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New US Dog Importation Regulations

On July 22, 2024, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revised the rules for dogs crossing the U.S. border from low-risk countries, including Canada. These changes take effect August 1, 2024 and will impact dogs travelling from Canada to the U.S. This includes dogs from the US that temporarily visit Canada for veterinary care

Dogs entering the U.S. must:

  • Be at least six months of age.
  • Have an International Organization for Standardization-compliant (ISO) or universally readable microchip.
  • Appear healthy upon arrival.
  • Have a¬†CDC Dog Import Form¬†receipt (this form is completed by the owner and must be submitted through the CDC website).

Please refer to the following websites to ensure you have the correct documentation.

Government of Canada
https://inspection.canada.ca/en/animal-health/terrestrial-animals/exports/pets/dogs-usa

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
https://www.cdc.gov/importation/dogs/index.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fimportation%2Fdogs%2Fenter-the-us.html