You are welcome to bring a pet to Canada when you come to visit but various requirements must be met and these vary depending on the type of pet you have.
Detailed information is provided on the Government of Canada Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website for each type of animal, including amphibians, birds, fish, rodents, foxes, skunks, horses, rabbits and scorpions.
Dogs 8 Months+ & Cats 3 Months+ Arriving to Canada
Dogs 8 months and older and cats that are at least 3 months old need signed and dated certificates* from a veterinarian verifying that they have been vaccinated against rabies within the last three years.
The certificate also must:
- be written in English or French;
- be issued and signed by a licensed veterinarian;
- identify the animal (breed, sex, color, and weight);
- state that the animal is vaccinated against rabies;
- indicate the date of vaccination;
- indicate the trade name and the serial number of the licensed vaccine; and
- specify the duration of immunity (otherwise, it will be considered valid for one year from the date of vaccination).
* A European Union pet passport that confirms all the above criteria is also acceptable.
Dogs Younger than 8 Months & Cats Younger than 3 Months
Dogs less than 8 months or cats less than three months old do not need a certificate of rabies vaccination to enter Canada. Animals must be in good health when they arrive.
Neither dogs nor cats need to be quarantined upon arrival in Canada nor do they need a microchip (though vets recommend microchipping all pets).
Travelers to Canada from the United States may bring a personal supply of up to 20 kg of dog food with them as long as it was purchased in the United States and in its original packaging.
See information on bringing specific animals into Canada from countries worldwide at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website.
Pet Friendly is an informative website for people traveling with their pets, including listings of pet-friendly accommodation right across Canada.
Pet Travel is dedicated to international travel with pets, including information on pet insurance, pet-friendly hotels, transportation policies and immigration requirements worldwide.