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Old 02-17-2018, 11:18 AM   #1
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Process to bring a dog over the USA border

Hi Everyone,

We are planning a trip into Canada this summer for about 2 months with my Service Dog. I understand that all I need to get him into Canada is Proof of Rabies Vaccination. I'm not sure what I would need to get him back into the US. Or if different States have any requirements that I would need to meet.

If anyone has taken their pets (dogs) in and out of the US would you let me know of any requirements or problems that they had getting them back in.

Thanks in advance.
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https://blog.gopetfriendly.com/takin...dog-to-canada/

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What Your Dog Will Need to Return to the US
In the past, pet owners were allowed to cross the border into the United States from Canada without a proper rabies certificate if they entered into an agreement to vaccinate their dog and isolate him until the inoculation took effect. Due to an increase in requests for these agreements, an investigation was performed that revealed that many people were not complying with the requirements. So, on August 11, 2014, the United States enacted new requirements for dog entering the country without proper rabies vaccination records.

Proof of Rabies Vaccination

Now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which oversee the entry of pets into the United States, require that all dogs be properly vaccinated prior to entering the United States. Further, dogs that have never been vaccinated against rabies previously must be vaccinated at least 30 days prior to arrival. That means that a puppy (or dog for whom there is no record of previous vaccinations, like rescue dogs) were vaccinated for rabies on January 1, he could travel to Canada immediately because they impose no waiting period but he would have to wait until January 31st to cross the border back into the US.

Dogs 15 months and older who have been previously vaccinated for rabies, but for whom the vaccination has expired, may cross into the US immediately upon receiving a booster vaccination, as long as they received their first rabies vaccination after they were 3 months old.

To be acceptable, the rabies vaccination certificate must include the following information:

Name and address of owner
Breed, sex, age, color, markings, and other identifying information for the dog
Date of rabies vaccination and vaccine product information
Date the vaccination expires
Name, license number, address, and signature of veterinarian who administered the vaccination
Since puppies must not be vaccinated against rabies until they are 3 months old, the youngest dog that can travel into the US is 4 months of age.

These requirements apply to all dogs, including service animals such as guide dogs for the blind.

If youd like to request an exemption from these requirements, requests for confinement agreements will be be individually reviewed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and must be pre-approved before crossing the border into the United States. If youre planning to travel with an unvaccinated dog, learn the steps you need to take to make sure your travel plans are not derailed.

Health Certificates

Like crossing into Canada, if your dog is healthy, you wont need a health certificate for him to cross into the US. If there might be any question about his health, we recommend getting a health certificate from a veterinarian that states that his condition is not contagious.

Pet Food and Treats

Food products from Canada, including pet food containing beef, veal, bison, and cervid (e.g. deer, elk, moose, caribou etc.) are now permitted in passenger baggage. Products containing sheep, lamb, or goat will not be allowed entry. Food products should be commercially packaged and sealed with ingredients listed in English.

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Be sure to read the blog - additional breed-specific info included.
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We have crossed the Canadian Border many times. New York 1000 island crossing, Eastport Maine, Seattle and have never been asked for dogs documents. The dog is in the truck barking the hole time speaking to the Border Agent on both side. Yes we have current up to date documents with us just in case.
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We have crossed the Canadian Border many times. New York 1000 island crossing, Eastport Maine, Seattle and have never been asked for dogs documents. The dog is in the truck barking the hole time speaking to the Border Agent on both side. Yes we have current up to date documents with us just in case.


They develop a sense about this after a while on the border. Try crossing one time without up to date documents and Ill bet they'll be on you like a drug sniffing dog on a spare tire full of marijuana.
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We too have crossed the border many timesat many different crossings across the country and have never been asked for documentation on our dogs. I have been asked at campgrounds in the US. We always travel with copies of vaccination certificates.
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We have gone to Mexico with our dogs several times... Before we go we see our vet...they know what vaccinations are needed to go out of the country and not have any trouble getting back in, etc ... and they can issue a certificate of health that is good for a reasonable length of time. Our vet goes even further and makes a cool little Doggie Passport, takes a polaroid picture of the dogs. Too cool. On return to the US I think it depends on the agent you happen to get, how busy they are, what kind of day they've had, and what kind of mood they are in. We have never been asked for papers coming or going. But as sure as sin, the first time we tried it without, they'd ask.
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They develop a sense about this after a while on the border. Try crossing one time without up to date documents and Ill bet they'll be on you like a drug sniffing dog on a spare tire full of marijuana.
Has that been a common problem for you...??
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Has that been a common problem for you...??

Never hurts to keep ol' Murphy in mind. You know, measure once, cut twice, or something....(only one time I cut it twice and it was STILL too short!).
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We've been asked to produce the rabies certificate maybe 3 times when crossing into the US over the past decades. Once was clearly for a new agent in-training, and the other times they didn't actually want to see the certificate. Once we said we had it, they were good to go.

Sometimes the agents hand out dog biscuits.

People who travel with dogs probably know this, but we also travel with a record of other vaccinations. If we had to put the dog into a kennel due to some emergency, they would probably want proof of bordatella (kennel cough) vaccination.
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Its all been covered above. I have brought my pets I to the country from overseas and you need proof of current vaccinations and a valid health certificate. State restrictions vary.
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Haven't been asked about the dog for several years. But, 2 years ago, we were asked to prove we owned the Airstream! Now we carry a copy of the registration with us.....

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Like many mentioned above, crossing between Canada and the USA has never resulted in my producing paperwork. However, I have been asked if I had it. An affirmative reply was met with a nod and passage.

I also travel with a full package of medical history kept in a folder that shows vaccinations, injuries, treatments, prescriptions, etc., for both my dogs. On two occasions I have had to made stops at a foreign veterinarian's for service and records are appreciated.
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When we crossed, the coach and vehicle were inspected. We were directed inside and the dogs were supposed to go to waiting kennels. We objected to the kennels and were allowed to carry and control the dogs, while we answered the agent's questions. Our dogs are less than 20lbs and there were folks with big dogs being processed at the same time. They were directed to the kennels.

Documents prepared for Canadian entry were available on request. No additional information was necessary for us.

Thanks for asking. If someone has had different experience we would appreciate knowing. Pat
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Process to Bring a Dog Over The USA

My research has shown all the answers that have been posted. I will like to know if anyone has had a problem with mixed breeds entering Canada? They have a no Pit Bull policy and can decide if a dog looks or has Pit Bull resemblance, therefore euthanise the dog. Both of my dogs a rescues and I am a little worried about that happening though they are not Pit Bull mix.
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