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Old 04-26-2017, 01:32 PM   #15
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Paws across the border

Have had no trouble taking dogs (boxers, and Chesapeake Bay Retreiver) across the Canadian border, but don't try to take an African Gray Parrot. Although we had taken our parrot (we have had her since fledgling 25 years ago) across the border with no trouble before last fall we were cited and fined $550. Due to some arcane treaty we never heard about before. Bummer!
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Old 04-26-2017, 02:07 PM   #16
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We've done it a lot too. We always have the vaccination records but have never been asked for them by Canada or the US (even when we bought a dog in Canada and brought it home to the US). We have been asked for proof of rabies at campgrounds in the US.
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Old 04-26-2017, 02:25 PM   #17
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Almost a waste to weigh in, but I will the same.

We live in BC and travel to WA State to Ski almost every weekend. We have been doing so with three different dogs for almost 4 years now.

We have never once been asked for any certificate. although we know that the one most important document is the signed veterinarian certificate confirming a valid rabies vaccination.

In particular when heading southbound food and the packaging is a big deal. Lamb in the food is a no-no.

Our best resource when heading south has always been the Sumas Border Crossing in Washington State. If you call and ask for the agricultural officer they will tell you the exact and current rules - which can change.

Good luck, you planning will make you trip more enjoyable.
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Old 04-26-2017, 02:26 PM   #18
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We made the trip to Alaska thru Canada with our three dogs. I took them to the vet and obtained health certificates.
We put all their records together in a nice folder with a picture of each animal.
We spent 700 dollars preparing them for the journey. Never got asked to produce them once. Be properly prepared though because you may be asked at any time for them.
Canada is very pet friendly. Enjoy your trip.
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Old 04-26-2017, 04:08 PM   #19
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Almost a waste to weigh in, but I will the same.
In particular when heading southbound food and the packaging is a big deal. Lamb in the food is a no-no.
I feed lamb based food yet have never been questioned about it- although I do carry it in the original packaging, which would show the source.
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Old 04-26-2017, 05:34 PM   #20
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We spent a few months in Canada in 2015 traveling from Washington State to Newfoundland with our Westie. We had up to date vaccination records signed by our vet. Most vets (in the north at least) know the requirements and can advise you regarding proper flea and tick control. We took extra precautions as others noted above, including Bravecto and a flea collar.

We did keep food in the original package and had heard lamb products might be a problem. Check the rules for other prohibited food items depending on your travel. Potatoes were not allowed on the ferry from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland. That was the most intensive search we encountered and the actually checked our refrigerator.

Mace and other personal protection sprays against humans are definitely not allowed into Canada. But if you check the website for prohibited items, you will see that Bear Spray IS allowed.

See this official memo for details.

http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publicati...-13-2-eng.html

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Old 04-26-2017, 09:40 PM   #21
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These posts by others are correct, in our experiences. Every time we've come back, it seems that US Customs are much more inquisitive. When returning from SK a couple of years ago, US customs wanted to know WHERE we bought our dogs' dry food. Oddly enough we had bought a small bag in WA a couple of weeks earlier and still had both the bag AND the receipt! I'm not sure what they would have done otherwise, and I sure wasn't prepared to ASK!
We routinely had the dog food confiscated going into the US up until several years ago when they suddenly had no more interest. Back then I countered by purchasing and keeping a US purchased bag of food in the trailer with the receipt. Since we were staying in Tx for several months, we had to purchase new food before the trip home anyway. The issue is that Canada had several instances of Mad Cow Disease some years back and the Cow by products in dog food might have the prions responsible for the MCD.
I always wondered why they took the food and put it in Michigan Garbage destined for Michigan landfill prions and all.
When I go into the US they sometimes ask for the Veterinary certificate, sometimes not. Being Canadian I don't get the same questions coming home.
Frozen Chicken or fresh is the same thing, might have parasites or something; but you can bring cooked chicken I discovered on one trip going to the US
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Old 04-26-2017, 09:58 PM   #22
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Frozen Chicken or fresh is the same thing, might have parasites or something; but you can bring cooked chicken I discovered on one trip going to the US
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Currently only chicken, eggs, and other poultry products from Alabama and Tennessee are restricted, unless they are fully cooked. This includes pet food made from poultry products from those states.
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Old 04-27-2017, 04:20 AM   #23
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Just a thought for all, we travel with their full health records from our vet. It was her suggestion. In the event one of them gets really sick and we go to an emergency pet clinic, which we have had to do, we simply hand them the full medical history.

As far as Canadian border, we were asked going into NS almost four years ago and then in NS our dog became ill and passed, at seven. When crossing back into the US from NS the US Border agent asked "where is the dog you took into Canada"?, we told her and she started to tear up and waved us on.
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Old 04-27-2017, 07:43 AM   #24
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If the dog has a name like... fluffy... prince, sweetie.. etc, should be ok.

If pet named pistol, bullet, gunner, etc.. YEMV..(your excitement may vary)..

I am sure all "shots" will be up to date....
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Hi, we just had a conversation on camping with our dog with our vet.

Her recommendation was to vaccine against Lyme.

And...Leptospirosis/from drinking /eating water contaminated with wild or domestic animal urine or dirt contaminated with it , our dog always finds other animals poops....Hey, it is true.

And..."especially" bordatella/Kennel Cough/ in case you get sick or injured yourself or your rig breaks down and your pet needs to be boarded.

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Hi, we just had a conversation on camping with our dog with our vet.
Her recommendation was to vaccine against Lyme.
And...Leptospirosis/from drinking /eating water contaminated with wild or domestic animal urine or dirt contaminated with it , our dog always finds other animals poops....Hey, it is true.
And..."especially" bordatella/Kennel Cough/ in case you get sick or injured yourself or your rig breaks down and your pet needs to be boarded. mrsmup
Really good points....
Lime disease is especially rampant in any areas where winters are not extremely cold. I've picked deer ticks off my dog from a hike in northern Wisconsin, and had to take antibiotics because I missed one on my body. Don't discount the seriousness of this disease, it is extremely debilitating.
As for vaccinations, I'm sure all vets do a broad spectrum for Dogs, but some may not vaccinate a full range of disease if they don't know you are traveling outside your geographical area.
Also be aware that there are about 40 different "Kennel Cough" viruses. The vaccination only covers about 12 of them, so protection is worthwhile but not entirely effective against all the possible viruses.
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On the Alaska Highway you will see lots of bears, black and grizzly. Bear vs dog = not good. Don't let him out at night.
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Just heard from our vet that NE and in particular PA has a mega supply of deer ticks this year and further that many of the Lyme Disease carrying ticks actually come off mice. We vaccinated our dogs against Lyme, not 100%

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