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Information on owning, importing and travelling with dogs

Importers are responsible for ensuring the health of the animals in their care. They must also verify and follow all relevant import requirements before entering or re-entering the country. This includes complying with other federal, provincial/territorial or municipal requirements prior to travelling. Check in advance to avoid surprises and delays.

Importing and travelling with pets

If you are travelling with a pet or planning to import a dog to Canada, you will need the right paperwork at the border to meet Canada's import requirements. If you don't, you risk experiencing delays at the border and your dog may not be allowed into Canada. Check in advance to avoid surprises and delays.

Commercial imports of dogs for breeding and resale (including adoption) end uses

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is responsible for inspecting certain commodities at the border on behalf of the CFIA. CFIA veterinarians inspect all import shipments that require a permit. They are available to provide inspection services when requested by the CBSA.

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