I’ve had a zillion people ask me how I took my dog into Canada this past summer to which I answer with their passport silly.
But seriously I had zero problems getting my dog into Canada and back into the United States although I had secretly been hoping the they wouldn’t let us back in and I would have to stay in Canada for forever.
To find the best up-to-date information on how to bring your dog into Canada check out the at the Canadian Government Travel Site. If a dog is older than 8 months and traveling by car from the United States into Canada, all you need is proof of rabies vaccination to get your dog into Canada. The certificate must identify your pet (breed, sex, color, and weight), indicate details of vaccination like date, trade name, and serial number of vaccine, and be issued and signed by a veterinarian. Just to be safe, I traveled with my dog’s full vaccination records, latest vet visit record, and proof of micro-chip.
I was a little nervous approaching the Canadian border and told Roo to be on his best behavior and then the border agent didn’t even ask for Roo’s papers. Upon returning to the United States after a few day’s touring the Canadian National Parks, the border agent once again didn’t ask for dog papers. I actually thrust the paperwork into the border guard’s face and he just pushed them aside and said, “I doubt you’re traveling with a rabid dog.” And I said, “You need to at least look at them. Do you have any idea how hard it was for me to get all these papers?” and he just waved me along.
Pretty sure I could have smuggled an entire trunk full of puppies and various contrabend. The border agent barely glanced at my own passport, which definitely made me aware of my white privilege or maybe it was just because I was traveling with such a cute puppy!