Whether you are flying to a tropical destination or driving to visit your friend in the United States over the weekend, you may want to take your pet with you. Although some cats travel extremely well, generally it tends to be more common to travel with dogs so in this blog, we will focus on travelling with dogs and what to prepare before you depart for your trip. (Please note that the information below has come from a variety of sources including the Government of Canada.)

Travel documents

The Government of Canada recommends that before you leave Canada, contact the embassy of your destination country about its requirements for importing animals including vaccines. The Canadian International Health Certificate may be used to accompany your dog to other countries. You can obtain more information here. When flying, you may need additional documentation so check with your airline.

Airline requirements

Most airlines have specific requirements for transporting animals. It’s a good idea to contact the airline far ahead of time to let them know you will be bringing your pet and to find out what you need to do anything before arriving at the airport. They may require that you get a special carrier, among other things.

Contacting your veterinarian

Depending on the country you are visiting, you may need certificates of vaccines. It is also a good idea to bring in your dog for a check-up before travelling to make sure that your dog is healthy for the trip.

Travel container

If you are travelling by car, hopefully your dog enjoys the car ride whether by sticking its head out the window or taking a long nap in the back seat. If you are flying, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website recommends checking the companion animal container guidelines issued by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). If you have questions, it may be a good idea to contact your airline about this.

We hope this information was helpful. Happy travelling!


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