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Q&A: What are the papers needed for dogs to go out of the country?

Question by iLoveHelloKitty: What are the papers needed for dogs to go out of the country?

I have puppies and they’re too young to stay home alone and aren’t completely “potty trained” yet. I live in Washington so going to Canada is only a couple hours. I wanted to bring my puppies but a friend said that the shot papers weren’t enough and that the pups could go into Canada but couldn’t get out. What are the papers needed for dogs to go out of the country exactly?

Best answer:

Answer by Thomas R
If you’re only going to be in Canada for a few hours, get a puppy sitter.

If you absolutely must take them, call the Canadian Consulate and ask for the rules. They’ll be happy to share.

Then call the American border control and ask them what kind of proof you should carry that the pups are yours and not purchased in Canada.
You wouldn’t want to be forced to surrender them to quarantine or pay an import duty.

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  • If you’re only going to be in Canada for a few hours, get a puppy sitter.

    If you absolutely must take them, call the Canadian Consulate and ask for the rules. They’ll be happy to share.

    Then call the American border control and ask them what kind of proof you should carry that the pups are yours and not purchased in Canada.
    You wouldn’t want to be forced to surrender them to quarantine or pay an import duty.

  • ask your vet, Im pretty sure all you need is a healt certificate stating that the puppies are in good health and up to date on age appropriate vaccines.

  • I don’t even want to think about travelling with puppies who aren’t completely potty trained yet, but if you really must, then go to the CFIA website(Canadian Food Inspection Agency), click on Animals on the left after you choose your language, go right down to the bottom to Pet Imports. It’s all there. If you can take them out, you ought to be able bring them back home again but if you want to double-check then go to the US Customs and Border Protection site. I’ve crossed both ways many times with dogs, and while I’ve always made sure I had the vaccinations and all the paperwork, I’ve never been asked to show it. Aside from the official requirements, it’s always a good idea to have a letter from your vet identifying the dogs as to breed, gender, colour, if that isn’t on the vaccination certificate. I don’t think they’re too worried about what are obviously pets, maybe more about people with dogs for commercial purposes.

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