Planning Any Road Trips With Your Dogs? Get Their Papers In Order!

1dognewTraveling with your pets can be so much FUN and a really great experience for the entire family. Along with all the ‘special’ things that have to be prepped for your road trips, if you’re planning on crossing the border into the U.S., make sure to have not only your passports in hand but a rabies certificate as well.

Each year, thousands of Canadians head south each fall pets in hand. At border crossings into the United States (keep in mind this applies for quick afternoon jaunts and weekend getaways) you will be asked for an up-to-date rabies vaccination certificate. Customs and Border Protection ask that vaccination papers be signed by a licensed veterinarian AND must show that your dog has been vaccinated at least 30 days prior to entry in the U.S.

Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 12.28.17 PMThere are also breed restrictions in certain states so even though your customs officer may allow entry into the country, be aware and check prior to your trip that the state you’re heading to allows your dog breed. States such as Ohio, Texas and Utah have adopted statewide breed-restriction legislation. For instance, a pit bull could be allowed in one area of a state but not the other. Check online for more information. Websites such as list breeds that could be affected so be sure to do your homework before you hit the road.

Also, when returning back to Canada, did you know that you’re only allowed up to 20 kilograms of dog food? Loading up on cheaper American brands in the hopes of bringing back a stash will only be taken away.

Bottom line, make sure you’re 100% prepared and informed before you take that road trip!

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