Country Requirements Canada

Although the move to Canada may seem daunting you can be well assured that we will be there every step of the way to make it a stress free experience. Our well established veterinary collaborations in Canada ensure that we can assist you with the most recent information to avoid any unforeseen costs. Combined with our packages that allow you to DIY whichever service you prefer you can be confident that you get the best value for money with the most knowledgeable team.

First things first

In order to travel with any pet around the world proper identification of the specific pet is needed. A name and photo is not sufficient. Before ANY vaccinations are done or blood is drawn a certified microchip needs to be inserted into the pet. The microchip links a unique identification code to YOUR specific pet and will verify that all necessary treatments have been conducted on your pet. This serves as their “ID”.

The rabies titres test is an important step in the international pet relocation process, and it is crucial that this test is conducted at the exact recommended time by an authorised laboratory Why do you need a rabies titre test? When your pet received a rabies vaccination, the only proof of this vaccination is the paper immunisation record which the vet completes. Sometimes, there is a need for further proof that the vaccination has been administered, and a titre test is performed to test if your pet has been immunised against rabies.

What happens? After your pet has received his/her microchip blood can be drawn by your vet and this is then sent to an authorised laboratory. At the laboratory the blood is tested for the presence of the antibody that neutralises rabies in your pet’s blood. The presence of this antibody in sufficient amounts proofs that the pet has been sufficiently vaccinated against and is immune to rabies. This amount is then reflected on the rabies titre test certificate that you will receive to use as proof for the process of travelling with your pet.

Canada Specific

A pet travelling to Canada must have microchip identification. This needs to be implanted before any treatment is performed. The microchip must be implanted. Vaccinations and the rabies titre test can now follow. As veterinarians ourselves you are in the best hands and you will need 4 or five visits and we will provide discount.

Your pet’s age is important when travelling to Canada. Puppies (less than 3 months old) can travel on the proof of their mother’s valid vaccinations. If they are older than this they need to be prepared the same as an adult pet. They will need their vaccinations at 12 weeks and must wait a minimum period of 30 days before entry into Canada. Puppies that are 8 months or less must have an import permit before entry. The new owner will need to apply for this permit prior to the arrival of the puppy. If your pet is older than 8 months there is no need for an import permit.

  1. 5-in-1 (Canine distemper virus, canine infectious hepatitis, canine adenovirus, canine parainfluenza virus and canine parvovirus)
  2. Rabies
  3. Bordetella bronchiseptica

Blood Tests

Anti-body titre test after receiving a booster of the rabies vaccine.


You will need a health certificate endorsed by your veterinarian. This document needs to stamped and signed by us as proof that your pet is healthy to travel and has been prepared appropriately to travel to Canada. This health certificate is only valid for 10 days and will be completed close to your pet’s departure date.

Quarantine in Canada

To enter Canada there is no quarantine necessary. This rule only applies if ALL documentation requirements have been adhered to. Any errors with the abovementioned will result in potential quarantine time.

Pre-Export Preparation Summary
  • Microchip (please keep ALL original documentation).
  • Up to date vaccination booklet (5-in-1 dogs, 3-in-1 cats, rabies for cats and dogs). More than 30 days and less than 12 months.
  • RNATT test certificate (proof of rabies neutralising antibody titration test).