never asked for or looked at. We spent and hour sitting outside on a cement bench while they measured our open liquor bottles ("you are slightly over but it is OK this time") and counted every pill in our clearly marked Rx bottles. International Falls
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We've made multiple trips through Canada to and from Alaska. We've always gotten health certificates for animals traveling with us because its required. But I will agree that agents on both sides of the border seem to be inconsistent on whether or not they want to see the proof of animal good health.

My short recommendation is to play it safe and get the health certificate before crossing the border. If nothing else you'll have the satisfaction that your animal is in good health, and that there will be no crossing delay for not having one.

My only grumble is that the certificates only good for 30 days. Our last trip was two months long so we had to get another one to ensure our cat Nemo could go back home with us.
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We always have a Vet certificate, and unopened bags of dog & cat food. Never have been asked for any of it crossing the border.

But we were asked for dogs certificate, rabies paperwork, and the collars with the tags...but NOT the dogs, and both vehicles paperwork in a state park in Rhode Island once. They had a incident where someone came into the park, crashed their RV into someone else's vehicle, no insurance, dog got out, no rabies shots and bit someone. They claimed they were checking everyone to see how widespread the problem was. But is 50 years, that was the first time we ever had anything checked.
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Thanks to all of you for your responses. Great to hear the experiences of others. It seems other than health certificates and rabies shots, treatment at the border crossing is similar to those without pets. Lots of horror stories in other threads on border crossings.
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We found the Canadians to be most helpful, pleasant and enjoyable. At the Canadian checkpoint the agent asked me how much alcohol we had with us. I answered one bottle of wine. He then said "well that is a problem" scared I asked why and he continued "you need more than one bottle, please feel free to purchase many bottles of our good Canadian wine during your visit"! At that he waved us on.
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