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New CDC Requirements for Canadian Travellers Bringing Dogs into the USA

New CDC Requirements for Canadian Travellers Bringing Dogs into the USA

If you’re planning to travel from Canada to the USA with your furry friend, there are some new requirements you need to be aware of. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently updated its guidelines for bringing dogs into the USA. To make things easier, they’ve even created a handy tool called the DogBot to help outline these requirements.

Before you embark on your journey, here’s what you need to know and do:

  1. Check the DogBot: The CDC’s DogBot is an interactive tool that provides specific information based on your travel details. It’s a great first step to understanding the new requirements.
  2. Vaccination: All dogs entering the USA must be healthy and vaccinated against rabies. You must carry a valid rabies vaccination certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian. The certificate should include the dog’s breed, sex, age, color, markings, and other identifying information. It should also specify the date of vaccination and the duration of immunity, or the date the next vaccination is due.
  3. Health Certificate: Although not mandatory, the CDC recommends that you bring a general health certificate for your dog, issued by a veterinarian within 10 days of travel. This certificate should confirm that your dog is free from diseases communicable to humans.
  4. Puppy Travel: If your dog is a puppy, be aware that the CDC does not allow dogs younger than four months to enter the USA, due to their incomplete vaccination schedules.
  5. Dog Food: If you’re planning to bring dog food for the journey, make sure it’s commercially packaged and unopened. The USA does not allow the entry of dog food made in countries where foot-and-mouth disease is present.
  6. Dog Breed Restrictions: Some states have restrictions on certain dog breeds. Check the local laws of the state you’re visiting to ensure your dog’s breed is allowed.
  7. Prepare for Inspection: Upon arrival in the USA, your dog may be subject to inspection by Customs and Border Protection (CBP). If your dog appears sick, further examination by a licensed veterinarian at your expense may be required.

Remember, these guidelines are in place to protect both your beloved pet and the USA’s animal population. So, before you pack your bags and your pup’s favorite toy, make sure you’re fully prepared to meet these requirements. Safe travels!