Wednesday,October 9, 2013
The CanadianFood Inspection Agency (CFIA), which oversees animal imports into Canada,has clarified its regulations regarding the importation of “commercial” dogs,which includes dogs for shows and exhibitions as well as breeding dogs.
FORDOGS UNDER EIGHT MONTHS OF AGE ENTERING CANADA FROM THE UNITED STATES—Dog owners andexhibitors with dogs under eight months of age are now required to present proofof their entry in a dog show, trial, or other competitive event whencrossing the American-Canadian border. This is in addition to thealready-existing requirements of:
- A rabies certification (does not apply to animals three months old or younger)
- a veterinary certificate of health whether or not they are accompanied by their owner
- a microchip
Individualswithout proof of entry in a show, trial, or other event are instead required tocontact the CFIA AnimalHealth Area Office for the province they intend to enter at least 30 daysbefore the dog is imported to apply for the permit and allow sufficient timefor processing prior to entry into Canada.
FORDOGS OVER EIGHT MONTHS OF AGE ENTERING CANADA FROM THE UNITED STATES— Dog owners andexhibitors with dogs over eight months of age are required to present a validrabies vaccination certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian. (Dogs imported for research purposes must meet more stringentrequirements.)
Individualsinterested in taking dogs into Canada for show, trial, or other event purposesare encouraged to refer to the CFIA’s Automated Import Reference System (AIRS)at http://inspection.gc.ca/animals/terrestrial-animals/imports/airs/eng/1300127512994/1326599273148. The system provides detailed requirements personalized for each user
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