Pet relocation takes almost as much preparation as relocating yourself and your family. But don’t worry if you don’t know where to start, Settle-in.com is here to help!
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Health and Vaccinations for Relocating Pets to Canada:
You will need to make sure that your pet has been properly vaccinated and that you have proof of the vaccination date. You’ll also need proof that the vaccine was licensed by the country of origin, as well as trade name/serial number of the vaccine, and of course the signature of the vet.
If you are entering Canada with your dog or cat, you must be carrying proof of a rabies shot that is not expired. If you are not entering Canada with this proof, you will be charged an inspection fee. There may be a quarantine period when your pet enters Canada. If your pet’s country of origin is recognized by Canada as rabies-free, there will be no quarantine required – see Recognized Rabies-Free Countries. If your best friend is not a dog or a cat, you can check out the requirements at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA’s) website.
Travel Arrangements for Relocating Pets to Canada:
Many companies such as Animaltravel.com can assist you with your pet relocation needs. They can organize flights, make sure that paperwork is correct, pick up and drop off of your pet, and more. Make sure to select a company that it is reputable, has experience, and has good relationships with airline carriers, vets and overseas partners.
Get a written estimate that is all-inclusive prior to your move. It should be customized to your pets itinerary, and state clearly which services are being provided and the cost of each. It should also detail what you are expected to provide to the company, and the dates on which documents are needed.
A Checklist for Relocating Pets to Canada:
- Is your pet properly vaccinated, and do you have proof?
- Is all the correct paperwork filled out and submitted to the proper authorities?
- Does your pet’s kennel meet the airline standards?
- Does your pet have a tag with a valid phone number on it?
- Do you have a jacket and boots for your dog or cat? This may seem silly but the winter months are cold, and the salt on the road can hurt their paws.
Once you and your pet have safely arrived here in Canada, check your area for dog parks, walking paths, and veterinarians/clinics close by. This will help make sure your pet is comfortable and happy while adjusting to your new home.
For more information on import and travel regulations for pet relocation click here.