Traveling Between Countries? Know the Regulations for Bringing Your Pet
Each country has different regulations regarding the
"import" of pets (whether you're moving there, or
just paying a visit). Regulations apply to dogs and cats, but
also to birds, reptiles, horses, and other types of animals.
You will likely require a pet health certificate issued
by an accredited veterinarian. However, don't assume that
this is all you need:
Be sure you check into regulations well before you travel,
to give yourself time to secure the appropriate documentation.
Check into regulations for both bringing your pet into another
country AND for re-entry into your own country.
If you have questions, it's a good idea to contact the
appropriate authority directly for clarification.
- The National
Animal Health Program is responsible for establishing import
requirements for pets coming into Canada.
In the United States:
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
is responsible for the import of pets and other animals.
- Contact that country's consulate or embassy for
more information about bringing your pet into the country.
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